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The Daily Brief: Botched Withdrawal from Afghanistan Continues to Draw Attention from Lawmakers and International Community

Biden Accused of Not Following Advice of Military Leaders

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  • In a tense hours-long Senate hearing, Pentagon officials revealed that they had urged President Biden to leave some troops behind in Afghanistan.
  • Military officials also shared that they had warned of the possibility of the collapse of the Afghani government, once international troops left.
  • Biden remains under constant scrutiny due to the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, upon which the Taliban immediately seized power and toppled the civilian government.
  • Through the course of the military evacuation, American servicemen and Afghani nationals were killed in various attacks.
  • The new Taliban government has visibly reduced the role of women in the country.
  • Most recently, women are currently barred from attending Kabul University. 
  • This move is in addition to other measures by the Afghan government to curtail the rights of women, including requiring women to leave their places of work, until an atmosphere consistent with the Taliban’s interpretation of sharia law could be established.

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Facebook Debuts Policy Aimed At Curtailing Misinformation Campaign

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  • Facebook announced a pilot of its new coordinated social harm policy, tested in the weeks leading up to Germany’s historic elections.
  • The policy allowed for the removal of those accounts deemed to be deliberately spreading misinformation.
  • In the context of the elections in Germany, this meant removing accounts that promoted anti-vaccine content, as well as rumours that the German government is trying to curtail the rights of its citizens.
  • Most of the accounts were linked to the Querdenken Movement, a broad coalition of groups that opposed the government mandates associated with COVID 19.

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Tunisia’s Opposition Creates Coalition Against President Saied

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  • As Tunisia’s President Kais Saied attempts to gain more power, four political parties have announced they will create an opposition coalition involving the The Democratic Current party, Ettakatol (FDTL), the Republican Party and Afek Tounes.
  • Earlier this week, Saied gave himself the power to rule by decree, thereby bypassing the Constitution, after removing the Prime Minister and suspending Parliament earlier this year.
  • Many Tunisians agree with Saied’s decisions, deeming them necessary to remove corruption and elitism, but opposition forces argue that Saeid hasn’t appointed a government or acted democratically.

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Greece and France Enter Defence Partnership

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  • Greece and France have formed a defence partnership that is “a first step towards European defence autonomy,” according to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
  • The partnership involves Athens buying at least three French-built warships, rounding to about $3.5 billion, and arriving in 2026. French President Emmanuel Macron stated the importance of “technological independence, a European defence, and combat-readiness.”
  • This move comes after Australia, the US, and UK formed a defence partnership and abandoned Australia’s $66 billion deal to buy submarines from France, angering Macron.

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China Battles Power Outages and Declining Industrial Production

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  • China is battling power outages that have left homes, factories, and businesses in the dark. China has stated this was caused by rationing due to peak hours, but many state it was without adequate warning.
  • The outages have affected water supplies and industrial production, including at Apple and Tesla. Goldman Sachs stated that 44% of China’s industrial activity has been affected.
  • Global supply chains are at a strain and production has been halted throughout the country. Lifts, heating, and traffic lights have also been affected.

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UK Deploys Military to Fight Fuel Shortage

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  • The UK is deploying the military after several weeks of worsening fuel shortages, prompting long lines and pump closures.
  • More than 100 military tank drivers will distribute gasoline to stations after a shortage of drivers exacerbated widespread panic buying.
  • Temporary work visas are also being distributed to thousands of foreign truck drivers. The government is already stating that there are signs of improvement at gas stations.

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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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