What in the World? Weekly Quiz - November 18-25, 2019
This weekend, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the US is taking THIS action as an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea, to “keep the door open” for diplomatic efforts aimed at eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The United States and many Western allies have been urging opposition to a Russian-led resolution at the United Nations that calls for the creation of a global cybercrime treaty, with opponents to the treaty arguing THIS. Russia framed its proposed treaty as an alternative to the 2001 Budapest Convention on cybercrime that Russia has criticized as infringing on state sovereignty.
More than 100 people were arrested in Paris on the first anniversary of THIS anti-government movement. Rallies took place nationwide to send a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, whom many have accused of ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.
Former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won Sri Lanka’s presidential election, taking 52.25% of the vote. The clear victor in Sinhalese majority areas of the country, Mr. Rajapaksa is a highly controversial figure among some in Sri Lanka for his role in THIS, though Rajapaksa has already made a call for unity in his country.
As Taiwan’s campaign season picks up pace in the lead up to 2020 elections, and mere hours after President Tsai Ing-wen announced her running mate, the People’s Republic of China took THIS action in the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Featuring prominently in the intimidation effort was China’s first-ever domestically-built aircraft carrier, which China has announced will enter service in 2020.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed ongoing protests in the country on “hooligans” and counter-revolutionaries while offering his support for THIS, the original spark to the demonstrations that brought violence to cities across the country.
At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in Sacaba, Bolivia following clashes between security forces and supporters of THIS former leader, Bolivia’s first indigenous president. HE resigned under pressure from the military three weeks after declaring himself the winner of an election marred by widespread allegations of fraud. HE has since referred to his exit as a “coup” and been granted asylum in Mexico, claiming his life to be at risk.
The US is cutting THIS West African country out of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade pact, alleging a failure to address US concerns about “persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” Anglophone residents of the country complain of marginalization by the largely Francophone government, and both security forces and separatists have been accused of killing and torturing civilians in the ongoing chaos.