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The Daily Brief: France Angered Over Broken Deal For Submarine Procurement

Australia Claims “National Interest” for Abandoning Deal

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  • Australia has chosen to withdraw from a $66 billion deal with France for the purchase of 12 diesel electric submarines.
  • Concerned that France would not be able to produce subs to meet Australia’s strategic needs, Australia will instead procure submarines in a trilateral agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • France has strongly condemned the breach of contract, recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in a show of disapproval.
  • France has stated that there will be negative economic impact as a result of the broken contract.
  • France has also questioned Australia’s integrity by not only removing itself from the deal but not disclosing the decision until the last minute.
  • China has weighed in on Australia’s actions, stating that the geopolitical balance in the Indo-Pacific region will be upset by Australia’s decision to partner with the U.S. and U.K.
  • A phone call is scheduled to occur between U.S. President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days.

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CNN

The Guardian

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Famed Boxer Manny Pacquiao Announces Presidential Bid

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  • Manny Pacquiao, a senator serving in the Philippines as well as a professional boxer, has announced his intention to run for President in 2022.
  • Current President Rodrigo Duterte is not permitted to run again, but has accepted a factional party’s nomination to run for Vice President.
  • Pacquiao was nominated by the ruling PDP-Laban party.
  • Pacquiao has pledged to fight for compassion and transparency as president.

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Associated Press

Bloomberg News

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Putin’s United Russia Party Victorious In Elections

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  • The United Russia party is set to win the majority in the country’s elections.
  • Accusations of fraud have been reported but the election commission denied the allegations.  
  • Though Putin’s party has won the majority in parliament, it lost some of its support. 

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Turkey Offers To Run Kabul Airport

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  • The offer was made to guarantee the safe travels of diplomats and aid workers.
  • Turkey’s offer was also made as a way to ease current tensions between Turkey and the US.
  • Erdogan is running in Turkey’s next election and has been under pressure over various issues; the Kabul airport will help establish his image with world leaders. 

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Al Jazeera

High Security Prison Escapees Causes Israel To Carry Out Mass Arrests

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  • The six Palestinian prisoner have surrendered to Israeli forces.
  • Their escape has led to Israeli forces to raid Palestinian homes, grassroots organizations, human rights groups, and health committees. 
  • Children have also been arrested and treated cruelly by Israeli soldiers and police. 

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Al Jazeera

Pakistan Will Not Boycott New Zealand In T20 After Pull-Out

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  • New Zealand has chosen not to tour Pakistan for the T20 cricket match. 
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their displeasure at the decision and some called for a boycott of playing New Zealand. 
  • The PCB chief executive said no boycott would be upheld. 
  • New Zealand pulled out of the tour due to a threat, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  

Sources

Al Jazeera

Iran Becomes Member of SCO

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  • Recently, Iran bid to be a member of the Shanghai Cooperation (SCO).  The SCO’s goal is to keep stability and safety for all Europe and Asia. 
  • SCO is responsible for trillions of dollars worth of export annually
  • China, Russia and India are all a part of the SCO.  
  • Iran joining SCO has raised the issue that SCO looks like an anti- western or anti US organization 

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 Inspiration4 is Home

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  • Inspiration4 (crew) is back on Earth where it once was a three day mission. However, this crew is special because they are their own full civilian crew. Something that has never been done. 
  • Their capsule hit the ocean at after 7:00pm, This project is independent from the government and something that will go down in history. 
  • It is said that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are creating space tourism. In which, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon may join the blast off. 

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Al Jazeera

CBS

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Protesters Want to Throw Out Prime Minister 

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  • Sunday was marked as the 15th anniversary. A military coup who removed the former Prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. 
  • Even though Shinawatra is in self-imposed exile, he still holds a presence in their politics. 
  • Shinawatra was supported by middle class workers called ‘Red Shirts’ who were impressed by his populiist beliefs such as implementing  universal health care. 
  • The protesters want to throw out the current Prime Minister due his support for Thaksin Shinawatra.

Sources

Al Jazeera

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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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