Monday Briefing | October 22

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Ethnic Uighurs leaving the mosque in Xinjiang after the evening prayer/ Photo courtesy The New York Times / Adam Dean

Stories to Follow

Trump Says the U.S. will withdraw the Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia: Saturday October 20, 2018, President Trump warned he will withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.  President Trump argued Russia’s development of missile system 9M729 was a violation against the 1987 Treaty while Russia denied such breach of an agreement.  The issue is to be further developed as John Bolton, National Security of the United States, plans to visit Moscow to discuss about the issues of North Korea, Iran, and Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia Finally Concedes to the death of Jamal Khashoggi: Friday October 19, 2018, Saudi Arabia kingdom admitted that Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist, was killed by its agent during a fist fight at its Consulate.  Initially, the kingdom denied the death of Jamal Khashoggi saying the journalist left the consulate alive.  Before the admittance of the kingdom, the United Nations urged for the investigation on the case.  Mr. Kashoggi, a journalist of The Washington post, was initially considered a good friend of the Saudi Arabia kingdom but became less liked by the royal family as he started criticizing Prince Mohammad’s authoritarianism.

The Controversy Over a Mass Detention Camp in Xinjiang Continues: The debate over the situation in Xinjiang continues to escalate as the Chinese government continues to defend its mass detention program.  According to a post by The Wall Street Journal published on October 16, 2018, the Chinese government argued the mass detention camp was for social stability and was formed voluntarily by detainees.  The United Nations experts have reported that the detention camp has been present since two years ago, and most of the hundreds of thousands of detainees are of Muslims of Uighur ethnic group.  The detention camp has been characterized as a “re-education” camp, where intense political indoctrination has been taking place.

This Week in JPI

A Case Against Military Intervention in Iran by Timothy Davis: Timothy Davis, a freelance writer and current graduate student of International Relations Program at NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, writes an op-ed on President Trump’s policy on military intervention in Iran and argues, “It is possible to deter Iran’s development of nuclear weapons without military intervention. It has been done before and it can be done again.”

Happening This Week

Warhol, Basquiat, Haring and More (Free Exhibition)

Sun, October 21 – Wed, October 31

The Peninsula New York 700 Fifth Avenue Manhattan, NY 10019

A free exhibition of the notable artists from the 1980s is hosted at The Peninsula New York hotel in Midtown as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.  The works of the exhibition include the ones by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Barbara Kruger and Keith Haring.  

For more information, visit here.  

The Holidays Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park

Sat, October 27 – Mon, December 31

It’s finally back!  The Holidays Shops at Winter Village at Bryan Park will have ice-skating rink and many vendor booths offering clothing, jewelry, household gifts, crafts, arts and more.  Perfect way to enjoy the holiday vibe in New York City!

For more information, visit here.

In Your Free Time

Do you enjoy exploring restaurants near NYU?  Check out these newly opened hot spots in the West Village!

Tipsy Shanghai

228 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

http://tipsy-shanghai.com/about/

PhoBar by Saigon-Shack

114 Macdougal Street New York, NY 10012

http://www.saigonshack.com/

This week’s Monday Briefing is brought to you by Mina Kwon.

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