1. It was reported for the first time this week that the U.S. will expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions placed on North Korea. Regional partners the U.S. has been working with to implement include: ________________, South Korea, Australia and Singapore.
2. The new strategy calls for closer tracking and possible seizure of ships suspected of carrying _______________ and other prohibited cargo to or from North Korea.
a) humanitarian aid
b) luxury items
c) banned weapons components
d) medical supplies
3. Rome’s ancient Colosseum, the symbol of the martyrdom of early Christians, was lit in red last week and hundreds gathered in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under _______________ blasphemy laws.
b) Saudi Arabia’s
d) the United States’
4. Blasphemy is defined as: something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy. The problems with the country’s blasphemy law include which one(s) of the following:
a) there are no penalties for false accusations
b) evidence against the accused is not permitted to be reproduced in court for fear of committing a fresh offense against Islam’s god, so there is no way for the accused to defend herself
c) the blasphemy law is increasingly used by religious extremists as well as ordinary citizens who for various reasons want to punish a Christian neighbor
d) the law does not define blasphemy, so rulings can be at the discretion of the judge
e) all of the above
5. At a press conference on Tuesday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that a new task force will target the _______________ of prescription painkillers who have contributed to an epidemic of fatal overdoses from opioids by selling too much of the addictive drugs.
c) makers and distributors
6. To accomplish the goal of the new opioid task force, Sessions said the DOJ will use:
a) civil penalties
b) criminal penalties
c) “whatever laws and tools we have to hold people accountable if they break our laws”
d) all of the above
7. In 2010, when Minnesota voter Andrew Cilek showed up to vote wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” t-shirt with a Tea Party logo and a button that said _______________, he was told to cover them up or take them off before he could cast a ballot. He was finally allowed to vote after a poll worker took down his name and address for possible prosecution. The U.S. Supreme Court heard his challenge to the law this week.
a) “Make America Great Again”
b) “Please I.D. Me”
c) “I’m with her”
d) “Kick me”
8. In their lawsuit, Cilek and others say the restriction is so vague it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of _______________. In appealing to the Supreme Court, the challengers say the law goes too far, restricting “The most peaceful method of political expression – the silent wearing of clothing,” including T-shirts that merely name a political group or ideology and make no attempt to persuade voters.
a) freedom of assembly
b) free speech
c) freedom of the press
d) religious freedom
9. Miami International Airport began using facial recognition technology this week. Officials say the new technology will do which 2 of the following?
a) eliminate the use of TSA agents
b) enhance the safety of passengers
c) help authorities verify travelers’ identities
d) violate the privacy rights of all foreign travelers
10. So far, the technology at Miami Airport is only being used on passengers arriving from:
a) Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Yemen
c) Spain, Portugal, the UK and Germany
d) all of the above