The Weekly Global Roundup

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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Trump Doctrine: “We’re America, Bitch” (June 11 to 16, 2018)

“We’re America, Bitch”: President Barack Obama “apologised to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything”. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, “doesn’t feel like he has to apologise for anything America does”. And this Trump Doctrine was on full display in the past week, at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit and at the Singapore Summit. Meeting with the leaders of the G7, Mr. Trump made headlines for inviting Russia back and for threatening the other countries over trade and tariff issues. The summit also ended on a bitter note, as Mr. Trump “refused to sign the final joint statement, antagonising other members who had already acceded to the agreement”. Meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, both leaders agreed to work towards a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later added that the United States was seeking to achieve “major disarmament” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in the next two-and-a-half years. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Of Political Resignations And Change (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. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Presidential Developments In Latin America (May 28 to June 2, 2018)

There were presidential developments in Colombia and Venezuela in the past weeks. In Colombia, the presidential race is headed to a June run-off between conservative candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro, and the 2016 peace agreement with former terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is a key issue. In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro may have won a second term last week, but his poverty-stricken country is compelling people to move out of the country. Continue reading

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