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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Game-Changing Elections? Not Really (March 13 to March 18, 2017)

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://thewashingtonstandard.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/geert-wilders-vindt-wilders-game-gestoord-en-ziek.jpg.

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

March 13 to 18, 2017

In Europe, in the Netherlands, far-right politician Geert Wilders gained seats in Dutch elections, but failed to “persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his [anti-European Union and anti-Muslim positions]“, and did not drastically cross the traditional threshold. The party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the most number of seats, in an election which drew an 81 per cent turnout, the highest in the country for 30 years. Whereas in Asia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party secured a stunning mandate in the state elections of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, while former South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the Blue House after a court ruling which upheld her parliamentary impeachment, and will be questioned as a criminal suspect.

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Africa

  • A giant landslide in Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump killed at least 65 people and flattened dozens of homes.
  • The death toll later rose to 113. The government had tried “to close the dump last year
  • “, but faced opposition.

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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