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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.

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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