It’s Monday, it’s a new week, and while we won’t pretend to know everything that’s going to happen over the next seven days, we have some sense of what’s coming up.
Here’s your briefing on some of the most important and interesting stories happening in the week ahead.
1) Pulitzer time
On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction and music will be named.
It’s the most prestigious prize in journalism, and often acts as a reminder of the most important issues the world has faced over the previous year.
Last year for example, the winners included pieces about the #MeToo movement, sexual abuse by men in authority, white nationalist violence, refugees in Myanmar and the Philippines war on drugs.
If any of this year’s winners are for investigations into the US president, he may well react as he did in late March, when he called for the winners to be stripped of their prizes.
2) An ‘urgent‘ programme airs
On Thursday, what’s being described as an “urgent” documentary on climate change, fronted by Sir David Attenborough, will be broadcast in the UK.
The hour-long film on BBC One will look at some of the significant effects of climate change that are already being felt, but will also apparently take an “unflinching” look at what may happen in the future.
But it will also offer advice on what individuals and governments can do to prevent further damage, with Sir David reflecting on the changes he himself has witnessed over the decades.
“Sir David Attenborough might as well be narrating a horror film,” one review says.
3) Indonesia’s epic election
Indonesia’s presidential, parliamentary and regional elections take place on Wednesday.
There’s a lot to be decided in one day and whoever comes out on top will lead the world’s largest Muslim country until 2024.
Logistically, the elections will be quite a feat. Take in some of these numbers:
- almost 245,000 candidates across the country
- 800,000 polling stations
- close to 192 million registered voters
- only six hours to vote
- about 80 million millenial voters – almost the equivalent of Germany’s population
In the presidential race, it’s between the incumbent, Joko Widodo, who rose from humble beginnings to run on a pro-poor platform in 2014, and Prabowo Subianto, a former military general he defeated last time around.
4) Easter weekend
More than 2.2 billion Christians across the world will mark Easter this weekend.
The most important festival in the Christian calendar will begin with Good Friday ceremonies to mark Christ’s crucifixion.
It is the latest Easter date since the year 2011, when it fell on 24 April – the date coincides with the first full moon after the spring equinox.
(One side note: you may need to check if you are expected to be at work next Monday…)