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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A World Awash With Problems (September 19 to 24, 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!

The botched repair across a section of the Great Wall of China has left Chinese preservationists and Internet users incensed (Associated Press).

The botched repair across a section of the Great Wall of China has left Chinese preservationists and Internet users incensed (Associated Press).

September 19 to 24, 2016

Both Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon – in the final months of their stints as President of the United States and Secretary-General of the United Nations – highlighted the many problems the world still faces, even as they urged the world to come together. Through their General Assembly speeches, President Obama extolled the benefits of globalisation, but acknowledged that “A world in which one per cent of humanity controls as much wealth as the other 99 per cent will never be stable“. Secretary-General Ban pulled no punches, and in fact singled out world leaders who were “rewriting constitutions, manipulating elections, and taking other desperate steps to cling to power“, though he did not name the regional or global partners who have exacerbated conflicts.

The same problems continue to plague the world: the end of a seven-day truce in Syria, fatal shootings of black men by white police officers in the United States, and the corruption scandal in Brazil. In China, the botched repair across a section of the Great Wall – which wiped out gnarled features such as the crenelations and towers – has left Chinese preservationists and Internet users incensed.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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