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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Fallout From The Independence Referendums (October 30 to November 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 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/methode%2Fsundaytimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2Fac0a1c40-bcce-11e7-bb93-ec140220d4de.jpg?crop=3147%2C1770%2C0%2C164&resize=685.

Longtime president of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani.

October 30 to November 4, 2017

Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan, in their respective referendums, voted for independence, yet leaders of these independence movements are now dealing with the fallout. In Catalonia, the Spanish government – after the Senate approved these emergency measures – has moved to impose direct rule, and thereafter announced new elections. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont dispelled rumours that he was seeking asylum in Belgium, and “vowed to accept [the] snap elections called by Spain’s central government“. Elections, however, are “unlikely to put an end to Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades“. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the declaration of independence which followed its referendum triggered a military response by the Iraqi government, and the longtime president of the region Masoud Barzani has resigned.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • A United States service member was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
  • At least eight people were killed in a lone-wolf terror attack in New York.
  • A federal grand jury approved the first charges of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. A former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, was indicted – together with an associate Rick Gates – on 12 counts, “including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering“.
  • A member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Jerome Powell, was nominated by President Donald Trump as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. He will replace the present chairman, Janet Yellen.

Latin America

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