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The Daily Brief: Iran holds presidential elections largely skewed

Iran holds presidential elections largely skewed

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Summary:

  • A controversial presidential election took place Friday in Iran, ensuring the win for ultra-conservative judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, currently under U.S. sanctions
  • Raisi was sanctioned for his involvement in the execution of political prisoners. If elected, he would be the first President to have sanctions before entering office.
  • Low voter turnout, Iranian leadership concerned that this could undermine the legitimacy of the election.
  • Iran has historically had high turnout rates for elections since the revolution.
  • Citizens have lost faith in the electoral process, citing that no genuine change comes from elections.
  • All candidates on the ballot are hardlined conservatives except for Abdolnasser Hammati, who does not have the same level of support. 
  • Hammati is seen by his few supporters as the last defender of peace and democracy, and his background as the former central bank chief gives hope that he may be able to lift Iran from economic turmoil. 
  • Raisi’s run signifies a shift in Iranian government towards a more authoritarian rule. Raisi’s win would give complete control of the government to hardline conservatives.
  • A committee of 12 constitutional vetting members under supreme leader Khamenei disqualified hundreds of reformist candidates.
  • A win for Raisi may put pressure on the U.S. to lift sanctions in the interest of resuming negotiations on the Iran nuclear program – several Iranian Americans fear personal anguish in light of the death of thousands of political dissidents by Raisi
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AP:

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-5305f3ac96e464bcd2852347827b8004

Al Jazeera:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/18/polls-open-in-iran-presidential-election 

CNN: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/18/middleeast/iran-election-voting-intl/index.html

NBC:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iran-election-results-set-make-elbrahim-raisi-president-u-s-ncna1271248

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  • States that may be affected include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency mandate on Thursday, preparing to administer state aid where warnings of torrential rain, flooding, thunderstorms, and strong winds are warned to occur. 

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  • Over 80 students and 3 teachers were kidnapped in North Western Nigeria’s Kebbi State from a federal college.
  • During the attack by bandits, a policeman was killed and several female students and staff injured as the attackers overpowered local authorities, according to the Governor. 
  • This kidnapping is the third to occur in Nigeria in the past month, as schools become a larger point of attack in Northern Nigeria by bandits asking for ransome and jihadist insurgency groups as well. 

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  • The country has had at least 58,000 fatal cases of the more than 1.7 million incidences of Covid-19.
  • Thoko Elphick-Pooley, the director of Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, stated “Cases are on the rise, we have exceeded over 5 million cases and 98% of the African continent remains unvaccinated.”
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  • At least nine Palestinians were injured by Israeli tear gas and rubber bullets as Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed yet another time by Israeli forces.
  • Palestinians gathered outside the mosque and marched to the Old City’s Damascus Gate to protest insults directed at the Prophet Muhammad during an Israeli march on Tuesday where chants of “death to Arabs” were loudly heard. 
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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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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
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  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
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