Category Archives: International Development

Global Affairs Weekly Stories (Week of August 8, 2022)

Here’s what’s going on in the world for the week of August 8, 2022.

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The World Economic Forum has five stories on the environment including the world’s current energy mix, record heat waves in the UK due to climate change and a study on the world’s freshwater is now past it’s critical limit.

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Why OPEC won’t bring down oil prices.

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The Cristalino II State Park in Mato Grosso, Brazil will be dissolved after the state government refused to appeal a court decision claiming the park was set up illegally in 2001 without public consultation. This case was brought about by a company linked to Antonio José Rossi Junqueira Vilela, who has been responsible for thousands of hectares of land in the Amazon being deforested and stolen.

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Experts worry that the Ortega regime in Nicaragua is setting an example for other repressive regimes in Latin America.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized the $100 billion profits of oil companies during the first quarter of 2022.

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Africa

According to the World Health Organization, life expectancy between 2000 and 2019 grew by an average of 10 years, while global life expectancy grew by five years.

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Senegal’s government and rebels from the southern Casamance region have signed a peace deal to help end more than 40 years of conflict in the region.

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The Nigerian government will be receiving 72 Benin Bronzes looted during the 19th Century, from The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London.

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Explainer: Kenya’s elections

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Europe

The Ukraine-Russian War at 165 days.

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Victims of Russia’s war in Georgia’s Abkhazia region are still waiting for justice.

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Explainer: Renewed tensions between Kosovo and Serbia.

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The U.S. Senate voted to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Sweden.

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Middle East

Negotiators over the Iran Nuclear Deal are optimistic about the deal’s odds of being passed.

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The protestors in Baghdad are drawing from the support base of Muqtada al-Sadr.

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According to reports, pro-Iranian government hackers launched a cyberattack against Albanian government sites in mid-July to disrupt an Iranian dissident group, Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, during a conference int eh capital Tirana.

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Asia

India and the United States will be holding annual bilateral military drills in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, about 95 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control, the border demarcating India and China.

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The government of the Solomon Islands is exerting more control over the state-owned Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation, a move critics claim is censorship by the government.

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Explainer: Why China is staging drills over a visit by U.S. Senator Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

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The Taliban claims they did not know that a chief of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, was in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

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Global Affairs Weekly Stories (Week of July 18, 2022)

Here’s what’s going on in the world for the week of July 18, 2022.

Global News

The I2U2, also known as the West Asia Quad, focuses on clean energy, infrastructure, food security, health, space and other areas.

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United States domestic politics have hindered the funding and utilization of the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations mechanism started in 2010 to help developing countries transition to renewable energy. Funding for the organization comes from developed countries, but the prior Trump Administration refused to fund the mechanism and current Republican opposition has delayed additional funding.

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Log4j vulnerability will continue to be a pervasive threat according to a report from the Cyber Safety Review Board, a cyber security panel. However, the vulnerability has only been exploited at low level attacks so far.

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Americas

The United Nations has decried the ongoing gang violence in Haiti, which has taken the lives of more than a thousand people since January. The UN is calling for a freeze of small arms sales to the country in response.

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Venezuela has one of the worst vaccination rates in the world. The country is barred from accessing a regional system that helps pay for and provide affordable vaccines until it pays off a debt of 11 million dollars, which came mostly from an ongoing political fight between the government and opposition.

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Drop boxes for ballots were highly secure during the 2020 presidential election in the United States, according to Associated Press survey. This result conflicts with the claims made by the former president.

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Africa

Egypt will suspend sending peacekeepers to Mali in August.

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A team of highschool students from Zimbabwe are the world champions of the International Highschool Moot Court competition, which simulates the proceedings of the International Criminal Court pre-trial chambers.

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Laurent Bucyibaruta, who was governor of the Gikongoro province during the Rwandan genocide, has been convicted for complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity. 

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Europe

Wildfires are raging through South Western Europe.

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The main events of the Russian-Ukraine War as of Saturday.

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Two studies show that immigrants in France are integrating but still face discrimination and racism. Many in France have an immigrant ancestor.

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Middle East


Explainer: The islands of Sanafir and Tiran are strategically important for access to the Red Sea. While their possession has been contested, new ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia might see these islands become tourist sites.

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Government officials are preparing for possible protests across Iraq after a mass gathering by supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr gathered in Baghdad.

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The war in Ukraine has damaged wheat supplies for the Middle East and North Africa, the largest consumers of wheat exports.

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Asia

Pacific Island nations demand solid action against climate change from the United States and China.

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the interim president of the country.

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The legacy of former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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Global Affairs Weekly Stories (Week of July 3, 2022)

Note:

I have been working on several projects lately and have been very busy these past few weeks. I am publishing at a slower rate during the summer but plan to publish weekly again soon.

Here’s what’s going on in the world for the week of July 3, 2022.

Global News

Fighting climate change will require tackling energy imbalances globally, according to a new study.

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The world’s fisheries are one of the major subjects for the five-day United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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The BRICS nations are holding their summit virtually.
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Americas

Activists in Latin America are continuing the fight for bodily autonomy and reproductive rights.

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The June 6th hearings recently interviewed Cassidy Hutchinson, and here are five takeaways from that interview.

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El Salvador is facing extreme water stress with more than 60% of available water resources polluted and more than 600,000 people going without sanitation or access to drinking water. 
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Africa

In West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have lifted sanctions on Mali after the military government offered a proposed 24-month timetable for bringing back democratic elections.

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Germany and Nigeria have signed an accord for the return of the Benin Bronzes, artifacts from the Kingdom of Benin dating between the 16th and 18th Centuries. 

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Ghana will be seeking financial assistance from the IMF.

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Europe

Explainer: The NATO Summit yielded a new framework and areas of focus including re-orientating towards countering Moscow’s activities in Europe and the recognition of Beijing as a security challenge.

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Sanctions for Moscow have been pledged at the end of the G-7 summit.

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France and Australia working to mend ties after the scuttling of submarine deal.

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Russian land occupation in Georgia as seen on the border.

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Middle East

Iran is willing to continue negotiating on a nuclear deal.

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Tunisia’s president has proposed a draft constitution that would considerably concentrate power in the hands of the executive branch, much to the anger of many on the Tunisian government and civil society.

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Southern Idlib, Syria has been stripped of resources and civilian goods by the government.

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Asia

Protests in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan have left several dead and an unknown number possibly injured as locals take to the streets over draft amendments that would tighten the connection between the government and the autonomous region.

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How disinformation helped Ferdinand Marcos Jr. win the Presidency in the Philippines.

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Japan is having the worst heatwave since 1875.

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G-7 promise to raise $600 billion dollars over the next five years to provide nations with an alternative to financial investment from Beijing. The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will serve as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative for nations seeking development funding.

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