“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | May 24-30, 2021

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Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Connie Tomczyk, Peoria, IL
Sarah Bellardo, Nashville, TN
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Lu Gray, Redmond, WA
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Peter Barclay, Peoria, IL
Beverly Ketel, Peoria, IL
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA

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On All Fronts takes the reader on a riveting journey of storytelling. . . From Russia to China to Syria, [she] navigate[s] the most intense of human experiences while finding the tools to stay emotional.”—Lynsey Addario, author of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

The recipient of multiple Peabody and Murrow awards, Clarissa Ward is a world-renowned conflict reporter. In this strange age of crisis where there really is no front line, she has moved from one hot zone to the next. With multiple assignments in Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan, Ward, who speaks seven languages, has been based in Baghdad, Beirut, Beijing, and Moscow. She has seen and documented the violent remaking of the world at close range. With her deep empathy, Ward finds a way to tell the hardest stories. On All Fronts is the riveting account of Ward’s singular career and of journalism in this age of extremism.

Following a privileged but lonely childhood, Ward found her calling as an international war correspondent in the aftermath of 9/11. From her early days in the field, she was embedding with marines at the height of the Iraq War and was soon on assignment all over the globe. But nowhere does Ward make her mark more than in war-torn Syria, which she has covered extensively with courage and compassion. From her multiple stints entrenched with Syrian rebels to her deep investigations into the Western extremists who are drawn to ISIS, Ward has covered Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror without fear. In 2018, Ward rose to new heights at CNN and had a son. Suddenly, she was doing this hardest of jobs with a whole new perspective.

On All Fronts is the unforgettable story of one extraordinary journalist—and of a changing world.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of May 17-23, 2021

1. The open warfare between Israelis and Palestinians is mostly a battle of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and Israeli Defense Force airstrikes against targets in Gaza, an area controlled by THIS group.

A. Hezbollah
B. Fatah
C. Hamas
D. Muslim Brotherhood

Correct Response: C. Hamas

2. A new dimension of violence not seen in decades has entered the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians marked by THIS.

A. Riots and mob violence between Jews and Israeli-Arabs in several Israeli cities.
B. Waves of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.
C. Attacks from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon into northern Israel.
D. Palestinians using an air defense system known as “Iron Dome.”

Correct Response: A. Riots and mob violence between Jews and Israeli-Arabs in several Israeli cities.

3. The Serum Institute of India, the largest supplier to THIS international Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme, has not made any shipments since March. The explosion of infections in India has causing a 140 million dose shortfall to THIS program which aims to provide equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

B. Global Vaccine Consortium

Correct Response: A. COVAX

4. Nearly 70% of the population of THIS country do not want this summer’s Olympic Games to proceed as they copy with a Covid-19 state of emergency in the capital and other major regions. The country’s prime minister said the government would “not put the Olympics first,” but that the final decision belonged to the IOC.

A. Mexico
B. Brazil
C. Indonesia
D. Japan

Correct Response: D. Japan

5. The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation met to discuss responses to Israel’s attacks in Gaza but some delegates launched criticism of members who normalized relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords including THESE first two countries to do so.

A. Egypt and Saudi Arabia
B. Bahrain and UAE
C. Morocco and Libya
D. Kuwait and Oman

Correct Response: B. Bahrain and UAE

6. Philippines’ maritime activities in areas claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea are increasing tensions and will continue as THIS President refused to move an “inch backward,” even as the troubles undermine his efforts to get close to China.

A. Rodrigo Duterte
B. Leni Robredo
C. Vicente Sotto III
D. Benigno Aquino III

Correct Response: A. Rodrigo Duterte

7. Russian President Vladimir Putin will host his counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka of THIS nation to discuss economic integration of their countries. Lukashenka has been isolated by the West in response to his crackdown of peaceful protests over his suspect reelection victory last August.

A. Estonia
B. Bulgaria
C. Belarus
D. Ukraine

Correct Response: C. Belarus

8. A controversial travel ban was ended by THIS country on May 15 but about 10,000 of its citizens remain stranded in India. The Covid-19 related policy has sparked charges of racism by government ministers.

A. Australia
B. United Kingdom
C. Canada
D. Japan

Correct Response: A. Australia

9. The authority controlling THIS strategic waterway began dredging a second lane to permit two-way traffic near where a container ship was stuck in March, causing a disruption to global maritime commerce.

A. Panama Canal
B. Malacca Strait
C. Suez Canal
D. Hormuz Strait

Correct Response: C. Suez Canal

10. The American spacecraft exploring Mars have company. THIS country became the second nation to make a successful soft landing when its Tiawen-1 lander and rover arrived on the Red Planet Friday.

A. Russia
B. India
C. China
D. France

Correct Response: C. China

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