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Tennessee World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – July 26-August 1, 2021

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is threatening populations around the world with a more virulent illness spreading more quickly, increasing infections mostly among the unvaccinated. The Delta variant was first identified in THIS Asian country that hit a daily infection rate last week of over 41,000 pushing the total infections to over 31 million.

China
Japan
India
Brazil

The President of THIS Mahgreb nation, that was the spark for the 2011 Arab Spring, sacked the government and parliament in a political move that opponents called a coup.

Tunisia
Algeria
Mozambique
Ghana

The prospects for a Taliban return to power in Kabul in the absence of American troops, may put the government in THIS capital in a difficult position. It has played a “double game” of inspiring and supporting the Taliban for two decades while working to maintain stable relations with Washington and the international community.

Islamabad
Moscow
Dushanbe
Tehran

A Pride parade in Budapest turned into a protest against policies of THIS right-wing President’s government especially a law, condemned by the EU, that critics say conflates homosexuality with pedophilia.

Emmanuel Macron
Viktor Orban
Andrzej Duda
Zuzana Caputova

Beijing rejected a proposal by THIS organization for the second phase of an investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The plan included the hypothesis that the virus originated in a Chinese laboratory.

CDC
WHO
UNHCR
EU

Newly elected President Raisi faces new challenges from violent unrest that began as water protests in the southwest Khuzestan province and it coupled with backlash against economic woes made worse by U.S. sanctions. Protests have reached THIS capital city.

Rangoon
Islamabad
Tehran
Addis Ababa

The government of Boris Johnson has demanded new negotiations with the EU over the post-Brexit border situation for THIS territory. EU leaders in Brussels promptly said no.

Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland
Falkland Islands

The Biden Administration is reviewing policy toward THIS country in the wake of unrest there. The U.S. may change rules for residents there to get visas at home rather than in a third country like Mexico and to allow remittances to family and friends so long as there are assurances against government confiscation.

Venezuela
Haiti
Colombia
Cuba

The world’s fastest ground transportation system was introduced last week in THIS country. The new MagLev (magnetic levitation) train is capable of speeds up to about 600 kph (370 mph) and will cut a ten-hour train trip in this country to about two and a half hours. A short-distance MagLev line has been operational between an airport and major urban city center.

France
Japan
China
Germany
Xi Jinping was in Lhasa to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the so-called “liberation” of THIS nation by China. Following annexation in the 1950s the opposition launched a failed effort to regain power leading to the exile of the Dalai Lama to Dharamsala, India.
Bhutan
Tibet
Taiwan
Myanmar
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