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The Daily Brief: Bagram Airfield Vacated By U.S. Forces

Afghani Command Caught Off Guard By Departure Under Darkness

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  • United States forces have completely withdrawn from Bagram Airfield.
  • The Afghan Base Commander was not informed and discovered the vacant airfield some hours later.
  • Looters had entered the complex after the US left, stealing inventory and burning property.
  • The airfield was once the epicenter of the War on Terror.
  • Bagram includes a prison complex, housing about 5000 inmates, some of whom are reported to be members of the Taliban.
  • Afghani leaders have indicated that an attack on Bagram by the Taliban is fully expected, as they advance in other parts of Afghanistan. 
  • The Taliban continue to present their ideology and governance as beneficial for Afghanistan’s future.
  • September 11th is the official deadline by when all troops must have withdrawn from the country. 
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Trudeau Appoints Inuit Leader, Mary Simon in a Historic First Nomination

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  • Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has appointed Mary Simon, an Inuit leader as governor general in a historic nomination, making her the first Indigenous leader to receive the post.
  • Simon, a diplomat and advocate of Inuit culture, heritage, and rights will represent Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II and be in charge of several state duties.
  • Simon expressed her excitement at the appointment, stating she hopes it would open new avenues to reach reconciliation between Canada and the First Nations – her appointment comes as the nation reckons with the grim reality of hundreds of human graves outside Canada’s residential boarding schools.
  • As governor general, Ms. Simon will have the power to swear in officials and prime ministers, deliver throne speeches, and suspend parliament among other duties.
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Tensions Rise Between Ethiopia and Egypt Over Filling of Dams on the Nile River

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  • Ethiopia has begun unilateral work on the Nile River by filling a large dam on a main tributary, heightening tensions with Egypt whose irrigation ministry expressed its “firm rejection of the unilateral measure” and claimed the measure violates international law.
  • Known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam or GERD, the project is expected to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam when completed, but has also been the source of a decade-long diplomatic conflict between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan whose governments fear the dam will hinder their citizens’ access to water.
  • The Nile is the oldest and longest of Earth’s rivers and an essential source of water and electricity for East African countries – the dam is viewed as a threat in Egypt, a country that relies heavily on the Nile for irrigation and drinking water.
  • The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting on the issue in the upcoming days as requested by Arab states – the U.S. State Department stated countries should avoid al unilateral actions due to their potential to escalate tensions and called for all parties to come to acceptable, negotiated terms on the issue.
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Plane Crash in Eastern Russia Leaves No Survivors

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  • A Russian passenger plane travelling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village north of the mountainous peninsula of Kamchatka, crashed en route.
  • The plane carried 22 passengers and 6 flight crew members, however none are believed to have survived the unexpected collision.
  • The plane lost contact with air traffic control about 10 minutes before their expected landing time and made no contact with them after that. Search crews found some of the plane’s fuselage washed up on shore a few hours later. 
  • The pilot appears to have been attempting a second landing however poor visibility conditions due to fog caused the plane to crash into a nearby cliff. 
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Parisians File Lawsuit Against French Authorities for “Negligence” in Wake of Notre-Dame Fire

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  • Two Parisian families are leading a charge against French authorities for “endangering life” due to their “grave negligence” which allowed for high levels of toxic lead dust to settle in the area surrounding Notre-Dame after the Cathedral went up in flames in 2019.
  • The fire released an estimated 460 tonnes of lead from the cathedral’s roof and spine which exposed city residents to lead pollution.
  • Parisians have accused local authorities of failing to address the dangerous lead levels and exposing residents to lead poisoning.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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