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AIPAC Comments Towards Ilhan Omar Denounced as Hate Speech

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  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel adovacy group, has been accused of hate speech in comments towards Ilhan Omar, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th District.
  • Rep. Omar had released a controversial tweet earlier in June stating that the U.S, Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban should all be held accountable for any crimes against humanity – the tweet led to significant bipartisan backlash, as the Congresswoman was accused of equating Hamas and Taliban with the U.S. and Israel.
  • AIPAC released attack ads that stated there was no difference between democracies and terrorists for Ms. Omar.
  • Jeremy Slevin, spokesman for Rep. Omar denounced language in the ads as hateful speech, comprising Islamophobia remarks towards the Muslim-American legislator – he stated the vitriol language endangers Omar’s life as she has received multiple death threats.
  • The Council on American Islamic Relations also condemned the ads, calling them “Islamophobic, dishonest, and dangerous.”
  • AIPAC responded to Slevin’s accusations calling them a “baseless attack” and stated it would not deter them from continuing to launch their pro-Israel campaign.
  • At least 45 Jewish-American figures in leadership, policy, and advocacy have urged the AIPAC CEO and President to immediately discontinue the ads and apologize to the congresswoman.
  • AIPAC also attacked Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American legislator and advocate of Palestinian rights – many critics of AIPAC’s comments view them as specifically targeting the congresswomen due to their faith and race.

Sources:

Al Jazeera:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/12/aipac-accused-of-islamophobia-after-attacks-on-ilhan-omar

NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/us/politics/ilhan-omar-israel.html?searchResultPosition=2

Times of Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ilhan-omars-spokesman-says-aipac-putting-her-life-at-risk-with-latest-ads/

Fox:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-aipac-israel-taliban

 Haaretz

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-putting-her-life-at-risk-ilhan-omar-slams-aipac-over-aggressive-campaign-ads-1.10111511

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Thousands of Afghans Flee as Taliban Continue to Advance and Capture Cities

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  • The Taliban have continued to make shocking advances throughout Afghanistan, capturing Kandahar and Heart, two of Afghanistan’s biggest cities on Thursday.
  • The United States and Britain have said they are sending troops to help evacuate embassy staff and citizens of their countries as the war dramatically progresses.
  • More than 1,000 civilians have died in the past month as U.S. withdrawal brings the insurgents territorial gains.
  • Thousands of civilians have fled their homes, facing displacement as they try to seek refuge in Kabul – an estimated 72,000 children arrived in the capital and are sleeping in streets, according to Save the Children.
  • The United Nations said it was particularly concerned of the consequences ongoing fighting could have if moved to urban areas such as the capital – the U.N. issued a warning stating Taliban advances to Kabul could have a “catastrophic effect on civilians.”

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Germany Fears Thousands Received Saline Instead of COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Authorities in Germany have asked more than 8,000 people to retake their COVID-19 vaccines, fearing they only received saline solution.
  • A nurse is suspected of injecting recipients with saline solution and is currently under investigation by German police.
  • Police Inspector Peter Beer has said the nurse routinely shared information on social media that criticized the government’s response aimed at curbing the virus.
  • The nurse was able to replace the vials because she was responsible for preparing the vaccines.

Rare Shootout for United Kingdom 

  • A gunman shot dead 6 people in the city of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. The motive is still being investigated. 
  • Britain has serious gun laws which limit the ownership of guns. It also has the lowest rates of shooting in the world. 
  • The attacker and the family, all passed away with gunshot wounds at the victims home. The authorities are calling this incident “shocking”. 

Cities in China and Turkey Swept Away in Heavy Floods

  • Floods in Turkey’s Northwest region have taken away the lives of 17 people and left the region in chaos.
  • Turkey is already suffering from one of the country’s largest fires in history due to the severe heatwave brought on by Global warming. 
  • China has also been a victim of flooding with a death toll of 21 people thus far in the province of Hubei. Rain water has caused damage to about 2,700 houses and shops in the area.

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FDA Approves a Booster Shot

  • In the wake of the new deadly Delta variant, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) of the USA has approved a booster shot for people with health conditions such as cancer patients.
  • CDC has been in talks about Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots not being enough for those who have weakened immune systems. Hence, discussions on approving the booster jabs will be held at the end of this week in order to have the shots available for the people at risk as early as this weekend. 
  • These booster shots have already been given out in Israel to people over the age of 60 and are being made available in other countries around the world. 

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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