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The Daily Brief: Gulf Coast and Northeastern United States Ravaged by Hurricane Ida

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The Daily Brief Gulf Coast and Northeastern United States Ravaged by Hurricane Ida

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Story Headline: Destroyed Homes, Lack of Power and Rising Covid Rates Bog Down Dampen Recovery

  • 45 people from states across the northeast died due to conditions caused by Hurricane Ida, with more still missing.
  • The United States is immersed in rescue operations and damage assessment in both the Gulf Coast and the Northeast.
  • In Louisiana, 800 nursing home residents were sheltered in a warehouse, in what turned out to be deplorable conditions, resulting in four deaths.
  • Hurricane Ida made land on August 29th, causing widespread flooding and power outages in the Gulf Coast, before bringing torrential rains to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
  • In New York City, several people died when they took shelter in basements that flooded quickly.
  • The federal government is expected to release millions of dollars in emergency aid.
  • The mass evacuations in the Gulf Coast have sparked concerns of COVID19 spread, as pandemic control is hampered.
  • States such as Louisiana are further hamstrung by already low vaccination rates.

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BBC

The New York Times

CNN

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Taliban Attempts to Seize Panjshir Province

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  • Panjshir Province remains under anti-Taliban control and is fighting for freedom against Taliban rule.
  • The National Resistance Front, an anti-Taliban force, has grown in size and is entrenched in protecting the last piece of Afghanistan not under Taliban control.
  • Although the Taliban has claimed to have overtaken the NRF, this has yet to be verified.
  • Meanwhile, Afghani women in Herat are marching in protest against restrictions placed on their rights to live and work freely.

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CNN

Reuters

Washington Post

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Virgin Galactic Flights Paused for Investigation

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  • Virgin Galactic’s flight missions have been suspended, pending a probe into an incident with Richard Branson’s July 11th space flight.
  • The United States Federal Aviation Agency is investigating why the July 11th flight deviated from air traffic control clearance.
  • Virgin Galactic claims to be cooperating with the investigation.
  • The deviation is recorded to have lasted for about 1 hour and 41 minutes.

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BBC

Reuters

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Disappointing Economic Gains in the United States

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  • The United States Labor Department released employment figures on Friday, highlighting the lackluster 235,000 job growth.
  • Earlier estimates had pegge the growth at close to 700,000.
  • Economic recovery is stalled in part due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
  • The unemployment rate did drop, from 5.4 to 5.2 percent.

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BBC

CNBC

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Food Shortages in the UK Have Skyrocketed Over the Past Year 

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  • Food shortage has become a trending headline to a point where shelves are sparse and fast food chains have modified menus. 
  • These changes may have been caused by Brexit when the UK separated from the EU. 
  • Another common issue that has arised amid the pandemic is the demand for next day delivery via online shopping, but there is a shortage of drivers. 
  • Sources have stated that a kilogram of tomatoes now cost £1.47 whereas over a year ago it cost 75p. 
  • Another shortage caused by Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic is the shortage in fruit and vegetable pickers as well as meat processors. 

Sources 

Al Jazeera

The Guardian

Tweets

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South Sudan Now Demands Rights in Freedom of Speech and in Peaceful Protest

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  • Internet shutdowns have restricted citizens to exercise the right to inform, protest, express, as well as associate. 
  • Authorities have also shut down local radio stations. 
  • Despite its Independence in 2011, the country has been facing instability 
  • South Sudan is still struggling from an Aftermath of a five year war which left nearly 400,000 dead. 

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Al Jazeera

VOA News

Police Killed Extremist After Stabbing Attack in New Zealand 

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  • New Zealand Police Shot an ISIS supporter in the Suburb city of  New Lynn supermarket who attacked six people. 
  • The Gunman was of Sri Lankan nationality and was being monitored for approximately 10 years.
  • Security personnel shot him within 60 seconds of his attack. 
  • Sources say that New Zealand has been on a watch since white supremacist gunman attacked 2 mosques leaving 51 people dead in christchurch in March of 2019.

Sources

Reuters

CNN

Tweets

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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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