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The Daily Brief: Iran Elects New President

Iran Elects New President

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Summary 

  • Conservative Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi was declared the new Iranian President this Saturday. 
  • Raisi, who will replace Hassan Rouhibni, is an ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader and won the election with little competition after the lowest voter turnout since 1979. 
  • Raisi trained under very notable scholars and moved on to become a prosecutor before being appointed the role of deputy prosecutor. He was later selected by the Supreme Leader to be a custodian of a significant Iranian Shrine of Imam Reza. 
  • Raisi was also involved with “administration of oversight over the executions of individuals who were juveniles at the time of their crime” in 1988 after mass execution of 5,000 political prisoners, causing the United States to put sanctions against him.
  • Raisi has promised that under his presidency to create a “strong” government and repair the broken economy under US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Activists criticize the election results, blaming Iran for “selecting” their next President other than listening to the citizens’ calls for reform. 
  • However, Raisi’s election could signify an opening for President Biden to successfully rekindle the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been in negotiations for months. 
  • Raisi will take office in August, strengthening the already conservave and hardline parliament and judiciary in Iran. 

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/middleeast/ebrahim-raisi-iran-election-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-deal-Ebrahim-Raisi.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/19/raisi-wins-irans-presidential-election-amid-low-turnout

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WHO Declares Guinea Ebola Outbreak Over

  • The World Health Organization has announced the end of the second Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
  • The outbreak began in February and is responsible for the deaths of 12 people. 16 additional people were infected with the disease but survived it.
  • Health authorities in Guinea used knowledge from previous outbreaks to tackle the resurgence which allowed the outbreak to be contained quickly.
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UN Calls to Halt Arms Sales to Myanmar Military

  • The United Nations has issued a call to cease arm sales to Myanmar’s junta which has taken control of the country by force and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 
  • The UN’s resolution condemns the military government, requests the release of political detainees including Aung Suu Kyi, and demands an end to violence against peaceful protestors.
  • 119 countries supported the resolution, 1 country (Belarus) opposed it, and 36 countries, including Russia and China who are Myanmar’s largest arms suppliers, abstained from voting.
  • The resolution is not a legally binding document, however it is politically significant because it shows that major entities of the world do not recognize Myanmar’s military government.
  • Protesters in Myanmar were especially active yesterday in celebration of their elected leader Aung Suu Kyi’s birthday.
  • Tweets:

Americans Rejoice as US President Biden Names Juneteenth a National Holiday 

  • US President Joe Biden has recently named Juneteenth, the date commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the United States, a federal holiday. 
  • Black Americans have lauded the decision which serves as a milestone in the fight for racial equality in the US.
  • Many civil rights activists have stated that this is just the beginning; There is still much work to do in the struggle against racism and prejudice in America.
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The Daily Brief: China’s Evergrande Threatens to Sink International Markets

China’s Evergrande Threatens to Sink International Markets

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Summary:

  • Evergrande, a Hong Kong based property development group that made the 2021 Global Fortune 500 list, has warned of defaulting on its $300 billion debt causing shockwaves throughout financial markets.
  • Fear of contagion from Evergrande has caused uncertainty among investors as many look to liquidate their assets.
  • US stocks fell sharply on Monday reflecting unease regarding the Evergrande crisis.
  • The Dow plunged 885 points (2.57%) on Monday accompanied with a 2.56% fall in the S&P 500 and a 3.14% fall in the Nasdaq Composite.
  • Bitcoin and other digital assets such as EOS and Ether also faced a sharp drop on Monday morning with Bitcoin sinking as low as 10.7%.
  • The White House has assured the public that they are monitoring financial markets, however they stressed that Evergrande’s business was “overwhelmingly centered in China.”
  • European financial markets have been hit by the Evergrande crisis as well, with London’s FTSE 100 down 0.8%, Germany’s DAX down 2.3%, and France’s CAC down 1.74%.
  • El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele welcomed the drop in Bitcoin, buying 150 additional coins for his country during the slump.
  • Sources:

CNN

Al Jazeera

Yahoo

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US Eases Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors

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  • US President Joe Biden intends to lift travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 starting in November.
  • White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new policy on Monday, detailing that all foreigners entering the US must provide proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of their flight to the US.
  • The new policy is projected to help ease relations with Europe and boost the US tourism industry which was severely impacted by the pandemic and resulting 18 month travel ban from 33 countries including members of the EU, China, and India.
  • Sources:

NYT

Al Jazeera

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School Shooting Leaves Six People Dead in a Russian University 

  • A student at a university in the Russian city of Perm opened fire on students and staff on Monday at 11 AM local time.
  • Six people were killed and an additional two dozen were wounded.
  • The attacker used a hunting rifle that he purchased in May, leaving many questioning the ‘strict’ gun laws of Russia.
  • Before the shooting the assailant stated “I’ve thought about this for a long time, it’s been years and I realised the time had come to do what I dreamt of..” on his now removed social media page.
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58623160.amp

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/shooting-at-russian-university-kills-eight-11632132441

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Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda Star, Convicted on Terrorism Charges

  • 67-year-old Paul Rusesabagina was charged for terrorism after backing a rebel group responsible for deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019.
  • The film star will now face 25 years in prison, though his family claims the trial is a sham and that he was unjustly taken to Rwanda by force.
  • The US, where Rusesabagina resides, stated that they are concerned by the conviction.
  • The US said that “the reported lack of fair trial guarantees calls into question the fairness of the verdict”.
  • Rusesabagina was highlighted after speaking out about human rights abuses and claiming that Rwanda’s government was targeting Hutus, the Bantu-speaking people of Rwanda and Burundi.
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58624691.amp

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/hotel-rwanda-hero-found-guilty-of-terrorism-related-charges-may-face-life-imprisonment-11632138741

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Volcano Eruption on the Canary Islands Devastates Thousands

  • The Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Spanish Canary Islands erupted Sunday sending lava downhill.
  • 5,500 residents have had to evacuate the area and roughly 100 homes have been destroyed.
  • Thankfully, no casualties have been reported yet, however mandatory evacuations for four villages have gone into place.
  • Sergio Sarti, a resident on the island stated “I fear further big eruption of the volcano…It’s like 200 metres altitude of fire, and then a big river of lava that is going closer and closer to the coast. I saw how many houses were covered by lava, and families crying. We didn’t expect this to happen now. I was walking near the volcano when it exploded. I didn’t expect it.”
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58620555.amp

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/19/world/europe/thousands-evacuated-as-canary-island-volcano-erupts.html

  • Tweets:

https://twitter.com/cleavon_md/status/1439748640298385415?s=21

Bee Swarm Kills 63 Endangered Penguins 

  • In what is being called a ‘fluke’ occurrence more than 60 penguins from the Boulders African penguin colony in Simon’s Town, south of Cape Town, were found dead.
  • The group appeared to have been attacked sometime between Thursday September 16 and Friday September 17 by a swarm of Cape honey bees.
  • The already limited 2,200 endangered penguins have now lost 63 healthy and likely breedable adult penguins.
  • David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian, stated “This is a very rare occurrence…We do not expect it to happen often, it’s a fluke…The penguins…must not die just like that as they are already in danger of extinction. They are a protected species.”
  • Sources:

https://gizmodo.com/bee-swarm-kills-63-endangered-penguins-in-fluke-occur-1847707457/amp

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/20/africa/bees-kill-penguins-south-africa-scli-intl-scn/index.html

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Tensions Over License Plates Rise at Kosovo-Serbian Border

l&d, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Tensions are rising at the Kosovo-Serbian border with Serbians protesting Kosovo authorities forcibly removing license plates of Serbian registered cars. 
  • Media officials have stated that Kosovo authorities have fired tear gas at Serbian protestors. 
  • Formerly, Serbian authorities have removed license plates from Kosovo registered cars for years. It now seems that the same is being done to enforce a tit-for-tat rule. 
  • Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, is not recognized by Serbia as a separate government and country of its own, rather as an administrative border. 
  • Sources:

https://apnews.com/article/europe-belgrade-serbia-kosovo-630abd36f11bbebed43f72f6f0482273

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/20/kosovo-deploys-police-serbs-protest-amid-border-tension

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Biden Administration Aims to Deport Haitian Immigrants to South Texas 

Oxfam East Africa, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • The Trump administration called the Haitians “aliens” and similarly by the Biden administration they are referred to as “irregular migrants”. 
  • As for the Haitian immigrants, thousands are waiting at the border in Del Rio, Texas for the Biden administration to create policies for immigrants regarding Title 42 asylum policies. 
  • The Department of Homeland Security has stated that about another  2,000 immigrants have been transferred to the Del Rio immigrant camp causing camp population to double to 14,600. 
  • Sources:

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/18/texas-immigration-border-deportations/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-biden-its-all-the-same-for-haitians-getting-booted-from-texas

  • Twitter: 

Cuba Approves Vaccine for Children Ages Under 12 

  • As of Thursday Cuba will seek approval from the WHO for three COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Rolando Perez Rodriguez, the head of the research development at BioCubaFarma states that the vaccine campaign aims to vaccinate more than 90% of the population by November. 
  • Currently, more than 65% have received one dosage of the vaccine and 37% are fully vaccinated with three shots. 
  • Cuba created its own vaccine called the Soberana 2 along with a booster shot Soberana Plus. 
  • According to the CECMED, after authorizing the trials for ages 2-18 clinical trials stated that it was well tolerated amongst children and adolescents. 
  • Sources: 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/cuba-seeks-who-approval-of-covid-19-vaccines-as-toddlers-next-for-shot-1.5586429

https://www.verywellhealth.com/cuba-covid-vaccine-toddlers-5200687

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Anti-Vaccine Protests in Canada 

Felton Davis, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Canadians for the most part have favored vaccine and mask policies 
  • Recently, anti-vaccine and mask protestors have been protesting outside hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • Health care workers have been assaulted verbally and physically and extreme scenarios have included cancer patients being forced to walk through the mobs unmasked. 
  • Sources:

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/09/19/analysis/shocking-anti-vaccine-protests-plagued-canadas-election-spawned-resurgent-far

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The Daily Brief: France Angered Over Broken Deal For Submarine Procurement

Australia Claims “National Interest” for Abandoning Deal

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  • Australia has chosen to withdraw from a $66 billion deal with France for the purchase of 12 diesel electric submarines.
  • Concerned that France would not be able to produce subs to meet Australia’s strategic needs, Australia will instead procure submarines in a trilateral agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • France has strongly condemned the breach of contract, recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in a show of disapproval.
  • France has stated that there will be negative economic impact as a result of the broken contract.
  • France has also questioned Australia’s integrity by not only removing itself from the deal but not disclosing the decision until the last minute.
  • China has weighed in on Australia’s actions, stating that the geopolitical balance in the Indo-Pacific region will be upset by Australia’s decision to partner with the U.S. and U.K.
  • A phone call is scheduled to occur between U.S. President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days.

Sources

NPR

CNN

The Guardian

Tweets

Famed Boxer Manny Pacquiao Announces Presidential Bid

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=philippines&title=Special:MediaSearch&go=Go&type=image

  • Manny Pacquiao, a senator serving in the Philippines as well as a professional boxer, has announced his intention to run for President in 2022.
  • Current President Rodrigo Duterte is not permitted to run again, but has accepted a factional party’s nomination to run for Vice President.
  • Pacquiao was nominated by the ruling PDP-Laban party.
  • Pacquiao has pledged to fight for compassion and transparency as president.

Sources

BBC

Associated Press

Bloomberg News

Tweets

https://twitter.com/search?q=Manny%20Pacquio&src=typed_query

Putin’s United Russia Party Victorious In Elections

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Vladimir_Putin_at_a_lectern#/media/File:Vladimir_Putin_21_November_2001-6.jpg

  • The United Russia party is set to win the majority in the country’s elections.
  • Accusations of fraud have been reported but the election commission denied the allegations.  
  • Though Putin’s party has won the majority in parliament, it lost some of its support. 

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58614227

Turkey Offers To Run Kabul Airport

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Kabul_International_Airport#/media/File:Crowds_in_front_of_Kabul_International_Airport_(cropped).jpg

  • The offer was made to guarantee the safe travels of diplomats and aid workers.
  • Turkey’s offer was also made as a way to ease current tensions between Turkey and the US.
  • Erdogan is running in Turkey’s next election and has been under pressure over various issues; the Kabul airport will help establish his image with world leaders. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

High Security Prison Escapees Causes Israel To Carry Out Mass Arrests

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  • The six Palestinian prisoner have surrendered to Israeli forces.
  • Their escape has led to Israeli forces to raid Palestinian homes, grassroots organizations, human rights groups, and health committees. 
  • Children have also been arrested and treated cruelly by Israeli soldiers and police. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

Pakistan Will Not Boycott New Zealand In T20 After Pull-Out

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pakistan_national_cricket_team#/media/File:Ireland_vs_Pakistan.jpg

  • New Zealand has chosen not to tour Pakistan for the T20 cricket match. 
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their displeasure at the decision and some called for a boycott of playing New Zealand. 
  • The PCB chief executive said no boycott would be upheld. 
  • New Zealand pulled out of the tour due to a threat, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  

Sources

Al Jazeera

Iran Becomes Member of SCO

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=Shanghai+Cooperation&title=Special:MediaSearch&type=image

  • Recently, Iran bid to be a member of the Shanghai Cooperation (SCO).  The SCO’s goal is to keep stability and safety for all Europe and Asia. 
  • SCO is responsible for trillions of dollars worth of export annually
  • China, Russia and India are all a part of the SCO.  
  • Iran joining SCO has raised the issue that SCO looks like an anti- western or anti US organization 

Sources

United Nations

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 Inspiration4 is Home

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=SpaceX&title=Special:MediaSearch&type=image

Summary:

  • Inspiration4 (crew) is back on Earth where it once was a three day mission. However, this crew is special because they are their own full civilian crew. Something that has never been done. 
  • Their capsule hit the ocean at after 7:00pm, This project is independent from the government and something that will go down in history. 
  • It is said that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are creating space tourism. In which, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon may join the blast off. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

CBS

Inspiration4

Tweets

Protesters Want to Throw Out Prime Minister 

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  • Sunday was marked as the 15th anniversary. A military coup who removed the former Prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. 
  • Even though Shinawatra is in self-imposed exile, he still holds a presence in their politics. 
  • Shinawatra was supported by middle class workers called ‘Red Shirts’ who were impressed by his populiist beliefs such as implementing  universal health care. 
  • The protesters want to throw out the current Prime Minister due his support for Thaksin Shinawatra.

Sources

Al Jazeera

Tweets

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The Daily Brief: Young Women Barred from Education in Afghanistan While Taliban Replaces Women’s Ministry with Ministry for ‘Guidance’

Young Women Barred from Education in Afghanistan While Taliban Replaces Women’s Ministry with Ministry for ‘Guidance’

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Summary:

  • The building dedicated to the Women’s Affairs Ministry has now been converted to the Ministry for Preaching and Guidance and the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice due to the Taliban.
  • The Taliban’s blatant restrictions on women’s rights has begun once again following their first rule in the 1990s.
  • The Women’s Economic Empowerment and Rural Development Project which was being developed in the Women’s Affairs Ministry was brought to an immediate stop as Taliban removed project workers from the grounds.
  • Women began to protest outside the building, however the Taliban has failed to give a response or explanation for their behavior.
  • Similarly, male students and teachers were requested to return to school while no mention of female students was made leaving many worried.
  • An Afghan schoolgirl, who had hoped to be a lawyer, stated “I am so worried about my future, everything looks very dark. Every day I wake up and ask myself why I am alive? Should I stay at home and wait for someone to knock on the door and ask me to marry him? Is this the purpose of being a woman?”
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58607816

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/18/taliban-replace-ministry-for-women-with-guidance-ministry

  • Tweets:

https://twitter.com/malala/status/1438956350810296333?s=21

https://twitter.com/imrankhanpti/status/1439158625243648002?s=21

Pro-Trump Crowds Organize ‘Justice for J6’ Rally

  • Look Ahead America, a nonprofit led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard is responsible for organizing the ‘Justice for J6’ rally claiming they are showing support for July 6th insurrections who were charged for their behavior.
  • Though the Pro-Trump demonstrators claim to be peaceful captiol police is on high alert and say they are ready for the worst.
  • Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, stated “It’s ironic that the rallying cries justice for January 6th. I think justice for January 6th would have been the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump.”
  • Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-capitol-high-alert-pro-trump-demonstrators-converge-rally-2021-09-18/

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/09/15/politics/september-18-rally-capitol-security-explainer/index.html

  • Tweets:

https://twitter.com/hugolowell/status/1438933188269776904?s=21

https://twitter.com/repjeffries/status/1438351943600984065?s=21

Argentine President Reshuffles His Cabinet 

  • Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has made arrangements to his cabinet following the aftermath of infighting between the Peronist Justicialist Party 
  • Changes include replacing Regional Governer Juan manzur as now cabinet chief and former Cabinet chief Santiago Cafiero as foreign minister. 
  • Julian Dominguez now becomes in charge of the country’s agricultural portfolio. As the country is the world’s supplier for corn,wheat, barley and beef.
  • Sources: 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/18/argentinas-fernandez-reshuffles-cabinet-after-crisis-week

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/fernandez-names-manzur-cabinet-chief-cafiero-out-anibal-fernandez-returns.phtml

European Union legislators urge UAE to free imprisoned Human flights activists 

Unknown person; Electronic Frontier Foundation., CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  •  The EU Parliament has condemned the actions of the UAE and has demanded the release of Ahmed Mansoor, Mohammed al-Roken and Nasser bin Ghaith.
  • Mansoor was sentenced 10 years in prison for being accused of publishing false information on the status of the UAE via social media. Whereas Al-Roken is a prisoner of conscience, and Bin Gaith also being accused of criticizing the country through social media platforms
  • This leads to the Boycott of Dubai’s Expo Event where the EU has now urged international sponsors to not participate in the event. 
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/17/eu-parliament-urges-uae-to-free-imprisoned-human-rights-activists

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-european-parliament-release-political-prisoners-boycott-dubai-expo

Lebanon raises fuel prices to ease shortages

  • Petrol prices in lebanon have been increased by 38% as of friday 
  • The price of 95 octane fuel has increased by 66% 
  • Lebanon’s economic crisis has lead many civilians into poverty due to insufficient gas supply  
  • Sources: 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/17/lebanon-government-hikes-petrol-prices-again-to-tackle-shortages

Human rights policies have lead Russian elections towards of content on platforms 

Lodo27 from Moscow, Russia, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Laws are targeting content which could be illegal in the eyes of the government
  • Laws are also challenging human rights principles as well as internet freedom 
  • An app is now being removed from Russian app stores due to interference with elections.
  • Sources :

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/big-tech-grapples-russian-internet-crackdown-election-rcna2077

  • Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/oliviasolon/status/1439189840906661892

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The Daily Brief: China and France Angry at Australia, US, UK Alliance

China and France Angry at Australia, US, UK Alliance

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Summary:

  • As part of a larger security alliance, named AUKUS, Australia, the US, and UK have jointly decided to help Australia acquire nuclear powered submarines. The alliance also includes sharing of intelligence and technology. 
  • The leaders of the three countries stressed that the submarines would not carry nuclear weapons.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke with the other two world leaders over zoom, stating, “We all recognise the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term.”
  • Even as the US Secretary of Defense clarified that “On the issue of China…this relationship is not aimed at anything or anyone,” the country’s foreign ministry called the alliance “extremely irresponsible” and declared it was “damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts.”
  • The Chinese Embassy in Washington DC declared that the countries should “shake off their Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice.”
  • Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, clarified that “Australia is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons or establish a civil nuclear capability.”
  • Australia decided that they will no longer buy diesel-powered submarines from France. France’s Foreign Minister called the alliance a “brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision,” that reminds him “of what Mr Trump used to do,” adding that “it’s a real stab in the back.”
  • Tensions regarding Taiwan and China’s activity in the South China Sea have increased, raising competition between Beijing and Washington.
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/16/us-moves-to-assure-vital-partner-france-over-indo-pacific-pact

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/politics/us-uk-australia-nuclear-powered-submarines/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58540808

  • Tweets

Russia Begins Parliamentary Election After Removing Most Opposition

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  • Russia’s parliamentary election has begun and polls are open for the next three days. Russia’s main opposition leaders have not been allowed to run after months of regulations shutting down the opposition’s chances.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin called this election “undoubtedly the most important event in the life of our society and country.” It is expected that Putin’s party will win the election and remain in the majority.
  • The ballot contains fake candidates that have the same name and similar pictures as opposition leaders. They were created by Putin’s United Russia party to take away votes from other candidates.
  • Aleksei Navalny, jailed opposition leader, created an app to help voters towards candidates opposed to United Russia, but the app and website were banned.
  • Sources

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-election-putin-navalny-parliament/2021/09/16/d000e6e2-1012-11ec-baca-86b144fc8a2d_story.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/15/can-navalnys-smart-voting-app-impact-russias-election

  • Tweets

Sigrid Kaag Announces Resignation From Foreign Minister Position

  • The lower house of the Dutch Parliament determined that Kaag mismanaged the Afghan evacuation. 
  • The parliamentary debate did not call for her resignation; Kaag chose to leave her position voluntarily.
  • Kaag admitted that the response to evacuating staff and translators was disorderly and slow. 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/16/europe/dutch-minister-resigns-afghanistan-intl/index.html

https://apnews.com/article/china-asia-afghanistan-united-states-beijing-23da7141d52f0589c7775e921f7d430c

China Hopes To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • China has applied to join the entity to cement its trade ties in the Indo-Pacific. 
  • The US had originally worked to join the trading bloc but the Trump administration abandoned the effort. 
  • China can join if all eleven members of the bloc approve the application; however, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam currently have tense relationships with China regarding trade and other issues. 

https://www.afr.com/world/asia/china-applies-to-join-pacific-trade-bloc-as-security-tensions-rise-20210917-p58sgv

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-16/china-formally-applies-to-join-asian-trade-deal-u-s-abandoned

German Authorities Stop A Possible Attack On Hagen Synagogue

  • Authorities were tipped off about four people with terrorist ties who were planning an attack on a synagogue during Yom Kippur. 
  • Law enforcement were present with machine guns around the synagogue on Wednesday evening.
  • Parliamentary candidates Armin Laschet Olaf Scholz condemned the threat. 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/16/europe/hagen-germany-synagogue-police-intl-grm/index.html

French Government Announces That ISIS Leader Has Been Killed

  • French Minister for the armed forces Florence Parly says that Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui has been killed.
  • French forces led an air and ground operation in Mali that resulted in al-Sahraoui being wounded. 
  • Al Sahraoui had ordered six French humanitarian workers to be killed in August 2020. 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/16/africa/france-killed-isis-al-sahrawi-intl-hnk/index.html

Hezbollah Sends Fuel to Lebanon via Syria

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  • Hezbollah, the Shia militant group, arranged 80 trucks carrying diesel that arrived in al-Ain, Lebanon, Thursday.  
  • Hospitals and essential services will be given priority for fuel distribution. 
  • The fuel shortage comes in the wake of the economic crisis the country is facing, resulting in fuel, electricity, and drinking water scarcity.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58583008

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Salvadorans Protest Introduction of Bitcoin 

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  • Cryptocurrency is now legal tender in El Salvador.  The introduction of Bitcoin resulted in demonstrators protesting President Nayib Bukele’s decision.  
  • President Bukele’s believes Bitcoin is in the people’s interests, as it will enable Salvadorans who work abroad to send money home to their families.
  • Protesters in San Salvador feel the cryptocurrency will only contribute to inflation and instability in El Salvador.  
  • Some demonstrators referred to Bukele as a dictator.
  • Source:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58579415

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Hilton Hotel Being Built over Uighur Mosque

  • Muslim groups will boycott Hilton Worldwide in response to its plans to construct a Hampton Inn hotel at the site of a destructed mosque.  The Uighur mosque in Hotan in Xinjiang, China was destroyed in 2018.
  • Destroying mosques is only one of China’s human rights violations against its largely Muslim Uighur population.
  • The minority group is subjected to forced labor, internments, and sterilizations.
  • China has denied any mistreatment of the Uighur population.
  • Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/16/muslim-groups-announce-boycott-over-planned-hotel-on-uighur-site

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President Mohamed of Somalia Revokes Prime Minister Roble’s Powers

  • In the latest crisis for Somalia, President Mohamed revoked PM Roble’s powers to appoint or remove officials until the election’s conclusion.
  • Tension between the President and the PM has risen over the last few months.
  • Farmaajo, the office of the president, was not consulted during Roble’s decision-making, the President alleges.
  • The next phase of the election will take place between October 1 and November 25.  Until then, Mr. Roble is suspended.
  • Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/16/somalia-crisis-deepens-as-president-withdraws-pms-powers

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The Daily Brief: Show Of Force Between Koreas Escalates Tensions in Southeast Asia

Show Of Force Between Koreas Escalates Tensions in Southeast Asia

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  • North Korea and South Korea flexed their military muscles on Wednesday by testing their ballistic missiles capabilities.
  • North Korea fired first, launching two missiles close to the Korean Peninsula.
  • South Korea tested their system a few hours later, citing successful launches.
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stated the need for armament build up is in response to North Korea’s growing capabilities.
  • North Korea has defended its actions and military exercises as routine.
  • Ballistic missiles are concernful because they can be modified to carry nuclear heads.
  • North Korea is currently under sanction by the United States, in the hopes the country will give up its nuclear programs.

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CNN

BBC

Al Jazeera

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Pakistan calls for engagement with Taliban

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  • Senior Pakistani officials are calling for the world community to enter in direct talks with the Taliban.
  • The government cautioned that stalling communications would only reenter the United States and Afghanistan into a relationship of peril.
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested that opening communications might motivate the Taliban to shift their positions on women’s rights and inclusive governing. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

Reuters

CNN

U.S. Olympic Gymnasts Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse by Doctor  

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  • Top U.S. Olympic gymnasts, including world renowned Simone Biles have spoken out against the handling of Larry Nassar’s case by the FBI.
  • Four elite gymnasts spoke out emotionally about the sexual abuse and trauma they faced from Nassar’s repeated sexual misconduct as sports doctor for the Olympics.
  • Testimonials include accounts of silence by FBI agents when told about the molestations.
  • The gymnast accounts say the FBI did not make their complaints seem valuable or give importance to the pain they had endured.

Sources

NPR

BBC  

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Gavin Newsom’s Wins After California Recall Election

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  • Democrats in California have called for changes to the state’s recall process after the victory of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom against a Republican-led effort to remove him from office.
  • Leaders and government officials have emphatically declared that an individual who receives fewer votes should not be able to replace an elected official.
  • Newsom has used his victory to warn California’s residents of what he considers are the dangers of a Republican replacement, such as pushback for COVID-19 safety precautions and the state’s progressive nature.

Sources

NBC

New York Times

Politico

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U.S. and European Union Tackle Climate Change

  • The United States and European Union have agreed to reduce methane emissions by 30% at the end of this decade and are urging other world economies to do the same.
  • A world summit to tackle the problem of climate change will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • A Pew Research Report has shown that more than 80% of people say they agree to take measures to stop climate change.
  • U.S. conservatives lag behind in their commitment to reducing climate change.

Sources

CNBC

CNBC

U.N. Calls for Moratorium on Human RIghts Violations by AI

  • U.N. officials are warning that information collected from artificial intelligence could be discriminatory and threaten human rights.
  • The U.N. High Commissioner is calling for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems.
  • A report compiled by the High Commissioner’s office will be sent to the U.N. Security Council to provide an analysis of how digital technologies are impacting human lives.

Sources

Al Jazeera

VOA News

Biden To Meet With CEOs About Vaccine Mandates Despite Backlash

  • President Joe Biden plans to meet with various CEOs this Wednesday to draft vaccinate regulations for their employees and enable more Americans to be vaccinated. 
  • The announcement last Thursday mandating vaccinations for two-thirds of federal workers has been met with heavy backlash. Arizona and South Dakota are two states who have already announced their plans to sue the administration on “unconstitutional” grounds. 
  • However, critics argue against the statement, claiming there is no constitutional right allowing Americans to put others at risk by refusing to be vaccinated. 

Sources 

NBC

Al Jazeera

NBC

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Suspect Of 2015 Paris Attacks Claim It Was “Nothing Personal” And France “Knew [The] Risks”

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  • Saleh Abdeslam, the only survivor left out of the 10 responsible for the 2015 attack on the French Capital, stated to the courts that the attack was “nothing personal” but should’ve been expected after France launched airstrikes to Syria. 
  • The attack occurred on November 13th, 2015, in which various sites were targeted by armed gunmen and suicide bombers. 130 innocent civilians were killed and over 300 injured in the deadliest attack in France since World War II. 
  • Abdeslam also stated: “To explain that what we wanted to target was France and not individual persons -– right, except it was people who were injured and killed, innocent people, targeted voluntarily. It’s morally unacceptable.” 
  • It’s the first time in six years since his arrest that Abdeslam has spoken up about the incident. Families of those who were killed and those injured because of the event attended the hearing, 

Sources

Associated Press

The Guardian

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UN Withdraws Peacekeepers in Gabon After Sexual Abuse Allegations

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  • The United Nations have withdrawn peacekeepers in Gabon, Africa after several sexual abuse allegations. 
  • “In recent weeks, exceptionally serious acts that go against military ethics and the honour of the armed forces, committed by certain elements in the Gabonese battalions … have been reported,” as stated by the ministry. 
  • All 450 troops stationed in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been sent home. An investigation has been opened for the five girls who have come forward, and the UN promised “extreme rigor” if the allegations are proven true. 
  • The allegations add to a number of cases which have previously been overlooked by the UN in CAR, as well as mirrored instances in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Sources 

US News

Al Jazeera

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Lebanon Continues Negotiations with IMF Following New Government and Economic Crisis

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  • Following the newly established government in Lebanon, both the former Prime Minister and President have agreed on a technocratic government with 24 board members. 
  • The news comes after over a year of negotiations, the Beirut explosion, a major economic crisis in which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declined over 30%. 
  • Critics remain skeptical about whether this form of government will achieve in bringing the company out of the financial crises, as Lebanon remains in talks with the IMF to draft a support plan. 

Sources 

Reuters

Daily Sabah

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The Daily Brief: Hurricane Nicholas Categorizes As A Category 1 Hurricane

Hurricane Nicholas Categorizes As A Category 1 Hurricane

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  • Tropical storm Nicholas hit landfall this Tuesday, categorized as a category 1 hurricane and predicted to flood parts of Louisiana and Texas over the next couple of days. 
  • The hurricane had 70 mile per hour winds according to weather officials. The warning issued following the signs of potential flash floods claim there could be up to 20 inches of rain, affecting over 6 million people. 
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbot warned the state of “extreme high-water events, including flooding and potential damage caused by the rainfall” on Monday. He also urged citizens to “Be cautious” in traveling for the next few days. 
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged citizens to prepare, stating “We want to make sure that no one is caught off guard by this storm.” 
  • 500,000 power outages have been reported in Texas and 95,000 still remain without power in Louisiana from Hurricane Ida, with experts worried about how many more are to come. 
  • Just weeks ago, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida which was measured as the fifth strongest hurricane to hit land, resulting in many casualties. 
  • The United States National Hurricane Centre did report that Nicolas “has continued to move slowly inland and has weakened during the past few hours,” but the flash floods to come worry many and are posed by the Center as being “life threatening.” 
  • Schools, businesses, and flights have been shut down or cancelled into the week over the states as citizens prepare for whats to come. 

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58555227

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/weather/hurricane-nicholas-tuesday/index.html

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Apple Creates Software Update Protecting Against Spyware Program Made by Israel

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  • Tech giant Apple has created a software update protecting against a spyware program used to survey a Saudi Arabian journalist. 
  • The iMessage software that has been in use since February allowed individuals to hack into another person’s phone. According to an Apple Engineer, “Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals.” 
  • The hacking software was reportedly crafted by an Israeli security company. The well known Pegasus spyware created by the company which infiltrated the journalists phone had the potential to read texts, track calls and location, and more. 
  • The update comes just a day before a huge product release, including new Apple watches, iPads, and iPhones. 

Sources

https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/apple-ios-14-8-pegasus-security-fix-iphone-users-urged-to-update-immediately/

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/tech/apple-iphone-spyware-vulnerability-fix/index.html

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SpaceX To Launch First Civilian Crew into Space

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  • An independent operated by the United States Government is ready for takeoff this Wednesday, according to SpaceX, carrying a crew made completely of civilians. 
  • The group, named Inspiration 4, plans to spend three days orbiting Earth led by Jared Issacman, an accomplished pilot and explorer. 
  • This rocket will take to the air at Kennedy’s Space Center’s historic Launch complex 39A. Their hope in this mission is to raise awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s research hospital. 

Sources: 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-inspiration4-launch-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital/

https://inspiration4.com/mission

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Up To 240 Prisoners Escape Nigerian Prison

  • This Sunday, a prison break in Nigeria located in the North central Kogi state allowed 240 prisoners to escape. 
  • It was reported that one police man was killed and another was injured. No group has been blamed or taken responsibility for the prison break. 
  • This has been the second prison break in Nigeria this year. April’s “act of terrorism” as described by the President in which another 200 prisoners managed to escape, was blamed on a the country’s Pro- Biafra secessionists.

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/africa/prisoners-escape-kogi-nigeria-intl/index.html

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Mexico’s Abortion Law Turns, Raising Questions About Acceptace Of The Change

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  • Mexico courts have ruled that the anti-abortion law, penalizing women for up to three years in Prison if broken, unconstitutional. 
  • It’s a huge win for the growing women’s rights movement in Mexico, as many women took to the streets in support of many of its neighbors legalizing aborotions. 
  • However, a majority of citizens according to national polls disagree with the change. Some doctors are refusing to go through with an abortion due to personal beliefs or others reasons.  

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/americas/mexico-abortion-ruling-regional-impact-cmd-intl/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/world/americas/mexico-abortion-objectors.html

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Former Minneapolis Police Officers Charged for Violation of George Floyd’s Rights Plead ‘Not Guilty’

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  • The Former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have pleaded that they are not guilty. 
  • The federal grand jury states that there will be consequences for this violation. Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao,  J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were the former police officers within this event.
  • Chauvin was the one who applied pressure to George Floyd, causing him to be in pain and unable to breathe. Thao and Kueng are charged for not cutting in the situation. Thao, Kueng and Lane are also charged for not providing medical aid for George Floyd. 

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/us/ex-minneapolis-police-george-floyd-charges/index.html

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UEFA Champions League Group Stage Begins

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  • The UEFA Champions League group stage began on Tuesday and will have matches this week as well. Barcelona lost their first match without Lionel Messi against Bayern Munich 3-0.
  • In a shock to many, Manchester United lost their match against Young Boys 2-1, even with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in the first half of the game.
  • Chelsea played Zenit Saint Petersburg and took the game 1-0 with a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
  • Sources

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/champions-league-scores-highlights-chelsea-juventus-begin-group-stages-with-wins-after-man-united-upset/live/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/champions-league-barcelona-hosts-bayern-in-group-stage-day-1

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Putin Quarantining After Inner Circle is Infected

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in quarantine after multiple people in his inner circle contracted Covid-19. Putin himself tested negative and said in a video conference that he was “absolutely” healthy.
  • The World Health Organization announced that they are working towards getting South Africa 30% of the vaccine doses that the country needs, highlighting the disparity in vaccinations between rich and poor countries.
  • The UK is set to offer booster shots of the vaccine starting next week to vulnerable people and those over fifty years old, which is about 30 million people.
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/putin-in-isolation-after-covid-scare-among-inner-circle

https://apnews.com/article/africa-business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-united-nations-c7192fe472a2a738561e8ff76fa09eab

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Greece to Investigate Plane Crash that Killed Witness in Netanyahu Trial

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  • Greece is opening an investigation into the causes of a private plane crash from Israel that killed a witness in the trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The witness, named Haim Geron, used to be an official at Israel’s ministry of communications. He was one of around 300 witnesses that were listed in Netanyahu’s trial.
  • After fifteen years as prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu is facing allegations of corruption, specifically for accepting expensive gifts from associates. Netanyahu has denied the allegations.
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/greece-probes-crash-that-killed-witness-in-netanyahu-trial

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-israel-trials-greece-a28e3d915ea13eb7b9ff1878515586bd

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Haiti’s Prime Minister Banned From Leaving Country Amidst Assassaniation Involvement

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  • According to Haiti’s chief prosecutor, Prime Minister Ariel Henry was allegedly involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, leading to his current ban from leaving the country and the pressing of charges.
  • A key suspect in the investigation is reported to have called Henry hours after the murder. The two also spoke after that.
  • Moise was killed in his private residence by gunmen, and his death brought on a political crisis and time of turmoil for Haiti.
  • Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58564831

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/americas/haiti-prime-minister-ariel-henry-jovenel-moise-assassination-intl/index.html

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