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GLOBAL Elections SHAKE-UP: Major Voter Impact in Coming Days

In the coming days, voters in countries like Mauritania, Mongolia, Iran, Britain, and France will head to the polls. These elections could significantly impact global politics amid ongoing conflicts and economic concerns.

Iran faces a critical election following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seeks a successor among hard-liners Saeed Jalili and Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, and reformist Masoud Pezeshkian.

National elections this year are happening in over 50 countries with significant political changes in India, Mexico, and South Africa. Russia remains unchanged despite global shifts.

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SUMMER 2023: RECORD-Breaking Heat Shocks Scientists

The summer of 2023 was the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere in over 2,000 years, according to a new study. Weather agencies had already declared it the hottest month, summer, and year on record based on thermometer data.

Scientists used tree rings to calculate temperatures dating back to year 1 AD and found no hotter summer than last year’s. Lead author Jan Esper from Gutenberg Research College confirmed that before industrial emissions, the hottest year was 246 AD.

This period marked the start of medieval history when Roman Emperor Philip the Arab fought along the Danube River. The study highlights significant climate changes linked to human activities like burning fossil fuels.

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PLASTIC WARFARE: Nations Clash Over New Global Treaty in Ottawa

For the first time, global negotiators are crafting a treaty aimed at ending plastic pollution. This marks a significant shift from mere discussions to actual treaty language. The talks are part of the fourth in a series of five international plastics summits.

The proposal to limit global plastic production is causing friction among nations. Plastic-producing countries and industries, particularly those linked to oil and gas, strongly oppose these limits. Plastics primarily derive from fossil fuels and chemicals, intensifying the debate.

Industry representatives advocate for a treaty that emphasizes plastic recycling and reuse rather than production cuts. Stewart Harris of the International Council of Chemical Associations highlighted the industry’s commitment to cooperate on implementing such measures. Meanwhile, scientists at the summit aim to counteract misinformation by providing evidence on plastic pollution impacts.

The final meeting is set to address unresolved issues around plastic production limits before concluding negotiations on this groundbreaking treaty. As discussions continue, all eyes are on how these contentious points will be resolved in the upcoming final session.

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NETANYAHU DEFIES UN Cease-Fire: Vows to Continue Gaza War Amidst Global Tensions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has openly criticized a United Nations Security Council resolution for a cease-fire in Gaza. According to Netanyahu, the resolution, which the United States did not veto, has only served to empower Hamas.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is now in its sixth month. Both parties have consistently rejected cease-fire efforts, escalating tensions between the U.S. and Israel regarding war conduct. Netanyahu maintains that an expanded ground offensive is necessary to dismantle Hamas and free hostages.

Hamas seeks a lasting cease-fire, Israeli forces’ withdrawal from Gaza, and freedom for Palestinian prisoners before releasing hostages. A recent proposal that didn’t meet these demands was dismissed by Hamas. In response, Netanyahu argued that this rejection demonstrates Hamas’ lack of interest in negotiations and underlines the harm inflicted by the Security Council’s decision.

Israel expresses dissatisfaction with the U.S.“s abstention from voting on a Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire — marking it as the first time since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war began. The vote passed unanimously without U.S.”s involvement.

NETANYAHU DEFIES Global Outrage, Sets Sights on Rafah Invasion

NETANYAHU DEFIES Global Outrage, Sets Sights on Rafah Invasion

Despite international outcry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to press ahead with plans to invade Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip. This decision comes in the face of protests from the United States and other world powers.

The Israeli Defense Force is slated to lead this operation as part of broader military initiatives in the region. This move will proceed even if there’s a potential cease-fire agreement with Hamas, Netanyahu’s office confirmed on Friday.

Alongside these invasion plans, an Israeli delegation is preparing for a trip to Doha. Their mission? To negotiate for hostage release. But before they can proceed, they need full consensus from the security cabinet.

The announcement has heightened tensions as Palestinians gather for Ramadan prayers at Al-Farouq Mosque ruins in Rafah — a site ravaged by ongoing conflicts between Israel and militant group Hamas.

AUSTRALIAN Activist’s SHOCKING Sentence in China Sparks Global Outrage

AUSTRALIAN Activist’s SHOCKING Sentence in China Sparks Global Outrage

Yang Hengjun, an Australian pro-democracy activist and former Chinese government worker, faces a surprising sentence in China. Born as Yang Jun in 1965, he served the Chinese government before moving to Australia in 2002. He also spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

Yang was arrested during a family trip to China in 2019. His arrest happened during the height of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement and amidst tense relations between Australia and China. The Australian government and human rights groups have consistently condemned his detention, calling him a political prisoner.

The trial has been slammed for its secrecy, with claims of torture and forced confessions emerging. Yang reportedly faced a secret trial on vague espionage charges three years ago. In August 2023, he voiced fears of dying from an untreated kidney cyst while waiting for his verdict

The sentencing has ignited international outrage with Australia condemning it as an “appalling” obstacle to better relations with China. Human Rights Watch Asia Director Elaine Pearson labelled Yang’s treatment as making a mockery of legal proceedings.

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STORM ISHA Unleashes Fury: UK and Ireland Brace for Deadly Winds

The United Kingdom and Ireland are on high alert as Storm Isha ushers in torrential rain and potentially fatal winds. The Met Office, which serves as the national weather service, has declared a comprehensive wind warning covering virtually the entire U.K. Additionally, there’s a tornado risk looming over Northern Ireland, northern England, and certain regions of Scotland.

Meteorologist Tom Morgan cautions against “life-threatening” winds that could trigger power outages. Coastal areas might confront massive waves hurling debris onto roads while trees stand a chance of being uprooted. Gusts clocking 90 miles per hour have already been reported in Wales’ mountainous Snowdonia region.

Storm Isha is wreaking havoc on travel schedules with Scotland’s railway operator halting service from Sunday night through Monday morning’s peak hours. Network Rail is enforcing speed restrictions to ward off accidents caused by fallen trees or debris strewn across tracks. In western Ireland, locals are advised to steer clear of the coast owing to destructive gusts

This marks the ninth storm named since September to assail parts of the U.K., leading to toppled trees, power failures, and river valley floods. The harsh weather conditions persist in disrupting everyday life while posing considerable safety hazards.

TRUMP’S MAGA Wave Sparks Global Conservative Populist Triumphs

TRUMP’S MAGA Wave Sparks Global Conservative Populist Triumphs

In a recent interview at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump stated that his MAGA-Trump movement is driving a global surge of conservative populist victories. He pointed to Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, as an example. Milei reportedly thanked Trump for laying the groundwork with his policies. The former US president playfully suggested that Milei’s “Make Argentina Great Again” slogan could also be shortened to MAGA.

Trump’s 2016 triumph over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton was not a singular occurrence. It was preceded by significant wins for conservative populists worldwide, such as the Brexit referendum in the UK and Jimmy Morales’s victory in Guatemala’s presidential race. These successes helped ignite the movement that ultimately led to Trump’s ascendancy.

As we approach 2024, conservative populists are making further strides globally. Italy now boasts Giorgia Meloni as Prime Minister and Geert Wilders’ PVV party leads polls in Netherlands. With these victories and more expected throughout the year, it appears a global sweep for conservative populists is on the cards leading up to Trump’s anticipated rematch with Democrat President Joe Biden.

IRAN’S Ruthless ACT: Woman Forced into Child Marriage Executed Despite Global Pleas

IRAN’S Ruthless ACT: Woman Forced into Child Marriage Executed Despite Global Pleas

Samira Sabzian, an Iranian woman who was compelled into a child marriage and later incarcerated for her husband’s murder, was executed on Wednesday. This event occurred despite fervent pleas from international human rights groups for leniency. The execution was carried out in Ghezelhesar Prison according to reports from the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO).

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Director of IHRNGO, referred to Sabzian as a victim of “gender apartheid, child marriage, and domestic violence.” He expressed strong criticism towards the Iranian regime’s management of the case.

Amiry-Moghaddam made it clear that Sabzian had become a target of an “inefficient and corrupt regime’s killing apparatus.” He demanded accountability from Ali Khamenei and other leaders within the Islamic Republic. Sabzian had spent ten years in prison following her arrest for her husband’s murder.

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Israel’s Defense Minister STANDS FIRM Amid Global Outcry Over Gaza Strip Offensive

Yoav Gallant, Israel’s Defense Minister, has remained unyielding in the face of international pleas to halt the military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Despite escalating criticism over a significant civilian death toll and extensive damage from the two-month campaign, Gallant holds his ground. The United States continues to provide unwavering diplomatic and military support to Israel while encouraging efforts to minimize civilian casualties. This operation was initiated following a Hamas militant attack on Israel’s southern border that led to an estimated 1,200 fatalities and 240 abductions. The campaign has resulted in over 17,000 Palestinian deaths and forced nearly 85% of Gaza’s residents out of their homes. Nonetheless, Gallant maintains that this stage of intense ground combat could persist for weeks or even months. In a statement affirming his commitment to safeguarding Israel’s future, Gallant indicated that subsequent stages would involve less intense skirmishes against “pockets of resistance”. This approach necessitates Israeli troops maintaining operational flexibility.

PEACE at RISK: Biden’s Push for Palestinian Consulate Jeopardizes Israel-Saudi Talks

PEACE at RISK: Biden’s Push for Palestinian Consulate Jeopardizes Israel-Saudi Talks

Last month, President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting. The focus was on encouraging peace talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Notably, these discussions did not necessitate the establishment of a Palestinian state — a significant shift in Middle East policy. Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia also appeared to ease his position on the Palestine issue.

However, recent reports suggest that the Biden administration may be jeopardizing this potential peace accord. They are insisting on establishing a new Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem. This move could effectively split Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine, overturning policies set by President Donald Trump and breaking bipartisan commitments to keep the city united.

Israeli news outlet Israel Hayom has reported growing frustration among Israeli and Saudi officials with Washington’s overemphasis on concessions for Palestinians. Insiders familiar with the ongoing negotiations suggest this focus is impeding potential progress.

The primary hurdle seems to be defining the specifics of a U.S.-Saudi defense agreement. This includes whether nuclear enrichment will be allowed on Saudi soil — an aspect that Israel appears willing to accept for comprehensive peace.

POLIO ERADICATION Stumbles: Key Goals Missed, Global Effort Faces Setbacks

POLIO ERADICATION Stumbles: Key Goals Missed, Global Effort Faces Setbacks

The worldwide endeavor to eliminate polio has hit a bump in the road. According to an independent assessment, two critical objectives set for this year are unlikely to be met. The targets were set for 2023 and aimed at stopping the spread of wild polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the only two countries where it’s still prevalent. A similar goal was set for a variant called “vaccine-derived” polio causing outbreaks elsewhere.

The Independent Monitoring Board supervising the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), backed by the U.N., declared that neither objective would be reached this year. GPEI agreed with this assessment, pointing out security issues in crucial regions as one of the remaining obstacles. They highlighted that halting vaccine-derived outbreaks will probably take longer than expected.

Despite reducing cases by over 99% since 1988 through mass vaccination drives, total eradication remains a tough nut to crack. Aidan O’Leary, director of polio eradication at the World Health Organization (WHO), maintains that it’s achievable and insists on persisting with efforts. Only seven instances of wild polio have been reported this year — five in Afghanistan and two in Pakistan.

O’Leary anticipates an interruption of transmission by early 2024 — just slightly behind

SHIFTING ALLIANCES: Slovakia’s Pro-Russian Frontrunner Pledges to Reverse Support for Ukraine

Robert Fico, a former prime minister of Slovakia, is currently leading the race for the upcoming Sept. 30 election. Known for his pro-Russian and anti-American views, Fico has pledged to withdraw Slovakia’s support for Ukraine if he regains power. His party, Smer, is anticipated to triumph in the early parliamentary election. This could pose a challenge to both the European Union and NATO.

Fico’s potential comeback reflects a broader trend in Europe where populist parties skeptical of intervention in Ukraine are gaining momentum. Countries such as Germany, France, Spain and Hungary have witnessed significant backing for these parties which could sway public sentiment away from Kyiv and towards Moscow.

Fico disputes EU sanctions on Russia and doubts Ukraine’s military strength against Russian forces. He intends to leverage Slovakia’s NATO membership as a barrier against Ukraine joining the alliance. This shift could steer Slovakia off its democratic path following Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orban or Poland under the Law and Justice party.

Public faith in liberal democracy has seen more decline in Slovakia compared to other regions that broke free from Soviet control years ago. A recent survey disclosed that over half of Slovak respondents blame either the West or Ukraine for the war while an equal percentage perceive America as a security threat.

G20 SUMMIT SHOCKER: Global Leaders Slam Ukraine Invasion, Ignite NEW Biofuels Alliance

G20 SUMMIT SHOCKER: Global Leaders Slam Ukraine Invasion, Ignite NEW Biofuels Alliance

The second day of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, India, ended with a powerful joint statement. World leaders united to condemn the invasion of Ukraine. Although Russia and China objected, the consensus was reached without explicitly naming Russia.

The declaration read, “We … welcome all relevant and constructive initiatives that support a comprehensive, just, and durable peace in Ukraine.” The statement underscored that no state should use force to breach another’s territorial integrity or political independence.

President Joe Biden renewed his push for the African Union’s permanent membership in the G20. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly received Comoros President Azali Assoumani at the summit. In a landmark move, Biden teamed up with Modi and other world leaders to kickstart the Global Biofuels Alliance.

This alliance aims to secure biofuel supply while ensuring affordability and sustainable production. The White House announced this initiative as part of a shared commitment towards cleaner fuels and achieving global decarbonization goals.

FIRST Bolsonaro Backer JAILED: Brazilian Patriot’s Shocking 17-Year Sentence for Government Office Siege

Aécio Lúcio Costa Pereira, a staunch advocate of Brazil’s ex-President Jair Bolsonaro, has been slapped with a 17-year prison term by the nation’s Supreme Court. This 51-year-old is the inaugural convict from the January 8 uprising where he, along with others, allegedly tried to reinstate Bolsonaro in power by storming high-ranking government offices.

Pereira was spotted on Senate footage donning a shirt that endorsed a military coup and filming himself commending others who had breached the building. He was convicted on five charges: criminal alliance; instigating a coup; violent assault on legal order; aggravated damage; and destruction of public property.

The rioters were voicing their dissent against Bolsonaro’s loss to leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The inauguration of da Silva happened just one week prior to this revolt. These pro-Bolsonaro protesters wreaked havoc in Congress buildings, the Supreme Court, and presidential palace by circumventing security barriers, shattering windows and breaking into all three largely empty edifices over that weekend.

Despite Pereira’s insistence that he partook in an unarmed peaceful protest, eight out of eleven justices disagreed with him. However, two justices appointed by Bol

CHINA’s MILITARY Might on Display: Taiwan Braces for Intensifying Threats

China is consistently fortifying its military stations along the coast facing Taiwan, says a report from Taiwan’s Defense Ministry. This development coincides with Beijing escalating its military activities around the territory it claims. In response, Taiwan pledges to strengthen its defenses and keep a close eye on Chinese operations.

In just one day, 22 Chinese aircraft and 20 warships were detected near the island by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry. This is perceived as part of Beijing’s ongoing intimidation campaign against the self-governed island. China has not dismissed using force to integrate Taiwan with mainland China.

Maj. Gen. Huang Wen-Chi from Taiwan’s Defense Ministry emphasized that China is aggressively augmenting its weapons and constantly modernizing crucial coastal military bases. Three airfields in China’s Fujian province — Longtian, Huian, and Zhangzhou — have recently been enlarged.

The surge in Chinese military activity comes after recent challenges to Beijing’s territorial claims by US and Canadian warships navigating through the Taiwan Strait. On Monday, a naval formation led by China’s aircraft carrier Shandong sailed about 70 miles southeast of Taiwan for drills simulating various attacks.

INDIA’S G-20 Summit: A Golden Opportunity for US to Reclaim Global Supremacy

INDIA’S G-20 Summit: A Golden Opportunity for US to Reclaim Global Supremacy

India is preparing to host its inaugural G-20 summit in New Delhi on September 9. This important event gathers leaders from the world’s most powerful economies. These nations represent a staggering 85% of the world’s GDP, 75% of all international trade, and two-thirds of the global population.

Elaine Dezenski, a representative from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, views this as a golden chance for America to reclaim its position as a global leader. She stressed the importance of fostering transparency, development and open trade rooted in democratic rules and principles.

Yet, Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine pose a significant challenge likely to cause division among attendees. Western nations supporting Ukraine may find themselves at odds with countries like India that maintain a more neutral stance. Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor, underscored that Russia’s war has inflicted severe social and economic damage on less affluent countries.

Despite unanimous condemnation at last year’s Bali summit declaration over Ukraine’s situation, disagreements persist within the G-20 group.

FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT: Tepco Begins Controversial Release of Radioactive Water into Pacific, Sparks Global Outrage

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) started discharging treated radioactive water from the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The flow began around 1 p.m. local time, with plans to continue the release for 17 days. TEPCO executives assured they would stop the release if any problems arose.

The decision has sparked global protests, including in Japan and South Korea. China issued a harsh statement on Thursday, condemning Japan’s “selfish and irresponsible” actions. Beijing warned of a potential “man-made secondary disaster” if Japan proceeded with the water dumping.

In Tokyo, hundreds of protestors gathered near TEPCO’s headquarters. Despite not being allowed to approach the building, their determined presence was a stark contrast to the tranquility of the nearby Imperial Palace. Their demands included calls to “protect our rights.”

Among the crowd was Terumi Kataoka, a woman in her sixties from Fukushima. She held a banner adorned with fish, her message clear: “No Dumping Radioactive Water into The Ocean.” The demonstration was peaceful, with journalists and a minimal police presence on hand.

FTSE 100 Hits RECORD High of Over 8,000 Points

The UK’s blue chip stock index surpassed 8,000 points for the first time in history as the pound plummets in value.

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BULLISH on Bitcoin: Crypto Market ERUPTS in January as FEAR Turns to GREED

Bitcoin (BTC) is on track to have the best January in the last decade as investors turn bullish on crypto after a disastrous 2022. Bitcoin leads the way as it approaches $24,000, up a massive 44% from the beginning of the month, where it hovered around $16,500 a coin.

The broader cryptocurrency market has also turned bullish, with other top coins such as Ethereum (ETH) and Binance Coin (BNB) seeing substantial monthly returns of 37% and 30%, respectively.

The upturn comes after last year saw the crypto market plunge, fueled by fears of regulation and the FTX scandal. The year shredded $600 billion (-66%) from Bitcoin’s market cap, ending the year worth only a third of its 2022 peak value.

Despite the ongoing concerns of regulation, the fear in the market looks to be shifting to greed as investors take advantage of bargain prices. The rise may continue, but savvy investors will be wary of another bear market rally where a sharp sell-off will send prices back to Earth.

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GLOBAL ELECTIONS Shock: What’s at Stake for Iran, Britain, and France

Over the next week, voters in countries like Iran, Britain, and France will head to the polls. These elections come at a critical time with global tensions high and public concerns over jobs, climate change, and inflation.

In Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seeks a successor for President Ebrahim Raisi following his recent death. Candidates include hard-liners Saeed Jalili and Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as well as reformist Masoud Pezeshkian.

These elections could significantly impact global politics amid ongoing wars in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The outcomes may reorient international relations during this period of mutual suspicion among major powers.

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