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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.

Sources

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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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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