Weekly Round Up 21 – 27 May

The round up brings you as always three important stories you might have missed, but merit your a few minutes of your time. This week coming from Indonesia, Israel and Colombia.


Clamping down on Terrorism

Parliament of Indonesia

Passing stricter laws to combat terrorism


Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
As a result of what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Indonesia since 2002, the Indonesian parliament has tightened existing laws that aim to clamp down on homegrown terrorism. The new additions to the legislation allow Indonesian authorities to detain suspects for longer periods of time as well as arraign those who have been recruited by and recruit for militant groups.
Despite having enjoyed a lull in militant activity and terrorism, this most recent attack is indicative of an uptick in violent terrorism in the region.
In comparison the new legislation is not quite as tough as other states in the region, for example Malaysia, which passed a similar, but much harsher law in 2015.

Reuters story by Tabita Diela:
Indonesia Security Bill

Fighters of the Future


Photo credit: Lockheed Martin Photographer Tom Reynolds

Israeli Air Force

First known combat use of F-35 fighter jet

Over the skies of Syria

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
During the most recent tensions between Israel and Syria as discussed last week, the Israeli Air Force has been the first world wide to use the new, 5th generation stealth fighter jet, the F-35 Lightening II. The F-35 has a history of being plagued with technical problems as well as delay in manufacture and delivery due to hacking and other issues.
Nevertheless, this weeks marks the true beginning of the era of 5th generation aerial combat. How the F-35 stacks up to other 5th generation fighters such as the Sukhoi-57 remains to be seen.

Article about the Israeli use of the F-35 by Yaniv Kubovich:
F-35 First Strike


A light for Colombian elections

People of Colombia

First elections since the FARC peace deal


Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
In what is a watershed moment for a strife torn country, the citizens of Colombia went to the polls on the weekend to determine the next president of the country. This election is a great step forward for the political culture the South American republic which had faced over 50 years of terror and bloodshed at the hands of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia]. The topics of debate in the run up to the election include fighting crime, the continuation of the peace process with the FARC as well as the environment and economy.

In depth article on the election by Cesar Garcia for AP:
Colombians vote for President

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