Millions of Rwandans cast their votes on Friday in support of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the 59-year-old former military commander who has been credited with transforming the impoverished, war-stricken nation into one of the most economically successful countries in east Africa. Although admired by many for bringing economic development where there was not any before, Kagame still faces criticism that he has brutally suppressed the opposition and set up a quasi-police state. Nonetheless, the president’s supporters will likely be excited by a new seven year mandate.Read More
Protests in Venezuela are set to escalate further in the lead-up to Sunday’s vote to elect a new constituent assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution, which is seen by many as a means for President Nicolás Maduro to consolidate his power. Over 100 people have been killed and many more have been arrested, as the government steps up oppression measures in an effort to stop the protests.Read More
French President Emmanuel Macron has come under criticism this week domestically after successfully establishing himself internationally. On Wednesday, military chief Pierre de Villiers quit due to announced cuts in spending on the army and other differences with Macron. During his election campaign Macron also promised tax cuts, but it is now becoming clear that this will not become a reality soon with regards to meeting EU budget deficit rules. It appears that Macron’s reforms will not be as ‘facile’ as previously thought with domestic disapproval on the rise.
Following his recent trip to Europe to attend the G20 summit, U.S. President Trump crossed the Atlantic again this Thursday to attend France’s Bastille Day celebrations. French President Emmanuel Macron prepared a schedule of “high pomp and pageantry,” including Paris’ historical landmarks and a military parade. The two world leaders discussed counter-terrorism and conflict in the Middle East—an issue that the French president believes the U.S. and France could find common ground on.Read More
U.S. President Donald Trump commenced his four-day trip to Europe this week; his first stop― Poland. Trump delivered a powerful speech in Krasinski Square in Warsaw, where he portrayed the West as threatened by external forces that can only be combatted by international solidarity and the resilience of citizens.Read More