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The Daily Brief: House Democrats Fight Against Oil Giants

Democrats argue against Chevron, Shell, and other oil giants about climate change decisions at Congressional hearing.

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  • Representatives in the US Congress urged ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP America to reduce funding for groups unsupportive of climate action at a House hearing.
  • Democrats in Congress argued that oil companies neglected to address evidence of dangerous global warming.
  • Darren Woods, CEO of ExxonMobil declared that his company has “long acknowledged the reality and risks of climate change, and it has devoted significant resources to addressing those risks.″
  • US Representatives argued that the corporations have been spreading misinformation about fossil fuels even after having research showing dangers since 1977.
  • James Comer, a Republican on the oversight panel called the Congressional hearing a “distraction from the crises that the Biden administration’s policies have caused.”
  • Last month, the House Oversight and Reform Committee announced the beginning of an investigation into the fossil fuel industry and their effect on public perception on climate science.
  • None of the oil companies agreed to support public policies regarding carbon emissions, even after extensive pressure from Democrats.

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UN Urges Sudan To Restore Transitional Government After Military Coup

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  • Just days after the Sudanese military overthrew the transitional government in Sudan, the UN urged Sudan to restore the previous transitional government. 
  • In a statement endorsed by all 15 UN Security Council Members, the UN expressed their concerns over the recent military coup in Sudan and expressed their solidarity with the Sudanese people and their right to peacefully protest and assemble. 
  • The UN demanded that the Sudanese military responsible for the coup, release all those detained and that the UN will support Sudan’s efforts to transition to a democratic nation. 
  • Sudan has been under a joint military and civilian government since overthrowing Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir in 2019. 
  • The Sudanese military overthrew the civilian portion of the government Monday after tensions between the two sides reached an all-time high. 

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Facebook Changes Name to Meta

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  • In a company live stream Thursday, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that Facebook corporation will now be known as Meta. 
  • Zuckerberg said the name change reflects the companies focus on rebuilding the metaverse and will help encompass their various apps and technologies. 
  • The name Meta comes from the word metaverse which refers to the broad idea of connecting users to a virtual environment that users can access from various devices.
  • The name change comes as Facebook has faced continuous criticism from lawmakers and users on their algorithm and how the company handles abuses on their various apps. 
  • With the announcement, the company replaced the Facebook logo at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and unveiled a new Meta logo in its place.

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Falling Supply And Rising Prices Forces Chinese Petrol Stations to Ration Diesel

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  • Amid rising prices and falling supply, Chinese petrol stations have begun rationing diesel forcing some trucks to go days before being allowed to refuel.  
  • In some provinces of China, trucks are allowed to refuel only 10% of their capacities while in other areas, truck drivers are forced to refill even less than that. 
  • The ration comes as China is currently experiencing an energy crunch where the prices of fuel, gas, and coal are at an all-time high. 
  • Many fear that the rationing will add to the already delayed global supply chain crisis.  

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Russian Accused of Weaponizing Gas

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  • On Thursday, the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, accused Russia of using natural gas as a means to bully the small and struggling nation of Moldova. 
  • Moldova’s contract with the Russian-owned energy supplier, Gazprom, expired at the end of September heightening tensions between the neighboring nations.  
  • Moldova officials said they would like to renew a long-term contract with Gazprom but the new rate that Gazprom suggested was far too high for Moldova, which is considered Europe’s poorest nation. 
  • Since a new deal has not been reached, Gazprom now demands Moldova to pay an outstanding debt of $703 million dollars and has warned that they will cut gas supply by December 1st if full payment is not received. 
  • Russia denies the claim that they are weaponizing natural gas supplies and insists that the rate increase is because of supply and demand and because of the amounting debt Moldova has incurred. 

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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • 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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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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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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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • 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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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • 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.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • 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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