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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Dec 17-23, 2018

A U.S. Senate report disclosed Sunday warned that social media had moved past the original purposes of sharing and community “to being a computational tool for social control, manipulated by canny political consultants and available to politicians in democracies and dictatorships alike.”  It specifically addressed findings that:

 
Russia used every major social network to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election and continued its support after he was elected president.
Multinational corporations are influencing social media consumers in areas as diverse as climate change, immigration issues and multilateral defense institutions.
China has used social media to respond to Trump Administration tariffs and trade tightening measures by appealing to Americans impacted by the actions.
North Korean social media campaigns have lured Americans to the country only to find they are subject to detection and ransom demands.

President Vladimir Putin has asked the Ministry of Culture to “take charge” of this form of expression saying, "What I really agree with is that if it is impossible to stop it, it should be taken over and navigated in a particular way."

Graffiti
Coffee shop political gatherings
Rap music
Underground art crawls

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday that President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart the United States was working on extradition of THIS U.S.-based Muslim cleric who has been in exile in America for almost twenty years. He has been long sought by Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan on claims of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt. THIS figure was also named as a target of an alleged plot involving Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to orchestrate a return to Turkey.

 

Abdullah Gul
Fethullah Gulen
Mevlut Cavusoglu
Jamal Khashoggi

The decades old territorial conflict between India and Pakistan over THIS princely state in the northernmost reaches of the sub-continent has flared after several years of quiet.  Over 200 militants, 100 civilians and 80 security officials have been killed this year. This week seven civilians died when Indian security forces fired upon people protesting the deaths of three militants killed in a gun battle. THIS troubled region is what?

 
Sri Lanka
Baluchistan
Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir

Over 10,000 protestors marched in Budapest in the fourth march in a week against new labor laws that included a provision for up to 400 hours of mandatory overtime work with delayed payments up to three years later. THIS Hungarian Prime Minister who hailed the reforms as necessary to fill labor shortages is seen as an increasingly authoritarian leader.

 

Prime Minister Andrezq Duda
Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Prime Minister Alexander Lukashenko
Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko

The future of Brexit – the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union set for March 2019 – is increasingly perilous for British politicians who are at an impasse over the separation. Prime Minister May has sought assurances from the EU for a guarantee against a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland, part of the UK, and the Irish Republic. The insurance policy London wants in place is known as THIS.

Backstop
Dublin Accord
Derry Line
March 29th Protocol

A Balkans parliament voted on Friday, December 14 to create a 5,000 soldiers standing army. Which country approved the measure and which country suggested the new army could provoke military intervention?

Kosovo and Albania
Bosnia and Serbia
Albania and Macedonia
Kosovo and Serbia

THIS country recently recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but will not yet relocate its embassy there:

 

Brazil
China
Australia
Austria

THIS U.S. Senator led the effort for a resolution in the Senate that explicitly called Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “responsible” for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and said the Kingdom’s “erratic actions” have “undermined trust and confidence in the longstanding friendship.” What GOP Senator has been behind the pushback against the Trump Administration’s ambivalent position regarding Crown Prince Mohammed’s involvement?

 

Senator Rand Paul
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Lindsay Graham
Senator Bob Corker

France topped the UK in the World Cup of THIS new sport at a championship tournament held in Morocco last week. It combines elements – equipment and venues – of two popular international sports.

Volley-cricket
Tennis-golf
Water-lacrosse
Footgolf
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