Weekly Global Round Up – Is 2016 Over Yet? (December 5 to 10, 2016)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://gainako.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Yahya-Jammeh_2468947k.jpg.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

December 5 to 10, 2016

There are still three weeks left in 2016, and both local and global politics continue to be marked by uncertainty and destruction. In Europe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation, after losing a referendum with reforms to reduce the power of the Senate and to fix institutional paralysis, while in Iceland, the anti-establishment Pirate Party has been invited to form the government, after both the left- and right-wing parties failed to do so. In the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria – epicentres of the refugee crisis and of multi-party conflicts – war continues, and international aid has not been forthcoming. And in the United States, the transition phase of President-elect Donald Trump continues to be marked by perceived missteps, conflicts of interest, and even greater ambiguity.

Perhaps the only consolation this week: the defeat of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Described as one of the most repressive leaders in his region, he had previously vowed to stay in power for a billion years. Guess not.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

Since 2009, guanyinmiao has written on his own socio-political blog and penned letters to the editor – focusing primarily on concerns related to education, National Service, and community service – and is now writing for online news site “The Middle Ground”.

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