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The Weekly Global Roundup: Chaos In Venezuela (June 12 to 17, 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://www.andes.info.ec/sites/default/files/field/image/maduro_10.jpg.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

 June 12 to 17, 2017

In the past six months, protests in Venezuela – opposing President Nicolás Maduro Moros’s attempts to rewrite the constitution and to prosecute demonstrators in military tribunals – have raged on. For a long time, moreover, the country has been plagued by longstanding political and economic problems, such as triple-digit inflation, food shortages, and the deadly statistic that about one person is lynched every three days, and in this past week the violent protests have not gone away, as reports have emerged that an exodus of doctors is straining a once-vaunted public-health system. Even Pope Francis has been embroiled in the ongoing humanitarian crisis, as Venezuelan bishops are asking him to challenge the human rights abuses and the disregard for democratic norms. If the pope does start sending tough messages, as per “The Economist“: “It could be a unique opportunity to show the world that he can be as a formidable a critic of left-wing regimes and ideologies as he is of conservative and capitalist ones“.

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