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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

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Longest United States Government Shutdown (January 7 to 12, 2019)

The government shutdown in the United States – the third to happen during President Donald Trump’s tenure – became the longest on record, and it is set to continue, leaving nearly one million employees working without pay or sent home. Earlier in the week, Mr. Trump’s first formal, prime-time address from the Oval Office focused on the “growing humanitarian and security crisis” along the Mexico-United States border. The Democrats, in response, stressed the ongoing government shutdown. “Eventually, the pressure on Republicans in the Senate to bypass the president and cut a deal could prove irresistible”. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Unrest In The Middle East (December 24 to 29, 2018)

The Middle East continues to be marked by unrest and violence, with protests in Tunisia as well as attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. In Tunisia, the death of a journalist – who set himself on fire over economic conditions in the country – has led to clashes between protestors and security forces, and has led to comparisons with the self-immolation of a street vendor in 2010 which consequently sparked a revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. A gun and suicide attack in Afghanistan killed at least 43 people, a car bomb in Iraq killed three people, and suicide bombers in Libya killed at least three people. Continue reading

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