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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: “I Wish My Teacher Knew” (August 29 to September 3, 2016)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

"I Wish My Teacher Knew" (The New York Times).

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” (The New York Times).

August 29 to September 3, 2016

“I Wish My Teacher Knew”: A powerful read in “The New York Times” about an American teacher who wanted to know her students better. The responses were eye-opening, and this exercise has been repeated by many teachers around the world. For others, in a broader context, it is also a reminder of the many inequities which persist – driving Venezuelans to take to the streets against their government and Iranian women to fight against the intimidation campaigns of religious hardliners – and the struggle for a fairer world.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • The G-20 or Group of 20 summit will be held in Hangzhou, China, where the state of the global economy will be discussed.
  • At least 12 were killed in an explosion in the Philippines. It happened in Davao, the home city of president Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier shrugged off rumours of an assassination plot.
  • Uzbekistan’s first and only president – since its independence in 1991 – Islam Karimov, died after suffering a stroke, sparking concerns over political succession. The most populous country in Central Asia, its government has been described as authoritative and repressive, riddled with inefficiencies and corruption. According to “The Economist, “Of the five post-Soviet regimes in Central Asia, Uzbekistan’s is widely regarded as the nastiest, its leader the most mercilessly paranoid.”


Brussels spouts, Apple bruised“: How “The Economist” described the decision by the European Commission, to press Ireland to recover S$19.8 billion in taxes plus interest from technology giant Apple for tax avoidance.

The Middle East

  • The election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013 offered space and opportunities for women’s rights activists in Iran, but religious hardliners have been fighting back with intimidation campaigns.
  • Described as the most prominent propagandist of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani – who also headed the terrorist organisation’s secret service which plotted external terror attacks – was killed in Syria.

North America

Latin America

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