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- Greta Thunberg has rallied people from all corners of the globe to join in an international ‘Fridays for Future’ climate protest intended to motivate politicians to increase environmental conservation efforts.
- The protests ranged in size however they attracted people from all age ranges and covered a wide area of land with rallies taking place from India and Japan to Italy and the UK.
- The most notable ‘Fridays for Future’ protest occurred in Germany where Thunberg herself attended a rally in Berlin.
- Thunberg addressed the crowd in Berlin along with prominent German climate activist Luisa Neubauer; both accused politicians of not doing enough to curb climate change and limit global warming to the ambitious Paris Accord value of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).
- This ‘Friday for Future’ protest comes 2 days ahead of Germany’s parliamentary elections on Sunday.
- Climate change has been a major topic of interest in Germany’s election campaigns as many believe that the outcome on Sunday will determine the country’s climate goals for decades to come.
US Deal Will Allow For Release of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou
- Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Huawei, will be released from her 2-year long detainment in Canada as part of an agreement made between her US prosecutors.
- Wanzhou had been detained in Canada on an extradition request from the US since December of 2018; US prosecutors alleged that she had committed bank fraud by not revealing the true nature of Huawei’s dealings and putting US banks at risk of violating sanctions against Iran.
- The detention of Meng Wanzhou has been a vital source of tension between China and the US and Canada in recent years, so the move to drop charges against Wanzhou is expected to ease some strain between the countries.
La Palma Volcano Continues to Spew As Firefighters Are Forced To Retreat
- The Cumbre Vieja Volcano continues to spew since erupting on La Palma, Canary Islands on Sunday.
- Firefighters tasked with clean-up were forced to retreat when a new vent near the flank of the volcano opened, sending shockwaves from the eruption site.
- Canary Island officials previously recommended residents shelter in place, however, with the risk of further explosions, over 6000 homes have now been evacuated.
- Officials have not received reports of any serious injuries or fatalities as of today, however, flights on the Spanish island remain canceled due to the toxic cloud of gas that now extends 2 ½ miles in the sky.
Bitcoin Plummets As China Declares Crypto-Currency Illegal
- In an announcement on Friday, The Central Bank of China declared all cryptocurrency transactions as illegal, effectively banning them from the Chinese market.
- With China having the largest crypto-currency market in the world, the price of Bitcoin fell by over $2,000 Friday following the announcement.
- Chinese officials warn that crypto-currency is a volatile and speculative investment.
- China has been cracking down on cryptocurrency this year, first warning buyers they would no longer be protected and then in June, advising banks to no longer facilitate cryptocurrency transactions.
Delhi’s Most Wanted Criminal Shot Dead In Court
- Jitender Maan Gogi, one of Delhi’s most wanted criminals, was shot dead in court by two men disguised as lawyers.
- Police in the courtroom returned fire and both men, who were from a rival gang, were shot dead.
- Gogi was on trial for murder and extortion charges when he was shot.
- The incident raises concerns regarding the courtroom’s lack of security.
Cyber Attacks And Asset Exchanges Occur Ahead Of German Elections
- Germans are set to vote for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s predecessor on Sunday after Merkel announced she will be stepping down after 16 years.
- Just days before the election, in an attempt to undermine the German democratic process, Russia has been accused of sending targeted cyberattacks to various officials in the EU to no avail.
- With polls being too close to call, many German millionaires have been rushing to move their assets out of Germany and into Switzerland ahead of the results Sunday.
Russian Activists are Detained by Police Prior to Elections
- Police have warned activists that any illegal rallies will be broken up prior to the election.
- Police have tried to detain a total of 6 people in regards to the Monday rally.
- According to Marina Litvinovich, more protests will be held throughout the country.
Tensions Between China and Taiwan Arise
- Tensions have risen between Beijing and Taipei after 24 warplanes are sent into Taiwan’s Air Identification Defense Zone.
- According to sources, a map shows that the Chinese aircraft may have consisted of H-6 bombers flying into the southern part of Taiwan.
- The Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs has shown a strong opposition to Taiwan.
Muslim Protests in Assam Province Kill Two and Injure Others
- A video footage of a photographer stomping on a man shot by police in India’s southern province goes viral and triggers protests.
- The photographer has been identified as Bijoy Bania, and the wounded individual also identified as Moinul Haque.
- Media reports state that Bania was arrested as of Thursday and a Judicial inquiry has been placed since another person too was killed.
UN Requests Brazil to Take Haitian Migrants at US-Mexico Border
- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has requested if Brazil can take in Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico border, specifically those who have a Brazilian child or have passed through Brazil.
- According to the US Secretary of State, Atony Binker and Foreign Minister Carlos Franca there have been discussions regarding bilateral, regional, and global issues.
Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”
- 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.
China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan
- 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.
First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade
- 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.”
Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession
- 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.
North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test￼
- 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.
Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany
- 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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