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The Daily Brief: Israel Closes its Borders Over Omicron

Naftali Bennett wants governmental approval for a 14 Days ban on foreigners

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  • Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, asked the government to approve the 14 day ban on all foreigners entering Israel to avoid Omicron, a more dangerous COVID variant, from entering the country.
  • If the government puts this ban in effect, Israel would be the first of all the countries to close its borders to everyone. 
  • Naftali Bennett has asked for 14 days in the hopes that by that time the Scientific world will be able to assess the effectiveness of the vaccines against the new variant. 
  • Israel has already placed a ban on all foreigners coming in from African countries since Friday however, citizens are allowed to come back into the country but must quarantine fully.
  • The officials say that they already expect the omicron variant to be present in all of the countries but are hoping the current vaccines are able to fight it off.
  • Israel is not alone in restricting people coming in from African countries, USA has also set a travel ban as such and UK is making its face mask and other COVID mandates more stricter.

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Syria’s Northwestern Town Idlib Gets hit by Turkish Lira Crisis

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  • Earlier this week, the Turkish lira, compared to the US dollar, crashed to an all-time low. With inflation approaching 20 percent, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan endorsing sharp interest rates, the Turkish currency lost about 40% of its value over the past year.
  • Syria had adopted the Turkish currency about a year ago, and now Turkey’s fiscal crisis has affected about 4.4 million Idlib residents and displaced about half of them. 
  • Due to Syria’s weak economy, the country relies heavily on international aid for sustenance. As a consequence of this, many Idlib families are struggling to cope with the price shock and unable to secure the basic necessities to survive. Many are expecting aid for the winter to significantly decline, and, due to this, the Turkish lira crisis could be a critical blow. 

Foul Play Over Honduran Election

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  • Current voting and election unrest in Honduras is painting a very familiar picture of what might be coming next if Xiomara Castro, the leading party challenger, does not win. 
  • Honduras has experienced election aftermath chaos in 2017 in which many people lost their lives. The current elections have already seen worse death rates than the 2017 elections.
  • Fears of the National party not accepting the electoral results are making the tense situation worse and setting the whole country at unrest. 
  • The National electoral council website is said to be down as well, blocking people from finding voting sites around the country.

Storm Arwen 98 mph Winds Thrashes the UK

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  • As the UK gets battered by severe winds, rain and snow caused by Storm Arwen, at least two people have been reported to have died.
  • The Met Office issued rare red warnings on Friday across Scotland and England, with wind speeds up to 98mph, causing more than 100,000 people to lose power in Scotland. The Met Office also warned residents to take caution around coastlines as the severe weather would make the seas and coastlines particularly dangerous. 
  • Due to Storm Arwen, train networks across the UK have reported disruptions and some, such as TransPennine Express, have been canceled altogether.  
  • The Met Office stated that “the cold air combined with strong winds will give a very cold day right across the country”

Police launch Tear Gas on Protesters in Burkina Faso

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  • As 100 protesters march towards downtown Ouagadougou to protest the government’s failure to thwart the wave of violence caused by fighters, military police launch tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. 
  • The protest was organised by a group called 27 November Coalition, who demanded the president’s resignation, especially after 53 paramilitary officers and 4 civilians died during a raid on November 14. 
  • After the tear gas canisters were fired, protesters retreated to side streets and began burning tires and trash cans and constructing blockades. 

Jordanians Protest Against Water-Energy Deal with Israel

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  • A signed water-for-energy agreement between Jordan and Israel enraged Jordanians, causing hundreds to gather and protest on Friday against the deal. 
  • Opponents to this deal claimed that this would normalize ties with Israel, while it occupied Palestinian territores and will force Jordan to be dependent on Israel. 
  • 16 university students, who were peacefully protesting the agreement, were arrested by Jordanian police on Tuesday. 
  • This deal comprises of Israel receiving 600 megawatts of electricity generated by a UAE-funded Jordanian solar energy plant in return for giving 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water to Jordan. If this deal is successfully implemented, it would be the largest cooperation project between these two countries since their peace deal signed 27 years ago. 

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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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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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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.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • 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.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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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. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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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.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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