Sanitas International offers a weekly summary of influential and informative media articles from around the world regarding strategic communications, crisis management, digital media and political affairs. Particular interest is given to articles discussing topics in developing countries and emerging market.
Syria continues to make headlines this week with escalating violence reported in Homs, and Russia’s statement that the opposition is responsible for ending the crisis—not Assad’s government. Some have stated that Russia’s opposition to intervention in Syria is an effort to protect Putin who has faced backlash for once again pursuing presidential office. China, another country that did not back a UN resolution condemning the events, also made headlines after Vice President Joe Biden stated he would pressure Xi on Chinese human rights issues. In other foreign policy news, Iran stated once again it could “hit U.S. interests worldwide if attacked.” The Iranian government is said to be taking further steps to exercise its power by increasingly controlling Internet usage within the country. In other digital media news, social media is said to be playing an integral role in the U.S. presidential election by acting as a “counterweight to super PACs.” Super PACs have been front and center this week after President Obama marshaled a democratic Super PAC. Some speculated that politics also entered the Super Bowl after many claimed that Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler commercial was tinged with political bias in its language.
This week’s summary highlights these and other developments around the world. As Sanitas constantly emphasizes, government and business cannot afford to ignore these growing and evolving challenges. Especially as these and others issues influence reputations, challenge operational decisions and affect overall revenues and influence.