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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.