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The Daily Brief:Taliban Allowing Evacuations, but Torturing Journalists

The Taliban have allowed the first commercial flight after the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, but two journalists have been tortured for writing about protests

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  • Kabul Airport’s first commercial flight after the United States’ withdrawal of troops has landed in Doha, carrying international passengers, including 13 UK citizens.
  • The US had urged Qatar to help with the evacuations in Afghanistan, and the UK and US thanked Qatar for coordinating this flight to Doha.
  • Qatar’s Foreign Minister thanked the Taliban for their cooperation and for allowing the flight. The US is calling this flight a “positive first step”.
  • Photos have been widely circulated of two journalists, Taqi Daryabi and Nematullah Naqdi, arrested and beaten up by the Taliban for covering protests in Afghanistan. Very visible bruising and welts were present on various parts of their bodies.
  • The men stated they were beaten with whips, sticks, and cables when taken to a police station. The journalists went unconscious due to the pain and struggled to walk afterwards.
  • This week, dozens of women protested against the Taliban even with a new decree banning protests without special permission from the Ministry of Justice.
  • China’s Foreign Ministry announced that they will be sending $31 million in foreign aid to Afghanistan, including food, vaccines, medicine, and more.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58497904

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/9/qatari-official-says-kabul-airport-nearly-fully-operational

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/asia/china-vaccines-aid-afghanistan-intl-hnk/index.html

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Lebanon Announces Cash Program for Poor Families

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  • Lebanon has announced that it will be giving monthly cash payments in US dollars to poor families for every family member up to six people total. 
  • The program will last one year and citizens above the age of 64 will receive an extra $15.
  • It is estimated that around 500,000 families will receive $20 US dollars or the equivalent in Lebanese pounds. Subsidies on fuel, medicine, and other products are going to end soon, and prices are expected to increase.
  • Lebanon’s economy is in a devastating crisis, with more than half of the country living in poverty and the country’s currency at only 10% of its value in 2019.

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Cricket Australia Proposes Cancelling Afghanistan Test Match

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  • Cricket Australia released a statement stating that it would cancel the Test match against Afghanistan in light of Taliban barring women from playing the sport.
  • The Test match was scheduled to take place in November at the Bellerive Oval stadium, located in Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Similarly, the Australian Cricket Association referred to the Taliban position on women playing cricket as a human rights issue and supported Cricket Australia’s proposal. 

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Morocco’s National Rally of Independents Defeats Justice and Development Party in Parliamentary Elections

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  • The Justice and Development Party (PJD) secured only 12 seats in this week’s parliamentary elections. The PJD previously enjoyed the status of the ruling party in Morocco.
  • The liberal National Rally of Independents (NRI) won 97 seats, defeating the PJD.  
  • Other opponents of the PJD include the liberal Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and the center-right Istiqlal Party (PI).  PAM won 82 seats and PI won 78 seats.
  • New voting rules were implemented in the constitutional monarchy, with the intent of changing seat allocation in Parliament. 

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North Korea Military Parade Showcases Hazmat Suits

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  • North Korea commemorated its 73rd anniversary with a military parade.
  • Marchers from one section of the parade donned gas masks and red hazmat suits.
  • The communist state has reported food shortages and a plummeting economy due to Covid-19.  
  • The country even sealed its borders in January 2020 as a protective measure against Covid-19.  This led to reduced trade with China, its greatest ally and supplier of food and fuel.
  • This is the third such parade held in Pyongyang in 12 months.

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ECOWAS Top Officials to Meet Coup Leaders in Guinea

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  • A delegation from ECOWAS, the Western African economic bloc, will meet in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, to urge the junta to return the country to its pre-coup state. 
  • A coup d’etat led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya on September 5, 2021 deposed President Alpha Conde.  This resulted in the ECOWAS suspending Guinea from the bloc.
  • ECOWAS pushed the coup leaders for the safety of Conde and other prisoners.
  • Conde is still in the junta’s custody.
  • Prior to the military coup, Conde could have remained president until 2030, based on a referendum backed by voters last year. 

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France Will Offer Contraception Free of Cost for Women Up to 25

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  • Olivier Verán, France’s top health official, announced plans for free contraception for women up to age 25.
  • Health officials are concerned that many women are not using contraception due to high cost. 
  • Abortion is free in France and free contraception was already available to girls up to 18 years of age. 
  • Funding will cover different types of birth control options, such as pills and IUDs, as well as medical consultations about birth control. 
  • Many women, while voicing support for the plan, hope to see coverage for all women. 

China Lowers Prices By Selling Oil Reserves 

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  • High energy costs have caused decreased production of oil, natural gas, coal, and electricity shortages. 
  • Crude oil will be placed on open auctions to stabilize the market supply and demand. 
  • China is the world’s largest oil importer; China is also selling aluminum, copper, and grains from its strategic reserves.

Ford Stopping Production In India

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  • Lower demand of vehicles and operating losses have caused Ford to stop manufacturing in India. 
  • Ford lost $2 billion over ten years.  
  • 4,000 employees have been laid off and Ford immediately stopped production. 
  • Ford had struck a deal for a joint venture with Mahindra in 2019 but the deal fell apart. 
  • The pandemic has added to changes in business and economic conditions that have led to Ford’s decision.

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules Against Law That Penalizes Abortion

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  • The state of Coahuila had a law that stated women who had abortions could face up to three years in prison and a fine. 
  • The law also targeted anyone is involved in causing the abortion “with her consent”. 
  • The court unanimously ruled that this law was unconstitutional. 
  • This law is in contrast to some US states that are moving to restrict access to abortion. 

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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