News Burst 11 July 2021
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- A method designed for cosmology has been applied to the topography study of thousands of fascinating medieval Islamic tombs in eastern Sudan, according to a paper published on 7 July in the journal PLOS One. In an effort to shed light on the mysteries of the funerary landscape dotted with some 10,000 monuments in the Kassala region of eastern Sudan, a team of experts from the University of Naples L’Orientale and the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums used satellite imagery. The monuments surveyed include stone tumuli, “relatively simple raised structures, widespread throughout African prehistory and history,” and “qubbas,” Islamic tombs and shrines in the pan-Arab world.
- Taliban makes sweeping gains across Afghanistan. The group has claimed that it now has “85% of Afghan soil under control”. A new poster emerging from a Taliban-dominated district in the northern part of Afghanistan shows instructions for women to “cover themselves from head to toe” while stepping out of the home and not venture out unless accompanied by a “male relative”.
- Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had tried tactics ranging from charm offensive to outright bullying against New York Times bestselling author Vicky Ward when she was assigned to write a story about him by Vanity Fair in 2002. According to the investigative journalist, who is the host and producer of “Chasing Ghislaine”, coming out on 15 July as an Audible Original podcast, her article was on Epstein’s money. The now-deceased tycoon had amassed a wealth that no one knew the source of.
- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said his country will use all means available at its disposal to protect its interests if no agreement is reached on the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Shoukry said he expected the Security Council to apply preventive diplomacy to bring Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to reaching a legally binding agreement to regulate the operation of the filling the dam with water. Cairo said the GERD filling will result in water shocks, including droughts and floods. On Monday, the Egyptian irrigation ministry said it received notification from the government of Ethiopia that it started to fill the dam, which Cairo rejects and claims is a violation of international law.
- Two Chinese ships entered Japan’s territorial waters near uninhabited Senkaku Islands claimed by China and tried to approach Japanese fishing vessels, the NHK reported on 10 July. Tokyo claims to have had sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands, also known as Diaoyudao Islands, since 1895, while Beijing argues that the islands were marked as Chinese territory on Japanese maps developed in 1783 and 1785. Following World War II, the United States controlled the islands until handing them over to Japan in 1972. China claims that the islands were illegally seized by Japan. Tokyo, for its part, suggests that China only became interested in the islands in the 1970s because the nearby territory was found to potentially hold oil reserves.
- The son of a Chilean indigenous people’s leader was shot dead in a confrontation with the police, the local group Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) reported. Ernesto Llaitul was 26 years old. His father is often referred to as a spokesperson for the indigenous activist group Coordinadora Arauco Malleco. In October last year, more than 78% Chileans voted for changing the country’s constitution. This brought the political, economic, and social independence of the indigenous peoples of Chile into the spotlight as they are not acknowledged in the constitution adopted during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in 1980. In addition, indigenous people have been claiming for a long time that their territory has been illegally requisitioned by state-supported agriculture and forestry companies.
- On Wednesday morning, Israeli troops detonated explosives around the house of the Palestinian-American Shalabi family in the village of Turmis Ayya, about halfway between Nablus and Ramallah in the West Bank. The demolition was retaliatory, done as punishment by an Israeli military court after Muntasir Shalabi was indicted for a May attack on three Israeli students, one of whom died from his wounds. Muntasir’s wife, Sanaa, and three of their children, aged 17, 12, and 9, had lived in the home. Sanaa told the Associated Press she and her husband had been estranged for several years and that he typically lived in the United States, but would periodically visit the family’s Turmis Ayya abode. However, an Israeli court ruled the house could be destroyed because Muntasir had reportedly lived there in the weeks prior to the attack and had lived there continuously from 2006 to 2012. In response, the US Embassy to Israel issued a rare condemnation of the “punitive demolition of Palestinian homes,” adding that “as we stated numerous times, the home of an entire family should not be demolished for the actions of one individual.”
- British business magnate Richard Branson announced last week that he will be on board Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft as it makes the first fully crewed flight into the unknown on 11 July – nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will undertake his own space journey. Bezos’ Blue Origin company tweeted a new infographic suggesting that Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane – that will take Richard Branson and five other passengers beyond Earth’s atmosphere on 11 July – should not be considered a “space” flight because it won’t cross the so-called Kármán line. Branson is set to travel 89 km above the New Mexico desert. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA are among those who believe that anything beyond 80 km from Earth’s surface is considered space.
- A currently unknown illness is killing birds in the eastern United States. According to the media outlet, researchers have already ruled out “some of the most common culprits of bird die-offs”, such as Salmonella and Chlamydia. The illness was first reported in May in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, but has become more widespread since, with its victims including birds such as starlings, blue jays and grackles. Chelsea Jones, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia, said that volunteers have so far delivered 300 birds to them.
- A gene research programme being jointly undertaken by Chinese company BGI Group and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has direct security implications for India, a retired Indian Army Colonel and a defence analyst Jaibans Singh has warned. UK-based Reuters agency reported on 7 July that BGI Group has published studies on interactions between genes and drugs to protect “Han” soldiers stationed at high-altitude regions from “brain surgeries”. These studies “refer to soldiers stationed in Tibet and Xinjiang, high plateau regions which border India’s Ladakh, where fighting broke out last June,” as per the news agency.
- The Law Commission of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, has come up with a draft “Population Control” law which calls for banning anyone with more than two kids from government jobs. Significantly, the draft law calls for monetary rewards for men or women who choose to undergo “voluntary sterilisation” after bearing just one child. The bill states that the provision will be applicable to only those couples which are living below the official poverty line. The “lump sum” reward for one-child couples with a daughter is proposed at 100,000 INR ($1,400 approx.), while it will be 80,000 INR ($1,100 approx.) for couples who only have one son. The proposed law also states that any government employees who don’t abide by the law after it kicks in will not be eligible for promotion.
- The original manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s “120 Days Of Sodom” was purchased by the French government for over 4.5 million euros, securing for the country a work designated as a national treasure, France’s ministry of culture announced on Friday. The text, which is 12 meters long and made up of 33 sheets over a width of 11.3 cm tied together in a scroll, is unusual in itself. On a scroll created from fragments of parchment smuggled into his Bastille prison cell right before the French Revolution, Sade penned the controversial work about four rich libertines.
- More than 130 migrants, including minors, have disembarked from the Ocean Viking rescue ship in Sicily, European maritime and humanitarian organisation SOS Mediterranee reports. Six rescue operations have been carried out in the Maltese and Libyan search and rescue regions since 1st July, according to SOS Mediterranee. SOS Mediterranee and the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) organisation announced the resumption of search-and-rescue activities in the Mediterranean, citing a lack of coordination between EU countries.
- A district council in eastern Germany has declared a disaster after its computer systems were paralyzed by a hacker attack in what the federal cybersecurity watchdog confirmed was the country’s first-ever “cyber-catastrophe.” Hackers knocked out the IT operations of the municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, on Tuesday, July 6, a spokesperson confirmed to Reuters on Saturday, July 10. “We are almost completely paralyzed,” the spokesperson said, adding its offices would probably remain offline next week and giving no indication of when services would resume. The municipality declined comment on the identity of the attacker or whether they had made a ransom demand, citing a police investigation. Security sources say German local governments often run outdated and poorly maintained software systems that could be wide open to cyberattack. The rural district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, with a population of 157,000, is for the time being unable to pay out welfare benefits. Its consequent catastrophe declaration is a formal step that allows it to call for federal help.
- A potential cyber attack on Iran’s state railway company created “unprecedented chaos” at stations across the country and led to cancellations and delays on hundreds of lines, state TV reported. Departure notice boards showed blanket cancellations and carried the message “long delay following cyber attack,” the national broadcaster said, adding that the disruption to Islamic Republic of Iran Railways’ computer systems also affected station entrances and exits as well as ticket booths.
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