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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Mars, 2024? (September 26 to October 1, 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!

Senator Bernie Sanders, watching the first presidential debates (Bernie Sanders / Twitter).

Senator Bernie Sanders, watching the first presidential debates (Bernie Sanders / Twitter).

September 26 to October 1, 2016

The first presidential debate in the United States may have drawn 84 million viewers, and while many thought democratic nominee Hillary Clinton emerged the winner, policy questions – beyond the political platitudes and personal attacks – remain unanswered. A photograph posted by Senator Bernie Sanders on his Twitter page left many wondering what might have been, especially on an Earth with persistent problems: the repatriation of refugees in Kenya and the shutting down of the Calais migrant camp in France, likely military escalation between India and Pakistan, and the never-ending violence in Syria.

So a move to Mars, perhaps? SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared plans for a human mission to planet Mars, though he will need to explain how humans will travel through safe spaceflight, since a SpaceX heavy rocket exploded on the launch pad earlier this month. Or, you can take your pick: The European Space Agency just created “the largest and most accurate 3-D map of our galaxy“.

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  • Kenya is repatriating Somalis in the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab – at a rate of 1,000 every day, with the help of the United Nations refugee agency, or UNHCR – even though returnees end up living in worse conditions in conflict-torn Somalia, remaining at the mercy of al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist terrorist group al-Shabaab.
  • For demolishing historic Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi – part of an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group – was sentenced by the International Criminal Court to serve nine years in prison. This is “the court’s first prosecution of the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime“, and also brings attention to the fate of cultural and religious monuments in other conflict areas.
  • Human rights non-government organisation Amnesty International reported that Sudan’s government “has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January“. The war in Darfur started in 2003, as rebels accused the government of oppressing the non-Arab population, and has since resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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