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The Daily Brief: Belarus Responds to EU Sanctions Threat

The European Union has threatened to impose more sanctions on Belarus for their involvement in the migrant crisis at the Polish border, with Belarus being accused of using the migrants as pawns.

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The Daily Brief Belarus Responds to EU Sanctions Threat

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The European Union has threatened to impose more sanctions on Belarus as the migrant crisis worsens at the Polish border.
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  • The European Union has threatened to impose more sanctions on Belarus for their involvement in the migrant crisis at the Polish border, with Belarus being accused of using the migrants as pawns.
  • In response to the EU, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stated, “And what if we halt natural gas supplies? Therefore, I would recommend the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other empty-headed people to think before speaking.”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that the crisis was “brought about by the Belarusian regime, which is using defenseless people in a hybrid attack against the European Union.”
  • Migrants attempting to cross the Polish border have received the following text message from the Polish government: “The Polish border is sealed. BLR [Belarus] authorities told you lies. Go back to Minsk!”
  • Russia has maintained their strong ties with Belarus, sending strategic bombers on a training mission as a sign of support.
  • The United States has also spoken against Belarus and threatened sanctions for the country’s “ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights and international norms.”
  • Thousands of migrants entering from Belarus are attempting to cross the Poland border. Troops at the border have been retaliating with aggression and refusing to let migrants through.
  • Most of the migrants attempting to leave Belarus are from the Middle East and Asia.

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COP26 Ends with Surprise Agreement by US, China

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  • The United Nations COP26 climate conference finished on Thursday after almost two weeks of world leaders discussing climate change, specifically the reduction of fossil fuels and carbon emissions.
  • The United States and China announced a surprise agreement aimed at meeting the carbon emission goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, which involves keeping global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and striving for a 1.5 degrees Celsius limit.
  • As the highest emitters of greenhouse gasses, the US and China’s cooperative stance on this issue has been a welcomed surprise. 

China Passes Historic Resolution Securing President Xi Jinping’s Status

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  • After four days worth of closed-door discussions, China’s Communist Party passed a historic resolution creating a document that summarizes 100 years of the party’s history. 
  • The resolution was passed by 370 members of the Central Committee and established that the party should continue to focus on 10 areas in the future, the main being leadership, thus securing Xi’s continued leadership status. 
  • Since the party’s founding in 1912, this was only the third historic resolution of its type and with its passing, President Xi Jinping is expected to win next year’s presidency for an un-precedent 3rd term. 

Two Weeks After Coup, Sudan Army Chief Appoints Himself Head of Governing Body

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  • In a move set to cause further turmoil in Sudan, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan appointed himself as the head of the interim governing body, two weeks after he led a military coup in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. 
  • Since the most recent coup, international leaders and pro-democratic protestors have urged Burhan to return the nation back to a joint military and civilian government and to release all officials currently detained. 
  • With Thursday’s appointment and the appointment of a new Sovereign council, many fear that democracy in Sudan continues to slip away. 
  • The government of Sudan has been in disarray since 2019 when joint military and civilian leaders ousted then-president, Omar al-Bashir.

Last South African Apartheid President Dies at 85 

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  • Former South African President FW de Klerk passed away peacefully in his home Friday after a struggle with mesothelioma. 
  • de Klerk is remembered for the role he played in transitioning South Africa from an apartheid state to a democratic one and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 alongside Late Nelson Mandela for ending segregation in South Africa. 
  • In a video apology released after his death, de Klerk apologized for the role he played during the apartheid stating, “I, without qualification, apologize for the pain and the hurt and the indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to Black, Brown, and Indians in South Africa,”
  • de Klerk presided over South Africa from 1989 to 1994 until Mandela was elected in the country’s 1st presidential election.

Elon Musk Sells 5 Billion Dollars Worth Of Tesla Shares After Twitter Poll

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  • In his first sale since 2016, Elon Musk sold approximately $5 billion worth of Tesla shares this week following the results of a Twitter poll on his account. 
  • Musk asked his Twitter following if he should sell $10 billion worth of Tesla shares, with the majority believing that he should. 
  • Although it’s unclear if Musk offloaded the shares based solely on the poll, the share filing stated the sale was, “solely to satisfy [Musk’s] tax withholding obligations related to the exercise of stock options.”
  • Tesla stock declined soon after Musk’s filings were made public. 

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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Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Faiza is a mother of two with a degree in Psychology and Paralegal Studies. She is passionate about lending her voice to those who are disadvantaged.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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