Weekly World News Update, October 18, 2017

WACA WWNUElections Around the World; Terror in Somalia; ISIS Falling; Iraq and Kurds Clash; Catalonia Defies Spain


Quote of the Week:

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope on Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by some people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), accepting the Liberty Medal award from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.


Elections Around the World

A New Right-Wing Movement Rises in Austria” Emily Schultheis — The Atlantic, October 16, 2017

The Death of Liberalism in Japan” Koichi Nakano — The New York Times, October 15, 2017

Abenomics Goes Up Against Yurinomics in Japan’s Snap Election – Here’s What You Need to Know” Pamela Ambler — Forbes, October 17, 2017

Stakes in Presidential Elections Extend Beyond Kyrgyzstan” M. Hiking and Hillwalking Shoes Reyaz — The Wire, October 13, 2017


Monumental Terror in Somalia

A Bomb Blast in Somalia’s Capital Exposes the Government’s Failures” — The Economist, October 17, 2017

Why the Somalia Truck Bomb Matters for President Trump” Conor Gaffey — Newsweek, October 17, 2017

Intel Official Says Turkish Military Base Was ‘Target’ of Somalia Truck Bomb” Harun Maruf — Voice of America, October 17, 2017


ISIS Falling – What Comes Next?

After the Caliphate, What’s Next for ISIS? ISIS 2.0, Experts Say” Margaret Coker; Eric Schmitt; Rukmini Callimachi — The New York Times, October 18, 2017

Victory Over Islamic State Is Near. adidas Then What?” Editorial Board — Chicago Tribune, October 17, 2017

The Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Tests U.S. Commitment to Syrian Kurds” Louisa Loveluck and Liz Sly — The Washington Post, October 17, 2017

America’s Opportunity in Iraq Is Ready to Be Seized” Douglas A. adidas alte Ollivant — War on the Rocks, October 18, 2017


Iraq and Kurds Clash

Iraqi-Kurdish Clash in Kirkuk Opens the Door to More Iranian Influence” Robbie Gramer and Paul Mcleary — Foreign Policy, October 16, 2017

Kirkuk: The City that Highlights Iraq’s War Within a War” Michael Knights — BBC, October 17, 2017

Iraqi Operation Will Deepen Rift Among the Kurds” Ashish Kumar Sen — Atlantic Council, October 16, 2017


Catalonia Continues to Defy Spain

The Catalan Independence Movement’s Shifting Fortunes” Omar G.