THREE KEY GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS OF 2018

5th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards   2018 Overview 2018 saw world powers battling it out in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, expanding the fight through cyber warfare and even trying to force each other into submission by means of a trade war. Arguably, Turkey made the biggest geopolitical shift in the Middle East as the NATO…

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THREE HEADLINE-MAKERS IN 2018

5th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland, Alex Pollock and Cherolyn Amery   CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN – The Man Who Would Be King Since his meteoric rise to power in 2015, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has enjoyed favourable coverage in the international media, with a major focus on his economic and social reforms in…

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ISRAEL AVOIDS EARLY ELECTIONS AFTER GAZA CEASEFIRE AND POLITICAL FALLOUT

22nd November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland, Chris Eden and Mike Burnard Israel avoided early elections after a key coalition partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government said on Monday [19 November] that he would not withdraw his party, keeping the coalition intact despite a crisis triggered by a violent flare-up with Gaza militants. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said…

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US-SAUDI RELATIONS STRAINED BY KHASHOGGI DEATH AND WAR IN YEMEN

22nd November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery The slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote passionately about ending the brutal war in Yemen. In one column for the Washington Post he called on Saudi Arabia to “use its clout and leverage within Western circles” to resolve the conflict. Never could he have imagined that he himself would become the leverage in attempts…

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ROHINGYA REPATRIATION DELAYED TILL 2019

22nd November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock Bangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis are set to be stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programmes only likely be revisited after year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday [18 November]. Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters “a new course…

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BRAZIL ELECTS FAR-RIGHT LEADER

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro set about staffing his new administration on Wednesday [31 October], naming an astronaut as science minister while a top anti-corruption judge mulled a job offer. Mr Bolsonaro won the presidential race on Sunday [28 October], easily overcoming his leftist opponent with a vow to kneecap violent drug…

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EGYPT’S COPTIC CHRISTIANS TARGETED AGAIN BY TERRORISTS

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Egyptian security forces killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell believed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in Minya province in central Egypt in which seven people died, the interior ministry said on Sunday [4 November]. Security forces killed the suspects in a firefight after a chase in a mountainous…

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PROTESTS ERUPT IN PAKISTAN AFTER ACQUITTAL OF ASIA BIBI

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards A Christian woman who was sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has won her appeal and been acquitted in a landmark ruling. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence but has spent most…

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SAUDI JOURNALIST’S DEATH HEIGHTENS GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS

24th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a “rogue operation”, giving a new account of an act that sparked a global outcry. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News “the murder” had been a “tremendous mistake” and denied the powerful crown prince had ordered it. The journalist was…

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AN UPDATE ON THE WAR IN SYRIA

24th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The following is an update summary, rather than a detailed article on a number of recent happenings in Syria. The Christian perspective comes from personal interaction with a gathering of Syrian pastors in Lebanon who shared with members of the INcontext team. In the news The al-Naseeb border crossing between Jordan and…

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