November 19-25, 2017

Americas

Cuban municipal elections have just taken a step away from democracy by removing alternative candidates in the elections set for 26 November. The Cuban Communist Party has taken “wildly creative and sometimes even comical” ways to shut down political pluralism, going as far as house arrest and taking candidates into detention during the election process.

Africa

A terror attack on a mosque in the North Sinai town of Bir al-Albed, Egypt, claimed over 200 lives and injured many more. The attack was carried out on 24 November during a large gathering for Friday prayers. Although access to the area has remained limited to journalists because it is a military zone, witnesses have claimed that the terrorists had detonated bombs inside of the mosque and shot those fleeing from the building. No one has claimed responsibility yet, although many suspect the jihadists of the Islamic State.

 Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's new president. || Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's new president. || Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters.

Zimbabwe’s ruler of 37 years, Robert Mugabe, resigned amidst country-wide celebrations this Tuesday. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was sworn in at a Harare sports stadium in front of 60,000 people. Zimbabwe’s future is uncertain in the hands of Mnangagwa— whose nickname is “The Crocodile,” and who is currently under sanctions by both the US and Canadian governments for his role in undermining democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe.

Asia

On 26 November, 2017, an explosion in the port city of Ningbo, China reportedly killed 2 people and injured at least 30. Ningbo, labelled as one of China’s busiest ports, is best known for its role in the auto-manufacturing industry. Luckily, the explosion occurred in an industrial area before a scheduled demolition; therefore fewer citizens were in the vicinity at the time. At the time of the report, no confirmed cause has been revealed. However, bystanders say it may have been a damaged gas pipeline from demolition work.