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.
The crisis in Syria continued to make headlines this week after Saudi Arabia came under fire for stating it backed arming the opposition against Assad. In U.S. foreign policy news, the State Department is said to be “quietly warning the region on Syrian WMDs,” according to Foreign Policy Magazine. Other countries in the Middle East, such as Egypt, also made headlines after an Egyptian court ruled the country’s parliament vote system unconstitutional. In other election news out of the Arab Spring, Misrata held the first post-Gadhafi elections in Libya this week. The first post revolution election in Yemen also occurred this week, which, according to Reuters, was hailed by “Washington as a milestone in county’s transition to democracy.” In other leadership transitions, fears of mass protests have swept the Maldives after the first democratically elected president resigned amid pressure from opposition candidates who, according to the recently resigned President Mohamed Nasheed, threatened violent action otherwise. Fear of crisis and a return to the authoritarian rule that once controlled the nation have created panic on the islands. Political discontent is also present across the world in Malaysia and is said to be finding its voice on social media platforms, which some claim, according to UPI, could undermine government efforts for control over the media. In other digital media news, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a list of government key words for monitoring social media and the news.
This week’s summary highlights these and r 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.