President Trump urges U.S to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

In a Twitter post on 21 March 2019, President Trump suggested that the United States should recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Mr Trump submitted that the move was important for the “State of Israel and regional stability.”

Vietnam: Former CEO of PetroVietnam EP arrested on corruption charges

Former CEO of PetroVietnam Exploration Production, Do Van Khanh, arrested on corruption charges.

On 18 December the Ministry of Public Security prosecuted Do Van Khanh on “abusing power to appropriate property.” On 20 December Phan Van Anh Vu, the former chairman of Bac Nam 79 Construction Company was sentenced to 17 years in prison. This comes on top of a previous conviction in July 2018 where Vu was sentenced to nine years. The same day the former CEO of DongA Bank, which was implicated in the corruption case, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

China/ US Relations: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada on US extradition request.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada on US extradition request.

On 1 December Meng Wanzhou, the vice-chairwoman and chief financial officer of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada at the request of the United States authorities. The detainment occurred as Presidents’ Trump and Xi were formally meeting at the G20 Summit in Argentina.

Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal: Opportunity for European Business

In the four months since President Trump’s announcement of the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the remaining signatories have been scrambling to save what was a decade-long process to peacefully halt Iran’s nuclear program. Although, the US dollar financial system will prove to be almost insurmountable, what options are being tabled to facilitate continuing trade?

Social Media and the Arab Spring

Often social media are lumped together as one unit of analysis, usually with reference to their content. This misses the point. The platforms which constitute ‘social media’ organisations do not produce content. During the Arab Spring revolutions across MENA on-ground activists leveraged the power of social media to disseminate content, bridge divides, and rally fellow citizens to a cause.

Digital Media and the 2016 Trump Campaign

In November 2016, Donald J. Trump won the US presidential election on the back of a massive populist wave and hard-line immigration stance, going so far as to advocate for the “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Just how influential was the digital and social media sphere, particularly Breitbart? A landmark study observes, “Breitbart emerges as the nexus of conservative media.”