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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that unvaccinated people will be barred from entering certain public spaces amidst Germany’s fourth Covid wave

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  • Germany has decided to impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people, preventing them from entering restaurants, shops, theaters, and other gatherings.
  • Those who have recovered from Covid-19 are not included in the restrictions.
  • A vaccine mandate is also being considered by Parliament, which could be implemented as early as February. Nearly 70% of Germany’s population is vaccinated.
  • In addition to restrictions on the unvaccinated, certain venues and gatherings will be shut down if they are held in a highly infected area or the number of people gathering is too large.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new measures as one of her last actions as Chancellor, stating that these measures are being implemented as an act of “national solidarity”.
  • Germany is also pushing for its citizens to receive booster shots, stating that nine months after the second jab, vaccinated people will lose their vaccination status.
  • Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz, will be taking office next week. He has shown support for a mandatory vaccine mandate.
  • Germany is currently facing its fourth wave of Covid, which is expected to worsen with the spread of the Omicron variant.

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Biden Administration Reinstates ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

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  • The Biden administration has announced they will reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, requiring asylum applicants to remain in Mexico as they await their immigration court hearings.
  • The policy was from the Trump administration and suspended early on during Biden’s presidency. Current administration officials emphasized the new measure was only implemented due to a court order stating that the administration had violated federal law.
  • Mexico agreed to the policy under the condition that “a number of humanitarian improvements” would be made.

OPEC+ Okays Increase In Oil Output Despite Omicron Fears

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  • After discussing various options, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia, and allies (OPEC+) decided Thursday, that they will go ahead with increasing oil output in January 2022, despite fears of COVID Variant, Omicron, driving down demand. 
  • With fuel prices soaring and President Joe Biden’s approval rate at an all-time low, the US praised the coordinated decision from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other OPEC partners. 
  • Starting January 2022, OPEC+ nations are set to begin producing 400,000 barrels of oil per day in an effort to restore the oil supply that was greatly slashed last year during the pandemic. 
  • OPEC+ is set to meet again on January 4th, 2022 but is open to meeting sooner if the economy changes and adjustments need to be made.

Women’s Tennis Association Suspends Tournaments In China Over Peng Shuai Concerns

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  • Effective immediately, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), has suspended all future tournaments in China and Hong Kong due to concerns over the safety of tennis star, Peng Shuai.
  • In an online statement, WTA CEO and Chairman, Steve Simon said, “Unfortunately, the leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way. While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe, and not subject to censorship, coercion, and intimidation,”
  • Shuai went missing earlier this year shortly after accusing a former Chinese official of forcing her into a decade-long sexual affair. 
  • Officials from the International Olympic Committee state they have had two video calls with Shuai since she went missing but they have yet to release any video or transcripts from the alleged video call thus creating further suspicion. 

Austrian Chancellor Steps Down After Only Two Months In Office

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  • Alexander Schallenberg stepped down as Austrian Chancellor Thursday after only being in the position for two months. 
  • The announcement came hours after Schallenberg’s predecessor, Sebastian Kurz, announced that he will be stepping down as party leader and retiring from politics all while still being investigated for corruption and bribery for manipulating polls. 
  • With Kurz’s retirement announcement, Schallenberg stated his reasoning for stepping down was because he believed that the head of the Austrian government and the head of the party with the most votes, should be the same person.
  • Schallenberg intends to remain in the chancellor position until a new leader from the Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) is chosen. 

As Tensions Rise, US Warns Russia Over War With Ukraine

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  • US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov on Thursday to discuss the ongoing military buildup along the Russian and Ukraine border. 
  • The meeting comes after weeks of Ukraine and their Western allies voicing concerns of a Russian military buildup with many fearing that Russia intends to invade Ukraine in the coming weeks. 
  • Russia denies the accusation and instead accuses Ukraine of building up its forces thus creating the ongoing tension. 
  • Blinken warned Russia that there would be “serious consequences” should Russia invade Ukraine. 
  • Russian President, Vladimir Putin, expressed a desire to discuss the matter with US President Joe Biden, and both nations are working to ensure that the meeting occurs before tensions escalate further. 

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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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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