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World Boston What in the World? Weekly Quiz – August 30-September 5, 2021

A suicide bomb attack at the Abbey Gate of Hamad Karzai International Airport killed over 170 including 13 American military personnel. An Afghan offshoot of the Islamic State, called ISIS-K, claimed responsibility and later was subject to a retaliatory U.S. drone strike. The “K” stands for THIS. (#WACquiz)

ISIS-Kyrgyzstan
ISIS-Kabul
ISIS-Kandahar
ISIS-Khorasan

The Taliban regime in charge in Afghanistan publicly pledged changes from the way they ruled prior to the U.S. invasion in 2001 that drove them from power. Afghanis are skeptical but Taliban leaders pledge these things EXCEPT THIS one. (WACA WWNU)

Respect women’s rights
Prevent Afghanistan from being used as a base for terror attacks
Forsake imposition of Sharia law
Forgive those who fought against them

As the American military’s Non-combatant Evaluation Operation winds down on Tuesday, the U.S. National Security Advisor said the Biden Administration will continue to work to get Americans and others out of Afghanistan after the airlift is ended. WHO is the National Security Advisor? (#WACquiz)

Jake Sullivan
Antony Blinken
Jen Psaki
Wendy Sherman

The global Covid pandemic is causing a disruption in worldwide economic growth and a slack in petroleum demand. It has led to Opec+ countries to reconsider the July deal to boost production 400,000 barrels per month for several months to keep prices up. THIS country is among those in the “Plus” group of Opec+. (#WACquiz)

Iraq
Russia
Libya
Saudi Arabia

The Protocol that keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market with a sea border separating it from the rest of the UK, post-Brexit, continues to cause political trouble. The Northern Ireland Unionist leader on a visit with the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) in THIS capital, complained relations with the Republic of Ireland could not remain the same without a resolution. (#WACquiz)

Cork
Belfast
Cardiff
Dublin

The federal election in Germany will result in a successor Chancellor to Angela Merkel who has held the post for 16 years. However, the vote is not a direct election by the people, but rather THIS institution, the German parliament. (#WACquiz)

Bundestag
Grundgesetz
Bundeskanzier
Bundesregierung

Some African countries may be having buyers’ remorse over “minerals for infrastructure” deals with THIS expanding economic power. One case is the Democratic Republic of Congo opening a review of a 2007 $6 billion deal that called for construction of roads and hospitals in exchange for a 68% stake in a massive copper and cobalt mining project. (#WACquiz)

Canada
Brazil
India
China

The U.S. Intelligence Community reported the results of its investigation into the source of the novel coronavirus that has killed 4.6 million people worldwide. THIS is what they concluded. (#WACquiz)

"Laboratory-associated incident, probably involving experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology."
“Release of a biological warfare virus being developed by the Chinese military.”
“Analysts would not be able to provide "a more definitive explanation" without new information from China.”
"Natural exposure to an animal infected with it or a close progenitor virus,"

Israel agreed to allow equipment and goods to enter THIS isolated territory and Egypt opened the Rafah gate for access. The materials are intended for civilian and international projects and will flow into the besieged zone following protests by Palestinians. (#WACquiz)

West Bank
Golan
Gaza
Shebaa Farms
The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991. Gradual retreat in THIS country’s share of the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland, left water covering just one-quarter the area it did 30 years ago. (#WACquiz)
Argentina
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
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