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Turkish Women Take to The Streets to Protest Turkey’s Withdrawal From Gender Protection Treaty

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  • Turkey has removed itself from the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty to combat violence gender-based violence signed by 45 countries and the EU in 2011.
  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the country’s withdrawal at midnight on March 20, an action which sparked condemnation from the other treaty signees and women around the globe.
  • Women marched for months in the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and other major cities in protest to the withdrawal however they received no positive response from the government.
  • Erdogan defended his withdrawal on Thursday stating that Turkey’s battle against gender violence “did not start with the Istanbul Convention and it will not end with our withdrawal from the treaty”. 
  • The Turkish President further explained that Turkey’s local laws will defend women from violence rather than international treaties.
  • Hours after Erdogan defended the withdrawal protests surged around the country as women made their stance on the subject clear.
  • Three opposition parties pulled out of Turkey’s parliamentary commission in protest to the treaty withdrawal as well. 
  • Conservatives in Turkey’s government believe that the Istanbul Convention undermines the family and promotes homosexuality because it prohibts discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
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Ceasefire in Ethiopia Wavers as Humanitarian Crisis Looms

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  • The Ethiopian government announced a several month long ceasefire after Tigrayan forces took over the capital of Mekelle last week, which was a huge victory for the rebels.
  • Spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) called the ceasefire a “joke” and said they will continue fighting until they have control over the entire region.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia face famine and disease, with humanitarian aid struggling to reach them. This week, an essential bridge in northern Tigray used as a supply route for aid was destroyed.
  • Because of the conflict, farmers are unable to grow their usual crops. This week, the United States said it would take further action against the Ethiopian government if the conflict worsens.
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130 Countries Sign Off on Global Minimum Corporate Tax of 15%

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  • A global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% has been agreed upon by officials from 130 countries, who signed today to implement the plan. The tax is aimed at making sure big companies, especially international and technology corporations, pay a fair amount.
  • All G20 countries signed the agreement, and are now expected to incorporate this proposal into their own nations. US President Joe Biden heavily pushed for this deal, as his government is trying to get support from Congress to raise taxes domestically.
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that this proposal could create gains of at least $100 billion in global tax revenues yearly. Ireland, Hungary and Estonia did not agree to the proposal.
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El Salvador’s President Requests Minimum Wage Hike

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  • El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, is requesting a 20% increase in minimum wage starting in August, in an effort to mitigate the results of global inflation on poor El Salvadorians.
  • The President’s plan includes subsidizing small and medium sized companies for 12 months to cover the increased cost associated with inflation, as opposed to having companies raise prices on customers.
  • The current minimum wage for El Salvadorians is $300 per month and must be increased every three years according to law.
  • Bukele has also ordered food handouts under a pandemic social program to help with rising costs associated with food purchases.
  • The President’s proposal will be reviewed by a specialized council comprising government leaders as well as independent business leaders.
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Communist Party Centenary in China Raises Slogans That it Will Not Back Down

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  • The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday, led by President Xi Jinping who addressed a crowd of 70,000 in Tiananmen Square.
  • The President delivered a speech marked by strong nationalism, stating China’s rise is “historic inevitability” and the nation will no longer be “bullied, oppressed, or subjugated” by foreign countries.
  • Mr. Xi also stated that the one party rule in China was central to its progress and unity, and attempts to change the current political landscape will have dire consequences.
  • “Anyone who dares try to do that will have their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of Steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people” stated the President.
  • The President’s speech was marked by celebrations, canon salutes, and patriotic songs – and a rebuttal of recent criticism of China’s human rights policies.
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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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