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The Daily Brief: New Studies Find Covid Vaccines Safeguard Against Fatal Coronavirus Infections

As the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus infects the world, recent studies find that vaccinations not only lower infection rates but limit Covid related hospitalizations and deaths

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  • The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently published data that shows unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of coronavirus once contracted than those who are vaccinated.
  • The study ran from April to mid-July and took into account 600,000 Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in 13 US states and large cities.
  • Vaccine provided protection also showed to hold up against the highly contagious Delta variant, though data has not been explicitly shown to address the Mu coronavirus variant.
  • Also while the vaccine has been seen to lower hospitalizations and deaths due to coronavirus, the effectiveness of the vaccine has been waning in the elderly.
  • Adults 65 and older have experienced vaccine effectiveness at a rate of 79.8%, slightly lower than the 86.8% rate of effectiveness for the general public.
  • However, while vaccines continue to be proven as effective against deadly Covid-19 infections, only 53.4% of the total US population is fully vaccinated.
  • Those who are unvaccinated are 4.5 times more likely to be infected with coronavirus and are currently making up 90% of hospitalized patients with Covid-19.

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/new-us-studies-show-covid-vaccines-protect-from-serious-illness

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/8277456002

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Leader of Peruvian Rebel Group, Abimael Guzman, Dies at Age 86

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  • Founder of Shining Path, a Peruvian rebel group, Abimael Guzman dies in his jail cell at 6:40 am local time.
  • Guzman was jailed in 1992 after being caught in Lima, Peru’s capital, and was convicted as a terrorist for nearly overthrowing the Peruvian state in a bloody Maoist revolution.
  • Guzman was said to be in poor health and was expected to receive additional medical attention Saturday after being released from the hospital in early August. 
  • However, before he could be evaluated the 86 year-old rebel leader was found dead in his cell.

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/9/11/abimael-guzman-head-of-peruvian-rebel-group-shining-path-dies

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/09/11/americas/abimael-guzman-peru-shining-path-dead-intl/index.html

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Haitian Prime Minister Questioned Over Assassination of Jovenel Moise 

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  • Haitian prime minister, Ariel Henry, will meet next week with the Haitian chief public prosecutor to explain his interaction with a main suspect involved in the assasination of the president. 
  • President Jovenel Moise was shot in his private residence on July 7th which led the country into turmoil. 
  • Joseph Felix, former Haitian justice of ministry official, is suspected to have ordered the assasination. 
  • According to sources, cellphone operators confirm accusations of Henry and Felix conversing hours after the killing of the president

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/haiti-prosecutors-seek-to-interview-pm-over-jovenel-moise-killing

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/haitian-prosecutors-seek-interview-pm-over-presidential-killing-2021-09-11/

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Former French Minister Investigated for Management of the Covid Crisis 

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  • Former French Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, has been accused of endangering lives over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Buzyn is now being prosecuted for the second possible offense of “failure to stop a disaster.”
  • She stated early on during the pandemic in January of 2020 that there is no risk of the virus spreading among the small population.

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/10/ex-french-health-minister-charged-over-handling-covid-pandemic

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210910-french-ex-health-minister-agnès-buzyn-charged-over-handling-of-covid-19-pandemic

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Tensions Rise in Myanmar as Defensive War Surges 

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  • 20 individuals have been killed in Myanmar’s “people’s defensive war.”
  • The country has been in turmoil since Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown.
  • Under Aung San Suu Kyi there was anger, protests, and strikes which attacked the militia. 
  • There are at least 1058 civilians who have been killed and another 6300 who are currently detained. 

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/deadly-unrest-reported-myanmar-after-opposition-urges-defensive-war-2021-09-10/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/deadly-unrest-in-myanmar-as-opposition-urges-defensive

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Tropical Storm Olaf Brings Rain Storms to Baja California Sur 

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  • Tropical Storm Olaf drenched the Los Cabos resorts with heavy downpouring rains.
  • The storm falls under a category 2 with winds at 100 mph.
  • 700 residents have sought shelter in homes while 20,000 tourists are taking refuge in hotels. 
  • Olaf in total has produced about 5-10 inches of rain.

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/10/tropical-storm-olaf-brings-heavy-rains-to-baja-california-sur

https://www.reuters.com/business/oes/hurricane-olafs-winds-weaken-bringing-heavy-rains-mexicos-baja-california-sur-2021-09-10/

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DR Congo President Called on China to Amend Mining Contract and Stop  “Exploitation,”

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  • The Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi called on China to review the country’s joint mining contract composed back in 2008. 
  • The contract was made under the previous Congo president which was negotiated to value at $9 billion in materials from mining, but decreased in over half the amount due to the hazardous effects it had on the country’s finances. 
  • After review, Tshisekedi called on China to stop “exploitation” and “readjust its contract with the miners in order to seal win-win partnerships.” 

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/dr-congo-leader-seeks-review-of-mining-deals-with-china

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/exclusive-congo-reviewing-6-bln-mining-deal-with-chinese-investors-finmin-2021-08-27/

Roadside Bomb in Syria Kills Local Soldiers

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  • An attack in Syria by Turkish troops in the Idlib Province has left 2 of the country’s soldiers dead and three injured. 
  • The roadside bomb was claimed by a group called the Supporters of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Company, who have perpetrated similar attacks, dating as far back as 2018. 
  • The Turkish ministry has offered its condolences to families who have lost their loved ones. As attacks on the province continue, Turkey continues to station more members of its military in the area. 

Sources:

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/war-on-terror/2-turkish-soldiers-killed-3-injured-in-attack-in-syrias-idlib

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/attack-on-turkish-troops-in-syria-kills-two-soldier

Islamophobia in a Post 9/11 World

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  • On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, thousands mourn the countless deaths after four coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, changing the course of history. 
  • President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both paid their respects. New York observed moments of silence, prayer, and read out the names of those victims of the attack. 
  • Others, such as Yassin M. Aref, recount the Islamophobia faced soon after and the effects of invasions into Afghanistan and Iraq under the George Bush Administration. 
  • Aref spent 15 years in prison wrongfully convicted of aiding terrorism by an FBI Sting Operation. “I lost all my goals in life including completing my PhD and building myself culturally and financially,” he stated, but feels no animosity towards America, instead recognizing the improved environment for Muslims over the years. 

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/11/muslim-man-spent-15-years-in-prison-after-post-9-11

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/11/nyregion/9-11-20th-anniversary

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US Drone Strike on Afghanistan To Stop ISIS Explosives Causes Media Doubt

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  • A recent drone strike in Afghanistan by the United States military to stop an ISIS bomb casted doubt by media investigations that questioned if there were explosives in the car. 
  • The Pentagon refutes the media’s claims, stating that there was evidence the sedan followed had explosives and was acting suspiciously. 
  • The driver of the sedan, Zemari Ahmadi, was shown to be doing his normal work routine in videos released. The owner of the work car, Steven Kwon, denied any links to the terrorist group and reiterated the charity groups presence to help, not kill, people. 
  • The US has acknowledged three civilian deaths, but Ahmadi’s family claims an additional ten others were killed due to the strike, raising question and calls for justice. 

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58527989

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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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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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