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The Daily Brief: Haiti’s Government Requests Troops From US and UN

Haiti’s government requests troops amidst uncertainty and power struggles after President Moise’s assassination.

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Summary

  • Haiti’s government called on the United States and United Nations for troops to keep the country stable after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
  • Senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials are scheduled to travel to Haiti in order to assess the situation and help in the investigation into the assassination.
  • Haiti’s Elections Minister Mathias Pierre stated that the US troops are needed to protect infrastructure against potential mercenaries.
  • Martine Moise, Haiti’s first lady who was also shot and injured, described details of the attack in a voice message posted on Twitter. She described the swiftness of the attack, and how Moise was killed because people “want to assassinate the president’s dream.”
  • Out of the 20 suspects, 17 have been arrested, two of which are American citizens. The other fifteen people arrested are Colombian nationals who potentially have military backgrounds.
  • With no clear choice for the role of President or Prime Minister, different men have tried to gain power and claim they are the appropriate choice.
  • Moise appointed Ariel Henry as Prime Minister one day before his death, but neither Henry nor acting prime minister Claude Joseph have been sworn in, leaving uncertainty and debate over the rightful leader.
  • Moise was shot at least twelve times in his home, and Joseph stated that he was tortured prior to his death. 
  • The orchestrator of the attack is still unknown, as well as how the killers were able to get past the president’s security and into his private residence.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/haiti-assassination-biden-moise-power/2021/07/10/2abf4670-e186-11eb-a27f-8b294930e95b_story.html

https://apnews.com/article/business-caribbean-haiti-election-2020-011ce271fe57211c29ffb0e5eef9c506

https://abcnews.go.com/International/haitis-interim-prime-minister-president-tortured-killed-vows/story?id=78772860

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  • Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers agreed on a global tax reform at the summit in Venice. More than 100 countries already agreed on a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% earlier this month.
  • The tax reform agreed upon is aimed at ensuring that multinationals and tech companies are not able to shift their profits to tax havens. The finance ministers also agreed to push ahead with the global minimum corporate tax.
  • The leaders also discussed the need for better access to coronavirus vaccines in poorer countries, especially with the spread of the Delta variant.
  • The reform will not be finalized until the G20 meeting in Rome in October, potentially giving countries who have not agreed, such as Ireland and Hungary, time to reach a consensus.

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed Wins Landslide Election in Ethiopia 

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  • Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party has won the country’s delayed elections due to the pandemic by a landslide – the party has secured 410 out of 436 contested seats in the federal parliament, in addition to a second term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.  
  • A Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2019, Mr. Ahmed made several important reforms since his coming to power in 2018 – including a crackdown on corruption, release of prisoners, appointment of more women to the cabinet, and peace with its neighbor Eritrea. However, the prime minister has also deployed military troops to Tigray, launching conflict, famine, and loss of lives as the operation sought to quell potential ousting of his power.
  • The election was largely peaceful, but no voting was held in the Tigray region. While Mr. Ahmed has celebrated the election as a historic free and fair one, the United States has said the election is “significantly flawed,” due to detention of opposition leaders.
  • Opposition parties won just 11 seats – among the 37 million people registered to vote, voter turnout was 90%.

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Owner of Bangladeshi Factory Arrested after Fire Sets Ablaze

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  • A massive fire spread through a Bangladeshi factory, leading to 52 deaths and 50 people injured. The fire started Thursday afternoon on the ground floor of a Hashim Foods Ltd. Factory in Rupganj, east of the capital Dhaka.
  • The owner of the factory has been arrested, in addition to seven other people, including factory staff – a lack of adequate safety measures including emergency fire exits led to the devastating accident.
  • Some workers attempted to jump off the roof to escape the fire, with three people dying in the process after suffering from burns – almost none of the bodies recovered could be recognized.
  • Twenty-five people were rescued from the building and the fire was brought into control Friday afternoon – police have opened an investigation as to the cause of the fire, but lack of safe working conditions in factories and buildings continue to be a major source of concern in much of South Asia.

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Violence Erupts as Supporters of Former South African President Protest Imprisonment

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  • Violence has erupted in the  KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa, as protestors loyal to former President Jacob Zuma protested his imprisonment, burning trucks and commercial property, and blocking major roads.
  • Mr. Zuma is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court earlier this week. His supporters have engaged in looting and burning of expensive vehicles in protest of the imprisonment.
  • At least 28 arrests were made Friday on charges of burglary, public violence, damage to property, and violation of COVID-19 lockdown protocols.
  • Mr. Zuma has denied the widespread corruption charges levelled against him but has also refused to properly cooperate with the inquiry process.

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  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
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  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
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  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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