US Mid-term Elections: Democrats win house in a setback for Trump. Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, restricting Trump’s powers to pass his policies through congress. Although Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, many viewed this vote as a sort of referendum on his controversial presidency. In the Senate, the Republicans were able to increase their majority.
Following a dramatic year of violent protests, and an independence campaign launched by Cameroon’s anglophone minority, Cameroon witnessed a mass kidnapping last week. The kidnappings took place at a secondary school run by the Presbyterian church in Anglophone North-West Cameroon. In recent days all 82 students have been freed following an international outcry. The nation still seems to be divided along colonial lines and the fracture between the francophone ruling majority and anglophone minority continues to widen.
As world leaders came together to mark the centenary of the 1918 armistice, Macron openly denounced nationalism, declaring “nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” He delivered this powerful message in front of both Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. He went on to praise international cooperation, its unique ability to build a peaceful world and the importance of learning from the past; “The lessons we draw from the great war cannot be rancor and resentment among other nations and it cannot be allowing the past to be forgotten.”
This week, the US looks forward to a potential midterm shake up, anti-America protests erupt throughout Iran and Brazil's sudden swing to the right brings both great fear and celebration.
The US Midterm Elections will take place next week, and many Democrat campaigners are hoping a strong election result will compromise Trump's powers. A potential shake-up in congress halfway through his presidency could affect his ability to govern, and threaten his populist political ambitions, as the Democrats seek to take both the House and the Senate.
Iran has erupted into a series of violent protests, as US oil sanctions are set to return. Millions of Iranians have descendent onto streets across the country chanting 'Death to America'. These protests coincide with both the forthcoming US oil sanctions and the anniversary of the US embassy takeover during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Relations between the US and Iran have sunk to new lows in the past few months, following Trump's announcement in May that the US would withdraw from the international 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reinstate previous draconian sanctions on Tehran.
Brazil's sudden swing to the right brings both great fear and celebration, as the nation prepares for Bolsonaro's imminent presidency. Bolsonaro and his supporters seek to bring security, honesty and conservative morals to the country, and many of his supporters regard him as the strong man Brazil needs to end crime and corruption. However, critics are wary of his far-right populist brand of politics, and his fondness of his nations former military dictatorship.
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