June 27, 2016

Top World News of the First 2 Quarters of 2016

The world is a crazy place. If you’re living in a rock lately, here’s the top world political news that you may have missed:

The probability of Grexit is still looming.

Since 2010, there are speculations that Greece will leave the Eurozone Monetary Union due to public debt. This was a huge controversy then and the controversial exit is referred to as “Grexit” by top economists in Europe.

Two days after the election in the Greek parliament, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical left, Alexis Tsipras, formed a new government in January 2015. The government has been aggressive in handling the government debt crisis. Since then, the chance of Grexit is widely discussed in the economic and finance circles in Greece and Europe.

United Kingdom is also more likely to leave the European Union.

United Kingdom is also more likely to leave the European Union.Greece is not the only one leaving the European Union. The powerful empire of Britain is also set to leave the European Union because of the industrial unrest caused by economic problems in Europe, terrorist attacks, and the refugee crisis. UK is worried about the influx of immigration. About 500 people are added to the UK’s population every day. European Union citizens are free to live in any country with the union. So, the only way to block the influx of people in Britain is to leave the EU. The current prime minister of the UK, David Cameron, negotiated the terms of the UK’s membership in the Union including the right to restrict migrants.

On a National Referendum on June 23, 2016, the British people will vote to decide whether or not Britain will finally leave the European Union for good. According to Economists, Brexit will lead to a decade of financial uncertainty in Europe. We think Brexit is going to affect a lot of people in Europe, but more and more English people are in favor of it.

A 19 year old man attempted to kill Donald Trump in a political campaign rally in Nevada.

Donald Trump is the most unpopular presidential candidate in the United States. According to the delegate results as of June 20th, Hilary Clinton is most likely the democratic presidential candidate. However, Donald Trump is still in the headlines. On June 20th, a 19 year old man named Michael Sandford, traveled from California to Nevada just to assassinate Mr. Trump. Sandford was arrested later on and the campaign rally continued.

Hilary Clinton is in the process of choosing a vice presidential candidate.

As mentioned earlier, former First Lady Hilary Clinton is most likely the democratic candidate. So, she’s now screening possible vice presidential candidates, including:

  • Tim Kane – Tim Kane is a former Virginia senator and he may lure Donald Trump’s target voters. Kane is a safe choice because he has a working class background and he used to run a school in Honduras. He’s fluent in Spanish, too.
  • Sherrod Brown – Brown is the current Ohio senator and can possibly capture Sander’s base.
  • Julian Castro – Castro is known as the rising Latino political star. He is the youngest member of Obama’s cabinet and he served as the mayor of San Antonio for a couple of years. His twin brother is also a well-known United States congressman.
  • Elizabeth Warren – Elizabeth Warren has a cult-like following. Warren is a former Harvard bankruptcy expert. She is also Clinton’s weapon against Trump and she also has the power to capture Sander’s supporters.
  • Cory Booker – This New Jersey senator is a Democratic party superstar. He is charismatic and tough at the same time.

Who will be Hilary Clinton’s choice? We don’t know. But, Clinton is definitely going to choose the candidate that will bring her more votes.

Philippines elected a radical new President last May 7, 2016.

The Philippines has elected a new president – Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte is considered as the “wild card” in the pack of more prominent and established world leaders. Duterte is dubbed by Time Magazine as “The Punisher” and has served as mayor of Davao City for about 22 years. Davao City was once known as “The Nicaragua of Asia” in the 1980s because it’s dirty and has high crime rates. Duterte cleaned up the city. He allegedly resorted to extrajudicial killings to control the city’s crime rate. He has a foul mouth and he’s not a member of the elite society in the Philippines. His election victory definitely raised a lot of eyebrows in the international political circles.