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The Daily Brief: Palestinians Call Out Aggression At Al Aqsa Mosque

Raid by settlers deemed provocative and dangerous

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  • Al Aqsa was the site of aggression yet again when Isreali worshippers entered the Al Aqsa complex to commemorate the Day of Mourning.
  • The 1,300+ worshippers were escorted by the Israeli police, who cleared the area of Palestinian worshippers using tear gas and rubber bullets.
  • Members of the Knesset, the Isreali Legislature, accompanied the settlers into Al Aqsa.
  • Muslim worshippers inside the prayer halls were blocked from leaving, in order to allow the Isreali settlers to walk through.
  • Al Aqsa Mosque holds significance for both Muslims and Christians, and the regulation of use is both complicated and sensitive.
  • The Palestinian Authority has referred to the incident as an excursion that threatens the delicate agreement of worship at the Al Aqsa Complex.
  • The violence occurs on the eve of Eidul Adha, the Muslim holy festival commemorating the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s commandment.

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South African President Calls for Calm Following Civil Unrest

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  • Portions of South African have been besieged by looting and violence over the last week.
  • The rioting began as the result of former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment, due to his failure to appear at court hearings related to corruption charges.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged unity and calm in the wake of the violence, informing the public that the government has stabilized the situation and is investigating the perpetrators.
  • This level of countrywide civil unrest has not been seen since the apartheid days of South Africa. 

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Leaves Hospital After Four Days 

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  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had to be hospitalized last Wednesday after 10 days of persistent hiccups.
  • Since being stabbed in the intestines on the campaign trail in 2018 the 66 year-old president has had several operations and continuous complications.
  • Bolsonaro has been released from the hospital after treatment for an intestinal obstruction which did not require surgery.
  • The Brazilian President affirmed that he will be back to work in his office Monday.

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Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos is Heading to Space on the New Shephard Rocket 

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  • The Amazon billionaire will be flying in space in an 11 minute 2,300-mile journey.
  • Bezos is heading to space just nine days after Richard Branson became the first man sent to space in a rocket he funded.
  • Bezos’ brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot; and recent high school graduate Oliver Daemen will be the only three people accompanying him on the New Shepherd rocket which has yet to be flown with a crew.

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  • Researchers analyzed data that showed a relationship between alcohol use and cancer development from 2010 to 2020.
  • 741,300 cancer cases from 2020 were attributed to alcohol use, where men represented the majority of cases.
  • Heavy drinkers, those who consume 2 to 6 drinks or 20 to 60 grams of ethanol alcohol a day, were seen in 39.4% of alcohol-attributed cancer cases.
  • The study’s author Harriet Rumgay, a doctoral student at WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, stated “We urgently need to raise awareness about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer risk among policy makers and the general public… Public health strategies, such as reduced alcohol availability, labelling alcohol products with a health warning, and marketing bans could reduce rates of alcohol-driven cancer.”

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Oil Producers Reach Agreement to Produce More Oil Post-Pandemic

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  • An agreement to increase oil production was made Sunday by major world oil producers in an effort to decrease inflation and rising gas prices due to pandemic lockdowns.
  • The pact was made by OPEC Plus and reconciles a dispute between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – a standoff that blocked an earlier agreement, causing oil prices to skyrocket reaching an all time high in July.
  • With pandemic lockdowns lessening oil demands, OPEC Plus had withdrawn millions of barrels from the market with the goal of restoring supplies in April 2022; as world economies reel from the pandemic, the demand for oil supplies has increased along with fuel and gas prices – some analysts expect the agreement to bring down these prices.
  • The deal calls for 23 oil producing nations led by Saudi Arabia and including Russia to increase oil production by 400,000 barrels a day equivalent to increasing the world’s supply by approximately 2% – the nations are the source of roughly 40% of crude oil for the world.

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Investigation on U.S. Diplomats in Austria Ensues After Diagnosis of Havana Syndrome

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  • Authorities in Austria are investigating reports of a mystery illness experienced by U.S. Diplomats in the city of Vienna, known as Havana Syndrome.
  • Victims of the illness have experienced a wide range of symptoms including sudden vertigo, nausea, headaches, and other physical sensations – some traumatic brain injuries have been reported alongside debilitating headaches and other health issues years later.
  • Havana Syndrome was first detected in late 2016 in Cuba, with cases reported in China, Russia and other countries across the globe – in April, two separate incidents occurred near the White House affecting National Security Council staffers.
  • Since President Biden took office, about two dozen U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats, and other government officials in Vienna have reported symptoms similar to Havana Syndrome. 

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India and China Face Heightened Tensions Amid Stalemate

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  • A high level meeting between officials of India and China was held Wednesday, to address unprecedented military buildup on the border of both countries, that have led to the possibility of outbreak of war.
  • Approximately 200,000 troops have built up on both sides of the Himalyan border – however Wednesday’s meeting did not lead to a resolution that would break the year-long stalemate between the two nuclear-armed countries.
  • Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi stated that “relations between India and China are still at a low point.”
  • Several clashes between soldiers from both sides erupted last year, escalating tensions and leading to the silent buildup of troops, artillery, and infrastructure despite no official declaration of war.

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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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