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Greetings this Wednesday. In today’s Globely Daily, we take a look at Narendra Modi’s right-hand man Amit Shah, how Malaysia is winning the U.S.-China trade war, the future of South Africa’s embattled ANC, what drives Jewish voices for peace, and how battery swapping could boost EV sales.

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LEADERS

🇮🇳 Meet India’s Second-Most Powerful Man

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Amit Shah has faced charges of kidnapping, extortion, and murder. (Image Credit: Government of India)

Amit Shah isn’t well-known outside India, but down the road, he could be India’s next prime minister. At the moment, he is India’s second-most powerful man. He’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s consigliere, bagman, and hitman all rolled into one.

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👀 SEE ALSO: The Modi Legacy— A conversation with India expert Christophe Jaffrelot


PIVOT STATES

🇲🇾 Malaysia Is Winning the U.S.-China Trade War

Malaysia’s economy already has the necessary components to move into the production of electric and autonomous vehicles, establish artificial intelligence hubs, build more smart factories, and enhance decarbonization efforts.

As U.S.-China economic competition intensifies, Malaysia should replicate its semiconductor supply chain success in other sectors.

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RELATED PODCAST: The Many Political Lives of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim — a conversation with the University at Albany’s Meredith Weiss


NETWORKS

🇿🇦 ANC Rises in Polls

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will likely return to power for his final term in office. (Image Credit: U.S. Embassy South Africa)

The embattled African National Congress’s poll numbers have risen in the past month. But the party is still on course to lose a parliamentary majority for the first time since the fall of apartheid in South Africa. It’ll likely have to form a coalition government.

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IDEOLOGIES

🍉 Jewish Values Drive Jewish Critics of Israel

American Jews involved in Palestinian solidarity movements say they’re inspired by their Jewish identity and values, not in spite of them.

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TECHNOLOGIES

🚗🔋⚡🔌 Battery Swapping Might Reverse EV Sales Slump

Tesla initially experimented with swapping before focusing on its supercharger network.

The rate of adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Western countries continues to wane. But swappable batteries — common in parts of Asia — could lower the cost of EVs and make them in reach for a larger consumer base.

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