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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Geopolitics In The Trump Era (January 30 to February 4, 2017)

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!

Taken from http://tribune-intl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/malcolm-turnbull-aus.jpg.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

January 30 to February 4, 2017

Last week, President Donald Trump started his stint with executive orders focused on domestic issues. This week, however, he turned his attention to geopolitical issues, and his contentious call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – when the conversation turned to an agreement with the Obama administration, for the United States to accept 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention centre – made the headlines. This came days after President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico cancelled a planned trip to the United States, and a phone call was arranged in place. The Trump administration also had harsh words for Iran, after the country confirmed the conducting of a missile test, but the executive order banning refugees of certain countries from entering the United States has led not only to a spontaneous protest outside Kennedy International Airport, but also criticisms from around the world.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • France has banned vending machines from schools, has limited servings of french fries in school cafeterias, and has imposed a “soda tax”, and now “no restaurants can offer free refills of sodas and other sugary drinks“.
  • Nine out of 10 Swedeslive in a municipality facing houses shortages“, and the increasing privatisation of public housing and low construction rates are cited as driving factors. Landlords also use renovations as an excuse for rent increases.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom was the first foreign leader to meet with President Donald Trump. The early meeting was critical for discussion on more pressing issues: NATO, Russia, security, and post-Brexit trade.

The Middle East

North America

  • Six people were killed in Canada, when a gunman opened fire at a mosque. The “lone-wolf” operation happened in a mosque. In 2016, a bloodied pig’s head wrapped in cellophane and decorated with ribbons was placed in front of this mosque.
  • Life is winning“: Vice-President Mike Pence told abortion opponents protesting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 at their annual march. He was the highest-ranking official to ever speak in person at the march.
  • In response to President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees of certain Muslim countries from entering the United States, a spontaneous protest erupted outside Kennedy International Airport, with others happening around the country.
  • Later, Mr. Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who would not go along with the immigration ban. She had said on Monday that “the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges“, and she was fired hours later.
  • Also, Mr. Trump picked Judge Neil Grouch – described as a “clone” of the late Justice Antonin Scalia – as his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, while the Democrats boycotted committee votes on Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees.

Latin America

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