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The Daily Brief: Russia Severs Ties with NATO

Russia has decided to suspend its diplomatic relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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Story Headline: Moscow Ends Long Standing Diplomatic Mission 

  • Russia has decided to suspend its diplomatic relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty  Organization (NATO).
  • NATO officials working in Moscow will lose their credentials and Russia will halt the actions of its representatives in Brussels at NATO Headquarters.
  • The diplomatic maneuvers still preserve Russia’s relationship with individual countries with NATO membership.
  • While NATO noted Russia’s actions, it has held firm on the long term effort to contain and disincent Russian aggression.
  • Earlier this month, NATO expelled officers from Russia’s diplomatic team at NATO, accusing them of being intelligence officers.
  • Recent events have increased tensions between Russia and western nations, including Russia’s decision to exercise military strength near the Ukraine border.
  • Russia has indicated that NATO’s recent actions indicate a lack of interest in working cooperatively.

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Colin Powell Dead Due to Complications from COVID19

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  • Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died today  of complications  related to  COVID-19;  he was 84 years old.
  • Powell served in the Vietnam War and rose in  the ranks of US military leadership, eventually becoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Powell’s career is largely untarnished except for criticisms that he committed the US to war with Iraq based on weak intelligence.
  • Powell was suffering from multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that can also affect the immune system.

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The New York Times

CNN

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China Denies Hypersonic Missile Report, Claims “Routine Spacecraft Experiment,”
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  • China has denied a recent Financial Times report claiming nuclear hypersonic missile testing, stating instead that the observed missile was a “spacecraft.” 
  • China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated that it was a “routine spacecraft experiment to verify the reusable technology of spacecraft, which is of great significance for reducing the cost of spacecraft use…Many companies in the world have carried out similar experiments,”
  • The original news worried many Western countries amid China’s recent nuclear advancements, as hypersonic missiles travel at higher speeds then normal missiles and are harder to stop. 
  • Other countries join China in the ongoing development of nuclear weapons, including Russia, the United States, and North Korea. 

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BBC

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Fire Breaks Out At Kuwait’s Largest Oil Refinery, Injuring Multiple
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  • A fire broke out at al-Ahmadi oil refinery in Kuwait this Monday, causing several injuries. 
  • The state refiner reported that the fire had been contained and those injured were being treated. 
  • The refinery also reported that none of the current operations were disturbed or damaged, with no effects towards the exports or electrical systems. 

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Czech President’s Health Prohibits HIm From Continuing Duties
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  • An official from the Czech republic reported that the current President Milos Zeman will be unable to continue his duties due to health issues. 
  • ​​Milos Vystrcil, the President of the Senate, stated that the future of the President’s health is “very uncertain” as he remains in intensive care. Zeman’s wife Ivana stated to reporters: “I can only confirm that he has been undergoing treatment that needs time.”
  • The chances of Zeman returning remain unlikely, as lawmakers look into replacing his Presidential duties towards the acting Prime Minister and both of the speakers in the houses of parliament. 

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AP

CNN

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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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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.

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.

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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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. 

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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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.

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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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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