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High Rise Media Building Brought to the Ground by Israel

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Summary: 

  • On Saturday, an Isreal powered air strike aimed for al-Jalaa, a high rise media building in the Gaza strip housing The Associated Press and Al Jazeera news agencies, signifying in its ultimate destruction Israel’s plans of attacking Hamas leadership on top of military officials. 
  • Everyone inside of the building safely evacuated prior to the attack, in which three missiles brought the 12-story building down that Israel deemed to be “terrorist infrastructure” housing Hamas intelligence to the ground. 
  • The destruction of one of the oldest Gaza buildings left hundreds of its workers devastated and outraged at Israel’s insubstantial claims in an act many claim to be an act to “silence” journalists criticizing Israel’s actions. 
  • The Associated Press CEO and President Gary Pruitt stated that the Israeli military has “long known the location of the bureau and knew journalists were there” calling the event an “incredibly disturbing event.”
  • Al Jazeera’s acting director of the building stated his hope for the “international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists” and demands “immediate international action holding Israel accountable.”
  • Israel also sent airstrikes on the al-Shati refugee camp, hitting a house, killing 10 people, 8 of which were children, and injuring 20 in the area. The family of which only an infant survived was celebrating the end of Ramadan during the attack
  • Despite Israel’s claims, the Gaza Health Ministry accused defense forces of “direct targeting of crowded civilian areas” and also urging the “international community of necessity to curb the Israli aggression in the Gaza strip.”
  • As the conflict increases, the death toll rises to over 140, including at least 39 children and around 1,000 injured. 

Sources: 

https://apnews.com/article/israel-west-bank-gaza-middle-east-israel-palestinian-conflict-7974cc0c03897b8b21e5fc2f8c7d8a79

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/15/middleeast/israel-palestinian-conflict-intl/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/15/silence-the-story-israeli-strike-on-media-offices-gaza-condemned

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/15/give-us-10-minutes-how-israel-bombed-gaza-media-tower

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Iran’s Presidential Candidates Register For Elections

  • Top presidential candidates in Iran registered for the election on Sunday, the last day of registration.
  • A majority of the candidates are conservatives, prompting moderates to accuse the government of systematically removing reformist and moderate candidates. 
  • The projected winner of the elections is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hard-lined judiciary chief, who is running an anti-corruption campaign.
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Internal Conflict Forces Ethiopia To Delay Elections Again

  • Nonparticipation threats from opposition parties in Ethiopia have pushed back the country’s parliamentary elections once again.
  • The elections were originally scheduled for August 2020, however the Covid-19 pandemic delayed polling.
  • The elections were rescheduled for June 5, 2021, however Tigray and other areas of the country will not be participating in the polling which has delayed elections.
  • Ethiopia’s electoral body has stated that the delay will not last longer than 3 weeks.
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In DR Congo, Dozens Sentenced to Death After Violent Clashes

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  • After violence between Muslim groups on Eid, thirty people were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has not been done since 2003. There was a one-day trial held.
  • For the end of Ramadan, there were thousands gathered in a stadium in the capital, Kinshasa from different Muslim groups, but dozens were arrested, wounded, and one police officer killed over leadership disputes.
  • Rival Muslim groups have often had disputes in the past. Around 10% of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo is Muslim.
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China Lands First Spacecraft on Mars

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  • After orbiting Mars for four months, China’s rover Zhurong has detached from the Tianwen-1 spacecraft and successfully landed on Mars. It is planning to explore the surface of Mars for at least three months.
  • The rover landed on a plain called Utopia Planitia and will start its explorations after a few days of diagnostic tests.
  • This is China’s first mission to Mars. The United States and Soviet Union are the only  other nations that have successfully landed and started exploration of Mars.
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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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