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The Weekly Global Roundup: In Pursuit Of Accountability: Myanmar, Puerto Rico, And The Vatican (August 27 to September 1, 2018)

The pursuit of accountability characterised the headlines this week: In Myanmar, where the United Nations (UN) said military leaders should be prosecuted; in Puerto Rico, where the death toll from Hurricane Maria has been revised upwards; and in the Vatican, where the Catholic Church and Pope Francis have come under fire for their mismanagement of sexual abuse cases. In Myanmar, UN investigators said that military leaders in Myanmar should be prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingyas. In Puerto Rico, after admitting earlier this month that the death toll from the hurricane could be higher than 64, the government has now raised it to 2,975. And in the Vatican, there is a call for Pope Francis’s resignation, by a former Vatican ambassador to the United States who said the pope knew about allegations against a cardinal. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Elections In Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe (July 30 to August 4, 2018)

Elections were held in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe in the past week. In Cambodia, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen regained power in a landslide, in an electoral process marked by a crackdown on the press and the disbanding of the country’s main opposition party. It was a “processional day at the ballot boxes” for the ruling party, though the high number of invalid votes would be of concern. In Pakistan, former cricket star Imran Khan is set to be the country’s next prime minister, after winning the national elections. The country has had 18 prime ministers since 1947, but “not one of them has served the entirety of their term”. And in Zimbabwe, the first general election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year saw a high voter turnout of 75 per cent. The ruling Zanu-PF party won a majority of parliamentary seats, with results of the presidential election due soon. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Persistent Political Protests And Unrest (July 16 to 21, 2018)

Afghanistan, Haiti, and Nicaragua were sites of political protests and unrest in the past week. In Afghanistan, a suicide bombing in Kabul – the site of unrest and violence since the start of the year, with a record 1,700 civilians killed in the first half of the year – killed at least seven people. In Haiti, an unpopular fuel price hike which triggered protests was suspended last week, and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has now resigned. And in Nicaragua, paramilitary forces backed by the government killed two people. Violent protests prompted by changes to the social security system in the country which were later scrapped have only continued. Continue reading

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