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The Weekly Global Roundup: Prison After Presidencies (April 9 to 14, 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://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/C1C8/production/_88580694_fcdae27f-76fc-4e84-8e24-633903b42974.jpg.

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

April 9 to 14, 2018

On charges of corruptions, former presidents in Brazil, South Korea, and Zimbabwe are now in prison, or could potentially face time in prison. In Brazil, a week after he had an arrest warrant issued against him, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police, effectively removing him from the country’s presidential election in October this year. In South Korea, former president Park Geun-hye – who was impeached last year – was sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple charges, including bribery and the abuse of power. Miss Park is the third former South Korean leader to be convicted on criminal charges after leaving office, though her two predecessors Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo received presidential pardons after about two years of imprisonment. Her successor, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was also indicted for corruption this week. And in Zimbabwe, former president Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption linked to a 1990 arms deal, months after he fell from power.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

  • A bomb attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq left at least 16 people dead.
  • Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border continued, leading to a rise in the death toll.
  • In the last rebel-held town near Syria’s capital, the government has been accused of launching a suspected chemical attack, killing dozens of people. The administration of President Bashar al-Assad has denied the attack. This comes a year after the United States had launched cruise missiles in response to a sarin attack in the country.
  • Thereafter, a Syrian air base was hit by missiles. Russia blamed Israel, which declined to comment.

North America

Latin America

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9 thoughts on “The Weekly Global Roundup: Prison After Presidencies (April 9 to 14, 2018)

  1. Thank you for taking so much time and effort in your weekly roundups. I find it very informative and at the same time very depressing (nothing of your doing) about the state of our world.

    Posted by bennett2006 | April 14, 2018, 8:50 am


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