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What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Oct 28-Nov 3, 2019

In what he described a “dangerous and daring” nighttime operation, President Trump announced the death of THIS elusive Islamic State leader during a U.S. military special forces raid in Syria saying the “vicious” terrorist “died like a dog.”

Abu Omar al-Shishani
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani
Abu Mohammad al-Juliani

In a move aimed at punishing the Cuban government for its “ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela,” the Trump administration has taken THIS action. Cuban officials strongly condemned the move, arguing that it “strengthened restrictions on… its citizens’ freedoms.”

 

Banned US social media companies from operating in Cuba
Cancelled a trade agreement for purchase of Cuban sugar cane
Barred US air carriers from flying to most airports in Cuba
Restricted US cruise operators from stopping at Cuban ports
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has dismissed his entire cabinet, announced plans to form a new government and introduced social reforms, a response to ongoing protests. More than a million people, at least 5% of the country’s population, have marched in Santiago after THIS sparked protests that have expanded to include wider grievances over inequality and the cost of living.
An increase in metro fares
The reduction of minimum wage
The privatization of Chile’s water supplies
A police shooting of an unarmed indigenous woman

The Assad regime in Damascus welcomed an announcement by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that they would do THIS, leading Damascus to call for Turkey to end its “aggression” in northeast Syria.

 
Disavow the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) group
Join planned negotiations with the Assad regime, Russia, and Turkey
Draft its soldiers into the Syrian Arab Army
Withdraw from the Turkish border

The Boris Johnson government has stepped up pressure on Parliament to back THIS, hoping it will break the Brexit impasse, while the EU has agreed to another delay from the October 31 deadline.

A new Brexit referendum vote
An early election
A Parliamentary action to remain in the EU
An agreement granting more autonomy to Northern Ireland

Tens of thousands of protestors in Lebanon have participated in THIS action, symbolizing national unity amidst a civil disobedience campaign against the government. The last few weeks of protests have brought Lebanese young people out to demand an overhaul of the political system in what some have described as the “birth of a Lebanese civic identity.”

 

 

Hosting a “hug in” at Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square
Lining up in the form of the Lebanese flag
Holding hands to form a 100+ mile human chain
Organizing a ‘RIP Democracy” vigil in Lebanon’s three largest cities

Shortly after the US special envoy Jim Jeffrey told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the US believes Turkish-backed opposition forces in Syria have committed war crimes, President Trump announced that he was doing THIS. The action also followed Turkey’s agreement that it would halt its attack on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.

Returning US troops to northeast Syria
Authorizing strikes against Turkish military forces in southern Turkey
Sending a negotiator to sit down with Turkish, Kurdish, and Syrian forces
Lifting all sanctions on Turkey

In a speech accusing China of curtailing “rights and liberties” in Hong Kong, Vice President Mike Pence directed harsh words at American businesses Nike and the National Basketball Association (NBA), stating that they have been doing THIS and kowtowing to the lure of Chinese money and markets.

 

“Checking [their] social conscience at the door.”
“Eschewing American values in the pursuit of profits”
“Emboldening an authoritarian regime in its restriction of human rights”
“Interfering with trade negotiations to enrich themselves”

Societat Civil Catalana, an umbrella group of political parties and civic bodies that want Catalonia to remain part of Spain, staged a demonstration on Sunday that brought tens of thousands of pro-unionist supporters out into the streets of Barcelona. This was in response to pro-independence protests the previous day over the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to do THIS.

 

Remove Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy
Outlaw the flying of the Catalonian flag in public spaces
Allow the Spanish government to redistrict voting precincts in Catalonia
Imprison separatist leaders involved in the 2017 push for independence

At a three-week synod on environmental issues and the role of women in the Church, Roman Catholic bishops have voted to allow priests in THIS region to be exempt from the centuries-old rule on celibacy. Though the proposal must be backed by Pope Francis first, traditionalists fear a slippery slope could result in married priests throughout the Church.

The Amazon
North America
Oceania
The Northern Triangle
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