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The Daily Brief: Young Women Barred from Education in Afghanistan While Taliban Replaces Women’s Ministry with Ministry for ‘Guidance’

Young Women Barred from Education in Afghanistan While Taliban Replaces Women’s Ministry with Ministry for ‘Guidance’

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ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office from Kabul, Afghanistan, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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  • The building dedicated to the Women’s Affairs Ministry has now been converted to the Ministry for Preaching and Guidance and the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice due to the Taliban.
  • The Taliban’s blatant restrictions on women’s rights has begun once again following their first rule in the 1990s.
  • The Women’s Economic Empowerment and Rural Development Project which was being developed in the Women’s Affairs Ministry was brought to an immediate stop as Taliban removed project workers from the grounds.
  • Women began to protest outside the building, however the Taliban has failed to give a response or explanation for their behavior.
  • Similarly, male students and teachers were requested to return to school while no mention of female students was made leaving many worried.
  • An Afghan schoolgirl, who had hoped to be a lawyer, stated “I am so worried about my future, everything looks very dark. Every day I wake up and ask myself why I am alive? Should I stay at home and wait for someone to knock on the door and ask me to marry him? Is this the purpose of being a woman?”
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58607816

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/18/taliban-replace-ministry-for-women-with-guidance-ministry

  • Tweets:

https://twitter.com/malala/status/1438956350810296333?s=21

https://twitter.com/imrankhanpti/status/1439158625243648002?s=21

Pro-Trump Crowds Organize ‘Justice for J6’ Rally

  • Look Ahead America, a nonprofit led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard is responsible for organizing the ‘Justice for J6’ rally claiming they are showing support for July 6th insurrections who were charged for their behavior.
  • Though the Pro-Trump demonstrators claim to be peaceful captiol police is on high alert and say they are ready for the worst.
  • Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, stated “It’s ironic that the rallying cries justice for January 6th. I think justice for January 6th would have been the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump.”
  • Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-capitol-high-alert-pro-trump-demonstrators-converge-rally-2021-09-18/

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/09/15/politics/september-18-rally-capitol-security-explainer/index.html

  • Tweets:

https://twitter.com/hugolowell/status/1438933188269776904?s=21

https://twitter.com/repjeffries/status/1438351943600984065?s=21

Argentine President Reshuffles His Cabinet 

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  • Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has made arrangements to his cabinet following the aftermath of infighting between the Peronist Justicialist Party 
  • Changes include replacing Regional Governer Juan manzur as now cabinet chief and former Cabinet chief Santiago Cafiero as foreign minister. 
  • Julian Dominguez now becomes in charge of the country’s agricultural portfolio. As the country is the world’s supplier for corn,wheat, barley and beef.
  • Sources: 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/18/argentinas-fernandez-reshuffles-cabinet-after-crisis-week

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/fernandez-names-manzur-cabinet-chief-cafiero-out-anibal-fernandez-returns.phtml

European Union legislators urge UAE to free imprisoned Human flights activists 

Unknown person; Electronic Frontier Foundation., CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  •  The EU Parliament has condemned the actions of the UAE and has demanded the release of Ahmed Mansoor, Mohammed al-Roken and Nasser bin Ghaith.
  • Mansoor was sentenced 10 years in prison for being accused of publishing false information on the status of the UAE via social media. Whereas Al-Roken is a prisoner of conscience, and Bin Gaith also being accused of criticizing the country through social media platforms
  • This leads to the Boycott of Dubai’s Expo Event where the EU has now urged international sponsors to not participate in the event. 
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/17/eu-parliament-urges-uae-to-free-imprisoned-human-rights-activists

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-european-parliament-release-political-prisoners-boycott-dubai-expo

Lebanon raises fuel prices to ease shortages

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  • Petrol prices in lebanon have been increased by 38% as of friday 
  • The price of 95 octane fuel has increased by 66% 
  • Lebanon’s economic crisis has lead many civilians into poverty due to insufficient gas supply  
  • Sources: 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/17/lebanon-government-hikes-petrol-prices-again-to-tackle-shortages

Human rights policies have lead Russian elections towards of content on platforms 

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  • Laws are targeting content which could be illegal in the eyes of the government
  • Laws are also challenging human rights principles as well as internet freedom 
  • An app is now being removed from Russian app stores due to interference with elections.
  • Sources :

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/big-tech-grapples-russian-internet-crackdown-election-rcna2077

  • Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/oliviasolon/status/1439189840906661892

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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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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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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