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September 22, 2022
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Liz Truss’ Rough Start With Britons

Just 27% of adults in the United Kingdom approve of new Prime Minister Liz Truss, who came to power not through a general election but a polling of a small number of Tory  members who amount to less than 1% of the population. That puts her approval rating third from the bottom of Morning Consult’s Global Leader Approval Tracker, ahead of only German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at 26% and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at 20%. 

 

Today’s Top News

  • At least 1,252 protesters across Russia have been arrested for demonstrating against the widespread war mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin yesterday, which will force at least 300,000 reservists into active service. (The New York Times) Russia agreed to exchange 215 Ukrainian prisoners, including commanders captured at Mariupol, in exchange for oligarch Viktor Medvechuk and 54 other people held by Ukraine, in a major public relations coup for Kyiv. (The New York Times)
  • The foreign ministers representing E.U. member states agreed to respond to Russia’s new mobilization and nuclear threats with new sanctions and more weapons for Ukraine after conferring with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Josep Borell, the E.U. foreign policy chief, said Putin’s threats were a sign of desperation and that he “is trying to destroy Ukraine.” (Reuters)
  • At least 9 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran as demonstrations against the abuses of religious police spread to at least 13 cities following the lethal bludgeoning of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini over her headscarf. Whatsapp and Telegram have been widely unavailable as the government appears to be disrupting internet access in an effort to control the demonstrations. (The Associated Press)
  • The U.S. Senate voted to ratify the Kigali amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol treaty, which will reduce the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons that are used in household appliances like air conditioners and contribute to global warming when they enter the atmosphere. The ratification, which represents a major victory for climate activists, was made possible by the addition of a GOP amendment that compels the State Department to propose removing China’s U.N. status as a developing nation. (The Wall Street Journal)

Happening today at U.N. General Assembly (all times local):

  • 12 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks amid tensions with Iran and Western partners over the stalled international nuclear deal and crucial upcoming elections in Israel.
  • 4:45 p.m. Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan speaks following renewed clashes with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

 

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What Else You Need To Know

Multilateral
 

What Happened Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly

Farnaz Fassihi and Alan Yuhas, The New York Times 

The Ukrainian president said in a recorded speech that Russia should be stripped of its veto power on the U.N. Security Council after its “crimes” against his country.

 

West shrugs off Putin’s nuclear ‘bluff’ and vows to keep up Ukraine support

Henry Foy, Financial Times

Allies play down Russia’s risky escalation strategy, saying threats will not widen rifts among Nato states.

 

India and Pakistan wade in over Hindu-Muslim clashes in U.K. city

Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa, Nikkei Asia 

47 people have been arrested in Leicester since Aug. 28.

 
Asia-Pacific
 

Japan intervenes in forex market to stem yen’s slide

Mitsuru Obe, Nikkei Asia 

Yen had fallen against the dollar after the BOJ kept its ultraloose monetary policy.

 

China’s ex-justice minister faces life in jail amid purge of security officials

Ryan Woo, Reuters 

Former Chinese Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua, who had led several high-profile investigations into corruption, has been jailed for lifefor accepting bribes, state media said on Thursday, as a purge of officials intensified ahead of a key Communist Party congress.

 

China cuts U.S. debt holdings 9% in suspected shift to tax havens

Iori Kawate, Nikkei Asia 

Beijing fears possible asset freeze after sanctions on Russian central bank.

 

Leaders of S. Korea, Japan agree to strive to improve ties

Hyung-jin Kim, The Associated Press 

The leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to accelerate efforts to mend ties frayed over Japan’s past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula as they held their countries’ first summit talks in nearly three years on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, both governments announced Thursday.

 

In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge Trials Come to an End

Seth Mydans, The New York Times 

The last surviving leader of the regime that killed 1.7 million Cambodians lost his appeal on Thursday. Some victims think the long, expensive tribunal was a hollow exercise.

 
Europe
 

Russia agents in Ukraine defence sector pass battle plans to Moscow: Zelenskiy official

Max Hunder, Reuters 

Russia has agents in Ukraine’s defence sector who pass information to Moscow and allow Russia to anticipate Ukrainian moves on the battlefield, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s representative to the Ukrainian parliament said on Thursday.

 

Russians rush for flights out amid partial reservist call-up

Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press 

Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine.

 

Blast hits Russian-controlled Ukrainian city of Melitopol on eve of referendums

Max Hunder, Reuters 

A blast hit a crowded market in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Melitopol on Thursday, Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials said, on the eve of referendums that could see four regions effectively annexed by Russia.

 

Liz Truss looks to settle NI protocol dispute before anniversary of Good Friday deal

George Parker et al., Financial Times 

UK and US leaders voice need to defend gains made since 1998 peace accord.

 

UK government formally confirms lifting of fracking ban

Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press 

The U.K. government formally confirmed Thursday that it’s lifting a ban on fracking in England, arguing that the move will help boost the country’s energy security amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

 

France wants to boost renewable energy, now lagging behind

Nicolas Garriga and Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press 

President Emmanuel Macron was set to unveil a plan on Thursday to boost renewable energy in France, including offshore wind farms and solar power, as the country is lagging behind most of its European neighbors.

 

Bank of England Raises Rates for Seventh Successive Time to Fight Inflation

Will Horner, The Wall Street Journal 

U.K. central bank raised its key rate to 2.25% from 1.75%.

 
Latin America
 

Fugitive in massive Navy bribery case caught in Venezuela

The Associated Press 

A Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said Wednesday.

 
Middle East and Africa
 

Turkey cuts interest rates again as country struggles under inflation

Natasha Turak, CNBC 

Turkey’s central bank surprised markets once again with its decision Thursday to cut its key interest rate, despite inflation in the country surging beyond 80%.

 

Default ‘a real possibility’ for Ghana, Fitch senior director says

Cooper Inveen and Karin Strohecker, Reuters 

Sovereign debt default is “a real possibility” for Ghana, and any kind of domestic debt restructuring could severely threaten the local banking sector, a senior director from the ratings agency Fitch said on Wednesday.

 

Iran says it’s ready for new nuclear deal but asks if US is

Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press 

Iran’s president insisted Wednesday that his country is serious about reviving a deal meant to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear bomb but questioned whether Tehran could trust America’s commitment to any eventual accord.

 

Turkish opposition’s alliance against Erdoğan battles rifts
Laura Pitel, Financial Times 

Coalition with big hopes for next year’s polls struggles not to ‘fall apart’ as cracks surface.

 
North America
 

Biden Paints Russia as a Threat to the World in U.N. Speech

Jim Tankersley et al., The New York Times 

President Biden portrayed Russia as the chief threat to global peace and renewed warnings that “a nuclear war cannot be won.”

 
Opinions and Perspectives
 

What an Italy led by the far-right might mean for Europe

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times 

The coalition leaders may be fierce Eurosceptics but both Rome and Brussels need the relationship to remain functional.

 

Russia Is Losing India: How Putin’s Ukraine Gambit Doomed a Long Partnership

Happymon Jacob, Foreign Affairs 

How Putin’s Ukraine Gambit Doomed a Long Partnership.

 

Russia Is Too Weak to Protect Armenia or Its Other Allies Anymore

Maximilian Hess, Foreign Policy 

Moscow is overstretched in Ukraine—and Armenia is suffering the consequences.

 

As Putin escalates Ukraine war, China stands awkwardly by him

Brenda Goh, Reuters 

Xi Jinping is unlikely to abandon his “old friend” Vladimir Putin, even as the Russian leader’s decision to send thousands more troops to Ukraine and his nuclear threats strain Beijing’s “no limits” partnership with Moscow, experts said.

 

Japan PM Kishida’s political dip opens door for bold policy moves

Naoya Yoshino, Nikkei Asia 

Without devoted base of followers, leader must take action to rebuild support.

 

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral calls attention to royal spending

Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times 

Many Britons are feeling poorer all the time. But their royal family is very rich indeed.

 
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