“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | July 26-August 1, 2021

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Mona Ali, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Steven Lawrence, Morrisown, TN
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Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Tim Stewart, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
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Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Steven Houle, China
Julia Lydon, Nashville, TN
Bernie Drake, Peoria, IL
Roger French, Washington, IL
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Barry Kolar, Nashville, TN
Beth O’Brien, Washington, IL
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN

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MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman

Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard has spent more than a dozen years in the Middle East, reporting from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He is the currently the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times.

Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Financial Times Foreign Affairs Kirkus Reviews

MBS is the untold story of how a mysterious young prince emerged from Saudi Arabia’s sprawling royal family to overhaul the economy and society of the richest country in the Middle East—and gather as much power as possible into his own hands. Since his father, King Salman, ascended to the throne in 2015, Mohammed bin Salman has leveraged his influence to restructure the kingdom’s economy, loosen its strict Islamic social codes, and confront its enemies around the region, especially Iran. That vision won him fans at home and on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, in Hollywood, and at the White House, where President Trump embraced the prince as a key player in his own vision for the Middle East. But over time, the sheen of the visionary young reformer has become tarnished, leaving many struggling to determine whether MBS is in fact a rising dictator whose inexperience and rash decisions are destabilizing the world’s most volatile region.
Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, MBS reveals the machinations behind the kingdom’s catastrophic military intervention in Yemen, the bizarre detention of princes and businessmen in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, and the shifting Saudi relationships with Israel and the United States. And finally, it sheds new light on the greatest scandal of the young autocrat’s rise: the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, a crime that shook Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Washington and left the world wondering whether MBS could get away with murder.
MBS is a riveting, eye-opening account of how the young prince has wielded vast powers to reshape his kingdom and the world around him.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of July 19-25, 2021

1. Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The German language has no words, I think, for the devastation,” referring to THIS catastrophe.

A. Wild fires that have erupted in the Black Forest.
B. Rampaging flood waters of the River Ahr that have killed about 200.
C. Villages evacuated and dozens injured by dangerous gas spilled by a derailed train.
D. Mudslides that buried most of the Zugspitze ski resort.

Correct Response: B. Rampaging flood waters of the River Ahr that have killed about 200.

2. Only 60,000 people, all Saudi citizens, have been permitted to participate in THIS pilgrimage due to Covid-19 fears. Over two million Muslims normally participate in the once-in-a-lifetime travel to Islam’s holiest sites.

A. Shahada
B. Zakat
C. Hajj
D. Sawm

Correct Response: C. Hajj

3. Malware known as Pegasus sold by a surveillance firm in THIS country to authoritarian governments was used to target rights activists, journalists and attorneys.

A. Taiwan
B. Israel
C. South Africa
D. Belgium

Correct Response: B. Israel

4. The U.S., NATO and other nations charged THIS country with a years-long hacking campaign that included cyber theft of data to benefit its companies. The cyber attacks also focused on Microsoft earlier this year.

A. China
B. North Korea
C. Russia
D. Armenia

Correct Response: A. China

5. Plans for a summit between two American allies in Asia set to take place during a visit to the Tokyo Olympics were dashed apparently over crude remarks from a Japanese diplomat aimed at THIS leader. The countries have a history of feuding over territorial claims and wartime crimes.

A. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
B. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
C. Australian Prime Minsiter Scott Morrison
D. South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Correct Response: D. South Korean President Moon Jae-in

6. The United States launched “Operation Allies Refuge” in order to do THIS.

A. Evacuate Afghans who worked with the U.S. ahead of Taliban advances.
B. Evacuate Kurds from northeast Syria who fought with the U.S. against ISIS.
C. Evacuate Western nations’ citizens from area of Mozambique beset by ISIS.
D. Evacuate Americans from Cuba as anti-regime violence looms.

Correct Response: A. Evacuate Afghans who worked with the U.S. ahead of Taliban advances.

7. Vigilante groups have emerged to battle unrest in THIS African nation that followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

A. Zimbabwe
B. Suriname
C. South Africa
D. Congo

Correct Response: C. South Africa

8. Changing lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic are one factor that has led to a shortage of THIS product mostly produced by TSMC in Taiwan and Samsung in South Korea.

A. Laptops
B. Smart phones
C. Semiconductors
D. TVs

Correct Response: C. Semiconductors

9. The United Arab Emirates, one of the first signatories of the Abraham Accord normalizing relations with Israel, opened an embassy in Israel a month after Israel opened an embassy in THIS capital of the UAE.

A. Riyadh
B. Manama
C. Abu Dhabi
D. Dubai

Correct Response: C. Abu Dhabi

10. Covid-19 “Freedom Day” in THIS nation was spoiled by reports of surging infections and news the Prime Minister was beginning a ten-day quarantine due to Covid exposure.

A. Brazil
B. Australia
C. United Kingdom
D. France

Correct Response: C. United Kingdom

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