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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – November 2-8, 2020

International election observers are deployed around the United States by THIS ORGANIZATION to "assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability." IT is a “security-oriented intergovernmental organization made up of 57 nations, including the United States.”

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The G-57
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

France continued to grapple with the aftermath of several murders apparently at the hands of Islamic-extremists incensed by a teacher’s use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. THIS country in particular drew criticism from President Macron over its President’s response to the episode along with what Macron called its “bellicose attitude towards its NATO allies.”

Greece
Macedonia
Bulgaria
Turkey

The U.S. Ambassador to Portugal recently said it was time for Lisbon to choose between its “friends and allies, and China.” The comment reflected growing concern about China’s courtship of this NATO ally. Of particular concern to Washington is access to the Lajes Airbase on THIS Atlantic archipelago.

Azores
Falklands
Mallorca
Canary

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal, confirmed last week it was doing THIS.

Building a new underground centrifuge facility to produce fissile material.
Removing IAEA monitoring cameras from nuclear research facilities.
Preventing inspectors from exercising free access to listed nuclear sites.
Recruited North Korean scientists to work in nuclear research labs.

An event last week at the U.S. Institute of Peace highlighted the 20th anniversary of THIS ACTION which “represented the first time that THIS BODY had addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. “IT” also recognized the critical role women can, and do, play in peacebuilding.” [USIP Question of the Week]

UN Security Council Resolution 1325
Amendment to the W.H.O. charter
United States Congress Resolution during the Year of Women
President Clinton’s Executive Order 15261 on “Women and Peacebuilding”

Two same-sex couples were married in a mass ceremony hosted by the military in THIS PLACE, highlighting the fact that it is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage.

Japan
Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan

The Philippines, which is struggling with COVID-19 consequences, was struck by THIS SUPER TYPHOON packing 195 mph winds on Sunday. Two million people were in the path of THIS storm which is estimated to have destroyed 22,000 homes and left 125 cities and towns without electricity.

Typhoon Sinlaku
Typhoon Hagupit
Typhoon Vongfong
Typhoon Goni

The conspiracy theories being circulated by Qanon may have been boosted by THIS country via Twitter as early as November 2017

China
Russia
Iran
North Korea
The Trump Administration lifted restrictions in place since the 1970s on U.S. taxpayer funded aid for scientific research in THIS place. The Prime Minister there said, “This is an important victory against all those who seek to delegitimize everything [THERE] beyond the 1967 lines.” Meanwhile, some criticized the move as wooing 2020 voters who back that nation.
India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir
Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf
Vietnam’s claimed islands in the South China Sea
West Bank settlements

Legendary actor Sean Connery who was made famous by the role he played as James Bond passed away last week. When he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth he had the name of THIS native land tattooed on his arm, “[THIS] forever.”

Scotland
Wales
Ireland
England
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