April 24, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Tragedy in Sri Lanka; U.S. Pressures Iran; North Korea News; Ukrainian Election; Mueller Report Highlights Russia; Turmoil in Libya; Big Court Cases; Rwandan Genocide: 25 Years Later; Evaluating Progress for Earth Day and U.S. Global Infrastructure; and More Sanctions for Latin America
Quote of the Week
" I will completely restructure the police and security forces in the coming weeks. I expect to change the heads of defence establishments within next 24 hours. The security officials who got the intelligence report from a foreign nation did not share it with me. Appropriate actions would have been taken. I have decided to take stern action against these officials."
-- Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, in a televised address to the nation Tuesday, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
Tragedy in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure” Lydia Khalil -- Foreign Policy, April 23, 2019

What’s Different About the Attacks in Sri Lanka” Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, April 22, 2019

Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know” Bruce Hoffman -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 23, 2019 
U.S. Stops Iranian Sanction Waivers
As Trump Moves to Cut Off Iran’s Oil Revenues, What’s His Endgame?” Suzanne Maloney -- Brookings, April 22, 2019

Latest U.S. Pressure Has Iran Over a Barrel” Ray Takeyh -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 22, 2019


" What Does the End of U.S. Waivers on Iran's Oil Exports Mean?" Anjli Raval and Ed Crooks -- Financial Times, April 22, 2019
North Korea's Bold Moves
" Kim Jong-un Arrives in Vladivostok Ahead of First Meeting With Putin" Joshua Berlinger; Zahra Ullah; Darya Tarasova -- CNN, April 24, 2019

North Korea Says It Test-Fired New Tactical Guided Weapon” The Korea Times, April 18, 2019

North Korea Calls for Replacing Pompeo With ‘More Careful and Mature’ Negotiator” Koh Byung-joon -- Yonhap News Agency, April 18, 2019
Comedian’s Presidential Race Wins Him a New Stage 
A Shadow Over Ukraine’s Presidential Election” Katharine Quinn-Judge -- International Crisis Group, April 19, 2019

How the West Helped Put a Comedian in Reach of Ukraine’s Presidency” Mary Mycio -- Atlantic Council, April 18, 2019

Zelenskiy's Landslide in Ukraine: What Does It Mean?” Olga Burlyuk; Balázs Jarábik; Denys Kiryukhin; Konstantin Skorkin -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 22, 2019

" The World Just Witnessed the First Entirely Virtual Presidential Campaign" Adrian Karatnycky -- Politico, April 24, 2019
Russia Highlighted in Mueller Report
'Putin Has Won:’ Mueller Report Details the Ways Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election” Dustin Volz and Alan Cullison -- The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2019
Libya in Disorder
Russia’s Mediation Goals in Libya” Samuel Ramani -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 18, 2019

The Fight for Libya: What to Know” Steven Cook -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 19, 2019

Libya’s Perpetual Chaos” Ethan Chorin -- Foreign Affairs, April 19, 2019

Tripoli Chaos Closes in on the City’s Civilians” Tom Westcott -- The New Humanitarian, April 22, 2019
Global Court Cases to Watch
Supreme Court Extends President Ghani’s Tenure” Gulabuddin Ghubar -- TOLOnews, April 21, 2019

Myanmar Court Confirms Reuters Reporters’ Sentence” Jon Allsop -- Columbia Journalism Review, April 24, 2019

After Sabarimala Temple, SC to Decide On Entry of Women in Mosques” Amit Anand Choudhary -- Times of India, April 16, 2019

Thousands Protest in Morocco Demanding Release of Jailed Activists” Ahmed Eljechtimi -- Reuters, April 21, 2019
Rwandan Genocide: 25 Years Later
Rwanda, Part 3: A Genocide Forgiven, But Not Forgotten” Seif Kousmate -- The New Humanitarian, April 19, 2019 (Weekly World News Update Published Rwanda Parts 1 and 2 April 10)
Earth Day: Have We Made Progress?
7 Things We’ve Learned About Earth Since the Last Earth Day” Umair Irfan -- Vox, April 22, 2019

" 5 Environmental and Human Trends Worth Celebrating This Earth Day" Ronald Bailey -- Reason, April 22, 2019

" Earth Day 2019: These Amazing NASA Images Show Earth from Above" Hanneke Weitering -- Space.com, April 22, 2019
Tackling U.S. Global Infrastructure
The Higher Road: Forging a U.S. Strategy for the Global Infrastructure Challenge” Matthew Goodman; Daniel Runde; Jonathan Hillman; Erol Yayboke -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 23, 2019
U.S. Lumps on Latin American Sanctions
Trump Cracks Down on Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela” Gisela Salomon; Deb Riechmann; Matthew Lee -- Associated Press, April 17, 2019