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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Heads To Outer Space

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  • Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos embarked on an eleven minute trip to space and back on Tuesday, making him the second billionaire in a week to undertake such a trip.
  • Bezos traveled on a rocket that was developed by his company, Blue Origin, crossing the boundary known as the Karman Line.
  • Accompanying Bezos was his brother, Mark Bezos, an 82 year old aviator enthusiast named Wally Funk and 18 year old student Oliver Daemen. 
  • Bezos picked July 20th as the launch date because of the symmetry with the June 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Mission Landing on the moon.
  • The recent private expeditions into space represent the emergence of space travel tourism.
  • Last week, Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson flew to outer space, financed through his company, Virgin Galactic. 
  • Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX seek to connect thrill seekers with space travel, with plans for additional launches and even a moon landing later this year.

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Afghan Rockets Land Near Presidential Palace During Muslim Holy Festival of Sacrifice

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  • Three rockets landed near the Afghani presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday.
  • The explosions occurred during prayers services for Eidul Adha, the Muslim holy festival of sacrifice.
  • President Ashraf Ghani continued with the congregational prayers, despite the explosions nearby.
  • The Islamic State Group (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Presidential Elections in Peru Lead to Win By Left WIng Former Teacher 

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  • Elections in Peru have designated Pedro Castillo, a rural leftist and former elementary school teacher as president-elect – Castillo defeated right-wing Keiko Fujimori, who often represented Peruvian elite.
  • Mr. Castillo won the election by a margin 44,000 votes; this led to the third loss for Ms. Fujimori, who in the past has accused the president-elect of electoral fraud and illegitimacy although she accepted his victory on Monday.
  • A teacher of 25 years living in a poor Andean region, Mr. Castillo will be the first left-wing President of Peru in more than a generation and also the first to have lived most of his life as a “campesino” or peasant.
  • While his election has deeply divided the Andean nation, Mr. Castillo called for collective unity and promised greater outcomes for Peru’s poorer sectors of society – he popularized the phrase “no more poor in a rich country” as the pandemic crushed the economy of Peru, leading to a poverty rate of almost one-third the nation’s population.
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Britain Deploys Two Warships in Asian Waters

  • Britain has said it will deploy two permanent warships in Asian waters on Tuesday as it strengthens ties with Japan, a close ally of the United States – the ships will be sent to territories where China is viewed as an increasing threat, vying for territorial power along with the U.S. and Japan.
  • U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace has stated the warships will be a new move towards increased security cooperation between the U.K. and Japan.
  • The deployment is a sign of Britain’s growing regional engagement – the warships will be deployed after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships sail to Japan in September.
  • The Queen Elizabeth and accompanying ships will enter Japan through the South China sea in parts that are claimed by China and South East Asian countries.

Ben and Jerry’s Announces Its Withdrawal of Markets in the West Bank

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  • Ben and Jerry’s has announced it will withdraw its sales from Israeli-occupied territories stating that the sale of its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was “inconsistent with our values.”
  • The Vermont-based popular ice cream brand has had a reputation for being politically vocal on controversial issues – it has endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement and supported criminal justice reform systems – their latest support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which seeks to put economic and political pressure on Israel, is viewed as one of the most contentious.
  • The decision was met by anger by several prominent Israelis, with Prime MInister Bennett calling the company’s decision “morally wrong,” stating there would be “severe consequences” from the decision – Israel’s Foreign Minister called the move “a disgraceful capitulation.”
  • The BDS Movement praised the decision, stating it was a “decisive step towards ending the company’s complicity in Israel’s occupation and violation of Palestinian rights.”

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Immense Flooding Drowns Streets and Subway System in Central China

  • Unusually heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in central China, causing entire neighborhoods to be filled with water 1 yard deep.
  • The city of Zhenghzou’s subway system has become inundated with water, leaving at least 1 person dead and 2 others missing.
  • Henan province issued their highest level weather warning and evacuated over 10,000 people in response to the record rainfall. 
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Largest Active US Wildfire Burns Through More Than 340,000 Acres of Land

  • The Oregon Bootleg fire is currently the largest wildfire in the US having scorched through an area greater than the city of Los Angeles. 
  • The fire, which has only been 30% contained, is one of at least 83 wildfires currently plaguing the US as the country struggles with hot and dry weather intensified by climate change.
  • The Bootleg fire, named after the neatby Bootleg Spring, has destroyed more than 160 homes and caused at least 2,000 people to evacuate. 
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Mali Interim President Targeted With Knife Attack at Eid Prayers

  • Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was targeted with a stabbing attempt at the Grand Mosque in the capital of Bamako after Eid-ul-Adha prayers. 
  • The attacker was immediately subdued by nearby security forces and Goita was moved to a safe location.
  • Later on Tuesday Goita spoke to the public announcing that he was “very well” and that such events are “part of being a leader”
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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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