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The Deciport Weekly Recap: 06 September 2020

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31 August 2020: KN95 Mask Recall In New Zealand

Security (Health) // BLUF: KN95 masks supplied by Inter Build Plus are being recalled for failing to comply with filtration standards.


The Chinese-made masks sold between April and July at NZ Safety Blackwoods, LeedSafe, Safety and Apparel, Trade Direct Wholesale, Drywall Direct Wholesale and TradeMax were affected by the recall, following reports that the masks did not comply with New Zealand safety standards.


The Canadian government had recalled Chinese-made KN95 masks in May for failing to meet 95 percent filtration specifications.


“Stop using of the identified masks and return any residual stock/masks to the place of purchase,” Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said on its recalls website.


01 September 2020: Israel and US Officials Arrive In The United Arab Emirates

Security, Political // BLUF: An Israeli delegation, accompanied by US officials, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday in a historic visit to the Arab country.

While Palestinians have been dismayed by the UAE's move to normalise ties with Israel, senior White House advisor Jared Kushner called on Palestinians to negotiate.

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi had said in an earlier statement that the UAE was committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


02 September 2020: Islamist Charlie Hebdo Gunmen Face Trial; Macron: 'Satire is not a discourse of hate'

Political, Security // BLUF: Accomplices of the gunmen that attacked the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish store, killing 17 people, face trial on Wednesday.


Charlie Hebdo gained notoriety within the Islamic community for publishing political satire cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed, and drew the attention of Islamic extremist groups, including Al Qaeda; who claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo.


President Emmanuel Macron, speaking from Lebanon, stated “Satire is not a discourse of hate,” regarding the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.


Charlie Hebdo plans to re-publish the cartoons to coincide with the trial.


03 Sepetember 2020: Victoria Police Arrest Woman Over Anti-Lockdown Protest Plans

Political, Security // BLUF: An Australian woman was arrested in the state of Victoria over a Facebook post regarding plans to conduct an anti-lockdown protest.


The woman, who is reportedly pregnant, was arrested for 'incitement' at her home in front of her children and partner; according to reports.


The protest was being organised for Saturday 05 September in the town of Ballarat, with the post outlining social distancing and masks as a requirement during protests.


According to the report below, the woman's phone was seized and she was banned from posting on social media upon her release.


Victoria is currently locked down due to reemerging COVID-19 cases.


The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been granted a six month extension on emergency powers.


04 September 2020: Bolivia Hired US Lobbying Firm Linked By Facebook To 'Fake News'

Political, Security // BLUF: Bolivia's interim presidency has reportedly hired a lobbying firm that Facebook has linked to fake news.


The firm, CLS Strategies, is a Washington-based company that Facebook has accused of launching fake news campaigns that skew democratic debate, according to Reuters.


Facebook said on Tuesday that it had removed CLS-linked accounts that had posted in support of the Bolivian interim presidency and the political opposition of Venezuelan president Maduro; along with negative content on Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.


05 September 2020: Arrests Made At Anti-Lockdown Protest In Melbourne

Political, Security // BLUF: As many as 300 people turned out at the Shrine of Remembrance in the Australian city of Melbourne to protest the current State lockdown.


At least 20 arrests were made during the demonstration.


Police were reportedly on standby across the State of Victoria for planned anti-lockdown/anti-government protests.


The protests follow the arrest of a pregnant woman in front of her children for 'incitement' over a post regarding a protest in the town of Ballarat, that saw global news coverage; as well as both support and condemnation of the arrest around the world.



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