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The Daily Brief: Kazakhstan Turmoil Reaches New Heights as Violent Protests Continue Across the Country

Protests in Kazakhstan sparked by rising fuel prices and expanding to general discontent with government practices has reportedly claimed upwards of 160 lives.

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  • Kazakhstan has fallen to crisis as violent protests fueled by frustration with the government have caused thousands to storm the streets.
  • At least 164 people have been killed in the protests with an additional 5,000 detained by security forces. 
  • The government of Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency following the upheaval and has received support from Russian-led military forces in order to control the upheaval. 
  • The country’s interior ministry has estimated property damage at about $198 million. 
  • More than 100 businesses were looted and an estimated 400 vehicles were destroyed during the protests.
  • Interior Minister Erlan Turgumbayev stated Sunday that “the situation is stabilised in all regions of the country,”.

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US-Russia Talks on Ukraine Engulfed in Pessimism

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  • Both the US and Russia have expressed pessimism on upcoming talks between the two countries in Geneva. 
  • A senior Russian official remarked that the US has a “lack of understanding” on the Kremlin’s security demands while the US has voiced doubts on Russia’s commitment to lowering tensions in the region. 
  • The US has been vocal in its stance on the Russia-Ukraine issue, threatening heavy sanctions if Russia intervenes in the Ukraine.

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Over 200 Killed in Nigerian Bandit Attack

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  • An armed attack by bandits in the Zamfara state of Nigeria left approximately 200 dead and 10,000 displaced following a military raid on their multiple hideouts last week.
  • The thousands who were displaced by the attacks had their homes razed to the ground; many victims are still unaccounted for.
  • In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that “the latest attacks on innocent people by the bandits is an act of desperation by mass murderers, now under relentless pressure from our military forces,” also adding that the military operations to abolish the armed gangs.

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Seven Dead in Cliff Collapse in Brazil

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  • At least 7 are dead with another 32 injured and 3 missing after a cliff collapsed onto leisure boats in a Brazilian lake.
  • A video shows onlookers trying to warn the boats just before the cliff collapsed, causing at least one boat to sink and another 2 boats to be hit harshly by the falling rock.
  • Helicopters and divers are looking for survivors, as families and authorities call local hospitals searching for those who are unaccounted.

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Court Documents Show Novak Djokovic’s Approved Medical Exemption

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  • New court documents show that tennis star Novak Djokovic had been granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open from the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia, as he has recently recovered from COVID-19.
  • In a letter from December 7th, tournament organizers wrongly informed unvaccinated players that they could enter Australia if the player had a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months with a confirmed letter by a doctor or health authority.
  • This guidance was in direct contradiction with a letter sent by Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to the tournament director Craig Tiley, saying that a COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months did not meet requirements for a quarantine free entry into the country. 
  • Multiple photos have also been shown of Djokovic maskless at public events, the day after he had tested positive.

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Thousands of Rohingya Homeless Again After Fire 

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  • More than 5,000 Bangladeshi Rohingya refugees have become homeless after a fire raged across their shelters made from bamboo and tarpaulin.
  • Close to 850,000 of the Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh after fatal persecution by the military government of Myanmar.
  • About 1,200 houses were consumed by the fire, while emergency workers fought to reign in the blaze.
  • Just last week another fire destroyed a COVID-19 treatment center for the Rohingya in another camp.

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Saira is a Muslim American with a passion for writing, economics, and justice.  With a background as a UC Berkeley graduate with a bachelors in economics allows her to quantitatively analyze critical developments from around the globe as well as their long term impacts on financial systems and social welfare. She is dedicated to reporting in an investigative, honest and compassionate manner to give voice to those who need it most.

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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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