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The Daily Brief: Cubans Gather For Largest Anti-Government Protest in Decades

Thousands of Cubans have gathered to protest their government’s response to economic and social struggles which plague the country.

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  • Mass protests, the likes of which have not been seen in Cuba for 30 years, are currently surging across the country as thousands demand action from the government to address economic and social turmoil.
  • Cuba is known for quickly squashing any dissent, so the development of this tremendous anti-government demonstration is both astonishing and dangerous. Cubans risk jail time or worse for their participation is such a protest.
  • Many Cubans are frustrated with the country’s economic collapse, food and medicine shortages, and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to demand solutions to these issues and express their discontent with the government’s lack of action thousands of Cubans have taken to the streets. 
  • Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has blamed US President Joe Biden for the unrest, stating that Biden’s sanctions on Cuba are a “policy of economic suffocation” and claiming that the protesters are hired mercenaries sent by the US to destabilize Cuba.
  • Díaz-Canel has even issued an order to “fight” the protesters. Social media images show security forces detaining, beating, and pepper-spraying some protesters.
  • Despite the pushback, protesters across the country can be heard shouting “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship” as they attempt to bring about revolutionary change on the island.
  • President Biden commended the protests stating that the US stands “with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom”. Biden went on to address the Cuban regime directly, asking them to “hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

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South Africa Deploys Military After Violent Protests and Looting

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  • South Africa’s military has been deployed after days of protests against the imprisonment of South Africa’s former leader, Jacob Zuma. Hundreds of people have been arrested at the protests, and at least ten killed.
  • Shops and businesses have been ransacked and burned, and even vaccination centers have faced violence. Video footage shows police officers using rubber bullets against the protesters.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke against the violence, stating that security forces will “not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who perpetrate these actions.”
  • Zuma was sentenced to jail by South Africa’s Constitutional Court in June for contempt in court after not appearing at his anti-corruption inquiry. He served as president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.

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Unopened Super Mario 64 Cartridge Sells for $1.56 Million

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  • A 1996 unopened Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 sold for $1.56 million, marking the highest price paid for a single video game. Heritage Auctions stated that “the cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount.”
  • Two days prior, an unopened Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000, breaking the Heritage Auctions’ previous record.
  • Video game collectible firm Wata rated the Super Mario 64 cartridge at a 9.8 A++ rating, which is almost perfect condition. Heritage Auctions stated that less than five copies existed that were in such good condition.

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Players on England’s Euro 2020 Final Match Face Racist Abuse 

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  • Three Black English players faced an outpour of racial abuse and harassment on social media following their team’s loss to Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament – the game was England’s first appearance in the finals in more than 50 years.
  • The abuse was aimed at the players who missed their penalty kicks – a flood of hateful messages was sent to the players and a mural celebrating the charitable work of one was defaced in what police say was a racially charged crime.
  • Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have condemned the racist bigotry directed at the players – the England team’s manager has called the abuse “unforgivable.”
  • The players’ union, the Professional Footballers Association released a statement urging the British government to take action against online harassment and criminalize the behavior; the union has also urged social media companies to take a stand against abusive users.

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Israel Begins Distribution of Pfizer Booster Shot for At-Risk Adults

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  • Israel has begun administering third doses of the Pfizer vaccine as booster shots to immunocompromised and at-risk individuals in an effort to wane a rising number of Delta variant infections in the country.
  • The new measure to combat the pandemic was introduced as reports in the country indicated reduced efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine for Delta variant infections – a previous 97% efficacy dropped to 64% and a recent study indicated just 18% of heart transplant patients developed antibodies after two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The Pfizer two dose vaccine is still found to be highly effective at preventing severe illness from the disease – a drop of efficacy from 97% to 94% was reported from infections with the Delta variant.
  • U.S. federal health officials have cautioned on the need for a booster shot, with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden saying it is too early to make the call.

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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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