August 14, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Kashmir's Plight; Hajj Troubles; Missile Crises; Cyber Activity Abounds; Global Travel Warnings; Elections & Leadership Shakeups; Earth Is Stressed; Putin 20 Years On
Quote of the Week
" The curfew, crackdown, and impending genocide of Kashmiris in IOK [India-Occupied Kashmir as Islamabad refers to Indian-administered Kashmir] is unfolding exactly [according] to RSS ideology inspired by Nazi ideology."
-- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's tweet on Sunday in reaction to India's move to tighten restrictions in Kashmir.
Kashmir's Plight


Pakistan’s New Plight in Kashmir: What to Do About the Jihadists” Saeed Shah -- Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2019

Modi Needs to Plan Carefully for the Future of Kashmir” Ranvir Nayar -- Arab News, August 11, 2019

India’s Hindu Nationalists Got Exactly What They Wanted in Kashmir” Mohammed Ayoob -- National Interest, August 12, 2019 
Hajj Boycott
Local Muslims on the Road to Mecca” Nicki Gorny -- The Blade, August 9, 2019

Millions of Muslims Prepare to Perform the Hajj Amid Calls for a Boycott” Mehmet Ozalp -- The Conversation, August 9, 2019

Politics v. Pilgrimage: Some Muslims Call for Saudi Hajj Boycott” Middle East Monitor, August 9, 2019

Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca” Megan Specia -- New York Times, August 9, 2019
A New Missile Crisis
Arms Racing With China: Battle for the Missile Race Narrative” Rick Fisher -- The Epoch Times, August 12, 2019

The End of the INF Treaty Is Good for Europe” Christopher Tremoglie -- National Review, August 8, 2019

Intermediate-Range Missiles Are the Wrong Weapon for Today’s Security Challenges” Tom Countryman and Kingston Reif -- War on the Rocks, August 13, 2019


Why Rocket Man Is Going Ballistic With Short-Range Missiles” Duyeon Kim -- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 8, 2019
Cyber Threats & Thefts
North Korean Hackers' $2 Billion Heist Is 'Funding WMD Programs'” Kate O’Flaherty -- Forbes, August 7, 2019

What Are the Rules of Engagement in a Cyberwar?” Neil Rubenking -- PC Magazine, August 8, 2019
Travel Warnings


U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Hong Kong” Almen Chui -- Asia Times, August 8, 2019
Leadership Crisis in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s Ouster of Its Governor Isn’t Just About One Administration’s Corruption” Collier Meyerson -- The Intelligencer, August 8, 2019

Social Media, Mass Mobilization and Political Change in Puerto Rico” Daniel Adorno-Cruz -- Open Democracy, August 12, 2019

Puerto Rican Resistance Began Long Before Rosselló” Yulissa Arce -- Truthout, August 13, 2019
Elections and Shakeups
Can Anyone Stop Matteo Salvini?” Jacopo Barigazzi and Silvia Borrelli -- Politico, August 12, 2019

Salvini Puts Italy on a Collision Course With Europe” Rachel Donadio -- The Atlantic, August 9, 2019

Guatemala Election Winner Sets Sights on Changing Trump Migrant Deal” Diego Oré; Sofia Menchu -- Reuters, August 12, 2019

Agriculture & Food Security Woes
Climate Change Threatens Food Security Globally, Urgent UN Report Shows” Claire Brown -- The New Food Economy, August 8, 2013


This Land Is the Only Land There Is” Robinson Meyer -- The Atlantic, August 8, 2019


The Climate Crisis, Biodiversity, and Food Security Puzzle” Zak Smith -- Natural Resources Defense Council, August 8, 2019
20 Years of Putin

After 20 Years, Is Vladimir Putin’s Untouchable Image Crumbling?” Emily Sherwin -- Deutsche Welle, August 9, 2019

Putin Began by Embracing the West. Now He Wants Revenge” Angus Roxburgh -- The Guardian, August 12, 2019

On His 20th Anniversary in Power, Putin Looks Weaker than Ever” Christian Caryl -- Washington Post, August 9, 2019