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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: “Words Matter” (August 14 to 19, 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 https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2016/09/27/04/trump-clinton-debate-front2.jpg.

President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton at the first debate of the United States presidential elections, in 2016 (Source: The Independent).

August 14 to 19, 2017

During the first debate of the United States presidential election last year, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said: “Words matter. Words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president”. One year on, having just unsettled many with his bellicose rhetoric towards North Korea last week – threatening to unleash “fire and fury” and further adding that the country could “be in trouble like few nations ever have been” – President Donald Trump’s reaction to a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, has been criticised. While he eventually denounced the neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs, he was slammed with his initial remarks that there were “many sides” involved, and in fact later in the week, the president went on to defend his initial remarks over the protests, by laying “blame on both sides” for the violence which transpired.

And words matter too beyond the United States. In chaotic Venezuela, where President Nicolás Maduro seeks to consolidate power through a new constituent assembly, Mr. Trump’s threat of a military solution has only emboldened Mr. Maduro to attack the opposition.

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  • Suspected militants in Burkina Faso left at least 18 people dead, as the police and the army arrived at the scene.
  • The opposition in Kenya – after the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last week – is demanding that the result be overturned. They insist that the elections were “manipulated“, and there has been post-election unrest in some areas.
  • Three women suicide bombers killed at least 28 people in Nigeria.
  • Massive landslides in Sierra Leone – after heavy rains – killed hundreds, and the death toll is expected to rise.

The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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