Newsletter of November 18, 2021

Today’s newsletter covers Chile’s contract with a Chinese company, Norway scandal of free apartment for representatives, Singapore’s lack of fun, elections in Venezuela and more.

Eva Kristin Hansen
Eva Kristin Hansen, president of the Storting for a year during her speech at the parliament’s opening ceremony in October 2021. For three years, she has been using an apartment paid by the country while she owned a place near Oslo | © Morten Brakestad/Stortinget

Chile cancels deal with a Chinese company because of data safety and US partnership

A Sino-German consortium won a legal tender contract to process Chileans’ identity documents for the next 10 years. But Chile cancelled the contract because of concerns about data privacy. The deal would have jeopardized the participation of Chile in the Visa Waiver program to get to the United States. When business meddles with international politics.

In Norway, scandals on abuses of perks by politicians reach the parliament top position

The president of the Norwegian parliament wanted to clean up rules and remove abuses of privileges from Norway representatives to regain the population’s trust. But the scandal about rent-free apartments eventually involves Eva Kristin Hansen as well.

Singapore: good for business but not much fun for a SG investment fund exec

There are about six times as many bars in Hong Kong as in Singapore.

Ahead of regional elections in Venezuela, still a long road to reconciliation

The opposition coalition participates in the local elections monitored by international observers on November 21. But recent months show the reconciliation and democratic process, entrenched in international politics, is still fragile in Venezuela.

Also elsewhere in the world…

  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of Muhammar Gaddafi, registered on Sunday to run for presidential elections in Libya at the end of the year.
  • In Chile, two politicians propose a bill to prohibit armed and police force from using animals like dogs or horses for public order.
  • The United Arab Emirates announced its intention to buy South Korea’s anti-aircraft missiles for $3.5 billion. It will also buy autonomous vessels for submarine detection to Israel.
  • Last week, an Israeli couple was suspected of espionage in Turkey after photographing Istanbul presidential palace. They were released and came back to Israel on November 18.
  • Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire on November 16 after one of the deadliest clashes in a year in which at least 8 people died. A piece agreement was signed in 2020 between the countries but Azerbaijan wants a corridor to reach Nakhchivan, an isolated autonomous territory of the country separated by Armenia. It would also directly connect Baku with its Turkish ally.

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