Weekly Round Up 8th – 14th October

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Crown Prince Salman al Saud, Image courtesy of en.kremlin.ru

Aftermath of a missing Journalist

Who?
Jamal Khashoggi

What?
Disappeared last week

Where?
Istanbul, Turkey

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
On 2 October Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist known for his critical views on the Riyadh Government walked into the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul and disappeared.
Almost immediately the Turkish government began putting pressure on Riyadh to release Khashoggi. Later the Turks claimed to have video and audio evidence that Khashoggi was killed in the embassy.
The United States has now threaten to impose sanctions against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of the the incident.
Riyadh has responded by clearly stating that they will retaliate in kind in the event of any such sanctions. Retaliatory action by Saudi Arabia would almost certainly be within the oil sector, as it is one of the major players in the world economy of oil.
As a result of the economic sabre rattling the world markets have take a down turn for Saudi Arabia: “the drop in Saudi stocks was the result of panic selling because of several political and economic factors.”
The future of this case remains unclear and the stakes are high.

Full Articles:
AFP
Al Jazeera
Reuters

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Image courtesy of www.Futureatlas.com

Plight of a Minority

Who?
Uighur

What?
Being oppressed by Authorities

Where?
Xinjiang Province, China

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
China has a long history of difficulty with the ethnic Uighur people group of its north-westerly most province, Xinjiang. There are some reports that indicate that over 2 million ethnic Uighur are being held in effective concentration camps.
This week Malaysia has ignored a request form Beijing to hand over 11 Uighurs who were being held, and instead has sent them to Turkey. The repercussions of Malaysia’s action remain to be seen.
Below are links to a picture gallery and an important opinion piece about the current state of the Uighurs in China.

Picture Gallery by The Telegraph

Opinion Piece

Full Articles:
The Guardian
Reuters
Reuters
Reuters

 

Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro, Image from Wikicommons

 

Brazilian Power Struggle

Who?
Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad

What?
Running for President

Where?
Brazil

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
The saga of the Brazilian Presidential elections continues this week with more protest marches. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro who won the preliminary election last week did not secure the necessary 50% to avoid a run-off election against leftist candidate Frenando Haddad at the end of the month.
The violence caused by the protests has led both candidates to call for calm and in order to bolster their PR campaigns which had shifted gear looking toward the run-off on the 28th of October.
Furthermore Bolsonaro has rejected the title of “Far-right” as well as denying claims that he has ties to former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.
The election process promises to be drama filled in the coming weeks with increased violence and protests.

Full Articles:
AFP
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
Associated Press
Associated Press

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Full List of Resources Used:
https://www.afp.com/en/news/3954/saudi-arabia-vows-retaliation-if-punished-over-missing-critic-doc-1a05b54

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/10/jamal-khashoggi-case-leave-saudi-arabia-181012181318138.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident-sanctions/saudi-threatens-to-retaliate-against-any-sanctions-over-khashoggi-disappearance-idUSKCN1MO0F1

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11012841/In-pictures-The-daily-life-of-Chinas-ethnic-Uighur-population.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-uighurs/defying-china-malaysia-releases-uighur-detainees-idUSKCN1ML1LH

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-says-it-has-credible-reports-that-china-holds-million-uighurs-in-secret-camps-idUSKBN1KV1SU

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-calls-on-china-to-free-uighurs-from-re-education-camps-idUSKCN1LF1D6

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/china-erase-uighurs-culture-181012155613937.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/14/sinicisation-of-muslims-in-xinjiang-must-go-on-says-chinese-official

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/brazil-elections-bolsonaro-haddad-181008000200334.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/brazil-election-mass-rally-candidate-bolsonaro-181011072250890.html

https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/brazil-presidential-candidates-seek-soften-images-ahead-run-doc-19z2hc2

https://www.apnews.com/1a6e11739d1640be9795660c8dfebb52

https://www.apnews.com/fe37248367ef4e18bf28d7992e941ab1

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