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The Daily Brief: Sudan’s Military Reinstates Ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

Sudan’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has reinstated civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in an attempt to quell public unrest triggered by a military coup weeks prior

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  • Sudan has been overrun by chaos and violence since the military took control of the country on October 25th after declaring a state of emergency and dissolving the civilian leadership.
  • Mass protests followed the military coup with people calling for the complete removal of the military from politics. 
  • Coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan recently signed a power-sharing agreement with the elected civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on TV.
  • Hamdok was placed on house arrest after the coup in October and his pact with Fattah al-Burhan was allegedly reached with a gun to his head.
  • The civilian coalition that nominated Hamdok 2 years ago refuses to acknowledge the power-sharing agreement. 
  • Fattah al-Burhan has also agreed to release all of the political detainees he captured after the coup.
  • Despite the military’s attempts to appease the public, protests continue to rise as Sudanese activists refuse to accept anything short of complete military withdrawal from politics.

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Amazon Deforestation at 15 Year High

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  • Brazil’s space research agency has reported that the country’s Amazon rainforest is now seeing the highest deforestation levels in 15 years.
  • From August 2020 to July 2021 the Amazon lost 5,100 square miles of rainforest, a 22% climb from the previous year.
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has chipped away at many environmental protection laws in recent years despite overwhelming international pressure, especially from youth, to ramp up environmental conservation efforts and battle the effects of climate change.

Polarized Elections Divide Chilean Voters

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  • After more than a year of economic and political upheaval, partially due to COVID-19, Chileans will be heading to vote for their country’s future.
  • The main candidates offer vastly different views; candidates include Gabriel Boric, who is a young leftist supporter of a new constitution to increase public spending and forgiving student debt, and Jose Antonio Kast, who supports hard line security tactics to curb indigenous uprisings and undocumented migrants. 
  • Chile’s previous president, Piñera will leave office with a 79% disapproval rating, highlighting the Chilean people’s dissatisfaction with the political class’s management of the country for the last few years. 

Violent Protests Erupt Across Europe Due to New COVID-19 Restrictions 

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  • Protestors are marching across major cities all over Europe, from Rotterdam and The Hague to Zagreb.
  • In Belgium, protests over mask mandates and COVID passes have turned violent with protestors throwing fireworks and police replying with water cannons.
  • In the Netherlands, after implementing a partial lockdown, rioters have taken to the streets, breaking into a stadium and setting bicycles on fire.
  • Austria will enter into a 20 day lockdown with plans for mandatory vaccination by February.
  • Croatia saw thousands marching to protest mandatory vaccinations for public workers.

El Salvador Plans Bitcoin City

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  • El Salvador has recently legalized the use of Bitcoin as legal tender, and President Nayib Bukele has even stated plans to build an entire city devoted to Bitcoin at the base of Conchagua volcano.
  • President Bukele hopes the geothermal energy from the volcano will help power the difficult and costly Bitcoin mining.
  • Protestors vocally opposed this new build, fearing the fluctuation of the currency could bring even more instability to the impoverished nation. 

Israeli Settler Killed in Jerusalem Shooting

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  • An Israeli settler was killed during a shooting near occupied East Jerusalem, with three others wounded. 
  • The shooter, identified as Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkheidem, a school teacher at a boys public school, was shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces. 
  • Israeli forces raided and destroyed his home in the Shuafat refugee camp, while using tear gas with youth confrontations outside and preventing journalists from filming.

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.

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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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