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Tunisia President Accused of “Coup” After Sacking Prime Minister Amid Violent Protests

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Summary:

  • Violent mass protests took place across Tunisia on Sunday as people expressed their frustration with the country’s economic state and government’s handling of Covid-19.
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked his Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi following the Sunday protests.
  • Supporters of Saied celebrated the move whereas opponents accused him of staging a coup.
  • Saied and Mechichi have had a longstanding feud, as President Saied occupies the top seat in the country but Prime Minister Mechichi has the support of the largest party in parliament, Ennahda.
  • The protests in Tunisia involve violent clashes between rival groups as well as confrontations between protesters and Tunisian troops.
  • President Kais Saied has also sacked the defense minister and acting justice minister as well as suspended parliament.
  • The Arab League, UN, and White House have expressed concerns over the developments in Tunisia.

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Lebanon Appoints Billionaire Najib Mikati as New PM-Designate

  • Najib Mikati, a billionaire tycoon that has twice served as prime minister of Lebanon, has been designated the new Prime Minister of Lebanon.
  • Mikati is Lebanon’s third PM-Designate in the last year. The Lebanese government has been in shambles since August 4, 2020 when Hassan Diab’s administration resigned after the Beirut port explosion.
  • Mikati intends to reform the Lebanese government according to the French initiative proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron to Lebanon in August 2020.
  • Mikati was nominated by Hezbollah, an armed Shi’ite Muslim group deemed a terrorist organization by the US government, and he ran virtually unopposed however he did not receive support from Lebanon’s two largest Christian parties.

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Sardinia Ravaged by Wildfires

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  • Italy’s Mediterranean island has been overtaken by wildfires that have damaged much of the western interior region.
  • Several homes, buildings, and residential areas have been destroyed by the fires forcing nearly 400 people to evacuate.
  • Thankfully no deaths or injuries have been reported, but roughly eleven aircrafts are working to calm the flames from above.

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Norwegirn Women’s Beach Handball Team and German Gymnast Take Stand Against Sexulization 

  • After refusing to wear bikini bottoms while competing the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined around $1,765 by the European Handball Federation (EHF) for performing in “improper clothing.”
  • The EHF faced massive amounts of criticism for their decision as many stated the women’s uniform fit the men’s clothing regulations.
  • Singer-songwriter Pink called out the EHF on their blatant sexism on her Twitter stating “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their ‘uniform’…The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
  • Numerous German female gymnasts also took a stand in the Tokyo Olympics by wearing unitards rather than the more traditional leotard.
  • Elizabeth Daniels, a University of Colorado psychology professor who has written about the sexualization of female athletes, stated in regards to athletes wearing more covered uniforms “So now where we’re seeing athletes speaking out about uniforms, you know, it really could be symbolic of the need for athletes to have more voice in general in the sport context…which could alleviate some of these really tragic abuse cases that have come to national and international attention more recently.”

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Attacks on Ahmadi Muslims Surge in Pakistan 

  • Violent attacks and blasphemy cases lodged against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan have recently spiked in the past year.
  • The Muslim miniority Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is barred from freely practicing their religion and referring to themselves as Muslims as strict blasphemy laws have been established to suppress the group of more than 500,000.
  • This spike of violence is being attributed to the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group which has actively and continuously targeted Ahmadi Muslims for their faith.

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US and China at “Stalemate” After Talks

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  • In talks between the US and China, China accused the US of “demonizing” them, while the US continues to support its human rights allegations and sanctions on China. China urged the removal of said sanctions, saying Beijing was being oppressed.
  • China concluded that the relations between them and the US are at a “stalemate.” The US wanted to work on global issues such as climate change and Iran, but China wanted less suppression from the US first.
  • These US-China talks are expected to lead to an eventual meeting with US President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping, especially with tensions high with both countries.
  • Last week, China imposed sanctions on US officials and organizations after the US spoke against conducting business in Hong Kong.

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Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Up 47% According to UN

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  • The United Nations has reported that for the first half of this year, there has been a record number of civilians in Afghanistan killed, with a 47% rise from last year. The government is currently fighting against the Taliban, and violence is increasing.
  • The UN report stated that 64% of civilian deaths were caused by anti-government forces, 25% pro-government forces, and 11% crossfire. Children made up 32% of all the casualties.
  • This increase comes during the United States and other international countries’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of US troops began at the end of April. The US is now launching airstrikes in support of Afghan forces.

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France Passes Law Requiring Special Covid Passes

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  • Amidst protests, France’s Parliament passed a law requiring Covid passes to enter restaurants, other public venues, and for domestic travel. The law also required healthcare workers to be vaccinated.
  • The Covid pass is only given to those who are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus. More than 150,000 people protested against the law.
  • The passes are required for all adults, and will apply to children 12 and older starting September 30th. President Emmanuel Macron has stated that the law is necessary to curb infections and protect vulnerable populations.
  • France is currently dealing with a rise in infections due to the Delta variant. There are around 20,000 infections daily, which is a huge increase from earlier in the month.

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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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