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The Daily Brief: Kremlin Dismayed by NATO Refusal Whilst Ukraine Urges West not to Panic

On Friday, both Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Zelenskyy addressed the ongoing border “crisis” stating tensions are no higher than usual

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  • Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden warned the world that Russia could possibly invade Ukraine in February, but on Friday both the Kremlin and Ukraine President Zelenskyy denied the claims and said tensions on the border are no higher than usual, and that the added panic from the US and NATO allies is not helping the situation. 
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed foreign reporters on Friday and made it clear that the panic that the US and NATO are creating around the situation is unnecessary and is hurting the already fragile Ukraine economy. 
  • Zelenskyy stated, “I don’t consider the situation now more tense than before. There is a feeling abroad that there is war here. That’s not the case.” Adding that, “I am not saying an escalation is not possible…[but] we don’t need this panic…the greatest risk for Ukraine… is the destabilization of the situation inside the country.”
  • Hours earlier, in a transcript released by Russia following an hour-long call with French President, Emmanuel Macron, Putin discussed the US and NATO rejecting Russian security concerns stating, “The US and NATO responses did not take into account Russia’s fundamental concerns including preventing NATO’s expansion and refusing to deploy strike weapons systems near Russia’s borders.”  
  • Citing “regional security concerns,” Russia has asked that Ukraine be barred from joining NATO in the future, a request that was rejected by NATO officials. 
  • As of now, Russian leaders continue to deny the suggestion that Russia intends to invade Ukraine but makes it clear that they will not sway on having their security needs met. 
  • Although Russia continues to deny intent to invade, US officials state Russia is currently dispatching blood and other medical supplies to the border which experts believe shows clear signs that Russia is preparing for war. 
  • Zelenskyy has called on Russian leaders to prove that they do not intend to invade Ukraine. 
  • Earlier this week, Putin spoke to Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel via phone, to coordinate Russia’s ongoing strategic partnership with Cuba adding concerns to a brewing war. 

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Burkina Faso Removed From West African Bloc Following Military Coup

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  • The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Friday that Burkina Faso will be removed from their bloc after mutinous soldiers forced the country’s democratically elected President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign and abolished the country’s constitution earlier this week. 
  • Current ECOWAS chair, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, stated the coup was, “a direct violation of our [ECOWAS] democratic tenets” adding that, “the rest of the world is looking up to us to be firm on this matter,” 
  • Burkina Faso is the 3rd country in 18 months to be removed from the ECOWAS. Mali was removed in August 2020 following a military coup in the country and Guinea was removed in September 2021 also following a military coup. 

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Family Of Four Found Dead Along US/Canada Border Identified

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  • The four victims who tragically froze to death along the US/Canada border were identified today as a family of four who had recently entered Canada on visit visas from India.  
  • Attempting to cross into the US illegally, Jagdish Patel, 39, Vaishailben Patel, 37, and their children Vihangi, 11, and Dharkmik, 3, succumbed to the frigid cold and were discovered on January 19th by Canadian Border Patrol. 
  • Canadian officials believe the family got separated from a group of 18 when they got caught in a blizzard in what is being deemed a human trafficking scheme. 
  • Indian officials immediately began an investigation into the matter and have since arrested 6 people working in the travel and tourism sector in Gujrat, India for assisting in sending the victims to Canada through illegal channels. 

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  • When the COVID-19 disease spread around the world, the Pacific country of Kiribati closed its borders to ensure the disease would not reach its shores for two full years. Kiribati, along with several other pacific nations have successfully avoided outbreaks due to remote locations and border controls. 
  • Kiribati finally permitted a charter plane to allow 54 citizens from The LDS Mormon church to return home to Kiribati while on missions to spread the Mormon faith after the country’s borders were closed. 
  • The country ensured that each of the citizens on the flight was vaccinated and tested three times in Fiji prior to returning. However, 36 individuals still ended up testing positive for the virus.

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  • A suspected man by the name of Hiroshi Wanatabe has been arrested for the killing of a doctor and a nurse who was shot and severely injured in Fujimino, Japan. Police have confirmed the man was 66 years of age. According to Japanese media sources, the doctor, nurse, and caregiver were on a visit to the suspect’s home where they were taken, hostage. 
  • The well-known doctor, Junichi Suzuki age 44 went into cardiorespiratory. Sources further said the nurse who was also in his 40s was conscious and being treated for his injuries. The caregiver, age 32, managed to escape and reported the incident. 
  • Gun violence is rare amongst the Japanese since the possession of firearms is strictly enforced. It is still unknown what caused the violence and how the suspect came to bear the firearm now leading police to launch an investigation. 

Anti-Vaccine Trucks roll towards Ottawa Get Praised by Tesla’s Musk 

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  • Canadian truck drivers are determined to shut down Ottawa as a vaccine mandate has been placed across the country. 
  • Protestors are upset with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government that has placed a vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers. According to sources, 90% of drivers have refused to obey the new mandate as they believe it contravenes personal freedom. Hundreds of trucks plan to arrive at parliament hill and block downtown traffic, some organizers have insisted on a peaceful protest. Others have threatened to block hospitals, assaulting Trudeau and even calling for a civil war. 
  • Musk tweeted that “ Canadians rule” after stating he would not get the COVID-19 vaccine saying that he was not at risk. Later in November 2020, he confirmed a mild case. 
  • Ottawa police have responded that despite the profanity and inappropriate messages displayed on social platforms related to the event, anyone involved in the violence will be charged with consequences. More extreme comments made by the senior conservative party praise the truck drivers saying inflation will spark and food supplies will be hit. 

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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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Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Faiza is a mother of two with a degree in Psychology and Paralegal Studies. She is passionate about lending her voice to those who are disadvantaged.

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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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