Weekly World News Update, October 6, 2017

WACA WWNUReactions to Las Vegas; Catalonia Cleaves Spain; Implications of Genocide in Myanmar; Deciphering North Korea; Puerto Rico’s Recovery Path; Future of War; After Germany’s Election


Quote of the Week:

“Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that.”

— Jimmy Kimmel, in a Monday monologue on his TV show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. 


The World Reacts to Las Vegas

‘Appalling,’ ‘Awful,’ and ‘Clearly an Act of Terror’: The World Reacts to Las Vegas Attack” Karla Adam — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 3, 2017

Right and Left React to the Las Vegas Shooting and the Gun Control Debate” Justin Bank — The New York Times, October 3, 2017

Deadly Las Vegas Carnage Unavoidable, Security Experts Say” — The Japan Times, October 3, 2017

ISIS Claiming Las Vegas Has Terror Experts Confused” Tim Hume — Vice News, October 3, 2017


Puerto Rico’s Long Road Ahead

Puerto Rico Needs More than Relief – It Needs Reconstruction” Vann R. Newkirk II — The Atlantic, October 4, 2017


Catalonia Cleaves Spain

Can Catalonia Split with Spain?” Zachary Laub — CFR, September 29, 2017

Spanish Court Opens Sedition Probe of Catalonia Officials for Independence Bid” William Booth — The Washington Post, October 4, 2017

Catalonia Beset by Divided Loyalties in Protest Aftermath” Patrick Jackson — BBC, October 3, 2017

For EU, Catalonia Pits Democratic Rights Against Sovereignty” Steven Erlanger — The New York Times, October 2, 2017


Greater Implications of Genocide in Myanmar

Rohingya Crisis Raises Risks of Terrorism and Social Unrest” Yuji Kuronuma — Nikkei Asian Review, October 3, 2017

Global Terror Groups Set to Exploit Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine” Amy Chew — Channel NewsAsia, October 3, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize Isn’t About Peace” Richard Evans — Foreign Policy, October 2, 2017

Rohingya Children Witness Crimes Against Humanity” Peter Bouckaert — Human Rights Watch, September 29, 2017


Deciphering North Korea 

What’s Really Driving Kim Jong-un’s Behavior?” Jung H. Pak — Brookings, October 3, 2017

How North Korea Uses Front Companies to Help Evade Sanctions” Nicole Einbinder — PBS Frontline, October 3, 2017

25 Years of Provocations and Negotiations: North Korea and the United States” Lisa Collins — CSIS, October 2017 [Interactive Report]


The Future of War

Our Best Hope Against Nuclear War” David Ignatius — The Washington Post, October 3, 2017

Are Wars Caused by Accidents?” Victor Davis Hanson — National Review, October 3, 2017

Rules for Getting Defense Strategy Right” Thomas Spoehr — War on the Rocks, October 3, 2017


After Germany’s Election

Merkel’s Challenge: Governing Germany in an Age of Rising Nationalism” — The Conversation, September 28, 2017

The Bronze Medal Winner Could Take First Place in Germany” Steven E. Sokol — Pittsbugh Post-Gazette, September 24, 2017