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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Zimbabwean “Coup”, Then An Impasse? (November 13 to 18, 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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President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

November 13 to 18, 2017

93-year-old President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has been the leader in charge since 1980, but his fate now appears to be in the hands of his former allies and opposition officials, after the country’s military took control of the capital city. Some of his allies have been arrested. “The military denied it had carried out a coup, saying Mugabe and his family are ‘safe’ and their ‘security is guaranteed’“. Just last week, former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – on accusations of witchcraft – fled the country, as First Lady Grace Mugabe was expected to succeed her husband in 2023. And it would appear that Mr. Mugabe – who has rejected military demands to step down – had been deposed for favouring his wife over Mr. Mnangagwa, who is preferred by the elites. Mr. Mnangagwa has had his own presidential aspirations, and has “promised to control his party ‘very soon’ and urged his supporters to register to vote in the national elections next July“.

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  • Cape Verde has pledged to “obtain 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025“, up from the 25 per cent at the moment. The country will have to leverage upon diverse resources, including an emerging technology called ocean thermal energy conversion.
  • In Nigeria, where crime rates are high and where there is little faith in the effectiveness of the police, vigilantes are assuming responsibility for crime control. Official support or recognition is sometimes given to these groups, though some have been implicated in abuses, with fears “that they could evolve into an ethnic militia or be used for political means“.
  • 10 people in Nigeria were killed by suicide bombs. No group claimed immediate responsibility.
  • Somaliland – a self-declared state, recognised internationally as an autonomous region of Somalia – is the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election. “A lack of trust” in the 2008 elections prompted this shift.
  • The crash of a light aircraft in Tanzania left at least 11 people killed.
  • In Uganda, poverty and physical disabilities are cited as key reasons why older persons do not seek healthcare services, and consequently there are calls for the country’s primary healthcare system to be strengthened.
  • Zimbabwe’s military took control of the country’s capital. President Robert Mugabe and his wife were held in custody.

The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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