What’s happening this year, week 3.

We’re over the half way mark of January, an accomplishment not seen since this time last year. On Friday the 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as 45th President of the USA and for better or for worse, a new era in Western politics is on the way. And now for a recap of this week’s occurrences.

 

  • New reports show that Turkey’s president Erdogan had planned the purges which followed the failed coup attempt in July¹ of 2016¹ before the attempted coup took place. The reports show that the Turkish president had wanted to crack down¹ on opposition¹ parties¹ and officials¹, a coup blamed on an “exiled cleric” and former ally of the Turkish president. The report comes as the Turkish parliament gives its approval to a new¹ constitution¹ which gives significantly¹ increased powers¹ to the Turkish president and also increases¹ the amount of time Erdogan can remain president.

The Turkish government has long blamed issues on Erdogan’s former ally Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999. Despite the claims and an extradition request by the Turkish government, little evidence has been produced to illustrate that this is actually the case. Some intelligence groups are coming forward to show that the purges and blaming of Gulen is simply another move by Erdogan to tighten his control¹ on Turkey.

However much Turkey blames Gulen for¹ multiple¹ issues¹, the image of Turkey in the EU seems somewhat tainted by their politics bleeding¹ into European¹ society¹*. Supporters of Erdogan have been active in different countries either protesting the coup after it happened or threatening¹ and ‘exposing¹supporters¹ of Gulen. Though the European Union has indicated it is interested in dealing with Turkey, the ethical implications of doing so often seem at odds with supposed EU standards¹, especially when religious centers¹ seem to be aiding¹ the Turkish¹ government¹*. Truly a concern in any situation.

 

 

  • Fake news and Germany are once again sharing a space on this list, as Facebook begins filtering¹fake news¹” which could be harmful¹ for the coming elections¹. Who will be able to check the fact checkers and what rights and appeals will be afforded to those deemed “fake” is yet to be seen. At least one of the “fact checking” groups appears to have ties to Goerge Soros’ Open Borders foundation¹. But with news of an EU¹ army with Germany at its head¹, villages being built specifically for refugees¹*, and towns building¹ walls¹ to protect themselves from refugees¹, perhaps it would be best that the EU were to break up¹.

 

 

  • As the US prepared for Donald Trump’s inauguration, some media outlets are acting in strange ways. CNN** had been taking in depth on air about what would happen should Donald Trump¹ be assassinated¹ during the inauguration¹, and how that would potentially keep Obama¹ in power. Other occurrences simply look odd, regardless of any context an article may or may not supply.

Via CNBC’s twitter¹.

The inauguration itself which takes place on Friday January 20 (17:00 GMT¹) is unique with the new presidency. Not just because North Korea¹ will be displaying its power by testing a nuclear weapon¹ on the day¹, but because a record¹ number of Democrats are refusing¹ to join Donald Trump¹ during the event¹. Overshadowing part of the inauguration¹ seems to be news of which and whether or not certain celebrities¹ will be in attendance¹. The question of why that or celebrity opinions¹ on politics¹ is important however, does not seem forthcoming. Or in some cases, why celebrity opinions even need to be fabricated.

Via Nancy Sinatra’s twitter¹.

Trump has made headlines for various reasons since his election in November. Notably, for his proposals to tax companies which move their operations out of the US, which has since had General Motors¹ cancel their plans for a new Mexico¹ plant in favor of opening one in the US as a vote of confidence¹ toward the incoming President. Both Germany and Mexico¹ have spoken against Trump’s proposed tariff¹ policy, and despite having plants within the US some auto manufacturers have heavily invested¹ in Mexico.

 

  • The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has effectively shut down¹. After the election which saw Hillary Clinton defeated at the voting booths, the CGI’s donations seem to have almost stopped. With Australia and Norway being among the countries which have significantly lowered their donations¹, the question of why they were donating¹ in the first place comes to mind¹. Despite shutting down, the CGI is still under investigation¹ for an array of issues¹.

 

 

 

For something slightly light hearted to end with, we have the Where’s Wally fugitive¹.

 

This has been week 3.

 

*Alternate language source.

**Direct video source (youtube)

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