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The Weekly Global Roundup: Theresa May’s Brexit Woes (December 11 to 16, 2017)

Having resolved the stumbling block over the border of Ireland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) Theresa May looked set to advance Brexit talks with the European Union (EU). After all, despite leaving discussions on the toughest issues for a later date and facing backlash from hardliners at home for making compromises, the EU and the UK did reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce, with talks moving on to trade. Unfortunately for Mrs May, her lawmakers voted 309 to 305 to guarantee parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal before the end of negotiations, which means they could veto the withdrawal treaty if they do not agree with the terms of the agreement. Of the conservative parliamentarians who voted against the government, “eight are former ministers”, and now Mrs. May has to deal with the embarrassing fallout when meeting with EU leaders. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Turmoil In The Middle East; Natural Disasters In Asia (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, 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, leaving dozens dead and hundreds more still missing. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Horror In Egypt (November 27 to December 2, 2017)

In one of the deadliest terrorist attack on civilians in Egypt’s modern history, more than 300 people were killed in an unprecedented attack after militants – said to be carrying a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque. ISIS quickly claimed credit thereafter. The group has targeted Sufis, “who practice a mystical form of Islam that includes the veneration of saints”, and in general Sufi sites and worshippers in Asia and the Middle East have been longstanding targets of extremists such as ISIS, and a commentary in “The Conversation” mooted two possible reasons: First, the deliberate flouting of “Islamic conventions of their peers”; and second, that “many Muslims, not just militants, consider shrine devotion as superstitious and idolatrous”. Continue reading

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