Weekly News Round-Up 10/18/15-10/23/15: Canadian Game of Thrones + Bibi Strikes Again

Stories of the Week

Canadian elections! A country that doesn’t generate a lot of buzz globally had its elections this week. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives battled the New Democrats and the Liberal party, with Justin Trudeau (described broadly as “not an intellectual heavyweight”) at the helm of the latter. As of Tuesday morning, the Liberals had swept the election, and Trudeau stands set to make good on several campaign promises. Most notably, Canadian airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have ceased.

Bibi has probably never read a history book. Israeli Prime Minister (and overall questionable human) Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu made an interesting claim this week that a Palestinian mufti gave Hitler the idea for the Holocaust. That is a claim that is 1) not going over well with everyone from Palestinians to Germans to Jewish Israelis, and 2) categorically 110% untrue.

Speaker for the (unmanageable) masses. A seemingly reluctant Paul Ryan has agreed to be Speaker of the House for the American House of Representatives. But, he has conditions. Ryan has conceded bringing comprehensive immigration reform to the House floor, but is also demanding Republicans get in line behind his candidacy. The tumultuous Freedom Caucus has signaled it is willing to get behind Ryan, and Thursday night he formally announced his candidacy.

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Labor Party. (Alex Guibord - Flickr)
Justin Trudeau, leader of the Canadian Liberal Party. (Alex Guibord – Flickr)

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Regional Updates

South Asia:

  • The fact-finding results of the inspection of the bombing of an MSF hospital in Kunduz are looking worse and worse for the Afghan and American governments.
  • 11 people died in a bus bombing in Baluchistan, Pakistan.
  • Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif is in DC this week.
  • Pakistan will not take part in the Asia Cricket Cup for the Blind in retaliation for Indian far-right wing Hindu group Shiv Sena’s recent attacks against Muslims.
  • A series of killings of foreigners in Bangladesh has sparked concern in the garment industry.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Amidst allegations of fraud, Guinea‘s president was re-elected.
  • Ethiopia is in the midst of a terrible drought, which could bring it back to a troubling place it’s been before: that of widespread famine.
  • Protests shut down three of South Africa‘s best universities, after claims that fee hikes would push lower income black students out.
  • Clashes broke out in the Congo following the president’s announcement that he intends to seek a third term.



  • Some controversy surrounds the case of a Somali woman, pregnant by rape, who was flown out of Australia and back to Nauru (where many asylum seekers are detained) without receiving an abortion. The government is claiming she had chosen not to terminate the pregnancy, but her lawyer begs to differ.

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