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Weekly World News Update: January 2, 2019

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 4:21 PM | Anonymous

January 2, 2019

Weekly World News Update

What to Expect in 2019; Xi Speech Spotlights Taiwan; Potential Fallout of Syria Withdrawal; Brazil's New President; Leadership Challenge in Sudan; Bangladesh's Election Dispute; U.N. Tangles with Somalia

Quote of the Week

“A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.To re-assume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us.”

-- Utah Senator-elect Mitt Romney in a Jan. 1 op-ed for the Washington Post.

2019 Preview

The Biggest Security Threats in 2019” Peter Apps -- Reuters, January 1, 2019

The Biggest Problem for the Global Economy in 2019 won't be the U.S.-China Trade War” Panos Mourdoukoutas -- Forbes, December 29, 2018

"In 2019, the ‘Techlash’ will Go from Strength to Strength" Mark Scott -- Politico, January 2, 2019

Global Growth Seen Lower in 2019, UBS says, But It’s Not All Bad” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, January 2, 2019

The World in 2019” The Economist, January 1, 2019

China-Taiwan Divide

Chinese President Xi Jinping Urges Taiwan to Follow Hong Kong Model for Unification” Teddy Ng and Lawrence Chung -- South China Morning Post, January 2, 2019

How Trump Can Challenge China” Reihan Salam -- The Atlantic, January 1, 2019

Xi Says Taiwan ‘Must’ Unify With China as Tsai Unveils Her Own ‘Four Musts” Nick Aspinwall -- The Diplomat, January 2, 2019

Taiwan’s Tightrope” Debra Mao and Samson Ellis -- Washington Post, January 2, 2019

U.S. Withdrawal from Syria

U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria Could Take Several Months” Luis Martinez -- ABC News, December 27, 2018

Talk of the Endgame in Syria Dodges the Question of Recovery” Frederick Deknatel -- World Politics Review, January 2, 2019

Defense Department says U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria Is ‘Deliberate, Well Thought-Out” Elizabeth Zwirz -- Fox News, December 30, 2018

Goodbye, Mattis. Goodbye, Syria. Hello, 2019” Defense One, January 1, 2019

The Bolsonaro Era Begins in Brazil

Brazil's New President, Jair Bolsonaro, Takes Office” BBC News, January 1, 2019

Brazil Is About to Show the World How a Modern Democracy Collapses” Travis Waldron -- Huffington Post, January 1, 2019

How the U.S. Should Treat Brazil’s Bolsonaro” Eli Lake -- Bloomberg, December 31, 2018

Unrest in Sudan

Sudan: Calls Grow for Omar al-Bashir to Step Down” -- Al Jazeera, January 1, 2019

Sudan has Blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to Counter Anti-Government Protests” Abdi Latif Dahir -- Quartz, December 28, 2018

Janjaweed, Ghost Squads and a Divided Nation: How Sudan's Bashir Stays in Power” Yousra Elbagir and Nima Elbagir -- CNN, December 31, 2018

Questions Arise in Bangladesh’s Election

Western Powers Call for Probe into Bangladesh Election Irregularities and Violence” Ruma Paul and Zeba Siddiqui -- Reuters, January 1, 2019

'They Threaten Everyone.' Sheikh Hasina's Landslide Win in Bangladesh Marred by Voter Suppression” Verena Holzl and A Hossain -- Time, December 31, 2018

U.N. Trouble with Somalia

U.N. Envoy Ordered to Leave Somalia Mohamed Olad Hassan -- Voice of America, January 1, 2019

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