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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Oxfam’s Scandal In Haiti (February 19 to 24, 2018)

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://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/180212100651-01-oxfam-aid-file-exlarge-169.jpg.

British aid charity Oxfam.

February 19 to 24, 2018

Oxfam – one of the largest aid charities of the United Kingdom – formally apologised to Haiti and expressed its shame over a prostitution scandal, after it was revealed that a former top official paid for sex and three staff physically threatened and intimidated a witness. The charity later added that “it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct, including 16 in its international operations“, as the Haitian government suspended Oxfam’s operations for two months, “pending an internal Haitian investigation into the matter”. The case in Haiti happened in 2011 while Oxfam’s employees were helping the country deal with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 100,000 people. This scandal brings to mind the misconduct of the United Nations and its peacekeeping troops, which introduced cholera to Haiti (and took six years to apologise). Some peacekeepers had also sexually exploited children and women.

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Africa

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Europe

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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