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The Daily Brief: ASEAN Position on Myanmar Junta Strains Diplomatic Relations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) may decide to exclude Myanmar Junta Chief Min Aung Hlaing from a leaders’ summit this month; sources have stated that ASEAN will request a non-political representative to attend the summit in place of Aung Hlaing.

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ASEAN has proposed excluding Myanmar’s military ruler from a leaders’ summit this month, a move which will likely increase tensions in the East.
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  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) may decide to exclude Myanmar Junta Chief Min Aung Hlaing from a leaders’ summit this month; sources have stated that ASEAN will request a non-political representative to attend the summit in place of Aung Hlaing.
  • The proposal was made by foreign ministers at a special meeting addressing Myanmar’s failure to follow a peace process it agreed to with ASEAN 5 months ago.
  • ASEAN’s decision is a rare stance for the organization which typically follows a policy of engagement and noninterference.
  • A recent announcement from Myanmar’s military-installed government has also revealed that an ASEAN special envoy abruptly cancelled their trip to the country after finding that they would not be allowed to meet all the officials they requested to meet, including  former leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • The UN has taken a similar, albeit much tougher, stance to ASEAN regarding Myanmar with UN Chief Antonio Guterres refusing to attend a virtual meeting with Myanmar’s military envoy in attendance.
  • Guterres’s refusal came at the last minute and was meant to avoid signaling any recognition of Myanmar’s military government.
  • Sources:

Al Jazeera

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Apple Takes Down Popular Quran and Bible Apps in China

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  • Apple has deleted the Quran Majeed and Bible application in China following a request from authorities who claim that the apps contains illegal religious texts.
  • PDMS, the Quran Majeed app maker, has stated, “According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities”.
  • The deletions were first noted by Apple Censorship, a global activist website which monitors the Apple Store.
  • Sources:

BBC

Business Insider

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30 Killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan Mosque Attack

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  • A suicide attack in Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque has killed about 32 and left 68 injured. 
  • Last week another attack on a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northern city of Kunduz killed and injured 90.
  • Sources claim that the first attack in the north was committed by ISIS-K.
  • ISIS-K or Islamic State Khosaran opposes the Taliban’s regime and considers Shia muslims to be apostates.
  • Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/15/asia/mosque-blast-kandahar-intl/index.html

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/15/1046287550/suicide-bombers-attack-mosque-afghanistan

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David Amess Stabbed to Death While Meeting with Voters

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  • David Amess, a conservative British lawmaker, was stabbed to death this past Friday while attending a meeting with voters. 
  • The suspected attacker is aged 25 and of Somali heritage. He has been arrested for murder and possession of a knife. 
  • Prime minister Boris Johnson has praised Sir David Amess for being a committed public servant and one of the kindest individuals in the field of politics. 
  • Colleagues across parliament have expressed their feelings of shock and paid tribute
  • Sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/british-lawmaker-stabbed-holding-meetings-constituents-rcna3080

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/british-lawmaker-amess-stabbed-multiple-times-sky-2021-10-15/

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Norway: Bow and Arrow Attack Kills 5  

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  • A man has killed 5 and leaves two injured with a bow and arrow in Kongsberg, Norway. 
  • This attack has been considered one of the country’s deadliest because attacks are not common in Norway.
  • Police statements show that the homicides had occurred both indoors and outdoors, further details about how the victims were killed has not yet been provided.
  • The perpetrator of the attack is 37 year old Espen Anderson Bråthen; he will undergo a forensic psychiatric examination due to the crime he has committed.  
  • Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/15/europe/norway-bow-and-arrow-attack-suspect-intl/index.html

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US Lifts Travel Ban For Fully Vaccinated Individuals

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  • New instructions from the White House state that vaccinated individuals who have tested 72 hours before traveling can enter the US. 
  • Travelers who have received the Astrazeneca, Sinovac, and Sinopharm vaccines will be allowed entry to the US. 
  • As of November 8th visitors can come from countries such as the UK, Brasil, Iran, India and 26 other European countries which were previously not allowed to enter.
  • The lifting of the travel ban is a relief for airline companies such as United and Delta who have struggled with profitability in international travel. 
  • Sources: 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58929441

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/15/us-to-lift-travel-ban-on-nov-8-allowing-vaccinated-international-visitors-into-the-country.html

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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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