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The Daily Brief: Nearing the end of his six-year term Duterte unable to run for President again states he will not be running for vice president.

President Duterte announces he will not be running for vice president following the end of his last term in office.

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  • President Duterte announces he will not be running for vice president following the end of his last term in office.
  • The Philippines has a single six-year term limit for presidents and Duterte’s initial plan to run for vice president following the completion of his term was heavily debated.
  • Opponents of the president said they would question the legality of the move before the Supreme Court.
  • However, Duterte countered all criticism by stating “The overwhelming…sentiment of the Filipinos is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the constitution…Today I announce my retirement from politics.” 
  • Many speculate that the President’s decision was based on the hope that his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, would run to succeed him.
  • The father daughter duo had agreed that only one of them would run for national office in 2022, now that Duterte has backed down, Duterte-Carpio has an open shot at the presidency.
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/2/philippine-president-duterte-announces-retirement-from-politics

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58772586

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Advocates Demand Justice for Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder on the Anniversary of his Death

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  • Three years have passed since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and no action has been taken for justice despite heavy suspicion that the Saudi government was involved.
  • When running for presidency in late 2019 now President Joe Biden directly blamed Saudi Arabia stating “Khashoggi was, in fact, murdered and dismembered – and I believe in the order of the crown prince,” however no action has been taken on behalf of the United States.
  • Advocates are now angry and demanding that action be taken to address the murder.
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/10/2/on-khashoggi-murder-anniversary-advocates-want-action-from-biden

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/30/jamal-khashoggi-fiancee-saudi-arabia-biden-mbs/

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Delta Variant: COVID-19 Deaths Reach 5 Million 

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  • More than half of deaths caused by the Delta Variant were in the US, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and India.
  • The COVID-19 death toll reached 2.5 in one year, the other 2.5 million was recorded within 8 months.
  • There is an average of 8,000 deaths per minute or 5 deaths per minute, recently death rates have decreased. 
  • More than half the world is still yet to receive at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine especially amongst poorer nations, even though there are unvaccinated individuals in their counterparts in rich countries. 
  • Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/global-covid-19-deaths-hit-5-million-delta-variant-sweeps-world-2021-10-02/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/world/article/2001425057/global-covid-19-deaths-hit-5-million-as-delta-variant-sweeps-the-world

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Tesla Vehicles Production Increases Since Third Quarter

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  • According to chief executive Elon Musk, as of October 2nd, Tesla has delivered a record number of electric cars in the third quarter, beating Wall Street.
  • Exports to Europe have risen since the introduction of the cheaper model Y.
  • Tesla has delivered approximately 241,300 worldwide, about 73% more than the previous year. 
  • Total overall production has increased 15% in the third quarter since previously.
  • Sources: 

https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/tesla-delivers-241300-vehicles-q3-beats-analysts-estimates-2021-10-02/

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Texas Rally Launches The Same Day as Abortion Protests

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  • Women’s rights advocates have gathered at the Texas capitol to march against the country’s newest law in regards to reproductive freedom leading to a series of 660 marches. 
  • In Washington DC, protests are to march US capitol, two days before justices will discuss a mississippi case which could overturn the new abortion law. 
  • The new law bands abortion after cardiac activity is detected in the embryo which occurs around 6 weeks, where 85-90% of women do not yet know they are pregnant. 
  • Sources: 

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2021-10-02/abortion-rights-advocates-will-march-across-us-to-protest-restrictive-laws

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-court-abortion-march/update-1-texas-rally-launches-day-of-u-s-protests-against-abortion-restrictions-idINL1N2QY07B

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https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/144438422391844454

Qatar Citizens Finally Vote For Legislative Council 

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  • Qataris (both men and women)  have finally voted for the first state’s Shura council legislation. 
  • The council will then be able to further approve general state politics and the country budget.
  • Economic, defense, security, and investment policies will still not fall under the legislative authorities given to the council.  
  • Government lists show 26 of the 233 candidates from the 30 districts are women. 
  • Sources: 

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/qatar-holds-first-legislative-elections-2021-10-02/?taid=61583708a6777700018fea07&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/2/polls-open-in-qatars-first-legislative-elections

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Largest Incursion Of Chinese in Taiwan Air Defense Zone
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  • 38 planes from China have flown into Taiwan’s air defense zone, a move Taiwanese president Su Tseng-chang told reporters was threatening “regional peace.” 
  • In the largest incursion yet in a recurring issue, this incident started on Friday as local Taiwanese forces “scrambled” against fighter jets, including ones capable of nuclear powers. 
  • Taiwan has complained against Chinese forces engaging in “military aggression,” speculated to be influenced by China’s ongoing mission to stifle Taiwanese independence. 
  • China has not responded to complaints. 
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/2/taiwan-reports-largest-ever-incursion-by-chinese-air-force-2

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/taiwan-reports-largest-ever-incursion-by-chinese-air-force-2021-10-02/

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4,000 People Detained in Libya Due to “Security Campaign”
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  • 4,000 migrants have been detained in Gargaresh, Libya in an attempt to contain unrecorded documentation and drug trafficking, in a move that the government has called “a security campaign.”
  • The number went up by around 3,500 from Friday to Saturday. Among those detained include women and children. 
  • Libya’s director of Norwegian Refugee Council Dax Rouque said those detained “are at risk of abuse and ill-treatment,” stating “Torture, sexual violence, and extortion” are all threats. 
  • The local government in Libya stated it would start “deporting as many [migrants] as possible,” as thousands of migrants await their fate in detention centers located around the capital. 
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/2/libyas-migrant-roundup-reaches-4000-amid-major-crackdown

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US & Rights Groups Call On Immediate Action Following Mohibullah Murder
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  • This Wednesday, Mohibullah, a Rohingya Muslim Leader, was shot and killed in Bangladesh. 
  • The unidentified shooter shot Mohibullah at the Kutupalong Refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. The funeral which was held on Thursday had thousands of attendees. 
  • Multiple rights groups and the United States urged for a full investigation to bring Mohibullah’s case to justice, calling on Bangladesh forces to hold the perpetrators accountable immediately. 
  • Sources

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-rights-groups-urge-full-probe-rohingya-leader-s-n128 0423

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/2/rights-groups-urge-full-probe-into-rohingya-leader-killing

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CD&R To Absorb Morrison After Winning $10M Bid
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  • Clayton, Dublier, and Rice (CD&R), a private equity company, has won 10 billion dollars after bidding over 9 million to take over Morrisons, the fourth largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom. 
  • Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson released a statement which read: ​​”Today’s final offer from CD&R represents excellent value for shareholders while at the same time protecting the fundamental character of Morrisons for all stakeholders.”
  • The move gives Morrisons the potential to bump up to the second largest chain in the country by the end of October. 
  • CD&R announced that it would be sticking with Morrisons original headquarters in the country and the current team who runs it, under David Potts, the CEO. 
  • Sources 

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/cdr-wins-10-bln-auction-uk-supermarket-morrisons-2021-10-02/

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Cancelling Canada Day: A Country Perpetuating Injustice Cannot be Celebrated

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Canada Day is celebrated every July 1st, but as the injustices against Indigenous people in the country become mainstream, calls to cancel the celebrations are amplified.

With fireworks and large festivals, Canada Day is celebrated from coast to coast on July 1st by millions of people, every year. The day, for many Canadians, is one of joy and gratitude, for the home that Canada has become for them. 

However, following the discovery of mass graves at the site of former Residential Schools, celebrating Canada Day is becoming confusing for many. 

Residential schools, among other historical policies, made essentially to assimilate Indigenous peoples and erase their culture, are one of the causes of deeply rooted intergenerational trauma and disproportionate access to resources in Indigenous communities.

Canada Day, which marks the day of confederation and the day that Canada became its own nation also marks the day that the oppression of Indigenous peoples was taken into Canada’s own hands. Calls to ‘cancel Canada Day’ become louder each year, as the injustices which were perpetuated to help bring the country to where it is today become more widely known.

Canada, the “true, north, strong and free”, as described in the country’s national anthem, was established at the price of the lives, autonomy and rights of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples.

Canada recognizes its Indigenous population broadly as the FNMI — which stands for the First Nations, the Métis and the Inuit. All three Indigenous nations were directly impacted during colonization, through forced relocations, harmful policies, and cultural genocides.

The Indian Act following confederation was a legal document which specifically prevented the First Nations people in Canada from many things, including cultural practices, political actions and restricted their freedom. Under this act, First Nations could not leave reserves that the government forced them onto, without explicit permission from an Indian Agent first. The RCMP – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police known today as Canada’s FBI – was made with the intention to force and keep Indigenous peoples on their reserves.

First Nations and Métis were also predominantly affected by residential schools and the sixties scoop, when Indigenous children were taken from their homes and given up for adoption. Both of these efforts were made with the goal of assimilating Indigenous children, by “killing the Indian in the child“.

The Inuit faced dehumanization with their forced relocation into the High Arctic, a land they were not traditionally accustomed to. They were used as human flagpoles in the race to claim the Arctic, giving Canada a land advantage over countries like Russia and the United States.

For the sake of Canada’s growth as a Western nation, Indigenous peoples were used as pawns. First Nations and Métis were forced onto reserves to make space for European settlers, while the government commissioned a mass Inuit dog slaughter, to keep the Inuit stranded in the High Arctic, so that Canada could not lose their claim over that land.

The birth of a nation had become more important than the lives of Indigenous peoples who have existed since time immemorial. And because of that, Canada was born with blood on its hands — blood it has yet to wash off in full, as the country’s growth continues to be more important than respecting Indigenous peoples who’ve lived there for centuries.

The Canadian government has a long-standing history of making promises to the Indigenous community and then turning their back on them — whether that means refusing to turn their words into action or taking action that has the opposite impact.

Indigenous peoples in Canada have been long subject to unjust conditions: many communities lack access to clean water. The government has acknowledged this; however, it hasn’t done much beyond that to actually improve living standards on reserves. Indigenous peoples are subject to disproportionate rates of police brutality and violence, especially in the North. Despite multiple reports recording the numbers, institutions are not doing much to change their practices.

Most prominently, the pipeline debate has shown how the government is willing to backtrack on their promises to Indigenous peoples to protect their rights, if it results in a growth for the country. Although Justin Trudeau ran a campaign in 2016 heavily opposing the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipelines, in 2019 his government bought the pipelines to take over the project and continue it, despite protests from Indigenous peoples pleading otherwise.

Time and time again, Indigenous communities in Canada seem to be living in an entirely different country; the “true, north, strong and free,” seems more like a betraying, oppressive and unjust nation. Their rights are considered dispensable in favour of material growth, and in society, they face stereotypes that lessen their quality of life.

The question: to celebrate or to not celebrate, might seem like a hard one when Canada Day is meant to be a day where Canadians rejoice for all that the country is to them. But the answer is quite straightforward, when it is the suffering of people caused by Canada in question.

For many — those born in Canada, those who immigrated here, and those seeking refuge here — there is much to be grateful for, on Canada Day. But showing gratitude for living in a country such as Canada and acknowledging the injustices it participates in are not mutually exclusive attitudes.

Sol Mamakwa, an Indigenous MPP for Kiiwetinoong, an electoral riding in Ontario, stated in a message for Canada Day, “It is my hope that Canadians will be able to strike a balance between honouring all that Canada has done for them today while still recognizing the real history of oppression, colonialism and genocide.”

Even if most Canadians do not experience the struggles of Indigenous peoples firsthand, these struggles still affect the very fabric of Canada. The country is only as great as it treats its Indigenous peoples, whose losses the country was built upon. And every single Canadian plays a role in advocating for the better treatment of Indigenous peoples.

To celebrate Canada Day, we must want better for the people who have lost everything for it, but we also must mourn with them for all the loss they have had to face. 

Canada Day should become a holiday more meaningful than fireworks and festivals: it needs to become a day of reflection. We must cancel Canada Day’s insensitive celebrations, by understanding the context of it, because injustice simply isn’t something you can celebrate.

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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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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