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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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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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