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 markets.
Thanksgiving had President Obama urging republicans and democrats to end “partisan gridlock” while the Romney campaign vowed to continue running its controversial Obama ad. In other political news, Newt Gingrich took heat over his stance on amnesty while Medicare’s chief, Dr. Donald Berwick, tendered his resignation after a “political standoff.” In the midst of Egypt’s unfolding turmoil, President Obama started putting pressure on the country this week to speed up reforms. Despite President Obama’s efforts, Egypt’s officials continue to delay elections while simultaneously apologizing for deaths that have occurred throughout the unrest. Syria, another Arab Spring country, is at the center of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments calling for Syria’s president to step down or face death. In digital news, Arabic has become the fastest growing language on Twitter and Facebook has once again become an ally for those in Egypt seeking reform by setting up an organized global protest through the site. The Middle East also made headlines for feeling the “financial pinch” in lieu of the Arab Spring movement, yet its effect is minimal when compared to the European debt crisis and Italy’s efforts to stimulate growth in the fledging country.
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.
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