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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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G20 Finance Ministers Agree on Tax Reform in Venice

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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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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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