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A state of emergency has been declared in the province British Columbia following a huge storm over the Pacific north-west causing floods, landslides, and power outages for hundreds of thousands.

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Flooding, landslides, and power outages spread after catastrophic storm

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  • A state of emergency has been declared in the province British Columbia following a huge storm over the Pacific north-west causing floods, landslides, and power outages for hundreds of thousands. 
  • Several counties in Washington have also declared severe weather states of emergencies.
  • One person has been reported dead, with two others missing and an unaccounted number potentially killed. 
  • The Canadian Armed forces have posted teams across the province to evacuate locals stuck since Sunday.  
  • Other crews in partnership with the military have employed rescue helicopters and dog teams to look for survivors.
  • Railways have also been closed down in the port of Vancouver, with officials fearing the storm to suspend various deliveries such as grain and oil. 
  • The storm, which began on Sunday, is speculated to be a result of the ongoing climate crises, as stated by British Columbia Premier John Hogan.
  • “There’s not a person that hasn’t been affected or will not be affected by the events of this past weekend,” he also stated, saying that teams deployed will help with providing resources towards “the communities that need them”.
  • More rainfall is predicted later in the week, with scientists fearing the continued escalation of global temperature will bring greater catastrophic events. 

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  • 14 people were shot dead this Tuesday during an anti-coup protest in Sudan, with hundreds more wounded by security forces. 
  • The pro-democracy protests began earlier this year following the military takeover, as the death toll rose to 38. 
  • Local law enforcement deny enforcing bullets on protestors, claiming an investigation of the deaths would start soon. 
  • The internet has been suspended from the start of the coup, and a large number of security forces monitor the protests, employing tear gas and violence according to locals. 

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission: Thousands of Tigrayans Detained

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  • The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reported thousands have been detained in the wake of the country’s raging war.
  • According to the EHRC, the majority of detainees were of Tigrayan descent, including nursing mothers and the elderly. The detainees have no access to healthcare.
  • Volunteers were tasked with detaining Tigrayans suspected of supporting the Tigray region’s forces.
  • The arrests are made following a state of emergency that was declared earlier this month due to the year long combat between Tigrayans and the Ethiopian military. 
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Kenya on Wednesday, calling for the release of those who were detained.

Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam Exonerated in Malcolm X Murder Case

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  • A 22-month re-investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X has concluded with the long-anticipated exoneration for Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam.
  • Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam were charged with the assasination of the prominent civil rights leader, spending more than 20 years in prison despite their claims of innocence. Mr. Aziz, 83, was released from prison in 1985.  Mr. Islam, who was released in 1987, died at the age of 74 in 2009.
  • The joint investigation between the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the men’s lawyers suggests The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department did not provide evidence that would have acquitted the men.
  • Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance who is conducting the re-investigation acknowledged the justice system’s failure to prove the men’s innocence and apologized on behalf of law enforcement for the irreparable damage to Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam’s lives.

Challenge Accepted: UN’s David Beasley Chalks Out Plan to Solve World Hunger with Elon Musk

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  • The United Nations accepted the challenge posed by Elon Musk to show how $6 billion dollars could put an end to the global hunger crisis through a comprehensive plan.
  • The World Food Programme (WFP), led by David Beasley, announced that $6.6 billion could provide food security for 42 million people spread over 43 countries.  Beasley also indicated the WFP’s willingness to begin discussions with Musk and anyone else willing to be part of the solution.
  • Elon Musk challenged the UN in response to Beasley’s comment during an interview, calling on billionaires such as Jeff Bezos to provide funding to prevent starvation for millions of people globally.

US, UK, and Australia Advisory: Iranian Hackers Targeting Victims in the US

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  • Officials from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia advised that hackers with links to the government of Iran are using ransomware attacks on a broad range of American cyberattack victims.
  • The targeted sectors in the US included the public health, transportation, and health care areas.
  • Microsoft recently announced that the company had observed six different attacks by groups based in Iran deploying ransomware over the last year. 
  • However, most influential ransomware attacks in the US over the last year still remain those linked to Russian hacker gangs.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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