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QUIZ WINNERS FROM LAST WEEK
Philip Lovell, Nashville, TN
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Pratik Yedla, Huntsville, AL
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Charles Womack, Cookeville, TN
Mike Bush, Nashville, TN
Anthony Campanella, Avola, Italy
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MAY 2018 MONTHLY PRIZE
War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
By Ronan Farrow
ABOUT THE BOOK
A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.
In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth―Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them―acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan.
Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers―including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson―War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice―but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for The New Yorker and makes documentaries for HBO. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A series of stories he wrote in 2017 exposed the first allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Prior to his work as a journalist, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to the Secretary of State as a senior official focused on youth uprisings. He is a Yale Law School-educated attorney and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the George Polk Award, and the National Magazine Award, among other commendations, and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (and also one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, which doesn’t have anything to do with his career, but he still brings it up a lot).
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of April 29-May 5, 2018
1. After days of nation-wide demonstrations against what was perceived to be an effort to cling to power, the prime minister of THIS nation resigned. Before being appointed prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan had exhausted his term limits as president of the nation in question:
2. Announced unpopular social security reforms in Nicaragua sparked nation-wide protests that turned violent last week, prompting the U.S. to withdraw embassy personnel. THIS president and former revolutionary proposed the unpopular reforms:
A. Anastasio Somosa Debayle
B. Daniel Ortega
C. Violeta Chamorro
D. Arnoldo Alemán
Correct Response: B. Daniel Ortega
3. A caravan of migrants from Central America arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana to request asylum in the United States, citing dangerous conditions in their home countries. After two days of legal orientation to prepare them for the process, they will present themselves at THIS U.S. port of entry:
A. Santa Teresa, New Mexico
B. San Diego, California
C. El Paso, Texas
D. Laredo, Texas
Correct Response: B. San Diego, California
4. As part of his first state visit to the U.S. French president Emmanuel Macron adressed a joint session of Congress. During his speech, he did NOT refer to which of the following:
A. The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords
B. The Iran Nuclear Deal
C. The nuclear threat from North Korea
D. A potential trade war
Correct Response: C. The North Korea threat
5. The leaders of North and South Korea met for the first time since 1953. During their historic summit, they discussed each of the following issues EXCEPT:
A. Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula
B. Ending the Korean War
C. Reunification of the two Koreas
D. Reuniting families separated by the conflict
Correct Response: C. Reunification of the two Koreas
6. A man drove into pedestrians in THIS Canadian city, killing 10 and injuring 14:
Correct Response: D. Toronto
7. Thousands of angry protestors took to the streets in cities across Spain after a court acquitted five men accused of raping an 18-year-old woman. The men, known by THIS nickname, posted videos and comments of the incident on social media:
A. The Wolf Pack
B. The Brothers
C. The Fabulous 5
D. The Devil’s Disciples
Correct Response: A. The Wolf Pack
8. Archaeologists excavating the capital of the Chimú Empire in Peru have discovered evidence of the largest single incident of THIS event:
A. Child sacrifice
B. Group matrimony
C. Ritual suicide
D. Animal sacrifice
Correct Response: A. Child sacrifice
9. In an effort to curb an obesity epidemic, the UK is levying a tax on sugar, with an eye to limiting the national consumption of soda. Instead of doubling its price to cover the new tax, makers of THIS, Scotland’s favorite soda—often called “the other national drink”—have slashed the fizzy beverage’s sugar content :
A. Lurvill’s Delight
B. Panda Pop
D. Irn Bru
10. Cinco de Mayo came to prominence as a celebration of Chicano heritage in the 1960s and 70s. The date, May 5, is the anniversary of THIS important event in Mexican history:
A. Mexican independence from Spain
B. The secession of Texas from Mexico
C. The defeat of the French army in Mexico
D. The unification of Mexico
Correct Response: C. The defeat of the French army in Mexico
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