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The Daily Brief: Tonga in Dire Need of Drinking Water and Food

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  • The Island of Tonga is in dire need of help and aid. The whole Island has been facing  fresh water and food shortages. 
  • The Red Cross has stepped in and promised help as is New Zealand and Australia who are setting up efforts to help the ash covered island as conditions get worse for the inhabitants. 
  • Saturday evening a tremendous underwater volcanic eruption launched ash, steam and gas above the South Pacific ocean.
  • The eruption coated Tonga with a layer of ash and triggered tsunami waves which cut power and severed connection to nearly all of the island’s residents.
  • The tsunami destroyed boats and seaside shops along the Tongan shore and caused flooding across the island.
  • The dust blown into the air by the volcano has reportedly contaminated water and prompted authorities to advise residents to wear masks to avoid lung damage.
  • The disturbance in the South Pacific triggered tsunami warnings and evacuation orders in several countries including Japan and the US. 
  • Coastal California and Alaska have received some flooding due to the tsunami however as the evacuation orders are now being lifted as the tsunami threat recedes. 

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Hindu Extremists Call For Muslim Genocide in India

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  • Extremist calls for a Muslim genocide in India gain traction as experts warn of an upcoming massacre.
  • Pooja Shakun Pandey, a senior member of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha political party, was recorded at a recent rally saying, “If 100 of us become soldiers and are prepared to kill 2 million (Muslims), then we will win … protect India, and make it a Hindu nation”. Pandey’s words were met with roars of applause from the crowd
  • Gregory Stanton, the founder and director of Genocide Watch, warned of early “signs and processes” of Muslim genocide in the Indian state of Assam and Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Following a Three Week Lockdown, The Chinese City of Xi’an Lifts Some Restrictions

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  • Authorities in the Chinese city of Xi’an have begun easing some restrictions after a 3 week lockdown to extinguish a local outbreak before the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
  • On December 22, the tourist city began a strict lockdown after an outbreak of the delta variant, in accord with its “zero COVID” policy.
  • So far, China has reported 104,864 total cases, 119 of them reported on Saturday and of those 64 were local.

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British Citizens Behind Synagogue Hostage Situation 

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  • British citizen Malik Akram has been identified as the man who took 4 hostages at a synagogue in Texas. Mr. Akram was shot dead after an 11 hour of negotiations. 
  • Manchester police has arrested two more individuals in UK who are said to have helped Mr. Akram in planning the incident that took place on Saturday. The identity of those two UK citizens have not been revealed yet. 
  • Initially four people including the rabbi were taken hostage with one man being released shortly after.
  • In a statement, President Biden said “…I don’t think there is sufficient information to know about why he insisted on the release of someone who’s been in prison for over 10 years, why he was engaged, why he was using anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments.”
  • The suspect asked for the release of Aafia Siddiqui a Pakistani MIT graduate and neuroscientist who was accused of assault and attempted murder.

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Mali’s Former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Passes Away at 76

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  • Mali’s former president Ibrahim Bubacar Keita passed away at the age of 76 in the capital of Bamako. The cause of death has not been specified.
  • Keita led Mali for seven years from 2013 to 2020 until he was removed in a coup after several anti-government protests occurred due to his handling of jihadist unrest, the economic crisis, and disputed elections. 
  • Keita had won the 2013 election in a landslide and was re-elected five years later. Yet a collapsing economy, slow reforms, and weakened public services and schools, in addition to the country’s perception of government corruption, increased anti-Keita sentiment and sparked large protests.

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Australia Deports Tennis Star Novak Djokovic after He Refuses to get Vaccinated

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  • Australia’s Minister Alew Hawke canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time in a row after he refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The visa was canceled on grounds that Djokovic’s presence in the country may be a risk to the health and “good order” of the Australian public and may discourage others to get vaccinated as well. 
  • Djokovic will remain in Melbourne until he is deported; and a deportation order usually includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia. The 11 day battle over Djokovic’s COVID-19 vaccination status prevents him from defending his Australian Open title and fulfilling his goal of a record 21st Grand Slam. He was scheduled to play his first round Australian Open match on Monday night, but could not attend. 
  • Djokovic stated that he was “extremely disappointed” but added that he is willing to cooperate with authorities in relation to his departure from the country. The Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic also condemned this move and announced that he stood by the tennis player and that the Australian government should be subjecting all these rules on not only Djokovic but also his family and the entire nation.  

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Saira is a Muslim American with a passion for writing, economics, and justice.  With a background as a UC Berkeley graduate with a bachelors in economics allows her to quantitatively analyze critical developments from around the globe as well as their long term impacts on financial systems and social welfare. She is dedicated to reporting in an investigative, honest and compassionate manner to give voice to those who need it most.

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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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