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World Boston What in the World? Weekly Quiz – January 31-February 6, 2022

Ukraine’s economy is being put at risk by talk of a potential Russian attack according to THIS President of Ukraine. He called on the West to stop creating panic over Russia’s troop buildup at Ukraine’s borders. (#WACquiz)

Victor Orban
Volodymyr Zelensky
Andrzej Duda
Viktor Yushchenko

NATO and EU unity in the face of Russia’s threat against Ukraine has been tarnished by the weak response of THIS country. Elements in the ruling coalition have a history of Cold War rapprochement with Moscow and roots in the peace movement. (#WACquiz)

Poland
Germany
Netherlands
Denmark

U.S. military forces fought alongside Kurdish-militia fighters at a prison in Hasaka, Syria being held by THIS group. It had previously captured large swaths of Iraq and Syria before being displaced from its “Caliphate” by a U.S.-led coalition. (#WACquiz)

Al Qaeda
ISIS
SDF
Al Nusra

The Foreign Secretary of THIS NATO nation, a long-time financial hub for Russian oligarchs, threatened severe sanctions against Moscow should it attack Ukraine saying there will be “nowhere to hide … for any company of interest to the Kremlin and the regime in Russia.” (#WACquiz)

Germany
United Kingdom
Italy
Austria

The highest number of Covid infections in 18 months has been reported in and around Beijing as China prepares for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games. To deal with the pandemic China has adopted THIS national policy. (#WACquiz)

“Closed-loop-bubble”
“Zero-Covid”
“Community-lockdown”
“Universal-testing”

The “Freedom Convoy” truckers, protesting THIS, ran amok in Ottawa, as they caused mayhem around the city including desecrating the tomb of the unknown soldier, driving Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and family from their home for security reasons, and "threatening/illegal/intimidating behavior to police/city workers and other individuals.”

Cross border vaccine mandates
Increased cost of diesel fuel
Salary cuts due to supply chain delays
Failure to pass highway improvement budget
The Libre party of Xiomara Castro, THIS country’s first female president, split in parliament over the naming of Speaker. The division may stall her agenda of fighting corruption and restoring democracy, and may stymie Biden Administration’s hopes of cutting migration from this Central American nation. (#WACquiz)

 

Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
El Salvador

Europeans are justifiably worried that a Russian attack on Ukraine and Western sanctions could lead Moscow to shut off gas supplies. THIS country is most vulnerable as Europe’s largest gas consumer -- Russia supplying over half its supplies -- and dependent on gas after shutting down coal fired and nuclear powered generating plants. (WACA WWNU)

France
Belgium
Germany
Poland
The UN Secretary General warned the “entire [Afghan] complex social and economic system is shutting down” and the UN reported more than 100 former government officials, security force members and people who worked with the military coalition at the hands of THIS group that took power in August. (#WACquiz)
ISIS-K
Taliban
Caliphate of Khoransar
Hazaras
Marchers took to the streets in Londonderry and Ireland’s Foreign Minister said there should be a “route to justice” for the 13 Catholic protesters killed by British soldiers 50 years ago on January 30th that touched off decades of sectarian conflict. The event, known as THIS, was determined by the UK Government in 2010 to be “unjustified” but British prosecutors have said the only soldier charged will not be tried. (#WACquiz)
Bloody Sunday
Derry Day
Sinn Féin Revolt Day
Bealtaine Day
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