October 2, 2019
Weekly World News Update
The People's Republic at 70; Ukraine Scandal Deepens; Triangle of Tension; Let's Make a Deal; South of the Border; Afghan Election Woes; Monsoons in India; Trouble for Trudeau; and the Legacy of Chirac
Quote of the Week
" No force can ever shake the status of China, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward."
-- Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an address overseeing a military parade at the Gate of Heavenly Peace during China's 70th Anniversary celebrations in Beijing.
The People's Republic at 70
Grey Skies, Red Dancers, and a Rainbow of Fighter Jets Bring Color to China’s Birthday Show.” Simone McCarthy -- South China Morning Post, October 1, 2019

China’s Global Message: We Are Tough but Not Threatening” Edward Wong -- New York Times, October 2, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party” Eleanor Albert and Beina Xu -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 27, 2019

The Anxiety Behind Beijing’s Swagger” Matthew Goodman -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 30, 2019
Trump's Ukraine Scandal Deepens
" Everything We Know About Trump's Ukraine Whistle-Blower Scandal" Chas Danner; Margaret Hartmann; Matt Stieb -- New York Magazine, October 1, 2019

" Pompeo Confirms He Listened to Trump's Call to Ukraine President" Jason Horowitz and Richard Pérez-Peña -- New York Times, October 2, 2019

" Pompeo Pushed Out His Own Ukraine Rep to Squash a Growing Scandal" Erin Banco -- The Daily Beast, October 2, 2019

" The Impeachment Inquiry: "We Could Not Ignore What the President Did." Scott Pelley -- CBS 60 Minutes, September 30, 2019

" The Russia Hawk in the White House" Natasha Bertrand -- POLITICO, September 30, 2019
Triangle of Tension
Trump Intensifies ‘Arab NATO’ Talks After Iran Strike” Jack Detsch -- Al-Monitor, October 1, 2019
Keep It Steady and Cool With Iran, America” Victor Hanson -- National Review, October 1, 2019

Saudi Arabia Considers the Consequences of a Strike on Iran” Stratfor Worldview, September 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia Under Siege: Is the Kingdom Quietly Crumbling?” Matthew Petti -- Real Clear World, October 2, 2019

Plugging the Gaps in Saudi Arabia’s Air Defenses” Michael Knights and Conor Hiney -- The Washington Institute, September 25, 2019
Let's Make a Deal
Japan-U.S. Trade Deal Is a Trump Ploy” Kazuhito Yamashita -- The Japan Times, September 30, 2019

The Mini U.S.-Japan Trade Deal Wasn’t a Win for Trump or Abe” Kimberly Elliott -- World Politics Review, October 1, 2019
South of the Border
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle” Amelia Cheatham -- Council on Foreign Relations, October 1, 2019

Peru’s President Dissolves Congress, and Lawmakers Suspend Him” Anatoly Kurmanaev and Andrea Zarate -- New York Times, September 30, 2019

America’s Argentina Risk” Kaushik Basu -- Project Syndicate, September 26, 2019

Paraguay and the Friends We Keep” Emanuele Ottolenghi -- RealClear World, October 1, 2019
Afghan Election Woes
Ghani, Abdullah Camps Claim Victory in Afghanistan Election” Al Jazeera, September 30, 2019

Was the Afghan Presidential Election a Success?” Deutsche Welle, September 30, 2019

Dismal Turnout in Afghan Election Could Weaken Next Government.” Susannah George and Pamela Constable -- The Washington Post, September 29, 2019

India's Mightiest Monsoon Season
India Records Highest Rainfall Since 1994 This Monsoon.” The Times of India, September 30, 2019

Retreating Monsoons in India Wreck Flood Havoc” Anjana Pasricha -- Voice of America, September 30, 2019 
Trouble for Trudeau
Justin Trudeau’s Spectacular Self-Destruction” Charlie Mitchell -- Foreign Policy October 1, 2019

Is Canada Broken?” Sarmishta Subramanian and Justin Poulsen -- The Walrus, September 25, 2019 
The Legacy of France's Chirac
Jacques Chirac, France’s Lovable Failure.” Paul Taylor -- Politico, September 27, 2019

Jacques Chirac Was Not a Great President, but We Can Still Learn from Him” Robert Zaretsky -- Slate, September 27, 2019

Jacques Chirac and the Art of Being Vague” Binoy Kampmark -- Counter Punch, October 1, 2019