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The Daily Brief: Unprecedented Violence Continues between Israel and Gaza

Unprecedented Violence Continues between Israel and Gaza

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  • Over one week of violence has permeated the air and streets of Gaza, killing hundreds and devastating neighborhoods.
  • The well-funded Israeli military defense system has continued air raids against Gaza, while Palestinian forces deploy rockets against Israeli cities.  
  • Over 200 Palestinians and 10 Israelis have been killed since May 10th.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed support for a ceasefire to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who insisted that attacks would continue.
  • Hamas has also pledged to continue assaults against Tel Aviv, in retaliation for attacks by Israel on Palestinian neighborhoods and apartment complexes.
  • A recent Israeli missile strike also resulted in the destruction of an office building that housed international media organizations.
  • Israel maintains that any intended Palestinain casualties are directed towards militants, not civilians.
  • Typically the international community could work with the United Nations to publicly urge Israel to deter its military campaign, however the United States has used its veto against any such statement.

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AT&T and Discovery Partner to Create a New Media Company

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  • AT&T and Discovery have announced that they will create a new media company combining WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T, and Discovery. This will combine both of their content, including HBO Max, CNN, HGTV, Food Network, and many more channels.
  • This partnership is a way to compete with Netflix, Disney, Comcast, and other media corporations, and would give AT&T $43 billion. 
  • Discovery shareholders would own 29% of the new company, with AT&T shareholders owning the rest. The deal is expected to be final by the middle of 2022.

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Western Nations Impose New Sanctions on Myanmar Military

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  • The United States, in coordination with Canada and the UK, have imposed new sanctions against the military in Myanmar. The sanctions are specifically targeted at the State Administrative Council (SAC), which is the name for the government created by the military. 
  • The sanctions target sixteen people connected to the military regime in efforts to support the will of the people and restore democracy and freedom. Thirteen of the people are senior officials in the military.
  • The military in Myanmar began their coup in February, and since then more than 500 people have been killed and thousands imprisoned. Protests all around the world have taken place in support of Myanmar citizens.

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Thailand Faces Record High Numbers of Coronavirus Cases as Overcrowded Prisons Continue to Spread the Virus

  • Thailand’s coronavirus cases hit a new daily peak of 9,635 individuals, of which 6,853 are prisoners in the country’s overcrowded prisons.
  • The Thai government has found that roughly 50% of prisoners tested for Covid-19 were positive, the worst seen in Chiang Mai’s prison where 61% of incarcerated people tested positive.
  • Deputy director-general Dr Veerakit Harnparipan said “Even though there’s a command from the Corrections Department director-general for everyone to wear a mask 24 hours a day, in reality it can’t be done because (inmates) would have to take a shower and eat. Some are taken out to courts and have to eat there. No one can eat with their mask on.”
  • The situation continues to worsen as Thailand announces plans to reinstate dine-in services in Bangkok which will be capped at 25% capacity.
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The US Supreme Court Takes Up Controversial Abortion Case That May Adapt Precedent Set by Historical Roe v. Wade Case

  • The 6-3 majority conservative Supreme Court is set to potentially review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in the midst of 2022 midterm elections.
  • Conservative states all around the US including South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho, and others have all codified new bans of abortion that have yet to go into effect.
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “The President and the Vice President are devoted to ensuring that every American has access to health care, including reproductive health care, regardless of their income, zip code, race, health insurance status or immigration status,” in regards to the Supreme Court’s decision to view to the case.
  • Pskai also later added that President Biden is “committed to codifying Roe” in the case and others.
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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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