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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Thanks, Obama (September 12 to 17, 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!

Thanks, Obama (BuzzFeed).

Thanks, Obama (BuzzFeed).

September 12 to 17, 2016

This is probably a week to celebrate for President Barack Obama and the United States on the domestic, economic front, as median household income rose 5.2 per cent, inequality eased, and the gender pay gap was narrowed to the smallest on record. The number of people living in poverty also fell 3.5 million to 43.1 million in 2015, pushing the poverty rate from 14.8 per cent in 2014 to 13.5 per cent in 2015. More also have health insurance, the president added when he was on the campaign trail for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Abroad – after the kerfuffles at the G-20 summit – President Obama had more success this week. A nationwide ceasefire in Syria went into effect, and it was also announced that economic sanctions against Myanmar would be rolled back. A record-breaking military aid deal was reached with Israel too. In addition, the president wants to increase the number of refugees admitted in the United States from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017, though Republican governors seem likely to continue their pushback.

There are persistent problems around the world, but – for the time being – thanks, Obama.

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Africa

  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – the first woman in Africa elected to lead a government and the second to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to peacebuilding work – won her 2011 campaign with 90.7 per cent of the vote, and her term should end peacefully next year. While Miss Sirleaf steered the country through the Ebola crisis, the economy was affected, so in the future the health sector must be developed, infrastructure must be built, and institutions must be strengthened.
  • Malnutrition, measles, and malaria“: what young children are likely to be hit by in Nigeria, where Islamic extremist group Boko Haram – which wants to establish a Caliphate, or an Islamic form of government – runs amok, and where government-run camps are overflowing and struggling to cope with the millions of internally displaced people.

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

Curious about the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia? A reporter of “The New York Times” – using a mix of videos, tweets, photos, reflections, and quotes – provides an informative first-hand coverage.

North America

Latin America

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