Africa

After a Week of Xenophobic Attacks, South Africa Grapples for Answers

It has been a week since xenophobic attacks broke out in South Africa. South African politicians tries to handle the increasingly chaotic situation.

The life and times of Zimbabwe’s liberation icon, Robert Mugabe

Aged 95, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe died on Friday 6th September.  Here is his life told briefly.

Pope Francis, in Africa, Urges Mozambique to Put Past Tensions Aside

During his visit to Mozambique, Pope Francis, on Friday morning, urged Mozambicans to put past conflicts behind them and shape the country’s future through reconciliation.

Europe

‘Fighting for survival’: European papers maul Johnson after defeat

After six weeks in 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson lost his majority in the house of common. Boris is fighting for the survival of his premiership. And the European papers criticized him vehemently over his defeat in the parliament.

Has Europe Reached Peak Populism?

‘The tide may have turned against nationalist right.’ Paul Taylor answers the question.

Majority of Germans support Angela Merkel, want her to finish term

‘Germans see Chancellor Merkel as a force of stability in a crisis-ridden world, a recent survey has shown. Despite her popularity, a majority are dissatisfied with her government but not enough to back early elections.’

North and Latin America

How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

“New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.”

Vaping’s Plausible Deniability Is Going Up in Smoke

“America has known about the catastrophic harm smoking does to the human body for decades, so when e-cigarettes became widely available in the early 2010s, they were greeted with some optimism,” Amanda Mull writes in The Atlantic. But vaping may not be so much safer: the third person died this week; and an investigation into the fourth case is underway.

Amazon countries sign pact to better protect the rainforest

Leaders of countries home to the vast Amazon signed a pact on Friday aimed at sharing resources and taking greater steps to protect the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

Asia

Hong Kong leader says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople.

A Deal with the Taliban Is Only the First Step toward Peace

After months of closed-door negotiations in Doha, Qatar, the United States appears close to finalizing a deal with the Taliban that would end Washington’s 18-year war in Afghanistan.

China’s Great Game in Iran

Tehran needs a friend. Beijing may be a dangerous one.’

Quote of the week.

Robert Mugabe, who has died aged 95, was Zimbabwe’s president for 37 years. He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017.

Here are some of his quotes.

“African resources belong to Africa. Others may come to assist as our friends and allies, but no longer as colonizers or oppressors, no longer as racists.”

“Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept, will seek to remove.”