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The Daily Brief: Refugees Face Freezing Temperatures at the Poland-Belarus Border

The standoff between Poland and Belarus has resulted in areas near the border being restricted thus not allowing journalists, aid workers, or anyone but local residents to reach the border.

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Thousands of refugees and migrants are stuck at the Belarusian waiting for entry without vital supplies.
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  • The standoff between Poland and Belarus has resulted in areas near the border being restricted thus not allowing journalists, aid workers, or anyone but local residents to reach the border.
  • Refugees traveling from either side of the standoff are now left defenseless in the forests with little to no supplies.
  • Lack of water and medical supplies combined with below zero temperatures prove to be deadly as refugees and migrants continue to die at the border.
  • Nidal Ibrahim, a 37 year-old Syrian refugee at the border, said that he first attempted to enter Europe by crossing the sea in Libya, however armed groups operating in Libya prevented him.
  • He then stated that he heard the route to Europe was open through Belarus, however he is now stranded at the border and fears for his life.
  • In an international cry for help he pleads “Please, just help me to live. Please, someone, save us.”
  • The Polish prime minister has now called on NATO to take “concrete steps” in addressing the crisis.

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Israeli NGO Finds That Isreali Troops Join in on Settler Attacks on Palestinians 

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  • Isreali rights group B’Tselem found that 66% of incidents of settlers attacking Palestinians were completely ignored by Isreali forces.
  • If the cases were not ignored Isreali forces either chose not to intervene or joined settlers in attacking Palestinians.
  • In only 13 of the 450 attacks did troops take any action in countering the attacks.
  • B’Tselem stating in their report that “Settler attacks against Palestinians are a strategy employed by the Israeli apartheid regime, which seeks to advance and complete its misappropriation of more and more Palestinian land..When the violence occurs with permission and assistance from the Israeli authorities and under its auspices, it is state violence. The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding.”

Crowds Amass Against Suspended Parliament in Tunisia

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  • Protesters continue public dissent against Prince Kais Saied’s recent actions to suspend the parliamentary government.
  • Opponents are calling for a return to democratic procedures for rule of law.
  • Saied has defended his actions as necessary to restore political and economic continuity.

Chaos at Ecuadorian Prison Leads to Inmate Deaths

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  • Rioting at the Litoral Penitentiary in Ecuador erupted on Friday, leading to the death of 68 inmates.
  • This is the second riot in two months; a September riot caused over one hundred deaths.
  • Gang rivalry is attributed to the violent outbreaks, causing over 300 inmate deaths this year.

Unvaccinated on Lockdown in Austria

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  • Austria is enforcing a lockdown against residents who are not fully inoculated against COVID19.
  • Approximately two million people are affected by the restriction.
  • About 65% of Austria is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.
  • Residents will be permitted to leave only for specific reasons.

U.S. Accused of Hiding Military Raids in Syria in 2019

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  • An investigation by the New York Times has revealed that nearly 64 women and children were killed in U.S. military air raids conducted in 2019.
  • The attacks, although previously undisclosed, were defended by the U.S. government as actions taken in self defence.
  • Two specific raids near the town of Baghuz were intentionally classified, until the Times investigation.
  • Baghuz remained one of the last areas under the domain of the Islamic State.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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