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Opposition Leader Bennett Joins Forces to Unseat Netanyahu

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Summary 

  • Naftali Bennett, a rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leader of the Yamina party, has announced that he will assist Yair Lapid’s efforts in forming a coalition government.
  • President Reuven Rivlin of Israel had appointed opposition leader Lapid to form a coalition government after Prime Minister Netanyahu was unable to do so by the deadline.
  • Netanyau responded to the announcement by calling it a “danger for the future of the state.”
  • Netanyahu was given time to form his own coalition government, but due to intense polarization, he was unsuccessful. This led to Yair Lapid being appointed to the same task, and has until June 2nd to complete it.
  • During the eleven day fighting with Hamas earlier this month, Lapid’s coalition talks were put on hold, making his task even more difficult.
  • Netanyahu has been Prime Minister for the past twelve years, the longest in Israel’s history, and has been facing several corruption trials for 
  • Israel’s general election held in March was inconclusive for the fourth time in two years, allowing Netanyahu to stay in power.
  • The agreement between Bennet and Lapid will likely result in a rotation of Prime Ministers, with Bennett serving first and Lapid second.
  • Israel and Egypt met today to discuss the Hamas cease-fire, and plans to rebuild Gaza.

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Brazil Protests Demanding President Jair Bolsonaro’s Impeachment 

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  • Tens of thousands of Brazilians have gathered before Congress demanding the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro and additional vaccine supplies.
  • Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has caused his approval rating to plummet.
  • A stalled vaccine programme, 460,000 Covid-19 deaths, and more than 16 million infections has led the public to protest the far-right leader.
  • The mainly peaceful protest saw rubber bullets, gas bombs, and pepper spray at the hands of the police who attempted to disperse the demonstrations.
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Ethiopians Gather at the Capital to Protest Western Intervention

  • Ethiopia sees mass protests as citizens denounce U.S. sanctions claiming Ethiopian sovereignty was at risk.
  • The United States began restricting visas for Ethiopian and Eritrean government and military officials in response to the brutality in Tigray.
  • Violent gang-rape, mass murders, and forced evictions devestate the 6 million people of Tigray where thousands are estimated to have died.
  • Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs tweeted “If such a resolve to meddle in our internal affairs and undermining the century-old bilateral ties continues unabated, the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will be forced to reassess its relations with the United States, which might have implications beyond our bilateral relationship.”
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Macron May Withdraw Troops from Mali

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to withdraw troops from Mali if political instability leads to a greater trend in radical Islamization.
  • France currently has 5,100 troops in the Sahel region of Mali to support efforts against militant Islamists in the African countries previously under its colonial rule.
  • Political turmoil, poverty, and underdeveloped cities/towns have all contributed to chaos and instability in Mali, with militants taking advantage and seizing north of the country by a military coup in 2012.
  • Mali has seen two military takeovers in the last nine months, with Macron warning of the risk of “moving towards” greater radical Islamism.
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Osaka Fined For Not Speaking to Media Post Victory

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  • Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been fined $15,000 for not delivering post victory interviews and response to the media after her straight set victory against the French Open on Sunday.
  • The star player has spoken up about the importance of mental well being, stating it is often ignored for athletes as they are demanded to participate in stress-inducing press conferences following games and tournaments.
  • The fine was announced in a joint statement by heads of the organizations that run the Grand Slam tournaments, including those of the U.S., France, Australia, and England.
  • Officials were reportedly unable to engage with Osaka, despite commitments to the media listed in her contract – they cite her refusal to partake in media obligations as unfair compared to other athletes following contractual agreements.
  • Osaka said she expected to be fined and hoped the money would go towards a mental health charity.
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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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