“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Oct 25-31, 2021

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David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Lee Maki, Peoria, IL
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Sami R., Maine
Colleen Ryan, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Basil G. Smith, Jacksonville, FL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
Adam Leff, Bangor, ME

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October 2021 Quiz Prize

Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism

TNWAC President Patrick Ryan will interview Carla Power for a WACA Cover to Cover teleconference on October 28th at 1pm CT. Registration and details forthcoming in TNWAC newsletters.

A “provocative and deeply reported look into the emerging field of deradicalization” (Esquire), told through the stories of former militants and the people working to bring them back into society, from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Carla Power

What are the roots of radicalism? Journalist Carla Power came to this question well before the January 6, 2021, attack in Washington, D.C., turned our country’s attention to the problem of domestic radicalization. Her entry point was a different wave of radical panic—the way populists and pundits encouraged us to see the young people who joined ISIS or other terrorist organizations as simple monsters. Power wanted to chip away at the stereotypes by focusing not on what these young people had done but why: What drew them into militancy? What visions of the world—of home, of land, of security for themselves and the people they loved—shifted their thinking toward radical beliefs? And what visions of the world might bring them back to society? 

Power begins her journey by talking to the mothers of young men who’d joined ISIS in the UK and Canada; from there, she travels around the world in search of societies that are finding new and innovative ways to rehabilitate former extremists. We meet an American judge who has staked his career on finding new ways to handle terrorist suspects, a Pakistani woman running a game-changing school for former child soldiers, a radicalized Somali American who learns through literature to see beyond his Manichean beliefs, and a former neo-Nazi who now helps disarm white supremacists. Along the way Power gleans lessons that get her closer to answering the true question at the heart of her pursuit: Can we find a way to live together? 

An eye-opening, page-turning investigation, Home, Land, Security speaks to the rise of division and radicalization in all forms, both at home and abroad. In this richly reported and deeply human account, Carla Power offers new ways to overcome the rising tides of extremism, one human at a time.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of October 18-24, 2021

1. Missionaries on a visit to an orphanage in THIS nation were kidnapped in the midst of spiraling violence including the assassination of the President. Sixteen Americans and one Canadian were taken in a country where armed gangs are growing more prevalent. [#WACquiz]

A. Venezuela
B. Myanmar
C. Haiti
D. South Sudan

Correct Response: C. Haiti

2. India and Pakistan have been at odds over control of THIS region since the 1950s. New violence has struck with attacks on civilians and a security force crackdown leaving 33 people dead. Analysts forecast Pakistan intelligence services, newly freed from attention on Afghanistan, may turn to troublemaking there. [#WACquiz]

A. Sri Lanka
B. Tamil Nadu
C. Kashmir
D. Cox’s Bazaar

Correct Response: C. Kashmir

3. New military successes by THIS Iranian-backed group In Yemen’s civil war, including seizing territory in oil-rich provinces, is likely to complicate the years-long efforts to bring the conflict to an end. [#WACquiz]

A. Houthis
B. Pashtuns
C. Al-Shabaab
D. Tamil Tigers

Correct Response: A. Houthis

4. Taiwan is widely regarded as a self-governing island country in East Asia; however, Chinese leaders maintain that Taiwan falls under Chinese sovereignty. More recently, THIS major world power announced its support for China’s claim to Taiwan, having many critics speculate that it is a collective move to block U.S. geostrategic interests in Asia. (WACA Weekly World News Update)

A. Japan
B. Turkey
C. Russia
D. India

Correct Response: C. Russia
Source : https://www.newsweek.com/russia-taiwan-part-china-partners-align-around-world-1638170

5. Human rights activists in Ancient Olympia, Greece, some carrying a “No Genocide Games” banner, protested at the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch that presaged the 2022 Winter Olympics set for THIS capital. [#WACquiz]

A. Beijing
B. New Delhi
C. Moscow
D. Helsinki

Correct Response: A. Beijing


6. The International Energy Agency is accusing Russia of holding back gas supplies in what Kremlin critics believe is an intentional crisis designed to fast track the approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, increasing European energy dependency on Russia. THIS Russian-owned gas company is currently one of the largest providers of gas to Europe? (WACA Weekly World News Update)

A. Vitol Group
B. Exor
C. Allianz
D. Gazprom

Correct Response: D. Gazprom
Source : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58896847

7. American defense officials were said to be surprised by the developmental testing of THIS strategic weapon system by China over the summer. [#WACquiz]

A. Nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine
B. Long range land attack cruise missile
C. Nuclear capable hypersonic missile
D. New generation of long-range bombers

Correct Response: C. Nuclear capable hypersonic missile

8. In what UK police are calling an act of terrorism, David Arness was fatally stabbed at a public meeting. Arness was working in THIS organization. [#WACquiz]

A. Minister of Defense
B. Member of Parliament
C. EU Parliament Representative
D. Chief of Scotland Yard

Correct Response: B. Member of Parliament

9. In a U.S- and E.U.-led effort, over two dozen countries have agreed to cut emissions of THIS major greenhouse gas. However China and Russia have yet to sign on. (WACA Weekly World News Update)

A. Methane
B. Fluorinated gases
C. Nitrous oxide
D. Carbon dioxide

Correct Response: A. Methane

10. THIS EU country recently passed legislation making the country’s own constitution superior over EU governing legislation, a blanket violation of the terms for EU membership? (WACA Weekly World News Update)

A. Poland
B. Hungary
C. Italy
D. Spain

Correct Response: A. Poland




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