The UK PM urged countries to “come together” in solving the ongoing climate crises as the Climate summit nears an end this week
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to the stage at the COP26 conference, urging world leaders to “pull out all the stops” in order to reach an agreement on the ongoing climate crises.
- “We are firmly in the hard yards, the nuts and bolts of international climate diplomacy — and the negotiations are getting tough. With just a few days left there is still a huge amount to do,” Johnson stated.
- The United Nations drafted an agreement this Wednesday encouraging countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to maintain the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
- If temperatures rise above 1.5 degrees celsius, experts warn of disastrous effects, including animal extinction, heightening sea levels, droughts, and more.
- The draft encourages signatories by the end of next year, as scientists state the longer countries wait to reduce emissions will lessen the chances of keeping the warming temperature below 2 degrees.
- Countries remain divided on the proposal, with some such as Russia and China not stressing the reduction of fossil fuel emissions as promptly as others.
- Johnson asked “for nations to put aside differences and come together” for the future of the planet and its inhabitants.
India Holds Talks On Afghanistan, No Afghan Representative Present
- India hosted the first talks about Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover, but did not have an Afghan representative present.
- Officials from Iran, Russia, Kyrgyzstan,Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan attended while Pakistan and China refused.
- The meeting aimed to tackle “the relevant security challenges and support the people of Afghanistan in promoting peace, security and stability”.
- The meeting also emphasizes India’s efforts towards preserving security interests in Afghanistan, while Pakistan, the country’s rival, garners a heightened influence in the middle eastern country.
Amnesty International: Rebel Fighters from Tigray Gang-Raped Ethiopian Women
- On Wednesday, Amnesty International released a report accusing fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of rape and sexually assaulting 16 women from the Amhara region.
- The TPLF and the Ethiopian government have been at war for a year now.
- Agnès Callamard, the secretary general of Amnesty International, decried the TPLF’s acts. Callamard equated the despicable acts to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- Getachew Reda, spokesman of the TPLF, denied the accusations against its members. Reda also stated that the TPLF would not perpetrate the same practices as its enemies and requested an investigation.
- Prime Minister Ahmed’s office called out the TPLF for its atrocities on its Twitter account.
UK Supreme Court Grants Google Appeal in Data Privacy Class Action
- A class action lawsuit against Google alleges that the company breached data privacy laws by tracking iPhone users’ personal information in 2011 and 2012.
- Supreme Court judges granted Google an appeal on Wednesday. This decision came as a blow to similar claims against companies like Tik Tok and Facebook.
- Richard Lloyd led the case, citing that Google tracked iPhone users’ Safari browsing histories.
- Google claims it has built in protection for user privacy.
Iran Frees Vietnamese Oil Tanker
- Iran freed a Vietnamese oil tanker that the country seized after a confrontation with the US Navy.
- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) confirmed on Wednesday that the tanker was free.
- The IRGC maintained its claims that the US was intent on stealing its oil.
- The United States denied the claim, citing its role was primarily to assess the situation.
Pakistan and Taliban Reach Cease-Fire Agreement
- Pakistan and the Taliban reached a cease-fire agreement for one month, effective Tuesday.
- The agreement with the Pakistani Taliban (known as Tehreek-e-Taliban) is the first approach toward peace for the nation since 2014.
- Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s information minister, announced this news on Monday.
- The Pakistani military and the Tehreek-e-Taliban have been fighting since 2014 after unsuccessful negotiations led to a military operation to seize the northwest from the insurgent group.
- The Pakistani Taliban’s terrorist attacks have plagued the nation since 2007. The group was also responsible for the attempt on Malala Yousafzai’s life.
- Pakistani officials are hopeful that the cease-fire will last longer than one month if negotiations continue.
China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan
- 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.
First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade
- 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.”
Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession
- 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.
North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test￼
- 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.
Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany
- 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.”
Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools
- Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
- The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
- In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
- Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.
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