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The Daily Brief: Israeli Government Declares Palestinian Human Rights Groups as Terrorists

Israel has declared 6 prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorists, a move that was quickly condemned by the international community.

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  • In a move that was swiftly condemned by the international community, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Friday that 6 prominent Palestinian human rights groups are now declared “terrorist organizations.”
  • In their official statement, Israel condemned the humanitarian groups and stated the groups, “constitute a network of organizations active undercover on the international front on behalf of the Popular Front.” 
  • Among the groups that are declared terrorist organizations is Al-Haq, the longest established humanitarian group in the West Bank, and the Defense of Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), a group that documents human rights violations against children in Palestine. 
  • The other four humanitarian groups mentioned are, the Addameer rights group, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.
  • The Israeli security forces now have the authority to shut down the offices of the 6 organizations, seize their assets and arrest the staff members. 
  • With a great deal of funding coming from the international community, many now fear that international organizations may be accused of funding terrorism if they continue to finance the 6 human rights groups. 
  • Human rights organizations and leaders from around the world quickly condemned Israel’s actions. 
  • Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a joint statement saying, “For decades, Israeli authorities have systematically sought to muzzle human rights monitoring and punish those who criticize its repressive rule over Palestinians. How the international community responds will be a true test of its resolve to protect human rights defenders.”
  • Israel’s closest ally, the United States, stated they did not know in advance of the declaration and intends to seek more information from Israel in regards to their reasoning for the declaration.

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Tens of Thousands of Troops and Heavy Weapons Being Moved to Myanmar Prompting New Fears 

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  • In a UN report, UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews announced on Friday that he received information that tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons are currently being moved to the northern area of Myanmar. 
  • The information prompted fears of further human rights violations in Myanmar. 
  • Since a February coup, 1,100 civilians have been killed and over 8,000 have been arrested in the country’s unrest. 
  • The UN annual report presented by Andrews also mentioned that Myanmar officials have displaced over 25 million people and there is evidence that those detained have been tortured.  

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Hundreds of Inmates Freed in Nigeria by Gunmen

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  • The Oyo state in Nigeria faces their third massive jailbreak this year in the west African country.
  • Armed assailants entered the Oyo correctional center late Friday night and aided in the escape of more than 500 prisoners.
  • In addition to this attack, 2,000 inmates in Nigeria were able to escape due to similar circumstances in the north central Kogi state and the south eastern Imo state.
  • While no direct evidence shows that the jailbreaks are connected, the similar use of explosives leave many questioning why these attacks have become so prevalent.
  • Many say that the 50,000 inmates who have yet to be convicted of the total 70,000 inmates in Nigeria make up the majority of the escaped prisoners.

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Far-Right TLP Protests in Pakistan Turn Violent

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  • Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a banned far-right Pakistani political party that opposes any change to the nation’s blasphemy laws, is on its second day of chaos as they attempt to reach Islamabad.
  • The party hopes to pressure the Pakistani government into releasing the imprisoned Saad Rizvi, head of the party and son of the party’s founder.
  • At least two police officers and 5 protestors have been killed since the group began marching from Lahore three days ago.

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China Aims to Lessen Pressure on Students by Passing New Education Law

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  • China has introduced a new law which will limit homework and tutoring for major subjects on weekends and holidays.
  • Twin pressures of homework and off-campus tutoring in core subjects has led to a heavy workload being placed on children in China.
  • While the law has not been fully published it hopes to allow students reasonable time for necessary rest and exercise.

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Italy’s Matteo Salvini Faces Trail for Blocking Migrant Ship

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  • Due to refusing to let a Spanish rescue ship dock in Sicily and forcing more than 100 migrants to stay in poor sanitary conditions for 19 days in 2019, Italy’s former interior minister, Matteo Salvini is now on trial.
  • Salvini is charged with kidnapping and abuse of office for this incident.
  • If convicted Salvini can face up to 15 years in jail, however, the politician claims he made the decision based on the country’s best interest and was supported by then Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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