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Alcohol: A glass too many.

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Summary

Study finds: no limit is “safe” of alcohol consumption. 

  • The University of Oxford conducted a study on alcohol consumption which resulted in the thesis that even a minute amount of alcohol affects the gray matter of the brain, the “important bits where information is processed”- Anya Topiwala. 
  • Alcohol consumption reduces the volume of the brain. Aging and other illnesses such as dementia also are causes of the brain volume to go down but those factors are uncontrollable by the individuals. 
  • The type of alcohol consumed does not matter. All have the same effect on the brain’s gray matter.
  • A study published in The Lancent stated that alcohol was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the year of 2018. 

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Deteriorating Conditions In Tigray Prompt US Intervention

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The US Senate has passed a resolution calling for immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

  • The Tigray region of Ethiopia has witnessed extreme violence and conflict since November when Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
  • Troops from Ethiopia’s neighboring country of Eritrea are involved in the conflict as allies of Ethiopia.
  • Crimes against civilians including massacres, extrajudicial killings, and sexual violence have been perpetuated by troops in the region.
  • Recent reports even reveal Eritrean troops obstructing vital aid to civilians in Tigray by occupying checkpoints on humanitarian relief routes.
  • In response to these war crimes the US Senate has passed a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of all Eritrean troops in the Tigray region.
  • The resolution was reached by unanimous decision and also urges US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to ensure a “full, independent, international investigation into all reports of human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities” in Tigray.
  • Ethiopia is split over the conflict with some groups condemning the military operation in Tigray and some considering it to be an important step to reducing the TPLF’s power. 
  • US intervention in the Tigray conflict has also been met with a mixed response as some people applaud the US for speaking up against the violence while others consider the US to be meddling in Ethiopia’s domestic affairs and undermining the sovereignty of the country.
  • Tensions in Ethiopia are especially high due to upcoming elections which have been delayed twice due to various reasons including conflict in Tigray. 
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Israel Agrees to Ceasefire, US Maintains Support of Israel

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  • Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire after Egypt, the United Nations, and the United States voiced support for de-escalation. More than 200 Palestinians and around ten Israelis have been killed this month.
  • Egypt’s representatives in the United Nations said they will help Gaza rebuild itself, as its already struggling infrastructure has been severely damaged.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the conflict publicly, saying that the US “fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself” against Hamas and other groups. Some Democrats in the House of Representatives spoke against an arms deal with Israel, saying it should be reconsidered, and legislation has been introduced.
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Syria Elections Incites Fighting Between Lebanese and Syrian Voters

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  • Syrian refugees and expatriates traveled to the embassy in Lebanon to vote in Syria’s elections. They faced violence and opposition from Lebanese citizens angry by what they believe are people coming to vote for President Bashar al-Assad.
  • The Lebanese attackers threw rocks and bricks at cars and buses, some calling for Syrians to go back to their country. Lebanon is home to over one million Syrians, while Syria itself still contains foreign troop presence and danger.
  • The election is expected to be finalized next week, with an almost sure win for President al-Assad’s fourth seven year term. The US and other countries have said they will not accept the result of the election.
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E.U. Votes to Freeze Investment Deal With China Amidst Sanctions

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  • The European Union has voted to freeze the ratification process for the investment deal with China until Beijing agrees to lift sanctions against E.U. lawmakers.
  • In a resolution passed on Thursday, the European Parliament also strongly criticized China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, deeming its actions as crimes against humanity.
  • China imposed sanctions on ten European individuals, including five members of Parliament, as a counter-attack to the first sanctions imposed by the EU on China in more than 30 years in March.
  • The E.U. claims that its sanctions are justifiably based on China’s human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims including reports of torture, disappearance, sterilization, and sexual violence, whereas China has no such justifiable right to impose sanctions.
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Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica Becoming World’s Largest

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  • Iceberg A76, named according to the conventional naming system by the National Ice Center, has become the world’s largest as it naturally calved from the edge of Antarctica over the past few days.
  • The iceberg measures about 1,668 square miles – experts believe the breaking off was due to its natural life span and not necessarily because of climate change.
  • The new iceberg will most likely not contribute to rising sea levels once it melts, as it was already in the form of floating ice that will not change the volume of water.
  • The breaking of A76 does however bring renewed attention to scientists’ concerns that a loss of ice due to climate change could prove devastating for the planet.
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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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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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