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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Horror In Egypt (November 27 to December 2, 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.sbs.com.au/news/sites/sbs.com.au.news/files/styles/full/public/egypt_10.jpg?itok=XITcrqVz&mtime=1511643781.

The bombing in Egypt.

November 27 to December 2, 2017

In one of the deadliest terrorist attack on civilians in Egypt’s modern history, more than 300 people were killed in an unprecedented attack after militants – said to be carrying a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque. ISIS quickly claimed credit thereafter. The group has targeted Sufis, “who practice a mystical form of Islam that includes the veneration of saints“, and in general Sufi sites and worshippers in Asia and the Middle East have been longstanding targets of extremists such as ISIS, and a commentary in “The Conversation” mooted two possible reasons: First, the deliberate flouting of “Islamic conventions of their peers”; and second, that “many Muslims, not just militants, consider shrine devotion as superstitious and idolatrous”.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • After House Republicans passed their tax bill two weeks ago, Senate Republicans are now working to pass a version of the bill.
  • President Donald Trump retweeted three unverified videos – initially posted by Britain First, a far-right nationalist group of the United Kingdom (UK) – of Muslims exacting violence against non-Muslims. UK Prime Minister Theresa May then criticised Mr. Trump.

Latin America

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