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Weekly World News Update: January 16, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous

January 16, 2019

Weekly World News Update

Brexit Frenzy; Increasing Shutdown Costs; Yellow Vests Protests; Afghanistan Talks; Drama in DRC Elections; Hague Acquittal; Second U.S.-North Korea Summit

Quote of the Week

Brexit and the border wall are driven by the same impulse. Both reflect the island nation approach to the world, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could just cut ourselves off from everybody else?’”

-- Senior Fellow Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution quoted in a New York Times article on Saturday.

Brexit Showdown Reaches Last-Minute Frenzy

As Brexit Deal Goes Down in Flames, Exasperated Europe Wonders What the Britons Want” Michael Birnbaum -- Washington Post, January 16, 2019

"A Very British Thrashing" Owen Matthews -- Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

"Theresa May Loses Big Over Her Brexit Deal" The Economist, January 15, 2019

A No-Deal Brexit? Leaders Are Alarmed; Voters, Not So Much” Ellen Barry -- New York Times, January 14, 2019

Brexit Is a Nightmare for Currency Traders” Ivana Kottasova -- CNN, January 15, 2019

Government Shutdown Costs Rise

"U.S. Government Shutdown Could Have Global Impact, Academic Says" -- CNBC, January 14, 2019

The Economic Cost of the Shutdown Will Soon Be the Cost of the Wall” Emily Stewart -- Vox, January 14, 2019

"In Two Weeks the Costs of the Shutdown Will Surpass the Cost of Trump's Wall" Emily Price -- Fortune, January 11, 2019

"Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth" Jim Tankersley --New York Times, January 15, 2019

Government Shutdown 2019: Five Ways It's Costing You Money” Bill Theobald -- USA Today, January 15, 2019

Can Macron Tame the Yellow Vests?

"The Yellow Vests Are at the Vanguard of a Politically Incorrect Uprising" Gavin Mortimer -- The Spectator, January 14, 2019

The Old Regime and the Yellow Revolution” Robert Zaretsky -- Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

Macron And French Centrists Don’t Have Answers As “Yellow Vest” Protests Head For 10th Week” Joe Penney -- The Intercept, January 15, 2019

Macron and the Fall of France” Doug Petrikat -- American Thinker, January 16, 2019

Talks in Afghanistan 

Agonizing Over Afghanistan” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, January 14, 2019

Why the Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk” Umair Jamal -- The Diplomat, January 15, 2019

Afghan Taliban Mounts Fresh Attacks Amid Ongoing Peace Talks” Eltaf Najafizada -- Bloomberg, January 13, 2019

Congo Election Drama

Election Drama Builds in DRC” Anita Powell -- Voice of America, January 14, 2019

Regional Blocs Call for Vote Recount as Crisis Rolls On” Charlie Mitchell -- The National, January 14, 2019

Kabila Is Finally Departing, But Congo’s Future Is as Uncertain as Ever” Robbie Corey-Boulet -- World Politics Review, January 11, 2019

The Hague Acquits in Controversial Decision

Ivory Coast Ex-President Gbagbo Acquitted at ICC Court in The Hague” BBC News, January 15, 2019

Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo, the Strongman Who Refused to Let Go” Benjamin Dodman -- France 24, January 15, 2019

Second U.S.-North Korea Summit Imminent?

NK Officials Book Flight to Washington” Choi He-suk -- Korea Herald, January 16, 2019

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