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The Daily Brief: Putin Addresses Ukraine in Annual News Conference

In a four hour long conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed his demands for Ukraine and called on the US for a response

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  • During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference, he again reiterated that the US should not allow Ukraine membership to NATO, but said talks with the US are welcome.
  • It was again emphasized that Russia will not invade Ukraine and that they do “not want” that to happen.
  • Putin emphasized that he was waiting for a response from the US regarding his demands for Ukraine, stating that “the ball is in their court”.
  • Putin indicated he was open to diplomatic talks with the US, to which the White House responded, stating they were looking forward to them as early as January.
  • Putin made other claims regarding Ukraine’s history, NATO’s expansion, the Covid-19 pandemic, jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, and many other topics.
  • Last week, Russia released draft security proposals demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and that bombers, warships, and aircrafts be banned in areas where an attack could be launched.
  • Putin reiterated the sentiments from the security proposals, stating the US is “already on the threshold of our home” and asking whether it is “some excessive demand not to place any strike weapons systems near our home?”
  • There is current fear of an attack on Ukraine by Russia due to the massive troop buildup at the border. US President Joe Biden has threatened “severe consequences” if an attack occurs.

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Tiananmen Square Massacre Sculpture Removed in Hong Kong

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  • Hong Kong’s “Pillar of Shame” sculpture, commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre for more than 20 years, has been taken down from its place at the University of Hong Kong.
  • The massacre in 1989 involved the Chinese military fighting against pro-democracy protesters. The sculpture itself is fifty bodies molded together into a pillar, symbolizing the lives lost.
  • The university, which tried to remove the sculpture in October, stated, “The decision on the aged statue was based on external legal advice and risk assessment for the best interests of the University.”

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China’s City Xi’an Goes on Lockdown After Covid Surge

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  • After reporting 143 infections since December 9, China’s major city, Xi’an, has gone on a strict zero-Covid lockdown while utilizing mass testing and stay-at-home orders to cease the Covid outbreak. China is being extra vigilant since the country is planning to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in three months. 
  •  Xi’an is home to more than 13 million people and new restrictions have been initiated such as only one member per household is allowed to leave the home every two days to buy essential goods. Residents are also only allowed to leave the city if they prove they have special circumstances and receive approval from authorities.
  • Countless flights have been cancelled at Xi’an’s airport, long-distance bus stations have been closed down, checkpoints have been installed on roads leading into the city, and non-essential businesses have been shut down. 
  • Currently, Xi’an faces a “dual epidemic” as, along with covid cases, there have been several reported cases of hemorrhagic fever, which is a common seasonal disease with high fatality rates. 

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​​Belgium Agrees To Shut Down 2 Nuclear Power Plants by 2025

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  • The Belgian government has agreed to close seven aging reactors, housed in two nuclear plants in Doel and Tihange, by 2025. This deal was reached after countless shutdowns of the plants for safety checks, which sparked major concern in neighboring countries, like Germany, who are trying to phase out this technology.
  • Some reactors of the plants, run by French utility company Engie, have been operating since the 1970s and are responsible for half of the country’s electricity production. Now, Belgium needs to devise a plan on how to make up for the energy shortfall. The principle agreement was to approve of 2 gas-fired plants being built, but the current permit to do so was denied. Now the government will revisit this plan in March to see if it can resolve the permit issues.
  • Prime Minister De Croo had stated that certain nuclear reactors could be left open longer, but claimed that it was “very unlikely.” However, the country does not want to give up on nuclear technology and has already invested 100 million euros over four years into nuclear technology research, specifically smaller, modular nuclear plants. 

Former Tunisian President Marzouki Gets Sentenced to 4 Years in Absentia

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  • Former President Moncef Marzouki has been sentenced by Tunisian court in absentia to 4 years in prison for “assaulting” the security of the state. 
  • This sentencing comes after the 76-year old former President, who currently lives in France, had criticized President Kai Saied countless times and called for protests. Marzouki had accused President Saied of organizing a coup in July after Saied announced the suspension of Parliament, suspension of lawmakers’ parliamentary immunity, and firing the Prime Minister. Saied claims he acted to end political paralysis and plans to hold a referendum to devise a new constitution. 
  • The local media stated that Marzouki was found guilty of “undermining the security of the state from abroad” and causing “diplomatic harm”. Marzouki rejected this ruling as “illegal”, and also stated that it was his “destiny to fight against a dictatorship” in his country.
  • This is not the first time Marzouki has been brought to court. He has been tried at least 7 times under late President Habib Bourguiba and was sentenced to 11 months in absentia under late President Zine E Abidine Ben Ali.

FDA Approves the Second Covid-19 Antiviral Pill Manufactured by Merck

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  • The FDA authorized a second Covid-19 antiviral pill for adults positive for SARS-CoV-2 to take at home before they get ill enough to be hospitalized. The pill was manufactured by Merck and is called molnuprivar; it targets those adults who have no alternative COVID-19 treatment options and who are at high risk for hospitalization or death.
  • Upon authorization, Merck has an agreement with the US government to supply 3.1 million courses of the new drug. This drug was initially recommended by FDA advisors in a close vote of 13-10, at the end of November, after data portrayed that risk of hospitalization or death was cut by 30%, instead of 50%, which was concluded during a previous analysis. 
  • Doctors are optimistic that this drug can work against the Omicron Variant due to the Omicron variant consisting of a different spike protein. 
  • This approval comes not too long after the approval of Pfizer’s drug Paxloid, the first antiviral Covid-19 pill. Last week, Pfizer released results that treatment of the virus with their drug cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% if given within the first five days of symptoms. The Biden administration announced that it would purchase 10 million treatment courses for $5.295 billion, and stated that he was encouraged by the “promising data” presented by Pfizer.

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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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