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The Daily Brief: UN Climate Change Report is a “Code Red”

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a climate change report detailing the rapid pace of global temperature increase and the need for urgent action.

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  • The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the longest climate change report yet, with more than 140,000 scientific papers referenced.
  • The report states that humans are the “unequivocal” cause of climate change, and that the Earth has warmed 1.1 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels.
  • The IPCC published a report in 2018 detailing the danger of reaching a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees, which we are fast approaching. The IPCC outlined the most optimistic scenario for the reduction of climate change, but even then the Earth will hit the 1.5 degree threshold.
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged that this is “a code red for humanity,” and that we need to take “the most ambitious path”.
  • UN-led international climate change talks are to be held in three months in Glasgow, where the discussion is expected to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Climate change has increased the frequency of and worsened natural disasters, which are being experienced by countries all over the world right now. Droughts in the Western United States, wildfires in California, Greece, Turkey, flooding in North Korea, China, Germany, and many more disasters.
  • The report urges that if global emissions are cut in half in the next ten years, and reach net zero in thirty years, we can possibly reverse the rise in global temperatures.

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Belarusian President Speaks On Election Disputes and Olympic Athlete

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  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated that Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was “manipulated” by outside forces to return to Belarus and go abroad for safety and that “she wouldn’t do it herself”.
  • Tsimanouskaya and her husband received humanitarian visas from Poland and are seeking refuge there. 
  • Lukashenko also defended the validity of his presidency after a disputed election last year, stating that his opponents staged a “coup”. Anti-government protests ensued in 2020, and Lukashenko responded by arresting thousands.
  • The US has declared the election fraudulent, and President Joe Biden released an executive order imposing sanctions on “individuals and entities for their role in attacks on democracy and human rights, transnational repression, and corruption”. Britain and Canada also imposed sanctions targeting Belarus’ economy.

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Taliban Take Control of Five Provincial Capitals as US Withdraws Military Help

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  • The Taliban have now taken control of five provincial capitals in Afghanistan, the most recent being the city of Taloquan and Kunduz. This latest advance comes as the US withdraws the last of its troops from the region.
  • As fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban increases, dozens of civilians are being killed, including at least 27 children. The US has been launching airstrikes to assist the Afghan forces, but that will end at the end of this month, despite the worsening situation.
  • Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admits that Afghanistan’s security situation is “not going in the right direction,” but stated, “It’s their country to defend now. It’s their struggle.”

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Foreign Countries Aid Greece As Wildfires Worsen

  • As wildfires continue to spread over Greece, over 2,000 people were evacuated from Evia this weekend. 
  • Foriegn countries such as Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Serbia send in their aid. Some residents complained about the lack of response and firefighters in areas where the fires continue to ravage Greece. 
  • The wildfires follow recent weather conditions over Europe which point to the worsening climate and global warming suspected to play a part in the situation. 
  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that there are over 580 wildfires nationwide, stating the past months have been “the most difficult for [Greece] in decades,” and apologizing for the government’s inability to contain the fires as the world faces the deadly climate crises. 

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40 Civilians Killed In Mali Villages By Extremists

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  • This Monday, Extremists linked to the Islamic State Terrorist Groups have killed 40 people in northern Mali villages. 
  • It was reported that several Jihidist leaders went into the villages “shooting anything that moved.” Officials speculate that the violence is in response to the arrests of several Jihidist leaders last week. 
  • The attack also comes after French troops announced their pull out last month, withdrawing over 2,000 troops from a portion of land underneath the Sahara desert that contains multiple countries. 
  • This attack adds to the growing attacks perpetrated against Mali civilians by extremist groups, as over 100 have been killed in 2021 alone. 

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US To Give $165M In Humanitarian Aid As “The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crises” Ravages Yemen

  • The Biden Administration announced on Monday that it would be giving another $165 million to Yemen in aid as famine plagues the country. 
  • United States special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking stated the hope of “supporting efforts to prevent famine which is again becoming a very real threat.”
  • Houthi rebels who maintain a grip on the country have continued to reject entering into peace talks with the United States, instead focusing on violence and affecting the rising starvation rates. 

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Messi Leaves Barcelona After 21 Years

  • Professional Argentine Soccer player Lional Messi has left Barcelona after 21 years, and is rumored to be joining Paris Saint Germain, a professional soccer club based in France. 
  • Argued to be the World’s best soccer player, Messi confirmed the news in a tearful Sunday address, stating: “I want to thank so many people, players, those that help us. I grew with the values of this club, humbleness, respect and I did that with everyone. I hope that is what they remember of me.”
  • Messi’s move comes after the club faces greater debt, and fans are quick to point fingers at mismanagement while others blame Messi for following the money. 

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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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