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Women, Men and Children March the Streets Against Taliban

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Summary:

  • Afghan civilians took to the streets protesting the Taliban on Afghanistan’s Independence Day, August 19 the day Afghanistan won independence from British rule in 1919.
  • The demonstrators were waving Afghanistan’s flag from the collapsed government in opposition to Taliban rule – in several places, protestors were tearing down the Taliban’s white flag.
  • Protestors reached the streets of Kabul and the presidential palace in a remarkable display of defiance against the extremist regime – the Taliban sought to disperse crowds with gunfire and violence.
  • A United Nations report has revealed the Taliban are engaging in a door-to-door manhunt for individuals who previously worked with NATO or the Afghan government. 
  • Although the insurgents have promised there would be no revenge for workers of the previous government, the U.N. report reveals individuals hunted by the Taliban are under threat for imprisonment or killings unless they turn themselves in.
  • Since their regime in the 1990’s, the Taliban have been infamously known for their extremist ideologies and brutal rule – although they are presenting more moderate views, many are doubtful the Taliban will adhere to their words..
  • Chaos at Kabul airport is continuing, with harrowing social media images and videos capturing the turmoil as thousands try to flee – U.S. jets have continued to come in and out of Kabul evacuating American citizens and legal permanent residents.
  • As the Taliban gain swift victory and control, the nation faces manifold challenges, including blockage of financial aid by international organizations, which could lead millions of people hungry and financially poor.

Sources:

Al Jazeera:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/19/us-troops-to-stay-in-afghanistan-till-all-americans-out-live

NYTimes:

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/19/world/taliban-afghanistan-news?action=click&block=storyline_latest_updates_recirc&index=2&name=styln-afghanistan&pgtype=Article&region=MAIN_CONTENT_2&variant=show

BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58271797

AP:

https://apnews.com/

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Afghan Soccer Player Dies After Falling from U.S. Airplane

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  • A 19-year-old Afghan soccer player who played for Afghanistan’s national youth team has died after falling from a U.S. airplane in a desperate attempt to flee the Taliban regime.
  • Zaki Anwari was in search of a better life, after losing his hopes and dreams under Taliban rule as he boarded a U.S. military jet.
  • Afghanistan’s General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports confirmed his death and released a statement of condolences at the loss of the young player.
  • Since the U.S. withdrawal of troops, chaos has unfolded at Kabul airport with thousands of Afghans desperate to flee and board U.S. flights in hopes of a better future.

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Man Arrested with Suspected Bomb Threat Outside U.S. Capital

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  • A 49 year old man has been arrested Thursday after hours of stand-off with police in which he claimed he had explosive devices near the U.S. Capitol.
  • Although no devices were found, U.S. Capitol Police responded in what they deemed an “active bomb threat investigation.”
  • The man was an active Trump supporter who staunchly opposed the Democratic party.
  • The man has been identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry and has been taken into custody after surrendering.

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Hurricane Grace Hits Mexico Hard and Plays its After Effects 

  • Currently, the Yucatán Peninsula is being hit with a Tropical storm. This storm was originally Category one, Hurricane Grace. The winds storms have weakened thankfully, however it is expected that this tropical storm will re-emerge to its former state as a hurricane once again on Thursday. 
  • Additionally, another hurricane is heading towards the Mexican coast. Hurricane Grace started a chain reaction of tropical storms that are not only affecting Mexico, but moving west to cause more destruction. 
  • Hurricane Grace threatens everything it touches. Frail homes and lives are being jeopardized as well as the plant life around. Families are taking precautions such as grabbing essentials and being prepared in many ways. Once this hurricane passes, we can hope for good weather. 

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Qatar to Reinstate Aid to Gaza

  • Israel has announced, after talks with the United Nations, that it will allow Qatar to send aid to the people of Palestinians in the form of money.
  • Hamas has agreed that it will not touch the aid money. The Aid will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of the people in need with Israel overlooking the transfer. 
  • The damage, since May, has cost approximately $380M but Egypt and Qatar have promised $500M each in donation to the chaos-stricken families in the Gaza Strip. 

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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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