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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Political Resignations And Change (June 4 to 9, 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://guardian.ng/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Mariano-Rajoy.jpg.

Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy.

June 4 to 9, 2018

The countries of Jordan, Madagascar, and Spain experienced political change in the past week. In Jordan – where the economy has struggled to grow in the past few years – King Abdullah replaced his prime minister to diffuse the biggest protests in years. In Madagascar, Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana resigned to resolve a political crisis related to electoral reforms, and the president has been ordered to form a government of national unity. And in Spain, plagued by years of corruption allegations, Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy was ousted after losing a vote of no-confidence.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • Social Security is facing a long-term funding shortfall, and based on projections benefits will have to be cut by 21 per cent in 16 years. Medicare faces the same issues, and “Congress has punted on the issue of shoring up [solvency] for years“.
  • Suicide rates between 1999 and 2016 increased in nearly every state, by as much as 30 per cent in some.

Latin America

  • For eight years roughly 400 squatters in Brazil lived in a government building, which burned to the ground last month. The fire drew comparisons to the huge fire which engulfed Grenfell Tower in London, the United Kingdom, in June last year.
  • The eruption of a volcano in Guatemala – for the second time this year – killed at least seven people. The death toll then increased to at least 25 people, then to 62, as the country’s president declared three days of national mourning.

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