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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Threat Of “Vaccine Hesitancy” (March 4 to 9, 2019)

There are six ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States, and 2018 saw the highest level of measles cases in Europe in the past decade. In the United States, despite refutations of the purported link between vaccines and autism – with a recent comprehensive study of Danish children further reinforcing the conclusion – resistance against immunisation persists. This continues too, despite the conclusion by the World Health Organisation that the widespread use of measles vaccinations between 2000 and 2017 has prevented 21.1 million deaths. And in Madagascar, where there are not enough vaccines, at least 922 people, including children, have died of measles. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Trump’s Political And Geopolitical Challenges; An India-Pakistan Confrontation (February 25 to March 2, 2019)

As President Donald Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a joint agreement and his former longtime lawyer testified in front of a House committee, India and Pakistan engaged in one of their most dangerous confrontation since their 1971 war. In Vietnam, the meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim ended because of disagreements over international sanctions, as Mr. Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen described his former client as a “racist”, “con man”, and “cheat” before alleging Mr. Trump’s involvement in different controversies. And prompted by a suicide bombing in Kashmir – and further against the background of an upcoming election in April – the two nuclear-armed powers, India and Pakistan, had skirmishes over the air, air strikes, and downed fighter jets. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Early Elections To Come In Spain (February 11 to 16, 2019)

Amidst political turbulence, Spain is set to organise its third election in less than four years. And even though early general election was called for April 28, the political gridlock is only set to continue. At the start of the week in Madrid, thousands of people demonstrated against the prime minister’s plan to ease political tensions in Catalonia. As opposed to the moves for independence, these demonstrators were calling for a united Spain instead. And as protestors called for the ouster of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders – who are accused of rebellion and other crimes stemmed to the declaration of Catalan independence in 2017 – began. Later in the week, the Spanish government later lost a crucial budgetary vote in parliament, which will likely lead to a snap election. Continue reading

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