Tag Archives: Sophie Mann

Dozens of Protesters,12 Police Officers Killed in Kazakhstan Protests

Sophie Mann
Januray 6th

Dozens of protesters and 12 police officers died during the surge of violent protests taking place in Kazakhstan. Government buildings were stormed, the presidential residence was set ablaze, and an officer was found beheaded as the situation escalated, officials said Thursday.

Over 350 protesters have been injured and dozens more “liquidated,” a term used to describe the killing of individuals thought to be extremists. Airports in Almaty – the nation’s largest city where most of the protests have occurred – are shut down and internet service was disrupted across the country for the second day on Thursday.

As protesters take a stand against the authoritarian rule exercised over the Central Asian nation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is blaming “terrorist bands” for the unrest, and has asked a Russian-led military alliance for assistance. 

The alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, said Thursday that it would dispatch peacekeeper troops at the request of the president. Russia and Kazakstan share a roughly 4,700 mile border.

The protests groups are reportedly comprised of tens of thousands of Kazakhs, some carrying clubs and shields through the center of the city. The unrest began days ago over the near-doubling of fuel prices in the country, though the size, intensity, and rapid spread of the protests suggest they are reflective of a much deeper sort of grievance among the people.

Tokayev has announced a two-week state of emergency in the country, which includes overnight curfews and a ban on religious services – an issue for the country’s significant Orthodox Christian population who will celebrate Christmas on Friday.

More Fentanyl than Heroin Now Being Seized at U.S. Border, as Fentanyl Kills in Record Numbers

Sophie Mann
January 3, 2022 

More fentanyl than heroin was seized at the U.S. border during fiscal 2021, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Roughly 11,200 pounds of fentanyl were seized last year, compared with 5,400 pounds of heroine, marking the first time in U.S. history that more fentanyl than heroin has been intercepted. 

Also confiscated at the border were just under 320,000 pounds of marijuana, 190,861 pounds of methamphetamine, and 97,638 pounds of cocaine.

Thus far, in fiscal 2022, 2,158 pounds of fentanyl have been seized, compared with just 277 pounds of heroin.

The explosion of fentanyl being illegally transported into the U.S. goes hand-in-hand with the record number of fentanyl overdoses and deaths that have occurred in the United States over the last several years. In November of 2021, the CDC noted that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. topped 100,000 annually between May 2020 and April 2021. 

A Drug Enforcement Administration report from late 2021 stated that the agency had seized “enough fentanyl in 2021 to provide a lethal dose to every American.”

According to facts and data compiled by the organization Families Against Fentanyl, fentanyl is now the number one cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45, beating out other leading causes including. suicide, COVID-19, and car accidents.