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In what began as a protest against a spike in fuel prices earlier this week, has now turned into violent protests opposing the Kazakhstan government as Kazakh President issues a “shoot to kill without warning” order to restore peace.

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  • As violent and destructive protests in the country’s largest city, Almaty, continue, Kazakhstan President, Kassym-Jomart Tokaye, has issued a “shoot to kill without warning” order stating protestors will be “destroyed” as part of a forceful “counterterrorist” operation.
  • The orders come after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent 2,500 Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) troops earlier this week at the request of President Tokaye.  
  • Since the “shoot to kill order” was issued, President Tokaye states that constitutional order in the country had mostly been restored, stating the city was much quieter than it has been the last few days. 
  • Addressing the nation, President Tokaye thanked President Putin for his assistance in the matter and dismissed requests to sit down and talk with protestors who he considers terrorists.  
  • Protests originally began on New Years Day after the country lifted price caps on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) causing a spike in fuel prices in the country. 
  • Fuel caps were restored for at least 6 months, however, protests continued and became violent when protestors stormed government buildings and lit cars and buildings on fire. 
  • At least 26 protestors and 18 security officers have been killed since the clash began as gunfire continued to ring out throughout the city.
  • Protestors are said to be opposing the Kazakh’s authoritarian rule as there is no viable political opposition and the current ruling party continues to receive almost 100% of votes leading to fraud suspicions. 
  • The bloody protests are said to be the worst that Kazakhstan has experienced since they broke away from the Soviet Union and became a sovereign nation 3 decades ago. 

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10 Bodies Found In Car Outside of State Governor’s Office In Mexico

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  • Police in Zacatecas, Mexico discovered 10 victims beaten to death in a car parked just outside of the historic, local state governor’s office on Thursday. 
  • 2 have been arrested in connection to the bodies after security cameras allegedly showed them dropping the Mazda SUV off in the early hours. 
  • The central state of Zacatecas has long dealt with high crime and murder rates. 
  • Although more details about the gruesome discovery have yet to be released, the state’s Governor, David Monreal, vows to bring peace back into the state one step at a time.  

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Two Haitian Journalists Killed in Gang Attack

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  • Two journalists, Wilguens Louissaint and Amady John Wesley were shot and according to some sources burned alive and another source stated the men managed to escape in a rival gang attack fighting for control. 
  • The attack occurred in the Petion-Ville neighborhood in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Further details of the attack are still unknown, but the attack was initiated by the Ti Makak gang and according to another source a third journalist managed to escape.  
  • Since the assassination of former president Jovenel Moïse in July 2020 and the most recent attempted assassination of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the effectiveness of increasing Security amongst the Haitian Police has not been efficient with controlling gangs throughout its nation.

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13 Passengers Escape Quarantine on Italy-India Flight

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  • 125 infected passengers arrived from Milan on a charter plane in the Indian city of Amritsar. Of the 125 passengers, 13 managed to escape quarantine; 9 escaped the airport which sources have stated how their escape was unclear, and the other 4 escaped from the hospital according to a city official.
  • Local police have stated a complaint will be filed against all 13 by canceling their passports or their photos would be published in the newspaper and cases will be charged against them. 
  • There were 160 passengers in total on the Italy-India flight with a total of 19 infants and children who were exempt from being tested. Omicron is currently putting a large strain on access to medical 
  • India currently has reported 117,100 cases which have been on the rise for the last 7 months. About 480,000 have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University. 

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Children Killed Among 3 Refugees in Ethiopian Airstrike

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  • According to the United Nations refugee agency, an airstrike in the region of Tigray, Ethiopia has killed three refugees; two of them being children. It is still not known who carried out the airstrike. Current sources have also stated that airstrikes have been conducted in the Tigray region by the military in recent months. 
  • Refugee Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, states that four others were also in the airstrike but their lives are not at risk. 
  • Thousands of refugees have fled from camps amid the attacks from Tigray’s soldiers as well as Eritrea. 
  • The UN’s humanitarian agency has stated that Tigray airstrikes from December 19th-24th have led to mass civilian casualties with most being in the southern towns of Tigray. These attacks have been the most since October.

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Bitcoin Prices Fall to Lowest after US Fed Remarks

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  • The Bitcoin value has dropped in the last week from $47,000 to $42,000 per digital coin. Since cryptocurrency has a global impact, some believe that the US Federal Reserve may be a factor in the drop.
  • Meeting notes from the Federal Reserve meeting in December 2021 say that America’s Central Bank might raise interest rates as well as sell some assets.
  • Bitcoin surged 500% since 2019 and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other cryptocurrencies have tumbled due to the effects of the pandemic.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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