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The Daily Brief: Supreme Court Refuses to Block Abortion Ban

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  • The US Supreme Court announced that they would do nothing to stop the recent abortion law passed in Texas. Abortion providers in Texas had requested the state law to be blocked, and the request was denied.
  • The abortion law, named the Heartbeat Act, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is before many women even realize that they are pregnant.
  • It also allows private citizens to sue doctors that perform an abortion after six weeks. The Supreme Court judges voted along party lines, except for Chief Justice John Roberts who voted with the three liberal judges in dissent.
  • This law is one of the strictest to ever be passed regarding reproductive rights. Justice Sonia Sotomayor reiterated this point, declaring that “No federal appellate court has upheld such a comprehensive prohibition on abortions before viability under current law.”
  • The passing of this law is especially objected by abortion rights groups because of the 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade, which legalised abortions across the nation, leaving many feeling that this ban is unconstitutional.
  • The Supreme Court stated that they did not make any conclusions to the constitutionality of the law, and their decision in “no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts.”
  • US President Joe Biden spoke out on the issue, stating that the law is an “unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights” and the structure of the law could potentially cause “unconstitutional chaos.”
  • Biden also stated that the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services would respond to the law and take steps to “ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions.”
  • Clinics in Texas have already started restricting their services in fear of legal ramifications. The law makes it especially difficult and costly for clinics if they are found violating the ban

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/politics/biden-abortion/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/2/us-supreme-court-refuses-to-block-texas-abortion-ban

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58416805

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2022 World Cup Qualifiers Begin

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  • The 2022 World Cup Qualifying matches began this week, with a total of 55 countries playing in 75 matches to see who will play next year in the finals.
  • For Brazil’s next three qualifying matches, they will be missing nine players from the English Premier League due to Covid restrictions. The US Men’s National Team will be missing star player Christian Pulisic because of his contraction of the virus.
  • In England’s match against Hungary, the crowd chanted racist comments, especially when the English players took a knee at the beginning of the game and at players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham from England’s team.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 110th and 111th goal in Portugal’s qualifying match against Ireland, securing himself as the top goal scorer in men’s international football and taking away the title from Iranian football player Ali Daei.

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https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58408681

https://apnews.com/article/soccer-sports-coronavirus-pandemic-international-soccer-brazil-32bb6767a721067e1e0c295bb5f18e4f

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/02/football/cristiano-ronaldo-breaks-ali-daei-goal-record-spt-intl/index.html

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Kashmir in Turmoil Following Death of Separatist Leader Syed Ali Geelani

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  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the most senior separatist leader in Indian-administered Kashmir, passed away late Wednesday at the age of 92 years old.
  • Geelani was an icon of resistance against New Delhi’s rule in the long disputed region of Kashmir. He had been on house arrest for the last 12 years of his life due to leading several anti-India protests.
  • According to Geelani’s family Indian authorities forcefully took his body at 3AM and buried it without any final prayers or family members present. 
  • India has currently shut down the internet, sealed roads, and deployed troops in order to prevent anti-India protests in wake of Geelani’s death.
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Danish Ex-Immigration Minister Faces Impeachment for Migration Policy

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  • Denmark’s former immigration minister Inger Stoejberg is now facing an impeachment trial for her order to separate asylum-seeking couples when one of the pair was a minor.
  • The separation directive was given in 2016 along with dozens of other hardlined immigration measures.
  • Stoejberg was warned several times from within her department that the act of separating couples in asylum centres was unlawful, however she continued to separate 32 couples forcing Denmark’s parliament to vote to try her in court.
  • This trial marks a historic event for Denmark as it is their first impeachment trial in nearly 3 decades.

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BBC

Al Jazeera

Dawn of a New Era as Taliban Claim Victory and Begin Rule 

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  • Moments after the final flight of US troops departed Afghanistan on Monday, Taliban militants flooded the streets and began celebrating their victory.
  • The Taliban must now turn their attention to creating a working authoritative body that can govern the nation if they hope to maintain power, however unlike the isolated and war-torn Afghanistan that they briefly ruled for 5 years in the late 90’s, modern Afghanistan is well connected to the rest of the world and has a majority youth population with 60% of the demographic being aged below 25.
  • The Taliban is already facing immense economic, political, and social pressure due to opposition from Western countries and domestic resistance from several groups including forces in the Panjshir province which has yet to be seized by the militant group.
  • Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, has stated that the group will be relying on Chinese funds to invest in and rebuild Afghanistan’s economy.

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CNN

NPR

Al Jazeera

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Effeminate Men Banned from TV in China

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  • Recently, China’s government has banned effeminate men from being on TV. President Xi Jinping and his team have also reduced the number of online games that children have access to. 
  • President Xi Jinping calls this a “national rejuvenation”. They have a set of guidelines on how China should be reshaped. 
  •  The broadcasters on TV must be ‘more masculine’ in their view  

Sources: 

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1033687586/china-ban-effeminate-men-tv-official-morality

https://nypost.com/2021/09/02/china-bans-men-considered-girly-from-appearing-on-tv/

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The Trusted Communication Server Fined

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  • Whatsapp has been fined $267 million dollars. This was issued by Ireland Data’s watchdog.  They were flagged for breaking through the privacy regulations. 
  • This alligation makes it back to 2018- Does Whatsapp handle their consumers information correctly? Did they fully clarify their privacy policies? 
  • The Irish DPC had gone into full investigation to prove their point. However, not every countries stood with the Irish DPC 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-58422465

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New York and New Jersey Get  Hit  by Violent Storm Ida

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  • Storm Ida is hitting hard in New York and New Jersey. It is reported that nine were discovered dead. Basements flood with water causing havoc in homes. 
  • In New York Central park, 3cm of rain poured in one hour. It is banned to ride in vehicles due to this violent weather. 
  • Biden has his team trying to get help to where it is needed. They are ready to aid those in danger and harmed from the  flooding. 

Sources: 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58417442

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ida-aftermath-09-02-21/h_de532cfef047fb585632b42661df681e

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Climate Change Cooperation on a Tightrope as US-China Relations Deteriorate

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  • US-China relations have worsened over the past year with disputes over the South China Sea, Covid-19 Pandemic, and human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
  • In a recent trip to China, US climate envoy John Kerry was warned by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that “climate cooperation cannot be separated from the wider environment” of US-China diplomatic relations.
  • Addressing the possibility of political ties hampering climate conservation efforts, Kerry spoke to reporters stating that “climate is not ideological, not partisan and not a geostrategic weapon…It is essential… no matter what differences we have, that we address the climate crisis”.

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Al Jazeera

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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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