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Muslim Family Killed in Ontario, Canada

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  • A Muslim family in Ontario, Canada, was ran over on Sunday evening, killing four and seriously injuring one. 
  • The Afzaal family, comprised of parents Salman and Madiha Afzaal, daughter Yumna Afzaal and a 74-year-old grandmother, were all killed; son Fayez Afzaal remains hospitalized.
  • Local law enforcement has indicated that the attack was planned and appeared to be motivated by anti Muslim sentiment.
  • The assailant, Nathaniel Veltman, fled the scene in his pickup truck and was later apprehended.
  • The Islamaphobic attack has rattled Muslims all over the world.
  • Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the attack and pledged to take action against far-right groups in Canada.
  • Sunday’s attack is not the first violent Islamaphobic act in Canada. Ten people were killed in Toronto in 2018 and six people were killed in Quebec City in 2017 in acts related to Islamophobia.

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Mladic Genocide Appeal Rejected by UN

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  • Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb commander who killed over 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, lost his genocide appeal. 
  • Mladic will continue to serve his life sentence after the five UN International Residual Mechanism For Criminal Tribunal at The Hague judges, stating that there was insufficient evidence disputing crimes against humanity and war crimes charged on him. 
  •  Many world leaders, including Joe Biden Heiko Maas, welcomed the decision made by the United Nations in an appeal that has been going on since 2017. 

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UK Football Association to Nominate First Women in 158 Years

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  • The United Kingdom Football Association has nominated Debbie Hewitt, the first female in 158 years, to take up the position of being the Chair in January. 
  • After former representative Greg Clarke resigned after offensive comments, Hewitt is set to take up the position at one of the most precarious times with financial losses and governance issues. 
  • Hewitt is excited to take up the position, stating her plan to “relish the opportunity to chair an organization that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society.”

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British Actress Says all Women have been Sexually Harassed

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  • British actress Kiera Knightley has spoken on facing sexual harassment herself as well as every woman she has known, stating the different forms of physical and mental abuse victims face.
  • The 36-year-old actress has said she follows a curfew and several safety precautions when out of the house at night – following the death of Sarah Everad outside Monday, most women opened up about following protocols to keep themselves safe from unwanted sexual advances and violence.
  • A study conducted by UN Women UK has found that more than 70% of women experienced sexual harassment in public spaces with the figure up to 97% for women aged 18-24.
  • Knightley praised advocates calling for a curfew on men, saying women have been observing it for years.
  • The instruction to lower the male gaze is a fundamental teaching of Islam as the Qur’an says: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their looks and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely Allah is well aware of what they do.” (24:31).

French President Emmanuel Macron Slapped in the Face

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  • French president Emmanuel Macron was subjected to a physical assault while greeting crowds on an official visit to southeast France.
  • A man among the crowd slapped Macron in the face before security and police officers quickly stepped in to protect the president – while the motives are unclear, the man shouted “Down with Macron-ism” and made reference to the banner of King Charlemagne.
  • Several world leaders around the globe have condemned the act – Macron has stated ultra-violent individuals should not “take over the public debate”. 
  • The perpetrator faces criminal charges and a prison sentence.

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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