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The Daily Brief: Omicron Variant Makes Its Way To The United States

President Biden does not see the need for a Lockdown

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  • The Omicron Variant is picking up speed, with two new cases found in Canada in the last 24 hours.
  • The US has issued a travel ban for eight African countries however, President Biden is confident that vaccination and masks will be able to ward off the new variant. 
  • The two people infected in Canada are believed to have been infected in Nigeria.
  • Little is known about the new variant, however 70 countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions in an attempt to lessen the transmissibility. 
  • The United States of America has been divided regarding vaccines and COVID mandates. Some states such as Florida are highly against lockdowns issued for COVID. WHO has issued a warning against the new variant labeling it “variant of concern.” 
  • No Omicron cases have been reported in the US thus far however with such a divide in getting vaccinated more Americans have died due to COVID complications compared to last year. 
  • It is said that the new mutations are inevitable to avoid if there are still people unvaccinated. Unvaccinated hosts are homes to creating and spreading new variants. 
  • Public health officials in the United States continue to urge booster shots for those eligible. 

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Barbados Set to Elect First President, Replacing Queen Elizabeth II As Head of State

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  • After Queen Elizabeth II remained the head of state for 25 years, the Eastern Island of Barbados prepared to become a republic with a first ever woman president. 
  • Prime Minister Mia Mottley welcomed the election of Sandra Mason who will be operating under her, calling it a “seminal moment” for Barbados. 
  • Despite not having any effect on relations with world powers, the move is seen by advocates as significant in aiding towards the “road to republic.”

Trial Begins:Defense Team Claims Maxwell Is Victim of Elaborate Blame Game

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  • The trial of famed socialite Ghislaine Maxwell began in New York City on Monday.
  • Maxwell is accused of arranging for poor, underage girls to perform physical acts for payment.
  • The arrangements were made at the behest of the late Jeffrey Epstein, who was to stand trial for his role as architect of a multi-decade operation to lure vulnerable young women into physical exploitation.
  • Epstein was found dead in his prison cell in 2019; the cause of death was determined to be suicide.
  • Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing, instead positioning herself as the victim of sexism.
  • Maxwell was arrested in 2020 for allegedly recruiting girls as young as 14 years to fulfill Epstein’s sexual desires.
  • The case has garnered publicity because of the social circles Epstein and Maxwell traveled in, including associations with Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

7 Chinese Planes Enter Taiwan Air Defense Zone

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  • This Sunday, Taiwan reported that 27 Chinese planes entered the country’s air defense buffer. 
  • The Taiwan ministry stated that 18 aircrafts were H-6 bombers. Monitorization systems were deployed to observe their actions.  
  • The inclusion follows a series of similar military aggressions made throughout the year in what’s speculated to be China’s ongoing efforts to stifle Taiwanese independence. 
  • Although China has yet to comment, President Xi Jinping recently held a meeting to discuss strengthening “scientific and technological literacy and improving the actual ability to win modern wars”. 

German Doctor Faces Charges After Administering Thousands of Self-Made Vaccines

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  • A doctor in Germany faces criminal charges after administering thousands of self-made Covid-19 vaccines. 
  • Dr Winfried Stöcker set up a vaccination center at the Lübeck airport, which he also owns, administering an estimated 20,000 people with the concoction he states is 97% successful. 
  • Stöcker stated he skipped safety procedures and official approval because it would “take too long and cost millions”.
  • Four other doctors will also be investigated for speculated involvement. 

Twitter CEO and Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Resigns

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  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down from his role this Monday, to be replaced with Parag Agrawal. 
  • Dorsey served as chief executive since 2015. He stated that it was “finally time” for his departure, expressing gratitude for Agrawals “skill, heart, and soul.” 
  • ““I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders… [being founder-lead is] severely limiting and a single point of failure,” he also stated. 
  • Agrawal, who served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer since 2017, stated his “excitement for the future” of the company. 

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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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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