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The Daily Brief: Military Dissolves Shared Governance in Sudan

Prime Minister and Other Leaders Allegedly Kidnapped

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  • The military in Sudan has orchestrated a dissolution of the existing government leadership.
  • The coup took place early Monday morning wherein soldiers have taken into custody the prime minister and other civilian leaders.
  • Soldiers went door to door in Khartoum to quell civilian protests of the government overthrow.
  • A state of emergency has been declared by the military and the United States has frozen hundreds of millions of dollars in aid pending peaceful resolution.
  • Many international groups have publicly denounced the overthrow, including the UN Secretary General, the Arab League and the African Union.
  • Communications and ingress/egress has been restricted; most international flights have been suspended.
  • The shared governance structure was only to be in place until November 17th, when full rule was to be transitioned to civilian authority. 

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Document Leak at Facebook Reveals Troubling But Hidden Studies of Site Policies

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  • Thousands of pages are under review by several news organizations, revealing Facebook’s knowledge of and involvement with many public events, including the 2020 presidential election and the Capitol Hill riots.
  • The review also reveals internal discussions about the impact of certain content on different user groups.
  • Dubbed the “Facebook Papers,” the document release follows the haunting testimony of former Facebook employee Francis Haugen, who came forward as a whistleblower earlier this year.

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Migrant Caravan With Thousands March North Waiting for Asylum

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  • A migrant cavern from Mexico containing over 2,000 people of Haitian and Central American descent travels to the North as they wait for up to a year for the process of asylum applications. 
  • Many of the migrants travel to avoid poverty and violence and in search of jobs. Some have been waiting for months near the Guatemalan border for papers allowing them to travel through Mexico. 
  • The country has struggled with the large influx of migration to Tapachula, with 70% of all 90,000 asylum claims being processed in the city according to officials. 

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Ex-Saudi Official Claims Crown Prince to be a “Psychopath, Killer”

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  • Former Saudi-Arabian Official Saad al-Jabri said Mohammed bin Salman claimed the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud is a “psychopath, killer.”
  • Jabri stated the crown Prince had stated in 2014: “’I want to assassinate King Abdullah. I get a poison ring from Russia. It’s enough for me just to shake hand with him and he will be done,'”
  • Jabri warned that Prince Mohammed’s “infinite resources” pose a “threat to his people, to the Americans and to the planet.” He stated some other allegations against the crown Prince, including his attempts to murder Jabri and imprisoning his children in the country. 
  • The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington’s response discredited Jabri and his statement. He is also currently being sued by Saudi Arabia, who claims Jabri stole money from the country’s counterterrorism accounts. 

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China and Russia Conduct Naval Exercise Around Japan

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  • China and Russia conducted a joint naval exercise where warships circled around Japan’s main island, stating the move was to “ensure stability in a volatile region.” 
  • Although there was no illegality in traveling through the channels of water regarded as International, the Japanese defence ministry stated the move was “unusual.” 
  • The collaborative exercise comes after Russia and China conducted patrols in the Western Pacific Ocean a week ago to “[maintain] peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region” and “further develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.”
  • Tensions between Japan and China remain high as China continues to push sovereign jurisdiction onto Japan with military influence. 

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Bomb Cyclone Forming on West Coast

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  • The West Coast sustained heavy rainfall the past couple days, causing flooding, collapsed trees, rock and mudslides, power outages, and strong winds. 
  • Weather reports claimed strong storms are forming in California which would significantly impact the region already facing severe to exceptional drought. 
  • Through Satellite Imaging, the “bomb” cyclone approaching takes on the features of a hurricane, incoming from the Northern Pacific and threatening to bring more than a foot of rain. 

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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