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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Fall Of Governor Ahok (April 24 to 29, 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!

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Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Governor Ahok.

April 24 to 29, 2017

Outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Governor Ahok, lost a contentious gubernatorial election last week. His chances were adversely effected by a blasphemy scandal, and an Indonesian court will rule on this case on May 9, after the governor responded to “the prosecution’s recommendation of two years’ probation in lieu of a suspended jail term“. Pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting found that even though 76 per cent of respondents were satisfied with his performance, 50 per cent said they would not vote for him, and while Governor Ahok’s brash approach and controversial policies could be to blame, there are also broader questions about “the country’s endemic electoral fight between pluralistic democracy and political Islam“.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • In his first post-presidency speech, former United States President Barack Obama said he hopes to “prepare the next generation of leadership” in his next phase of life, and his public schedule will pick up pace in Italy and Germany next.
  • The United States imposed preliminary anti-subsidy duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, a subject which has “irritated bilateral relations for decades“. Further negotiations and even international litigation are expected.

Latin America

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