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Israel breaks ceasefire

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  • Israeli nationalists marched through the streets of Old Jerusalem on Tuesday.
  • The annual Jerusalem Flag March commemorates Israel’s seizure of East Jerusalem in 1967.
  • The march comes at the start of a new political era in Israel, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett having just taken office.
  • Many Palestinians decried the march as an intentional provocation.
  • East Jerusalem came under Israeli control in 1967, although the occupation is not universally recognized.
  • Israel views Jerusalem as the country’s capital, whereas Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
  • Hamas has pledged to retaliate against the march.
  • Israel ended its ceasefire later in the day by bombing Gaza stating it was in response to balloons being released from Gaza which have caused many fires in Israel. 

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Largest Incursion By Chinese Over Taiwan 

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  • Taiwan reported the largest incursion to date on Tuesday by China, in which twenty-eight military planes flew over the countries Air Defense Identified Zones. 
  • The incursion passed the previous record of 25 back in April, eliciting complaints from Taiwan on China’s continued recurring missions. No comment has been made by Beijing on the matter. 
  • The Group of Seven Ministers issued a group statement during a recent meeting in the UK condemning China for undermining “peace and stability” when it came to Taiwan. It was dismissed by the country as “slander.”

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Ikea Fined $1.2M For “Receiving Personal Data by Fraudulent Means”

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  • Famous Sweedish home goods and furniture store Ikea was fined $1.2 million by France after being found guilty of taking extensive measures to spy on staff.
  • Ikea’s illegal activities affected some 400 people between 2009 to 2012 by obtaining their bank information, confidential information through law enforcement, and hiring private investigators to assess candidates before giving them a job. 
  • Two individual executives who used to work for Ikea were also convicted of orchestrating plans of gathering sensitive information on many employees and customers over the years, each getting prison time and fines. 
  • An Ikea spokesperson said in a statement that they take “ protection of co-worker and customer data very seriously” and the company “has strongly condemned the practices, apologised and implemented a major action plan to prevent this from happening again.” Ikea has yet to announce any plans of appealing. 

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Upcoming “Sham” Iran Elections Hold Heavy Implications For The Globe

  • Iran will host elections this Friday to decide their new President. Voters and candidates have labelled the elections to be a “sham” because they believe it has been manipulated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to ensure Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-lined conservative, secures the win.
  • Khamenei, also a conservative, already controls much of Iran’s military and nuclear program. With Raisi at the position of president the country’s domestic matters, such as the economy, will also be run by a fiercely anti-western leader.
  • Iran’s new presidency could possibly change the Islamic Republic’s perspective on the 2015 Nuclear Deal, dual-national prisoners, and its alliance with Russia.
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RyanAir CEO Speaks up on Belarus Controversy

  • RyanAir CEO Michael O’Leary testified in Congress on Tuesday on the matter of the airline making an unexpected landing in Minsk where opposition journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested. 
  • O’Leary claims that Minsk air traffic control warned the flight crew of a “credible threat” relating to “a bomb on board [being] detonated” which is why the pilot diverted the flight destination from Lithuania to Belarus’s capital of Minsk.
  • O’Leary also told Congress that Minsk air control falsely told the flight’s captain that Ryanir’s operations control center was not answering the phone despite the captain’s repeated requests to communicate with Ryanair.
  • There has been much controversy regarding this incident with many viewing it as a plot to arrest Roman Protasevich thereby suppressing free speech.
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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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