In The News This Week – August 13, 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through August! Hope all our mPolitics readers are having a great summer. Here’s the latest political news to help kick off your week:

Internationally:

  1. Charlottesville: A white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has left three people dead and many more injured after violent protests broke out yesterday. The white nationalist group gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and others arrived to protest against the racism.
    • In a press conference on Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed “many sides” for the violent clashes, and has been decried by many for his response since. (The Globe and Mail)
  2. North Korea: Further threats from North Korea this week continue to escalate political tensions between Pyongyang and the United States. President Donald Trump on Friday issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military “locked and loaded” and warning that the communist country’s leader “will regret it fast” if he takes any action against U.S. territories or allies. The threats came during a week where North Korea threatened to lob missiles near Guam, a tiny U.S. territory some 2,000 miles from Pyongyang. (CTV, Toronto Star)
    • In other North Korea news, this week, Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim was reunited with his family in Ontario after two years in detention in North Korea. Lim was arrested in North Korea in 2015 and sentenced for alleged crimes against the state, and was released last week on  “sick bail” after a delegation headed by Special Adviser Daniel Jean travelled to North Korea. (CBC)

In Canada:

  1. Brad Wall’s Resigns: On August 10, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced his resignation as leader of the Saskatchewan Party. A notoriously popular premier, Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won three consecutive provincial elections, the last in 2016 where they took 51 of 61 seats. The byelection date has been set for September 7. (Regina Leader-Post, Global News)
    • FYEI: In this article, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix editorial board contends Brad Wall leaves “big shoes to fill.”
  2. Saudi Arabia: The Trudeau government has reached out to Saudi Arabia and Western allies to register unease over Riyadh’s apparent use of Canadian armoured vehicles against its own citizens, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said early last week. Prompted by a report from The Globe and Mail, Canada is in the middle of an investigation into videos and photos emerging from Saudi Arabia that show armoured vehicles made by Terradyne Armored Vehicles of Newmarket, Ont., being deployed in a conflict between Saudi forces and Shia militants in the Mid-East kingdom’s Eastern Province. (The Globe and Mail, CBC)
Charlottesville
Protestors clash during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Source: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP
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