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The Daily Brief: US sends Military Aid to Ukraine and Keeps its Pledge of Standing with Ukraine

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  • The thousands of Russian troops based on the border of Ukraine, keeps increasing tensions around the world. 
  • The USA Secretary of State recently visited Ukraine and promised its full support to the state of Ukraine. The military aid package from the USA was delivered to Kyiv right after the visit. Russia, however, denies any plans of attack. 
  • Other NATO Allies such as Lithuania and Estonia are also sending US made weapons and tanks to the Ukrainian army to better defend any attack on its sovereign nation. 
  • Russia has refused all demands of NATO and has stated that the military support to Ukraine is not beneficial rather increases the tension between Russia and Ukraine. 
  • The Estonian Minister of Defense released a statement saying support to the Ukrainian nation is imperative in supporting Europe and stopping the Russian state’s expansion towards it. 
  • It is also seeking Germany’s approval to send Ukraine German made howitzers. 
  • Amidst the tension, the UK is also accusing Ukrainian’s former MP to have been a Kremlin puppet. 
  • Germany’s Navy Chief has also resigned amongst all this after making comments in support of Putin calling threats of war baseless. 

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Bomb Attack in Herat Kills At Least Seven

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  • A bomb blast in Herat killed at least seven people and wounded 9 others, according to reports.
  • The seven people were riding on a minibus when the explosion occurred.
  • No group has announced responsibility for the attack.
  • Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last year, the country has experienced episodic militant attacks, with ISIL primarily claiming responsibility. 

Historic Meeting Between Sudan and Ethiopia

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  • The second highest ranking government official of Sudan has arrived in Ethiopia for two days of meetings with Ethiopian government officials.
  • Mohamed Hamdan Daglo of the Sudanese Council was met by Ethiopia’s Defense Minister, Abraham Belay at the airport in Addis Ababa. 
  • Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia have become strained over the years due to multiple issues, including Ethiopian farmers harvesting on Sudan-claimed lands as well as Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and water access for countries downstream.
  • Both Ethiopia and Sudan are in the midst of crippling civil wars.

Winter Fire Threatens California’s Famous Coast 

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  • Climate change has caused an unusual fire on the coast of California and it is shutting down Highway 1, famous for its coastal views. 
  • This Monterey part of the Big Sur Coast does not have much history of catching fire especially not in the wet January weather. 
  • The world needs to take drastic measures to cut industrial emissions levels as the Earth’s temperature keeps rising and causing severe climate changes. 

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Billion Dollar Contract Canceled Between Airbus and Qatar Airways

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  • Airbus has canceled a $6 billion dollar contract with Qatar Airways, due to a legal dispute over the conditions of the planes delivered thus far.
  • Qatar Airways took legal action against Airbus late last year because of peeling and cracking paint on some of the airbuses they had received.
  • Qatar claims that the paint issues can jeopardize the safety of passengers, and grounded some flights due to the paint.
  • European aviation authorities have disagreed with Qatar’s assessment of the situation.

French Adventurer does Rowing Across Atlantic

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  • Jean-Jacques Savin, an avid sportsman and boater, is presumed dead after his overturned canoe was recovered off the Azores.
  • Savin had set off from southern Portugal in his attempt to boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The 75-year old adventurer had launched two distress beacons two days prior.
  • Savin had previously successfully traveled across the Atlantic in 2019 in a barrel shaped vessel.

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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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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