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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Turmoil In The Middle East; Natural Disasters In Asia (December 4 to 9, 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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The city of Jerusalem.

December 4 to 9, 2017

President Donald Trump made the headlines this week, when he announced that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering criticisms from the Middle East in particular (though it is not clear if Arab leaders will go beyond rhetoric, or even band together), a region which continues to be rocked by turmoil. The reported death of the former president of Yemen is expected to escalate the fighting in a country roiled by years of civil conflict, while the rescission of resignation by the prime minister of Lebanon – who had announced an abrupt resignation in November before making trips to Saudi Arabia and France – has left Hezbollah’s position undamaged and possibly stronger. Both the Lebanese and Yemeni developments, moreover, are proxies of the broader rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile in Asia, cyclones or floods have affected the countries of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. Carlos Castaneda.

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