Egypt political Macrosnap?

  • 2013: Sisi (army chief) overthrows post-Mubarak, newly-elected Islamist government (of President Morsi) in popularly backed coup.
  • 2014: Sisi wins Presidential election - starts clamping down on any dissent.
  • 2015: Sisi authoritarianism re-ignites old confrontation in Egypt between radical Islamists & army - volatile situation.

Why is China building islands in the S-China Sea?

  • China says it's to help the region, including with humanitarian assistance.
  • Neighbouring countries + US say it's an attempt to extend sovereign territory.
  • China attempting to shift balance of regional power away from US.

Macrosnap S-China Sea?

  • US has dominated the area since WW2, but now China building artificial islands (some with airstrips) in attempts to claim & extend maritime sovereignty
  • 5 other nations (plus the US) contest many of China's claims.
  • US conducting sporadic naval pass-throughs to challenge China's assumptions.

Japan Economy Snapshot 2015?

  • Recession ending but growth still slow: PM Shinzo Abe’s plans (Abenomics) for reviving the economy have had mixed results.
  • Negatives: Government debt remains large and a problem, so fiscal reform urgently required, but apparently not happening fast enough.
  • Positives: Consumer sentiment healthy, exports solid despite global wobblies off China slowdown.

Why is Erdoğan’s election win in Turkey worrying?

  • Formerly Erdoğan was a uniting figure for Turkey, but now he rules by divisiveness.
  • The identity of his ruling party now = Sunni, Islamist, Turkish.
  • Shia, secularists & Kurds made to feel left out.

Macrosnap Myanmar general election this weekend?

  • In power: Military-backed ruling party.
  • Opposition: Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD)
  • Impossible to predict outcome as limited polling data.

Macrosnap Turkey Election?

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