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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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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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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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