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Trump’s Facebook Account Frozen For Two Years

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  • Facebook announced the suspension of Donald Trump’s account for two years.
  • The suspension will last through the 2022 midterm elections, until 2023.
  • The suspension was initiated the day after the Jan 6th Capitol riots, in response to concerns about connections between Trump’s inflammatory comments and the violence at the Capitol. 
  • Trump decried the suspension through a statement issued by his political action committee, Save America.
  • Trump remains prohibited from posting on Twitter and YouTube.
  • If permitted after two years to resume on Facebook, Trump will be subject to severe sanctions if he violates standards of conduct again.
  • Facebook has also put in place stricter standards overall for content by public figures that may incite. 

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Putin Claims the U.S. is Holding Russia Back

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  • U.S. President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16th in Geneva.
  • The two countries currently have strained relations due to Alexey Navalny’s arrest, the Ukraine conflict, and suspected election disturbances.
  • Putin claims the U.S. is attempting to hold back Russia stating “[Russia has] no issues with the United States…”But it [U.S.] has an issue with us: they want to hold back our development, they talk about it publicly.”
  • Neither side has announced plans to reach a major breakthrough to reset the tense relations.
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Mexico Nears the End of the Bloodiest Election Season to Date

  • A total of 89 politicians of which 35 were candidates for Mexico’s midterm elections have been killed.
  • Most of the victims were opposition politicians and candidates who rose against state governments and municipalities.
  • The elections will be held June 6th and many hope for that to mark the end of the violence.
  • However, Gerardo Rodriguez, director of the department of international relations and political science at the University of the Americas Puebla, stated “We normally see violence before election day, then there is a pause during the elections, and after the results are announced, we see a rise again.”
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Nigeria Bans Twitter After Deleted Tweet

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  • Twitter has deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, as it was widely perceived as offensive.
  • The now deleted tweet called for threats to people in the country’s southeast and for their treatment “in the language they will understand” with references to the NIgerian Civil War.
  • In a statement released by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Nigerian government declared it has banned Twitter indefinitely.
  • While the Nigerian government criticized Twitter’s removal of the tweet, a Twitter spokesperson said the President’s remarks violated Twitter community rules.
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Hundreds Show Support for Military in Mali Following Coup

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  • Hundreds of supporters have gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako to display support to the military following a second coup within days.
  • A rally was held Friday in Independence Square to commemorate the founding of Mali’s M5 opposition movement which empowered protestors last year.
  • On May 25, interim President Bah Ndwah and Prime MInister Moctar Ouane were forced to step down after Malian soldiers detained them, leading to a military coup and transitional government.
  • The latest military seizure of power has prompted outcry from other nations, including France who stated it would stop joint military action with Mali.
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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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