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The Daily Brief: Burkina Faso Government Denies Military Takeover Despite Heavy Gunfire at Several Barracks

Gunfire exchanges were heard in several Burkina Faso military camps on Sunday, however the country’s government claims that the military has not seized control of the nation

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  • Multiple gunfire exchanges took place in military barracks around the West African country of Burkina Faso on Sunday raising speculation around the stability of the nation’s government.
  • Heavy gunfire could even be heard in 2 military camps in the country’s capital of  Ouagadougou, however the Burkina Faso government denies that the military has seized power. 
  • Reports state that firing began as early as 5:00am (05:00 GMT) at Sangoule Lamizana camp where general staff, inmates, and soldiers who participated in a failed 2015 coup are housed.
  • Alkassoum Maiga, spokesman for the Burkina Faso government, states that “Information on social networks suggests a takeover by the army. The government, while confirming gunfire at certain barracks, denies this information and calls on the population to remain calm”.
  • Recent successful coups in Mali, Guinea, and Chad have put Western and Central African countries on high alert for government destabilization plots.
  • Burkina Faso, like several other African nations, has experienced public unrest and protest in recent months due to the government’s inability to address growing armed violence in the region. 

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UK Warns of Moscow Plot to Install Kremlin Ally to Lead Ukraine

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  • The UK has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of plotting to install a pro-Moscow ally to head Ukraine’s government, an accusation which Ukraine is taking “seriously”.
  • The accusation comes as Ukraine receives a second weapons supply shipment from the US as the country gears up to face a potential invasion threat from Russia.
  • Russia has been warned by several international powers, including the US and UK, of severe consequences should the Kremlin make any moves against Ukraine.

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ISIS Prison Break Attempt Causes Resurgence Fears

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  • Seven US allied Syrian fighters died when ISIS attempted a prison break on Thursday to free thousands of its fighters, raising concerns of an ISOS resurgence.
  • 28 ISIS fighters died in the prison break clashes, and although 89 prisoners escaped, they were all recaptured.
  • Iraqi intelligence has reported potential prison break attempts as well, which has led Iraq to tighten security at its Iraqi-Syrian border.

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New Zealand’s PM Cancels Wedding Amid COVID surge

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  • New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced the cancellation of her weddings as the country continues to tackle the Omicron wave.
  • Ardern told reporters “my wedding won’t be going ahead but I just join many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic.”
  • New Zealand will also be postponing its phased border reopening until the end of February, believing that will increase the country’s protection and slow Omicron’s eventual spread. 

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Deadly Fire Hits Cameroon Night Club

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  • At least 16 people were killed in a deadly blaze in a nightclub in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, caused by fireworks that were lit while serving champagne. 
  • The fire that spread through the main room of the nightclub also seriously injured 8 people, causing panic and a stampede.
  • About 100 family and friends gathered outside of the local hospital morgue waiting to hear about their loved ones.

Uighurs in Turkey Protest the Beijing Winter Olympics

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  • Dozens of Uighurs demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish Olympic Committee building to protest next month’s Winter Olympics which are to be held in Beijing. 
  • The demonstrators chanted “China, stop the genocide; China, close the camps” while holding up signs saying “Stop Genocide Olympics.”
  • Human Rights experts believe more than a million Uighur and Muslim minorities have been forcibly detained in China’s Xinjiang camps.
  • Last month, 19 Uighurs filed a criminal complaint against Chinese officials with a Turkish prosecutor, accusing them of torture, rape, genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Saira is a Muslim American with a passion for writing, economics, and justice.  With a background as a UC Berkeley graduate with a bachelors in economics allows her to quantitatively analyze critical developments from around the globe as well as their long term impacts on financial systems and social welfare. She is dedicated to reporting in an investigative, honest and compassionate manner to give voice to those who need it most.

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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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