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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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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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