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The Daily Brief: Over One Hundred Killed in Burkina Faso

Over One Hundred Killed in Burkina Faso

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  • Over one hundred villagers were killed in Burkina Faso, near the Niger border.
  • The Yagha village was under siege for over three hours as militants set homes on fire and targeted explosives.
  • The terror attack is reported as the worst in the country’s history.
  • International observers are concerned that terrorism is growing unbridled in West Africa.
  • The country is in a 72 hour mourning period, declared by President Roch Kabore.
  • Over 1.2 million residents of Burkina Faso have fled the country due to terror attacks, labeled as the world’s fastest growing displacement.
  • Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, both Al-Qaeda and the alleged Islamic State have been active in the area.

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Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow for Indigenous School Deaths in Canada

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  • Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the gruesome discovery of a mass grave in Canada containing the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children at boarding school for Indigenous Canadians operated by Catholic clergy.
  • The Pope acknowledged the deep grief and trauma associated with the recent discovery about a week after an Indigenous community announced that the remains of about 215 children had been found at the site.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “deeply disappointed” that the Catholic Church had not issued a formal apology regarding the incident which brings to light the history of church-run schools involving forced conversions, and “cultural genocide” according to a national commission in 2015.
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Nigerian Prominent Pastor Dies after Church Program

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  • A prominent and popular Nigerian televangelist has died from unknown causes at the age of 57 after delivering a church program.
  • Temitope Joshua, known as T.B., had millions of followers and claimed healing for thousands of people through his church, and regularly made prophecies on his Facebook page.
  • In 2011, it was estimated he was the third wealthiest pastor in Nigeria with a net worth of $10-$15 million.
  • Since his death, several tributes have been made to his life particularly by his adherents.
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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Called to Reform the Approach to Central American Migration 

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  • As United States Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit Guatemala and Mexico this week, migrant rights groups gather to call for a more rights-based approach to migration.
  • Ending the use of Title 42, a public health directive which allows for immediate expulsion of migrants or asylum seekers at the US border a top priority for many. 
  • Migrant rights activists fear that U.S. President Joe Biden’s approach to Central American migration is not as ‘humane’ as is claimed, seeing the push for police and military responses to migrants coming from Washington.
  • Abel Nunez, Alianza Americas’ vice president and executive director of the Central American Resource Centre in Washington, DC, stated “We do have to recognise that the narrative has been a little different, and we are glad…We need to coordinate and continue to apply pressure to ensure we arrive at a migration process that centres the migrant and protects their rights…Until we do that, the truth is it is just a show.”
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Israel Releases Sheikh Jarrah Activists and Aljazeera Journalist Givara Budeiri

  • Activists Muna al-Kurd and Mohammed al-Kurd were released from custody after being arrested for protesting the forced expulsion of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.
  • The activists were arrested just a day after Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri was taken by Israeli forces while covering the demonstrations and wearing a flak jacket clearly marked “press.”
  • Budeiri was left in the hospital following her release as she suffered a left hand fracture at the hands of Israeli police.
  • Nabil al-Kurd explained the logic behind the arrest stating “The reason for the arrest is that we say that we will not leave our homes, and they do not want anyone to express his opinion, they do not want anyone to tell the truth…They want to silence us.”
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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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