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Pakistan government cracks down on deadly unrest



This comes in the wake of the arrest of Imran Khan and his indictment

Pakistan’s government has cracked down on deadly unrest in the wake of the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his indictment.

Police arrested supporters who took to the streets and the army deployed in several cities.

A court indicted the ousted prime minister on charges of selling state gifts during his four years in power.

The former cricket hero, who is Pakistan’s most popular politician according to opinion polls, was arrested on Tuesday in another fraud case, sparking deadly unrest.

Khan denies any wrongdoing.

His lawyer Babar Awan called his detention a “state abduction.”

The violence comes at a precarious time of severe economic crisis.

Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI party has called for a “shutdown” across the country of 220 million.

Police have arrested hundreds of Khan’s followers.

“Imran Khan’s arrest is illegal and unconstitutional,” PTI supporter Farhad Khan said. “The protests against it started last evening, continued through the night, and are still going on.
“The protesters will not stop until Imran Khan is released.”

Mobile data services were shut for a second day and access to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook was disrupted.

The army was called in to restore order in at least two of Pakistan four provinces where Khan is most popular.

“The protesters marched on us,” Chicken seller Malagul Khan said, as protestors stomped on his stall. “There was firing from the other side (police), and firing from this side (protesters), during which our shops got destroyed.

“What sin have we committed that these people vandalised our shops?

“We request these people to stop this destruction.

“We, the ordinary people, are not guilty of any crime. Where should we go?”

Khan’s arrest came a day after Pakistan’s powerful military rebuked him for repeatedly accusing a senior officer of trying to engineer his assassination and the former armed forces chief of being behind his removal from power.

Khan was ousted in April 2022 in a parliamentary no-confidence vote.

He has not slowed his campaign against the ouster even though he was wounded in a November attack on his convoy.

He was leading a protest march to Islamabad calling for snap general elections.

The corruption case is one of more than 100 registered against him.

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Is President Biden securing a ‘made in America’ supply chain for critical minerals?



Rare earths elements are responsible for some of the most important materials involved in electric vehicle production, battery making, renewable energy systems and technology manufacturing.

Last year, President Joe Biden said he wanted to make rare earths an important domestic policy initiative and he signed an executive order to review gaps in the domestic supply chains for rare earths, medical devices, chips, and other key resources.

The Department of Energy announced a $30 million initiative to tap into researching and securing the U.S. domestic supply chain for rare earths and other important minerals in battery-making production.

But at the same time, President Biden also blocked the mining of rare earth minerals on more than 225,000 acres of federal land for more than 20 years.

Is it possible for the U.S. to change course and again have a seat at the table in producing rare earths elements?

To discuss further, Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp. joined us.
#rareearthelements #rareminerals #China #UnitedStates #Veronicadudo #luisamoreno

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Is the West too reliant on Chinese rare earth exports?



Rare earths elements are needed to make iPhones, advanced batteries, military night-vision goggles and MRI machines. According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Critical earth minerals are a necessity for humans around the world.

They are essential to our modern-day lifestyles and critical in the creation of things such as iPhones, electric vehicles, and advanced precision weapons.

While the United States is dependent on other countries for many minerals, there is no country that America is more dependent on than China. And all these minerals come at a price.

Rare earths elements are needed to make everything from the technology we use every day like smart refrigerators and advanced batteries to night-vision goggles used by the military to MRI machines which are crucial to the medical field.

Many in the government, business, and science sectors have long raised concerns about how to ensure the West’s continued supply of these critical earth minerals.

The United States was once a dominant player in the rare earths supply chain, but for decades, that global market has been dominated by China.

According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Last year, the Biden administration even touted a new plan for the United States to rival China and end their decades-long dominance of rare earth metals market.

So, how reliant is the West on Chinese rare earth exports?

Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp joined us to discuss. #rareearthelements #china #unitedstates #greenagenda #veronicadudo #luisamoreno #trade

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Moscow says sending F-16 jets to Ukraine is a “colossal risk”



As Ukraine braces a summer of violence, Kyiv is pleading for more air support from NATO

U.S. President Joe Biden recently granted his backing for Kyiv’s pilots to be trained on F-16 fighter jets.

These jets can be used in a variety of combat scenarios, including air-to-air or gound-attacks.

In fact, the U.S. Air Force has described these jets as a “relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.

Thousands of F-16s have been sent around the world. However, Kyiv has been requesting for this support for months.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky believes there is “substantial progress” in convincing western allies to equip Kyiv with fighter jets.

Zelensky said the jets are a “key component” of gaining an advantage over Russian forces.

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