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The Daily Brief: Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Death, a Loss Felt by the World

Millions mourn the loss of The Arch, champion of civil and human rights.

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  • South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately nicknamed The Arch, has died at the age of 90. 
  • Millions mourn the death of the Archbishop who was a champion of civil and human rights, garnering the Nobel Peace prize in his strive to end apartheid in South Africa. 
  • Tutu was immensely against segregation of Black children in educational settings, using the appointments of bishop and archbishop to make outspoken statements against laws put in place. 
  • After the dissbanment of apartheid in the 90s, Tutu was appointed under Nelson Mandela as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which looked into crimes commited when apatherid was prevelant.
  • Memorial services around the country are beginning to organize in order to honor the man recognized internationally for being a “patriot without equal.”  
  •  ”A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa released in a statement. 
  • The Nelson Mandela Foundation stated Tutu was “larger than life, and for so many in South Africa and around the world his life has been a blessing”.
  • Other world leaders praise Tutu for being a global figure in striving for injustice everywhere.

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41 Dead in Burkina Faso After Rebel Attack

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  • 41 individuals apart of a civilian self defense force backed by the government were killed in the north desert of Burkina Faso. 
  • Two days of mourning have been announced following one of the deadliest civilian militia attacks in years. 
  • Local news reported the attack was an ambush by alleged militants. 
  • The government continues their scramble in gathering volunteers against ongoing violence and displacement with an ongoing security crisis. 

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New Worries As Saudi Arabia Begins Making Ballistic Missiles 

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  • Official sources state Saudi Arabia has begun creating ballistic missiles using intelligence from China’s, People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force causing new worries of an ongoing arms race occurring in the Middle East. 
  • Experts believe the motivation to increase their military arsenal is due to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war with Iran and Yemen. 
  • The move is expected to raise already high tensions between the US and China as Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the US has continued to dwindle as the US has recently not shown decisive support for Saudi Arabia in the region. 
  • Ballistic missiles can deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons and are propelled via rockets. 
  • The news of Saudi Arabia building ballistic missiles comes as the Yemeni Houthi attacked Jizan, Saudi Arabia killing 2 and wounding 7. 

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Omicron Surge Cancels Thousands Of Flights

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  • As the COVID variant, Omicron continues to surge, holiday travelers were faced with over 6,300 canceled flights globally as many airlines reported a large number of pilots and cabin crew out sick.
  • Not only were crews out sick but many flights were also affected by inclement weather forcing many US-based airlines to cancel, rebook and reroute flights through the Holiday weekend.  
  • Chinese airlines accounted for the highest number of cancellations as China Eastern canceled over 1,000 flights and Air China grounded 20% of their departures. 

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 on Christmas Day in Democratic Republic Of Congo

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  • A suicide bomber killed 5 and injured over a dozen when he detonated a bomb at the entrance of the restaurant INBOX in the Democratic Republic of Congo after he was refused entrance on Christmas day. 
  • The attack occurred around 7 pm in the crowded restaurant when the victims, which included one woman and a teenage girl, were out celebrating Christmas. 
  • The Regional Governor’s spokesman, General Ekenge Sylvain, believes the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a group aligned with the Islamic State, was responsible for the recent attack although ADF has yet to claim responsibility for the attack. 

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China Replaces Communist Leader of Controversial Xinjiang Region

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  • On Saturday, Chinese officials announced that Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party Chief in charge of the security crackdown targeting Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, will be replaced. 
  • Chen, who has governed the region since 2016, will be moved to another position as Ma Xingrui, the current governor of a coastal region, will take his place. 
  • Sanctioned last year by the US, Chen is widely considered responsible for the ongoing crackdown on Uyghur Muslims.
  • The United Nations report that over 1 million Muslims have been detained in camps in the western portion of the Xinjiang region although China continues to deny the accusation. 
  • The news of the replacement comes as the US announced this week that they will no longer accept goods created in the Xinjiang region due to forced labor laws. 

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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