August 7, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Tragedy on American Soil; Kashmir: An Uncertain Future; South Korea vs. Japan; U.S.-China Money Fued; Conflict Check-In; Iran 'Tank' Over?; and Fire & Ice
Quotes of the Week
" We are very respectful of what other governments decide but we think that these lamentable events that occurred in the United States should lead to reflection, analysis, and the decision to control the indiscriminate sale of arms."
-- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a press conference August 5 in response to the mass shooting in El Paso, TX, which killed 23 Mexican and American citizens.

" Today, the Modi government has corrected a long overdue historic wrong. I congratulate PM @narendramodi for his unwavering commitment towards ensuring unity and integrity of our motherland. This historic decision will usher in a new dawn of peace and development in the J&K and Ladakh region."
-- India's Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted in regards to the revocation of India's Article 370, which gave "Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications, and foreign affairs." 

" We will never again lose to Japan. We have come this far today by overcoming countless hardships."
-- South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed during an Emergency Cabinet Meeting August 2, as the South Korea-Japan feud intensifies.
Tragedy on American Soil
Gun Violence in America: A True National Security Threat” John Allen -- Brookings, August 5, 2019
 
How Gun Violence in the U.S. Is Viewed from Abroad” Ari Shapiro -- NPR, August 6, 2019

The American Exception” David Frum -- The Atlantic, August 4, 2019 

'Do Something!’: Ohio Governor Drowned Out by Angry Chants at Dayton Shooting Vigil” Allyson Chiu -- The Washington Post, August 5, 2019

White Extremist Ideology Drives Many Deadly Shootings” Weiyi Cai; Jason Kao; Joe Ward -- New York Times, August 4, 2019 

Recent Mass Shootings in the U.S.: A Timeline” Carolina Miranda -- Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2019
Kashmir: An Uncertain Future
The Story of Indian Democracy Written in Blood and Betrayal” Pratap Mehta -- The Indian Express, August 6, 2019

There Is Reason to Fear for the Safety of Every Kashmiri in India” Ather Zia -- Al Jazeera, August 5, 2019

New India at the Cost of a Partition” Monobina Gupta -- The Wire, August 7, 2019

India’s Sudden Kashmir Move Could Backfire Badly” Michael Kugelman -- Foreign Policy, August 5, 2019

China Calls UT Status for Ladakh ‘Unacceptable’, Triggers India’s Sharp Response” Sutirtho Patranobis -- Hindustan Times, August 6, 2019
South Korea vs. Japan

Who Lost South Korea?” Kuni Miyake -- Japan Times, August 5, 2019

Op-Ed: Shinzo Abe’s Appeal to Nostalgia and Nationalism” David Leheny -- Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2019

U.S.-China and Japan-South Korea Trade Wars Undermine World’s Economy” William Pesek -- Nikkei Asian Review, August 5, 2019
U.S.-China Money Feud
The Threat of a U.S.- China Currency War” John Plendor -- Financial Times, August 5, 2019

Unlucky Number Seven: The Exchange Rate and the State of U.S.-China Talks” Stephanie Segal -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 6, 2019

Unjustified China Madness” Derek Scissors -- American Enterprise Institute, August 6, 2019

How China, Branded a Currency Manipulator, Steers the Yuan” Mike Bird and Steven Russolillo -- Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2019
Conflict Check-In
The Night Quiet Hong Kong Working-Class Neighborhood Wong Tai Sin Became a Smoking Battleground” Emily Tsang; Clifford Lo; Michelle Wong -- South China Morning Post, August 5, 2019

Sudan’s Peace Pact Promises a Brighter Future” The National, August 3, 2019

After Protests, Will Real Change Come to Puerto Rico?” Frances Robles and Patricia Mazzei -- New York Times, August 3, 2019
Iran 'Tank' Over?
Iran Owns the Persian Gulf Now” Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, August 1, 2019

The U.S. Has to Get a Sense of Iran’s Security Interests” Rene Pfister -- Spiegel, August 7, 2019

Iran Sanctions Breach Suspicion Prompts Bank to Seize Ships” Saket Sundria; Serene Cheong; Dan Murtaugh -- Bloomberg, August 5, 2019

So Much for Suez: What Britain’s Tanker Crisis With Iran in the Gulf Really Means” Moez Hayat -- National Interest, August 4, 2019
Fire & Ice
 
Walloped by Heat Wave, Greenland Sees Massive Ice Melt” David Rising -- Associated Press, August 2, 2019