Weekly World News Update, August 30, 2017

WACA WWNUQuote of the Week:

“Whether it’s here at home or across the ocean, children and families have been stranded in their homes. Many have lost everything. Education has been disrupted. Businesses have been closed, destroyed. It will take a long time for people to restart their lives.”

— Laura Cardinal, Senior Director of Humanitarian Response at Save the Children, in an interview with NPR Tuesday.

Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm” William Axford; Diane Cowen; Joy Sewing; Bridget Balch — Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2017


Houston in Perspective

Attention Is on Harvey. But Flooding Has Killed Thousands this Month in Other Countries, Too” Max Bearak — The Washington Post, August 29, 2017

Harvey Should Be a Warning to Trump that Climate Change Is a Global Threat” Editorial Board — Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2017

The Economy Minus Houston” Daniel Gross — Slate, August 29, 2017

During Katrina, He Welcomed Flood Victims into His City. Now the Former Mayor of Houston Has Become One” Peter Holley — The Washington Post, August 30, 2017


Nuclear North Korea Threatens Pacifist Japan

A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military” Motoko Rich — The New York Times, August 29, 2017

Japan’s Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea” Michael Penn — Foreign Policy, August 29, 2017

North Korea Launches a Ballistic Missile Over Japan: First Impressions and Analysis” Ankit Panda — The Diplomat, August 29, 2017 [Podcast]


The Future of Assad’s Syria

Rules for Reconstruction in Syria” Steven Heydemann — Brookings, August 24, 2017
Former Obama Ambassador to Syria: Iran Is in Syria to Stay” Jenna Lifhits — The Weekly Standard, August 29, 2017

Syria: Talks Should Address ‘Disappeared’” — Human Rights Watch, August 30, 2017


Qatar: The Crisis Continues

Qatar Should Seize the Day and End the Gulf Crisis” Muhammad Mansour — Middle East Eye, August 30, 2017

Qatar Restores Full Relations with Iran, Deepening Gulf Feud” Declan Walsh — The New York Times, August 24, 2017

Qatar-Gulf Crisis Spreads to Africa” Martina Schwikowski — Deutsche Welle, August 29, 2017


UN’s Guterres Visits Israel

Netanyahu: Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria” — Al Jazeera, August 29, 2017
Inconvenient but Obvious Truths About Netanyahu and the Palestinians” Chemi Shalev — Haaretz, August 29, 2017

Israeli Leader’s Settlement Vow Complicates Trump’s Task” Josef Federman — Miami Herald, August 29, 2017


Hajj Begins

What Is the Kaaba? A Brief History of the Holiest Muslim Site Ahead of Hajj 2017” Tom O’Connor — Newsweek, August 29, 2017
Muslim Worshipers Seek Green Inspiration at Annual Hajj Pilgrimage” Adela Suliman — Thomson Reuters Foundation, August 30, 2017

How European Empires Helped Shape the Hajj” Eric Schewe — JSTOR Daily, August 30, 2017