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All Lives Matter: A Privilege Taken For Granted

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Black Lives Matter Protests Failed Common Goal Of All Lives Matter

“Please! I can’t breathe!” “Everything hurts!” “They’re going to kill me!” were the last words of George Floyd, a forty-six-year-old black man, who had died in Minnesota, United States of America (U.S.A.) on May 25, 2020. His death was the ‘spark’ that brought people of all communities (especially the black people), to fume with rage and burst into the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests. This protest then spread more rapidly than the coronavirus to other countries.

What happened?

On May 25, 2020, four officers of the Minneapolis Police arrested Goerge Floyd after a deli worker had called 911, informing them that he had stolen cigarettes using a fake twenty-dollar bill. On catching him, Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers who arrived at the scene, pinned him to the ground. The most horrifying incident was where the ‘white’ police officer was seen placing his knee for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, on the helpless ‘black’ man.

Aftermath:

The above incident resulted in the involved police officers being dismissed from their duty and under investigation for the crime they had committed. Protests quickly emerged around the world against the racial injustice.

Black Lives Matter Protest happening globally:

Amid the rise of the fatal COVID-19 pandemic, the basic principles of ‘social distancing,’ ‘wearing masks and gloves’ no longer became a matter of concern to the angered people. Thousands around the world have taken to the streets to raise their voice against the inhuman act.

U.S.A.

Massive rallies took place in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, the birthplace of George Floyd, thousands had gathered to pay their respect before a memorial service. With the biggest protest happening in the capital city, Washington D.C., the crowd was seen marching towards the White House to display their objective that even ‘Black Lives Matter,’ to the country’s President. Donald Trump had also made a statement that he is “dispatching thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers” in response to continued protests in the country’s capital. If so, this could mark the beginning of Martial Law.

United Kingdom (U.K.)

Protests were held in major cities like London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Sheffield. Protests which were peaceful in the beginning then erupted into disturbances. Despite warnings regarding the mass gatherings, the demonstrations continued. Home Secretary, Priti Patel mentioned that the social distancing advice was for “the safety of all of us.” London’s Mayor advocated his support for the “Black Lives Matter’ protest by tweeting the following:-

Australia

Despite the pleas from the Prime Minister, Mr. Scott Morrison, and the state leaders for people to stay at home, tens of thousands of Australian citizens were out in the streets of Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and other small towns and cities. Surprisingly, the new South Wales Court of Appeal ruled the rally to be LAWFUL! Although the protests were intended to be peaceful, the police officers resorted to pepper sprays on the people for forcing entry into the Central Station, once the rally was over.

The protests went ahead despite warnings from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Mr. Brendan Murphy, that large gatherings risked ruining the significant progress that Australia had made, reducing the number of active coronavirus cases. On June 5, 2020, Alex Hawke, Australia’s minister for the Pacific, criticised those who attended the protests in Australia, due to the health concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. He tweeted;

The same is the situation in countries like France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and others, where the protestors were eventually seen carrying out the “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” policy, to fight against the racial injustice shown towards the people.

Another big concern that arises from these protests is that the COVID-19 virus is still out there. The risk of ‘community spread’ increases with the large number of people out on the streets. These protests could also mean that the countries which had done an appreciable job of containing the virus could be severely affected by the same. Australia is an example of ‘a job well done’ in stopping the spread of the virus. However, with the angry protests happening, it is highly doubtful if the ‘curve’ could remain ‘bent’ any longer.

Bigger picture: ALL LIVES MATTER!

All this culminates into an even bigger topic, “ALL LIVES MATTER.” Several pastors and theological advocates have stated that amidst the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, we must not forget that ALL LIVES MATTERS.

Millions of abortions are carried out every day, worldwide. We do not have the right to take the lives of unborn and innocent blood. Several people are being persecuted for their Faith in various parts of the world, that the media does not highlight. Animals and almost all forms of living beings are becoming subject to cruel and barbaric acts.

Two important world events happened at the same time in 2020, one being the spread of COVID-19 and the second one being the death of George Floyd. The former requires a person to wear a mask to avoid getting affected; however, the latter caused people to risks their health to get out and join the community for a cause. It is quite evident that the two events are very much antonymous to each other.

With the outbreak of pandemic and the death of George Floyd, it is no longer hidden that the world is moving towards a ‘New World Order’ also for the world as a whole to become ONE, in terms of everything. The main question which now arises is, “Is there an unknown agenda behind all this?”

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Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe

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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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Why Taliban Could Not Control Panjshir Valley In Afghanistan Yet?

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Taliban took over Afghanistan last week, and Panjshir valley in the north is the last hope for the people of Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban.

As it was 25 years ago, there is still a part of Afghanistan that tries to oppose the Taliban; it is the Panjshir valley. The villages that rebelled against the Soviets and Taliban’s, it is now that they’re fighting against the spread of the Islamic Emirate.

Valley Of the Five Lions, also known as Panjshir Valley, is in Northern Afghanistan, 150 kilometers north of Kabul, near the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. Due to its location in the Hindu Kush Mountain range, the Panjshir Valley is only accessible through the narrow Panjshir River; this makes it easy for forces defending. Panjshir is also famously known for emeralds. It has been the base of operations for the Taliban since the 1990s. Since it was never under their control, the area has become a key target for the US-led forces.

Around 150,000 people live in the valley, and the majority are Pashtuns. The valley’s ethnic majority is Tajik. The area’s history has made it the base of operations for the Taliban. Panjshir has never been captured by the Taliban during their earlier rule, nor by the soviets. The resistance, therefore, chose to base its operations in the area due to its history.

After the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, a civil war broke out in the country. Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was the most notable anti-Taliban fighter, led a group of militants to fight against the separatists. He was eventually killed by al-Qaeda terrorists in 2001, just two days before the 9/11 attacks.

Following the father’s footsteps, Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud, declared the start of armed resistance against the Taliban forming in the Panjshir. The Northern Alliance flag has been raised in Panjshir province, confirming the legitimacy of this movement, officially back since 2001. The National Resistance Front (NRF), based out of the Panjshir Valley, led by Ahmad Massoud and the former Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, leading an anti-Taliban Movement.

The Panjshir Valley stands tall against the Taliban under the leadership of Ahmad Masood. Resistance movements have begun with the formation of the Northern Alliance. Bernard Henri Levy, the French philosopher, spoke to Ahmad Massoud on a phone call and quoted saying, “I am the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, and surrender is not part of my vocabulary.” The Resistance has just begun; this is just the beginning.

The Washington Post published an op-ed on Wednesday in which Massoud reiterated his plea for help, asking the United States to supply his military with arms and ammunition. “The United States can still be a great arsenal of democracy” by supporting his fighters, he wrote.

Since President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, Saleh has declared himself as the interim president. The Taliban has been massing its forces near Panjshir. The Salang highway has been closed. He further tweeted that the militants are avoiding any confrontations with the enemy forces.

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India Takes Rein Of UNSC For August

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As per procedure, India received the Presidency of the UN Security Council for August this year. The three major points that the Indian Presidency aims to focus on are maritime security, peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism policies.

What is the UN Security Council?

The security council is a body of the United Nations responsible for international security and peacekeeping. The body settles disputes and identifies unwanted threats and aggressions against member States.

There are 15 Members as a part of the council. They are obligated to abide by the decisions made by the Security Council. Out of these, there are five permanent and ten non-permanent members, India being a part of the newly elected non-permanent contingent.

India is currently serving as President of the UNSC for August and is expected to do so again in 2022. They succeed France who previously presided in July this year. The order of Presidency succession is decided alphabetically. Each member gets a fair chance to preside over the peacekeeping body.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to chair a meeting of the UNSC.

India in UNSC

India has joined the UNSC for the eighth time as a non-permanent member, serving a term of two years. The last time India was on the council as a member was in the year 2011-12, during the Middle East Crisis.

In the August meetings this year, the primary concern is said to be that of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy and mortality. India also aims to bid for a permanent seat on the UNSC and hence a high level of involvement is expected.

India plays an important role in the UNSC as it along with other members of the G-4 (Brazil, Japan, and Germany) are insisting on an expansion in permanent membership for countries. They want the permanent seats to be offered to countries other than the current five that hold the veto power, giving India a chance to display its potential at a global level.

India has previously chaired the counter-terrorism committee at the UNSC and introduced the concept of ‘zero tolerance’ for terrorism globally. They also successfully establish the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF).

This time around, India aims at improving maritime security and peacekeeping while returning to the counter-terrorism policies establish worldwide.

India’s efforts as President in August 2021

India is expected to organise three high-level meetings for the three topics that they have decided to focus on (maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism). A traditional breakfast of PRs was held by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti. Along with the normal breakfast, Tirumurti put a display of Indian grains with items exquisitely prepared with those ingredients. A treat of Alphonso mangoes was also included in the breakfast. Tirumurti also presided over all meetings of the UNSC on day one.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of the UN Council virtually, while external affairs minister, Jaishankar will chair the meetings in person.

S Jaishankar expressed opinions on the opportunity to preside over the UNSC for August via his Tweet, saying that India looks forward to taking over the Presidency of the Global Organisation for the month.

Indian PR Tirumurti also thanked their predecessor France and announced the takeover via his Tweets while expressing his elation on the occasion.

India began their eighth term on January 1 this year. This non-permanent arrangement will span for two years, giving the possibility of another Presidency in late 2022. India has been grateful for its turn in chairing the UNSC and hopes to make decisions and resolutions that will be beneficial to the Indian Foreign Policy and countries around the Globe.

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