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The Daily Brief: Hijab Ban Extends To European Companies

Euro Court Rules All Religious Symbols Are Subject To Prohibition

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  • The European Court of Justice has ruled that head scarves (hijabs) may be banned in the workplace, at the discretion of the company.
  • The Court said that a company may choose to promote an atmosphere of neutrality and ban all visible forms of religious affiliation.
  • Companies must demonstrate a need to preserve a neutral workplace before enacting any such ban, such as customer demand or strong need by the employer.
  • The ban would apply to any visible faith representations, including head scarves, crucifixes and kippahs. 
  • The ruling was prompted by the case of two German women who were told to remove their hijab in their places of work.
  • The court acknowledged that the ruling may disproportionately affect those groups where visible faith representations are mandatory, as in the hijab.
  • European nations will have to individually wrestle with how the ban comports with freedom of religion and freedom of thought. 

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Public Hajj Resumes On Smaller Scale

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  • Up to 10,000 worshippers have been permitted to participate in Hajj this year.
  • Only residents of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to attend.
  • Worshippers will have to wear masks and maintain social distancing while observing the rites of pilgrimage.
  • Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims are encouraged to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

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Floodwater Continues to Devastate Western Europe

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  • Hundreds of people are still missing as the death toll during the unprecedented European floods rises to 125 people.
  • Thousands of homes have been destroyed or deemed at risk by authorities due to the floods leaving many families homeless.
  • Malu Dreyer, the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, stated “Climate change isn’t abstract any more. We are experiencing it up close and painfully.”

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Taliban Kills Journalist Danish Siddiqui While He Covered Clashes in Afghanistan 

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  • Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters journalist covering the fight between Afghan forces and the Taliban, was killed in what is being called a Taliban crossfire.
  • Siddiqui was near the main market area of Spin Boldak where Afghan security forces attempted to regain control when the Taliban began firing, taking the lives of Siddiqui as well as a senior Afghan officer.
  • Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement that “Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

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The Delta COVID Variant is Overwhelming the U.S. Forcing a Rise in Coronavirus Cases 

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  • New coronavirus cases are up 10% since last week as the Delta variant sweeps the U.S. as only half of the population is fully vaccinated.
  • Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, and Nevada are currently experiencing a full outbreak and all states have seen an increase to new case numbers.
  • Vaccine hesitancy along with many Republican-controlled states prohibiting the enforcement of mask mandates has led to the highly contagious variant spreading rapidly.
  • Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated “I think now is our moment to really double down on our vaccination efforts and our other prevention interventions.”

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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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