The Week Ahead: 1 November – 7 November 2010

These are some of the stories coming up in this week’s headlines.

Midterm elections in the United States, a review of global development, and the first parliamentary elections in Myanmar in 20 years.

In the US, people are preparing to elect members for the House of Representatives in the Midterm elections. The run up to the election has been widely covered and some analysts are saying that the rhetoric of US politicians have been unusually heated.  Americans head for the polls on Tuesday, November 2.

The UN this week publishes its 20th Human Development Report. A review of global development trends as well as a ranking of countries by their HDI (Human Development Index). The report will also present new indices of development.

Another story this week is the upcoming elections in Myanmar (Burma), which are the first to be held in the country since 1990. Though covering the story will present a challenge since the government of Myanmar has decided to ban foreign media from covering the election.

Also in the news this week

Hindus in India and over the world prepare for Diwali, or the “festival of lights” which starts on Friday and runs for five days.

Coinciding with Diwali, on November 6 US president Barack Obama starts a four day visit to India. During which he will be addressing parliament and meeting with Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.