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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Routine Of ISIS And Taliban Terror Attacks In The Middle East (February 26 to March 3, 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!

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

February 26 to March 3, 2018

The unfortunate routine of terror and unrest in the Middle East – perpetuated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Taliban – continued this week. ISIS killed two policemen in Iraq and killed dozens of people in Yemen in two suicide bombing attacks, and in Syria the United States is said to be losing Kurdish fighters as a key ally in the continuing fight against the terror group. The Taliban, continuing a string of escalated attacks in the country since January this year, was responsible for multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered the terror group amnesty, without preconditions, for war crime convictions and recognition of it as a political party, yet given his government’s instability the deal appears unlikely to be go through.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • After President Donald Trump had blocked the release of a Democratic memo, a rebuttal against a classified Republican memo – despite the House Intelligence Committee voting unanimously to release it – the Democrats put out a redacted version.
  • The son-in-law of and senior advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, had his security clearance downgraded, because of incomplete background checks. Mr. Kushner loses access to the president’s daily briefings.
  • Communications director to and close aide of President Donald Trump, Hope Hicks, announced her resignation.
  • Teachers in West Virginia went on strike for better pay and healthcare, and the strike ended when the state government announced that teachers will get a five per cent increase this year.

Latin America

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