February 13, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Border Deal?; 40-Year Iranian Anniversary; Nigerian Election Chaos; Thai King Betrayal; Big Trial in Spain; Engagement with Central Europe; Brexit Struggles; El Chapo Convicted; Invisible Refugees
Quote of the Week
We can’t let any unrelated, cynical partisan plays get in the way of finishing the important process of funding the government and securing the border.
-- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeting Wednesday on the potential border deal.
Border Deal?

Take the Deal, Mr. President” Henry Olsen -- Washington Post, February 12, 2019

" Stocks Close at 2019 High on Tentative Deal to Avert Government Shutdown, Trade Optimism" Sue Chang and Chris Matthews -- MarketWatch, February 12, 2019

Trump's Wall Symbolizes the End of American Optimism” Seth Ferranti -- Vice News, February 11, 2019
Iran Marks 40 Years Since Revolution
The Iran Revolution at 40: From Theocracy to ‘Normality’” Thomas Erdbrink -- The New York Times, February 10, 2019
After 40 Years, Is Iran’s Revolution Unravelling?” Suzanna Maloney -- Lawfare, February 13, 2019

Militant Iran Taunts U.S. on Revolution's 40th Birthday” Parisa Hafezi -- Reuters, February 11, 2019
America's Effort to Isolate Iran Will Backfire” Trita Parsi -- National Interest, February 12, 2019
Nigeria’s Election for Peace 
Nigeria’s Election: What to Know” John Campbell -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 8, 2019
" Nigeria’s Candidates Mix Peace Pledge With Election Threats” Cara Anna and Rodney Muhumuza -- Associated Press, February 13, 2019
" The Old Men Vying to Lead Africa's Youngest Population" Stephanie Busari -- CNN, February 13, 2019

Has Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Honored His Promises?” Fidelis Mbah -- Al Jazeera, February 12, 2019
Thailand’s King Betrays Sister for Election 
Thailand’s Election Season Gets Even Wilder” Joshua Kurlantzick -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 8, 2019
Wait - What’s Going on in Thailand? Here’s the Background.” Allen Hicken and Joel Selway -- Washington Post, February 12, 2019
In Dismissing His Sister's Ambitions, the Thai King Shows Where His Loyalty Is” Peter Hartcher -- The Sydney Morning Herald, February 12, 2019
Catalan Heads to Big Trial
Spain’s Trial of Catalan Separatists Is an Alarming Act of State Repression” Carles Puigdemont -- The Guardian, February 12, 2019
Global Spain vs. Catalan Separatists: The Ultimate PR Battle” Diego Torres -- Politico, February 12, 2019
Spanish Democracy in the Dock as Trial of Catalan Separatists Starts” Paddy Woodworth -- The Irish Times, February 12, 2019
U.S.-Central Europe Ties
Pompeo and Foreign Minister of Poland: A New Solidarity” Jacek Czaputowicz and Michael Pompeo -- CNN, February 12, 2019

Engaging Hungary Is Good for U.S. Interests and Values” Damon Wilson -- Atlantic Council, February 10, 2019
Mike Pompeo Must Strengthen Diplomacy with Central Europe” Dalibor Rohac -- The Hill, February 11, 2019
Brexit’s Struggles Are a Reality 
The Past 72 Hours of Brexit Ridiculousness, Explained” Jen Kirby -- Vox, February 11, 2019
Can a Post-Brexit United Kingdom Remain United?” John Roberts -- Atlantic Council, February 8, 2019

Brexit's 'Project Fear' Has Just Become Reality” Ferdinando Giugliano -- Bloomberg, February 12, 2019
El Chapo Is Guilty
El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison” Alan Feuer -- The New York Times, February 12, 2019
Door Slams on Guilty El Chapo After Old Mob Pals Line Up to Squeal” Ed Vulliamy -- The Guardian, February 12, 2019
The Invisible Refugee Problem 
The World’s 40 Million Invisible Refugees” Johan Schaar -- IRIN, February 11, 2019

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