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The Daily Brief: Iran “Will Not Tolerate” Israel Joining The Caucasus Region

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed concern to the news of Israel joining the Caucasus region, stating the country “certainly will not tolerate geopolitical change and map change.”

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The Daily Brief Iran Will Not Tolerate Israel Joining The Caucasus Region

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Iran expressed its concern over Israel joining the Caucasus Region, due to fear over terrorists and Zionists. 
Summary 

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed concern to the news of Israel joining the Caucasus region, stating the country “certainly will not tolerate geopolitical change and map change.”
  • The Caucasus region, spanning between both Europe and Asia, includes The Republic of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgz republic, the Russian Federation, and — a region which sustains high tensions with Iran — Azerbaijan. 
  • Amirabdollahian stated that Iran’s apprehension in the joining of Israel has to do with “concerns about the presence of terrorists and Zionists in this region.”
  • The country also condemned Azerbaijan for its business with Israel in receiving major arms from the country, and disapproved of Israeli presence “next to our borders.” 
  • Azerbaijan held joint military operations with Turkey, another world power rivaling Iran, the next day, seemingly in response to an increase of drills by Iran near the countries’ joint border. 
  • The President Ilham Alivey stated that Azerbaijan “reject[s] the allegations of any third party’s presence near the Azerbaijani-Iranian border,” saying “Such allegations are totally baseless.” 
  • While in Moscow, Iran’s foriegn minister also made clear their intentions to start an alliance with Russia while also expecting the country to be “sensitive about any potential changes in borders across the region, and be sensitive about the presence of terrorists and the movements of the Zionist regime that threatens regional peace and stability.” 
  • Amirabdollahian also stated that he would start talks on repairing the 2015 nuclear deal. 

Sources

https://globalindices.iupui.edu/environment/regions/central-asia/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/6/iran-concerned-by-israeli-presence-in-the-caucasus https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/10/iran-concerned-israels-presence-caucasus-fm-says

https://www.dw.com/en/iran-warns-israel-over-presence-in-azerbaijan/a-59424164

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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Approved by WHO; A “Historic Moment”

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has just passed the world’s first ever malaria vaccine, deemed a global “historic moment.” 
  • The malaria parasite has been widespread for decades, being the cause of almost 230 million cases in Africa, and targeting mostly young babies with over 100 different kinds of versions. 
  • The RTS,S vaccine was approved over six years ago, yet will begin vaccinating infants five months and over over the majority of Africa after talks of financing its rollout. 
  • “Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.” Stated WHO General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaria-vaccine-world-health-organization/

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58810551

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UK Court: Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai Hacked Ex-Wife’s Phone During Custody Battle

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  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, has been accused of authorizing the hacking of his estranged ex-wife’s phone during the custody battle over their two children.
  • The phones of not only Sheikh Mohammed’s ex-wife, Princess Haya, but also her attorneys, fell prey to the Pegasus spyware attack, Britain’s High Court found.
  • Princess Haya and her two children came to the UK in April 2019 to escape Sheikh Mohammed’s threats.
  • The NSO Group of Israel created Pegasus spyware and is used primarily by nation states for security purposes.
  • The NSO has previously been at the heart of accusations that governments are misusing its software to spy on journalists and political opponents. 
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https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/uk-high-court-finds-dubai-ruler-hacked-wifes-80435984

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Eric Zemmour Could be Competition for President Macron in 2022 French Presidential Election, Poll Says

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  • Eric Zemmour, a conservative political leader, earned more voter support than Le Pen, President Macron’s far-right opponent in a recent opinion poll.
  • The poll surveyed 1,310 voters and showed that Zemmour had the highest support when compared to the other contenders.
  • Zemmour has not formally put in a bid for the election, but intends to challenge Macron.
  • Zemmour’s ability to incite hatred and his controversial remarks on Islam and national identity are rather concerning.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/6/french-poll-puts-far-right-pundit-zemmour-ahead-of-le-pen

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Shooting in Timberview High School in Texas Leaves Four Injured

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  • A shooting took place at a Texas high school after a fight between two students, police say.
  • The Arlington Police Department issued a request on Twitter to seek help to locate the shooter.
  • The suspect, Timothy George Simpkins, is in police custody.
  • Those who were injured during the shooting are all expected to survive.
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/us/timberview-high-school-shooting-texas/index.html

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Saudi Aramco’s Market Value Now $2 Trillion

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  • Aramco, a Saudi Arabian oil company, exceeded a $2 trillion market valuation price on Wednesday, trailing closely behind Microsoft and Apple in valuation.
  • The valuation came in the wake of crude oil prices at $82 per barrel.  This is the highest crude oil price over the last seven years.
  • Aramco’s net earnings cashed in around $47 billion in the first half of this year, placing the company back to its pre-pandemic earning position.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/10/6/saudi-aramco-soars-to-2-trillion-on-sky-high-oil-prices

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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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