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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Presidential President Donald Trump? (February 27 to March 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://static.politico.com/7f/3f/4cc5ed61441ca771e777d914d548/170228-donald-trump-blog-gty-1160.jpg.

President Donald Trump Addresses Congress for the First Time.

February 27 to March 4, 2017

In this first address to Congress, President Donald Trump took on a different rhetoric from his campaign trail and his first few weeks in the White House, touching on a range of issues such as: the economy (on creating jobs and renegotiating trade deals), education (on giving families more choices), healthcare (on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare), immigration (on the cracking down of border security), and military spending (on one of the largest defence expenditure in the history of the country). The past week, however, has not necessarily been great, with this new National Security Adviser disagreeing and saying that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful, and the father of a killed Navy commando calling on the president to not hide behind his son’s death to prevent an investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also came under fire for not disclosing his meeting with the top Russian diplomat in Washington.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • Following a post by a former Uber engineer, detailing cases of discrimination and sexual harassment which went unpunished, “The New York Times” interviewed over 30 current and former employees on the “Hobbesian environment at the company“.
  • The world’s largest diamond company De Beers just opened its final diamond mine in Canada. In the years to come, it will have to continue its manipulation of the supply, and more importantly it also has to “create demand for diamonds in the first place“.

Latin America

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