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The Daily Brief: US Gen. Milley Calls China’s Hypersonic Missile Testing A “Very Significant Technological Event” Similar to Sputnik

Amid claims of hypersonic missile testing by China, a United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley released the first statement from the Pentagon, claiming it was a “very significant technological event that occurred.”

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On an interview this Wednesday, General Mark Milley called attention to US concerns of China’s missile testing and advancements 
Summary

  • Amid claims of hypersonic missile testing by China, a United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley released the first statement from the Pentagon, claiming it was a “very significant technological event that occurred.” 
  • The Financial Times first reported China’s testing earlier this month, stating the weapons far-and-away pass US nuclear abilities with their potential to go unnoticed by the latest radar systems and release rapid payloads. 
  • The advanced nature of these hypersonic missiles seemed to specifically take on features that would go undetected by US forces.
  • In the Wednesday interview, General Milley called the news “very concerning,” stating: “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that.”
  • Similar to Sputnik, officials stated that China’s advancements could intensify the ongoing technological race between world powers. 
  • “They’re expanding rapidly in space, in cyber and then in the traditional domains of land, sea and air.” General Milley also stated in reference to China. 
  • China’s testing had come days after the Pentagon had claimed it performed three hypersonic missile tests, also urging on the technological race between Beijing and Moscow.
  • China has since denied the missile claims, calling the events a “routine spacecraft experiment.” 

Sources

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/top-us-general-confirms-very-concerning-chinese-hypersonic-weapons-test-2021-10-27/

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/27/politics/milley-china-hypersonic-concerning/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/22/new-space-race-us-tests-components-for-hypersonic-weapons

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/27/us-general-china-missile-test-very-close-to-sputnik-moment

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Twitter Reports 37% Increase of Revenue

  • Twitter has reported a 37% increase of revenue, totaling at $1.2 billion, despite Apple’s new policies enforcing privacy related changes. 
  • “It is still too early for Twitter to assess the long-term impact of Apple’s privacy-related iOS changes, but the Q3 revenue impact was lower than expected, and we have incorporated an ongoing modest impact into our Q4 guidance,” Twitter released in a statement. 
  • The effects of the update, however, are expected to show in the following quarter. 

Sources

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/26/twitter-reports-third-quarter-revenue-growth-of-37percent-and-says-apple-changes-had-minimal-impact.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/27/stocks-making-the-biggest-moves-midday-twitter-robinhood-gm-microsoft-and-more.html

https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/twitter-q3-2021-earnings-1235097992/

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Iraq’s Election Commission Begins Recount Amid Voting Fraud Allegations

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  • Parliamentary elections took place in Iraq on October 10, 2021.
  • The country’s independent election commission began manually recounting the votes Wednesday in response to over 1,300 complaints citing vote fraud.
  • The election body is recounting the votes from 234 electoral stations, based on evidence.
  • This year’s election marked the sixth parliamentary election in Iraq  since the US invaded the country in 2003, with only 41% voter participation.  
  • The independent election commission has not yet rendered its final decision.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/27/independent-body-to-give-verdict-on-iraq-election

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Ma Xiaoguang of China: Taiwan Has “No Right” to Join UN

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  • Taiwanese and US officials spoke earlier this week and the United States indicated a position of support for the island to join the United Nations.
  • Taiwan held the Chinese seat in the UN until October 25, 1971.  The People’s Republic of China has since held the seat at the UN.
  • Ma Xiaoguang, the spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, China claimed that Taiwan is part of China and therefore “has no right to join the United Nations.” 
  • Despite recognizing the People’s Republic of China since 1979, the US has maintained good relations with the government of Taipei, in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.   
  • Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/27/china-says-taiwan-has-no-right-to-join-un-after-us-nod

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Iran to Resume 2015 Nuclear Deal Talks with World Powers

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  • Ali Bagheri Kani, Iranian chief nuclear negotiator since September 2021, stated that talks of reinstating the nuclear deal Iran had with world powers will commence again in Vienna before the end of next month. 
  • Six rounds of previous negotiations with China, Germany, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom left off in June.
  • The US left the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sanctions on the country.  The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • Iran is looking for solid commitment from the European powers and the US that they will not go back on their commitments this time around, as the European powers previously supported US sanctions.
  • Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/27/iran-says-vienna-nuclear-talks-to-resume-by-end-of-november

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World Bank to Sudan: Aid Suspended Following Military Coup

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  • The World Bank has elected to suspend aid to Sudan after a military coup overthrew the civilian government.  
  • The US froze aid to Sudan and the African Union (AU) also excluded Sudan from the bloc as a result of the military takeover.
  • The suspension of cash flow to the country will adversely affect Sudan’s economic stabilization efforts.
  • Protests against the coup broke out and political leaders were apprehended.
  • Source:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59066654

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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Justice Ketanji Brown Officially Gets Sworn into the Supreme Court

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  • Ketanji Brown was officially sworn into the nation’s highest court, finally replacing former Justice Stephen Breyer. This was just in time, when decisions on environment and immigration cases are in the midst of being determined. 
  • Right when the Biden administration was trying to slash emissions and scientists have been growing alarmingly concerned about the accelerating pace of global warming, the Supreme Court curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The court also cut back on agency authority which will limit the federal government’s power to regulate climate policy, along with internet and worker safety. 
  • Nevertheless, the Biden administration finally achieved one victory on its agenda when the Supreme Court gave Biden the authority to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, that originated under the Trump administration. According to Justice John Roberts, the immigration statute confers a discretionary authority to return aliens to Mexico during the pendency of their immigration proceedings. 
  • 3 abortion-related cases were also sent back down to lower courts by the Supreme Court, now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. 
  • Even though the next term doesn’t start until three months later, there are many momentous cases that Jackson will take part in along with the other justices. On the first day of the term, they will hear a case that could limit the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands. The following day, they plan to hear a redistributing case in Alabama and North Carolina, which could drastically change voting rights across the country. 

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Cancelling Canada Day: A Country Perpetuating Injustice Cannot be Celebrated

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Canada Day is celebrated every July 1st, but as the injustices against Indigenous people in the country become mainstream, calls to cancel the celebrations are amplified.

With fireworks and large festivals, Canada Day is celebrated from coast to coast on July 1st by millions of people, every year. The day, for many Canadians, is one of joy and gratitude, for the home that Canada has become for them. 

However, following the discovery of mass graves at the site of former Residential Schools, celebrating Canada Day is becoming confusing for many. 

Residential schools, among other historical policies, made essentially to assimilate Indigenous peoples and erase their culture, are one of the causes of deeply rooted intergenerational trauma and disproportionate access to resources in Indigenous communities.

Canada Day, which marks the day of confederation and the day that Canada became its own nation also marks the day that the oppression of Indigenous peoples was taken into Canada’s own hands. Calls to ‘cancel Canada Day’ become louder each year, as the injustices which were perpetuated to help bring the country to where it is today become more widely known.

Canada, the “true, north, strong and free”, as described in the country’s national anthem, was established at the price of the lives, autonomy and rights of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples.

Canada recognizes its Indigenous population broadly as the FNMI — which stands for the First Nations, the Métis and the Inuit. All three Indigenous nations were directly impacted during colonization, through forced relocations, harmful policies, and cultural genocides.

The Indian Act following confederation was a legal document which specifically prevented the First Nations people in Canada from many things, including cultural practices, political actions and restricted their freedom. Under this act, First Nations could not leave reserves that the government forced them onto, without explicit permission from an Indian Agent first. The RCMP – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police known today as Canada’s FBI – was made with the intention to force and keep Indigenous peoples on their reserves.

First Nations and Métis were also predominantly affected by residential schools and the sixties scoop, when Indigenous children were taken from their homes and given up for adoption. Both of these efforts were made with the goal of assimilating Indigenous children, by “killing the Indian in the child“.

The Inuit faced dehumanization with their forced relocation into the High Arctic, a land they were not traditionally accustomed to. They were used as human flagpoles in the race to claim the Arctic, giving Canada a land advantage over countries like Russia and the United States.

For the sake of Canada’s growth as a Western nation, Indigenous peoples were used as pawns. First Nations and Métis were forced onto reserves to make space for European settlers, while the government commissioned a mass Inuit dog slaughter, to keep the Inuit stranded in the High Arctic, so that Canada could not lose their claim over that land.

The birth of a nation had become more important than the lives of Indigenous peoples who have existed since time immemorial. And because of that, Canada was born with blood on its hands — blood it has yet to wash off in full, as the country’s growth continues to be more important than respecting Indigenous peoples who’ve lived there for centuries.

The Canadian government has a long-standing history of making promises to the Indigenous community and then turning their back on them — whether that means refusing to turn their words into action or taking action that has the opposite impact.

Indigenous peoples in Canada have been long subject to unjust conditions: many communities lack access to clean water. The government has acknowledged this; however, it hasn’t done much beyond that to actually improve living standards on reserves. Indigenous peoples are subject to disproportionate rates of police brutality and violence, especially in the North. Despite multiple reports recording the numbers, institutions are not doing much to change their practices.

Most prominently, the pipeline debate has shown how the government is willing to backtrack on their promises to Indigenous peoples to protect their rights, if it results in a growth for the country. Although Justin Trudeau ran a campaign in 2016 heavily opposing the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipelines, in 2019 his government bought the pipelines to take over the project and continue it, despite protests from Indigenous peoples pleading otherwise.

Time and time again, Indigenous communities in Canada seem to be living in an entirely different country; the “true, north, strong and free,” seems more like a betraying, oppressive and unjust nation. Their rights are considered dispensable in favour of material growth, and in society, they face stereotypes that lessen their quality of life.

The question: to celebrate or to not celebrate, might seem like a hard one when Canada Day is meant to be a day where Canadians rejoice for all that the country is to them. But the answer is quite straightforward, when it is the suffering of people caused by Canada in question.

For many — those born in Canada, those who immigrated here, and those seeking refuge here — there is much to be grateful for, on Canada Day. But showing gratitude for living in a country such as Canada and acknowledging the injustices it participates in are not mutually exclusive attitudes.

Sol Mamakwa, an Indigenous MPP for Kiiwetinoong, an electoral riding in Ontario, stated in a message for Canada Day, “It is my hope that Canadians will be able to strike a balance between honouring all that Canada has done for them today while still recognizing the real history of oppression, colonialism and genocide.”

Even if most Canadians do not experience the struggles of Indigenous peoples firsthand, these struggles still affect the very fabric of Canada. The country is only as great as it treats its Indigenous peoples, whose losses the country was built upon. And every single Canadian plays a role in advocating for the better treatment of Indigenous peoples.

To celebrate Canada Day, we must want better for the people who have lost everything for it, but we also must mourn with them for all the loss they have had to face. 

Canada Day should become a holiday more meaningful than fireworks and festivals: it needs to become a day of reflection. We must cancel Canada Day’s insensitive celebrations, by understanding the context of it, because injustice simply isn’t something you can celebrate.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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