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The Daily Brief: Tonga Volcano eruption sends warning of Tsunami to Japan and USA

Tsunami warning closes shores of Japan and USA after the volcanic eruption in Tonga.

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  • Eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano has sent a ripple effect putting the pacific coast in panic of evacuation, fearing a tsunami. 
  • The island of Tonga was hard hit by heavy waves. It is also covered in volcanic ash leaving most parts of the Island without power, making the evacuation measures almost impossible. 
  • Kagoshima, Japan was hit by a 1.2 m tsunami.
  • The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano has been said to be one of the most impactful eruptions of this decade. 
  • The eruption was heard as far as Fiji Island. The Fijian government also issued a tsunami warning of its Island and took measures to start evacuating people. 
  • New Zealand Coast has also issued warning to its people to expect higher waves and increase in water levels. 
  • Beaches on the West Coast of the USA have been closed expecting the effects of the tsunami. Flooding in cities on the coastline such as San Francisco and Santa Cruz have been recorded. 

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Hostage situation at Texan Synagogue 

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  • Four hostages were held for 10 hours during the Shabbat service at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. 
  • The FBI managed to get all four people out safely. 
  • The hostage taker has been identified by the FBI but that information has not been released to the public yet. The hostage taker, a man, wanted the release of Aafia Siddiqui.
  • Aafia Siddiqui has been in custody since 2010. She is a Pakistani neuroscientist charged for assault on a US military officer. 

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Lebanese Cabinet to Resume

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  • The groups Hezbollah and Amal have announced an end to boycott of the Lebanese cabinet.
  • The cabinet had not met in three months, during which time government operations slowed and the economy had become stagnant.
  • The government had been riddled with infighting over the explosion of a port in Beirut in August 2020.
  • Economists have estimated that it will take 6-7 years for the country to recover from the government stall.

Omicron Found in Beijing 

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  • Beijing has reported its first case of the omicron variant, just days prior to the start of the Winter Olympics.
  • The person has been isolated and the government has undertaken a wave of testing in the hopes of eliminating transmission.
  • Although other parts of China have omicron cases, the case in Beijing is worrisome because of the need to keep the Olympic Games covid-free.
  • The government of China has taken extraordinary measures to preserve public health, including closing schools and universities, restricting traffic in and out of the city and requiring residents to show proof of covid negative tests when entering/existing the city.

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Iran and China Enter Implementation Phase of Agreement

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  • Last year, Iran and China entered into a 25 year agreement for economic, military and security cooperation.
  • This year marks the beginning of the implementation phase.
  • China has purchased oil at discount as part of the historic agreement.
  • The details of the agreement remain undisclosed.

Drug Firm Executive Ordered to Pay Millions

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  • Martin Shkreli has been ordered to pay over $60 million in fines for violating monopolies law.
  • He is accused of raising the price of a life saving drug and blocking efforts of competitor drug providers to offer the same drug at lower prices.
  • Shrekli is already serving time in prison for defrauding investors.
  • His tactics were considered so unethical that he was dubbed “Pharma Bro.”  

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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