Weekly Round Up 29 January – 4 February

Bringing you stories you might have missed in this week’s news.

Malaysian Millennial Election Mayhem

Who?
Young People of Malaysia

What?
Potential Election Crisis

Where?
Malaysia

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
South East Asia is facing a plethora of elections in this coming year. Worries with Thailand’s elections are only the tip of the iceberg, as the upcoming elections in Malaysia will not just be tight, but missing the vote of the younger generation. A trend on social media is advocating young voters to spoil their ballots rather than vote, a trend tagged with #UndiRosak.
The main two candidates in the election are former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, turning 93 this year and current Prime Minister Najib Razak. Both conducted cabinets laced with corruption and cronyism, making it understandable why the young people refuse to vote for either sides.

Read More about the election here:

http://www.atimes.com/article/malaysias-election-will-won-lost/

 

——

Crossed Roads

Who?
China and the UK

What?
UK and China, the future of the Open Belt Open Road (OBOR) Initiative

Where?
Beijing

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?After David Cameron’s talks in China 5 years ago, British direction in terms of economic stability have taken a sharp turn with the UK leaving the EU in 2019. After French President Macron’s dealings with China last week, comments on the OBOR could show French trade potential after Macron stated: “After All, the ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese.”
Theresa May’s trips have already been cancelled several times due to pressing domestic issues, even though there has been firm talk of the signing of a free-trade deal after the UK leaves the EU.

More on this article:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42821084

——

Controversial Ukrainian Legislation

Who?
Ukrainian Legislators (Verkhovna Rada)

What?
-Passed legislation to aid the “reintegration” of “temporarily occupied territories”
-Made “would have/should have” statements about the events of 2014 and the Crimean peninsula

Where?
Kiev, Donbass, and Crimean Peninsula

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
There are two important elements here:
The first of these is the passing of a bill by the Kiev parliament that underlines Kiev’s aims to reintegrate the Donbass territories as well as Crimea under Kiev’s control.
The language of the bill is very aggressive towards Russia and undermines the efforts of the Minsk agreements. Furthermore, the bill squarely places the future responsibility of all events in the Donbass on the shoulders of the Russian government. This will certainly further strain the relationship between Kiev and Moscow.

The second element was a statement by Sergey Kunitsyn, a member of the Verkhovna Rada, saying that the Separation of Crimea from Ukraine could have been prevented had his advice at the time been heeded.
His statement was decried by members of the current Crimean government as an unacceptable “what if,” and that this statement is “pure Populism” that Kunitsyn is using to legitimize his own inaction in 2014.
A member of the Crimean legislature commented that the separation was inevitable and that the only way Kiev could have prevented it would have been with the use of military force that they neither possessed in 2014 nor now.

Read more here:
https://www.rferl.org/a/ukrainian-parliament-passes-donbas-reintegration-bill/28982677.html

https://russian.rt.com/russia/article/474896-krym-rossiya-ukraina-konstituciya

Note to the sources:
Every source has its bias. Both of the above sources were chosen because they have opposing biases. The first is a western, pro-European governments, while the second is known to be one of the mouth pieces of the Kremlin. As with any source, be aware of the bias involved when reading and forming opinions of one’s own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s