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Weekly World News Update: February 20, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:14 PM | Anonymous

February 20, 2019

Weekly World News Update

Trump's Border Emergency; U.S. Congress Rebukes Trump on Yemen; MBS in India; Warsaw Conference; India-Pakistan Heats Up; Taiwan and China; Haiti in Trouble; UN Ambassador Slot

Quote of the Week

If we’re serious about the transatlantic partnership, it’s not very easy for me as German Chancellor to read… that the American Department of Commerce apparently considers German and European cars to be a threat to the national security of the United States of America.” 

-- Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Border Security = National Emergency?

Coalition of States Sues Trump Over National Emergency to Build Border Wall” Amy Goldstein -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

Trump Will 'Protect' Emergency Declaration If Congress Disapproves” Matthew Schwartz -- National Public Radio, February 18, 2019

Trump's Emergency Declaration May Have Laid the Groundwork for His Impeachment” Michael Conway -- NBC News, February 18, 2019

Why a Wall Alone Can’t Fix the Emergency on the U.S. Border” John Davidson -- The Federalist, February 19, 2019

"Congress Is Complicit in Trump’s Power Grab" Michael Tanner -- National Review, February 20, 2019

U.S. Congress Takes Action on Yemen

Congress Closer to Forcing Trump’s Hand on Saudi Support” Rebecca Kheel -- The Hill, February 19, 2019

The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed” James Carden -- The Nation, February 14, 2019

Yemen Debacle Shows It’s ‘Certainly Time’ for U.S. Congress to Reclaim War Powers” -- Sputnik International, February 15, 2019

MBS’s Foreign Trip

Saudi Prince Gets Red Carpet in Asia as Murder Strains U.S. Ties” Ismail Dilawar; Donna Abu-Nasr; Alaa Shahine -- Bloomberg, February 19, 2019

A Happy Marriage Between God and Budget Deficits” Mohammed Hanif -- New York Times, February 19, 2019

Middle East Conference in Warsaw

Warsaw Summit Evokes Shadows of the Past” Jo Harper -- Forbes, February 18, 2019

Mike Pompeo’s Shambolic Summit in Warsaw” -- The Economist, February 15, 2019

India-Pakistan Feud Heats Up

After Pulwama: What Are India’s Retaliation Options?” Joy Mitra -- The Diplomat, February 19, 2019

Five Indian Officers Killed in Kashmir Days After Worst Militant Attack in Decades” Niha Masih and Joanna Slater -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

India Demands Pakistan Take Action and 'Stop Misleading' on Kashmir Attack” Sophia Saifi and Helen Regan -- CNN, February 19, 2019

Taiwan’s Potential Showdown with China

The Looming Taiwan Crisis” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, February 15, 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Says She Will Run for Re-Election in 2020” -- South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

Will China Seize Taiwan?” Peter Gries and Tao Wang -- Foreign Affairs, February 15, 2019

Unrest in Haiti

"Is Haiti Unraveling?" Georges Fauriol -- CSIS, February 20, 2019

"Here's What's Fueling Haiti's Violent Street Protests" Jonathon Gatehouse -- CBC News, February 14, 2019

Slot Opens for UN Ambassador Role

Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Just Withdrew Her Name Over an Immigration Controversy” Jen Kirby -- Vox, February 18, 2019

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