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The Daily Brief: Government Military Forces in Ethiopia Reclaim Cities

Recapture Represents Major Advances Against Tigray Rebels

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  • Military forces loyal to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have recaptured the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha. 
  • The two cities had been seized by rebels affiliated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) about one month ago. 
  • Yesterday’s recapture follows an earlier feat by government forces, when they reclaimed the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela.
  • The TPLF has conceded territorial losses, as a strategy to reprioritize their military engagement.
  • Ethiopia has been embroiled in a year long conflict with the TPLF, which has propelled the country into severe famine.
  • Ethiopia is trying to position itself as a stable world partner, promoting a recent visit by Chinese government officials as testimony.
  • Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.

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U.S. to Implement Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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  • The United States announced they will not send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Beijing this year.
  • The motion represents a statement of protest against the government of China’s ongoing human rights abuses of minorities, most notably, crimes perpetuated against the Uyghur Muslim population.
  • The United States’ moral stand has been further validated by the three week disapperance of Chinese pro tennis star Peng Shuai, after she openly alleged that a former Chinese public official had made unwanted sexual advances towards her. 
  • China has strongly condemned the diplomatic boycott, pledging to retaliate in kind.

Refugees in Lebanon Face Crises Amidst Economic Collapse 

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  • Refugees in Lebanon take a major hit amidst the ongoing economic crises, with insufficient funding leading to limited educational access and healthcare according to officials. 
  • The United Nations for Palestinian Refugees reported the dispariaty of funds prohibited payment towards almost 30,000 of its employees. 
  • The limitation could cause an “existential crisis,” according to Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

AstraZeneca Creator Warns “More Contagious” Pandemics in our Future

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  • British Vaccianoligist Sarah Gilbert warned of “more contagious” and “more lethal” future pandemics which the world should continue to prepare for. 
  • “We cannot allow a situation where we have gone through all we have gone through, and then find that the enormous economic losses we have sustained mean that there is still no funding for pandemic preparedness,” Gilbert stated during the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture. 
  • Gilbert called for retention of recent advances made during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed over 5 million people across the world. 

Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty On All Charges

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  • A court in Myanmar has convicted Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on 11 different charges, including disobeying Covid mandates and instigating dissent. 
  • Suu Kyi, the previous state counselor awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1991, was taken into custody following the military coup back in February and is currently being held in an undisclosed location. 
  • The charges and verdict are both met widely with criticism by Amnesty International, called “farcical and corrupt,” aiding towards “a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment”,
  • Suu Kyi has denied all the claims, but faces life imprisonment. 

Canada Taps Into Maple Syrup Reserves Following Shortage

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  • Maple syrup shortages across Canada have forced the country to dip into their strategic reserves. 
  • The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, producers of over 70% of all syrup distribution, reported they’ve released half off the stockpile, making it the first time in three years. 
  • The growing demand of maple syrup worldwide has been difficult to upkeep as the process for retaining syrup, which includes getting maple sap directly from trees for boiling, is dependent on weather conditions.  
  • “That’s why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup. And we won’t miss maple syrup!” Producer Helene Normandin stated. 

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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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