“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Jun 21-27, 2021

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Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Lee Maki, Peoria, IL
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Basil G. Smith, Jacksonville, FL
Steve Friedberg, Boston, MA
Melissa Davis, Nashville, TN
Christine Laemmar-Faber, Brookfield, WI
Judy Hollinger, Houston, TX
Bernie Drake, Peoria, IL
Alfonse Masi, Peoria, IL
Robert Kapanjie, Peoria, IL

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June 2021 – Quiz Prize

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad

John O. Brennan, Former Director of the CIA

In this brutally honest memoir, Brennan, the son of an Irish immigrant who settled in New Jersey, describes the life that took him from being a young CIA recruit enamored with the mystique of spy work, secretly defiant enough to drive a motorcycle and sport a diamond earring, and invigorated by his travels in the Middle East to being the most powerful individual in American intelligence. He details his experiences with very different presidents and what it’s been like to bear responsibility for some of the nation’s most crucial and polarizing national security decisions.

He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the Agency, describing the selfless, patriotic, and invisible work of the women and men involved in national security. He also examines the insularity, arrogance, and myopia that have, at times, undermined its reputation in the eyes of the American people and of members of other branches of government. Through topics ranging from George W. Bush’s intervention in Iraq to his thoughts on the CIA’s controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques to his eye-opening account of the planning of the raid that resulted in Bin Ladin’s death to his realization that Russia had interfered with the 2016 election, Brennan brings the reader behind the scenes of some of the most crucial moments in recent U.S. history. He also candidly discusses the times he has failed to live up to his own high standards and the very public fallouts that have resulted. With its behind-the-scenes look at how major U.S. national security policies and actions unfolded during his long and distinguished career—especially during his eight years in the Obama administration—John Brennan’s memoir is a work of history with strong implications for the future of America and our country’s relationships with other world powers.

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad offers a rare and insightful look at the often-obscured world of national security, the intelligence profession, and Washington’s chaotic political environment. But more than that, it is a portrait of a man striving for integrity; for himself, for the CIA, and for his country.

John O. Brennan was one of President Obama’s most trusted national security advisors during all eight years of the Obama Administration, first as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism and then as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Brennan had previously worked in the CIA from 1980 to 2005, where he specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and counterterrorism and served as President Clinton’s daily intelligence briefer. Mr. Brennan received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University in 1977 and a master’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of June 14-20, 2021

1. President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson signed a new form of THIS historical agreement originally forged by FDR and Winston Churchill. It commits the US and UK to cooperating on science, technology and climate change, and support for NATO.

A. North Atlantic Pact
B. Monroe Doctrine
C. Atlantic Charter
D. Treaty of London

Correct Response: C. Atlantic Charter

2. Israel’s Parliament voted Sunday on an unprecedented political coalition between the right, left, and center, as well as an Arab party to replace Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years as Prime Minister. The new Prime Minister is THIS leader of the right-wing Yamina party.

A. Naftali Bennett
B. Yair Lapid
C. David Ben-Gurion
D. Moshe Lion

Correct Response: A. Naftali Bennett

3. In an interview with Western media ahead of his June 16th meeting with President Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin floated THIS idea for cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

A. Resumption of Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement
B. Handover of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny for protection in the United States
C. Joint naval patrols in Arctic shipping routes
D. Extradition of cyber criminals by each side

Correct response: D. Extradition of cyber criminals by each side

4. The presidential election in THIS Gulf country on Friday is expected to have the lowest voter turnout in its history after the Guardian Council disqualified the majority of moderate candidates. This increases the likelihood that the successor to term-limited President Rouhani will be a hardline conservative who takes a staunch, anti-Western approach in foreign policy.

A. Iraq
B. Kuwait
C. Oman
D. Iran

Correct Response: D. Iran

5. U.S.-China tensions were juiced-up by news Washington would send 750,000 Covid-19 vaccines to THIS region claimed by Beijing, followed by Secretary of State Blinken’s announcement that trade talks with it were starting.

A. Hong Kong
B. Macau
C. Taiwan
D. Tibet

Correct Response: C. Taiwan

6. France announced the end of independent military operations called Operation Barkhane in THIS African region, but would continue as part of international efforts.

A. Sahara
B. Sahel
C. Mahgreb
D. Horn of Africa

Correct Response: B. Sahel
Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/france-announce-troop-reduction-sahel-operations-sources-2021-06-10

7. This week four members of a Muslim family were killed in an apparent deliberate assault and the prime minister of THIS country called it a “terrorist attack, motivated by hatred.” The victims may have been targeted because of their religion. Meanwhile the PM is coping with the discovery of mass unmarked graves of native children at a government school.

A. Sweden
B. Canada
C. Australia
D. New Zealand

Correct Response: B. Canada

8. While its main currency remains the U.S. dollar, THIS country has become the first state to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender. The digital currency may aid the country’s development because 70% of citizens do not have access to traditional banking systems.

A. Ecuador
B. Panama
C. Canada
D. El Salvador

Correct Response: D. El Salvador

9. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of THIS well-known terrorist organization responsible for the infamous kidnappings of schoolgirls in Nigeria, is thought to be dead after he allegedly committed suicide rather than being held by a rival group.

A. Al Shabaab
B. Islamic State
C. Al Qaeda
D. Boko Haram

Correct Response: D. Boko Haram
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/world/africa/nigeria-boko-haram-leader-dead.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesworld

10. THIS wealthy European country passed a law allowing it to move asylum seekers outside of the country to process their cases. This law toughens the country’s already strict immigration policies and has inflamed criticism from human rights organizations and the United Nations.

A. Denmark
B. Turkey
C. Sweden
D. France

Correct Response: A. Denmark
Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/denmark-agrees-law-deport-asylum-seekers-outside-europe-2021-06-03/

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