Good morning. Here’s your Daily Situational Awareness for Wednesday, 01 June 2022. You can receive this daily briefing by signing up at https://forwardobserver.com/daily-sa
RUSSIAN POLITICIAN SUGGESTS KIDNAPPING NATO OFFICIALS: On a Russian talk show, Duma member Oleg Morozov suggested kidnapping NATO officials in Ukraine. “It is not such a mythical picture… There are new rules in the world now. Let all those war ministers gathering in Kyiv think a little about what it would be like to wake up in Moscow,” he said. According to Morozov, Western officials traveling to Ukraine via railway could face interdiction by Russian forces and extradition to Russian territory. – D.M.
U.S. AND CANADA SEEK TO BAN MOST GUNS WHILE U.S. SUPREME COURT SET TO EXPAND GUN RIGHTS: Biden and Trudeau are both seeking bans of popular firearms while the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. Bruen. The case is a challenge to a New York law that prohibits New York residents from traveling outside their homes with a legally owned handgun. Analysts expect the court to rule the law is unconstitutional. – M.M.
BLUE GOLD DISCOVERED IN ALASKA: Mining company Discovery Alaska Ltd reported that Lithium deposits were discovered at a southern Alaskan mining prospect already rich with easily accessible tin, silver, and zinc. The report is based on recent analysis of backlogged core samples from surveys in 2006. The company plans to proceed with more in-depth laboratory tests to further identify priority mining areas. Analysts see this discovery as a potential enabler for the U.S. to break its dependence on Chinese rare earth minerals. – R.P.
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