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Tennessee World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – January 3-9, 2022

President Biden and President Putin talked on Thursday about the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s threat to invade, with the US side threatening sanctions and the Russian side threatening sanctions would be a grave error and risked a “rupture” of relations. WHAT’S next?  (#WACquiz)

The United Nations Security Council will consider sending peacekeepers to the border.
The Organization of Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will open talks.
The Vatican has approached both sides to facilitate de-escalation measures.
American and Russian negotiators will meet in Geneva next week.

The military, which staged a coup in THIS country in February, has returned to massacres and scorched-earth tactics, according to APNews, in efforts to put down growing opposition. They have destroyed entire villages where opposition support was strong, reprising tactics used against the Muslim minority Rohingyas several years ago (#WACquiz)

Laos
Myanmar
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka

China’s “Zero-Covid” policy is taking a toll on THIS city as heavy restrictions and quarantine mandates have led to a “brain drain” of expats in the business sector and resignations and hub shutdowns among pilots and air carriers. Covid measures on top of a political crackdown have taken the luster off this global business center (#WACquiz)

Taipei
Hong Kong
Singapore
Shanghai

Satellites operated by THIS group caused near misses with China’s space station according to a complaint filed with the United Nations. They have orbited over 1,900 satellites to provide Internet service. (#WACquiz)

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin
NASA
European Space Agency (ESA)
Elon Musk’s Starlink

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of THIS country, has fueled an economic crisis by his approach to fighting inflation. Instead of boosting interest rates he has pushed the Central Bank to cut rates by five percent, a policy The Economist called “his ludicrous belief that higher rates cause inflation.” (#WACquiz)

Brazil
Poland
Turkey
Greece

The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is made more credible by previous assaults. In 2014 Russian forces occupied and annexed Crimea and in 2008 the Russian Army moved into the South Ossetia region of THIS former Soviet republic and neighbor. (#WACquiz)

Moldova
Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan

The 2022 Winter Olympics set for Beijing next month may run headlong into Covid restrictions by the host country. An early indication was the withdrawal of THIS sports league from the Olympics due to a surge in Covid infections among players and the prospect of lengthy quarantines of players who test positive while in China (#WACquiz)

 

NCAA
NBA
MLB
NHL

France said last week’s satellite rocket launch by THIS country was “regrettable” especially given the progress being made in talks in Vienna to revive the Joint Plan of Action and Milestones (JCPOA). (#WACquiz)

North Korea
Syria
Iran
Libya
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met THIS leader of the Palestinian Authority in a rare get-together to discuss confidence-building measures to improve relations. (#WACquiz)
Abdel Fattah Al Sisi
Mahmoud Abbas
Mustafa Al Kadhimi
Najib Mikati
The sexual assault civil suit against THIS “Royal” took a turn as Virginia Giuffre’s attorney’s asked for records showing he has a medical condition that meant he could not sweat. The Prince disputed the accuser’s account in that she claimed he was sweating profusely during the attack at the home of Jeffrey Epstein, by claiming he suffered from “anhidrosis,” the inability to sweat. (#WACquiz)
Prince Felix of Catalonia
Andrew, Duke of York
James, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Albert II of Monaco
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