Jack Merlin Watling, 19 January 2015.
ONE TO WATCH:
ISRAEL / LEBANON: How will Hezbollah react to Israel’s strike? A rapid escalation could be on the cards following an Israeli airstrike which killed five Hezbollah fighters including a senior commander in the Syrian Golan Heights on Sunday. The strike follows a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last week in which he warned Israel that the militia is still capable and willing to striking Israel in response to its operations in Syria.
MONDAY, 19 JANUARY
UNITED STATES: Nationwide protests expected to mark Martin Luther King day. Ferguson activists are planning a day of “civil disobedience and direct action” under the hashtag #WWMLKD.
TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY
YEMEN: Activists call for the state to retake the capital Sanaa. Large protests are expected in response to the kidnapping of the head of the president’s office, and demonstrators will call for the state to retake areas that have been under the control of Shiite Houthi rebels since September.
ZAMBIA: Presidential election. Voters pick the successor to interim President Guy Scott, who assumed office in October following the death of Michael Sata. The winner will only govern until next year’s general election. The resulting 18-month period of electioneering is seen as destabilising to the country’s copper-dependent economy.
GAZA: Hamas holds military training exercises for 15-20 year olds. Hamas is facing a political crisis due to disputes with rival Fatah and accusations by Israel that Hamas is preparing itself for the next round of confrontation. Our correspondent has access to the camp and can interview trainers.
WEDNESDAY, 21 JANUARY
INTERNATIONAL: Annual World Economic Forum, Davos (until 24th).The World Economic Forum brings together leaders from across government, academia, and the business community to discuss the world economy, macro-economic challenges and what to do about political instability across the globe. Likely topics will include oil, the eurozone crisis, and the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria / Iraq.
Editing by Paul Raymond.