March 13, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Venezuela Loses Power; Ethiopian Disaster; UN Rebukes Saudi Arabia; Brexit Deal Fails Again; Turkey Goes Down and Greece Goes Up; South Korea Changes; Iran Pushes in Middle East
Quote of the Week
We’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us. … I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan.
-- Former Vice President Dick Cheney in a leaked transcript of an off-the-record session this weekend while participating in Q&A with Vice President Pence at a donor retreat.
Venezuela Blackout Crisis 

Venezuela Is Truly on the Verge of Collapse” Francisco Toro -- The Washington Post, March 10, 2019
 
' A City of Shadows:' Fear as Venezuela's Crippling Blackout Enters Day Four” Joe Parkin Daniels; Patricia Torres; Tom Phillips -- The Guardian, March 10, 2019
 
No End in Sight to Venezuela’s Blackout, Experts Warn” Anatoly Kurmanaev and Isayen Herrera -- The New York Times, March 11, 2019
 
" Venezuelan Opposition Leader Will Call for 'State of National Emergency as Power Blackout Goes On” Hamdi Alkhshali; Susannah Cullinane; Kay Guerrero; Claudia Dominguez -- CNN, March 10, 2019
Is Boeing to Blame? 
The Western Erasure of African Tragedy Hannah Giorgis -- The Atlantic, March 11, 2019 


Growing Number of Boeing Max 8 Planes Grounded After Crash” Christopher Bodeen -- Associated Press, March 11, 2019

Is It Time to Worry About the Boeing 737 Max 8?” James Fallows -- The Atlantic, March 11, 2019
Saudi Arabia UN Rebuke 
UN: A Call to Free Saudi Women Activists” Human Rights Watch, March 7, 2019 

Saudi Arabia Rebuked for First Time by Fellow Members of UN Rights Council” Nick Cumming-Bruce -- The New York Times, March 7, 2019

Europe, Canada, Australia Issue First Rebuke of Saudi Arabia at UN Forum” Stephanie Nebehay; Mark Heinrich; Bill Berkrot -- Reuters, March 7, 2019
Brexit’s Final Push for Deal

Ahead of Crucial Brexit Vote, Key Lawmakers Won’t Support Theresa May’s Plan” William Booth and Karla Adam -- The Washington Post, March 12, 2019

With Brexit Deal Down, UK Lawmakers Have Two More Choices” Jill Lawless -- Associated Press, March 13, 2019 
Turkey's Economic Fall
Turkey Enters First Recession in a Decade as Elections Loom” Cagan Koc -- Bloomberg, March 10, 2019
 
Turkey Falls Into Recession as Lira Crisis Takes Long-Lasting Toll” Laura Pitel -- Financial Times, March 11, 2019  
Greece Improves
Greece: Economy Improves, Key Reforms Still Needed” International Monetary Fund, March 12, 2019
Updates in South Korea
Fine Dust Now 'Social Disaster:' New Parliamentary Bill” The Korea Times, March 13, 2019
 
South Korea, U.S. Sign Deal for Increased Payment for U.S. Troops” John Bowden -- The Hill, March 8, 2019
Growing Influence in the Middle East 
War by Proxy: Iran’s Growing Footprint in the Middle East” Seth Jones -- Center For Strategic and International Studies, March 11, 2019


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