January 29, 2019

You’re reading WorldAware’s weekly roundup of the latest expert analysis, news, intelligence alerts, and more. 

Special Report: Yellow Vest Protests Peak in France and Belgium

The Yellow Vest movement began in France as a popular protest organized largely via social media in opposition to fuel price increases. Copycat protests popped up in other countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands. Despite an overall reduction in participation, Yellow Vest demonstrations are expected to continue well into 2019.

Read on to learn more about the movement and what to expect in the weeks and months to come.


Militant Attack at Hotel in Kenya

On January 15, Kenyan security forces responded to a militant attack at the dustD2 hotel in Nairobi. At least four militants in two vehicles clashed with perimeter guards near a security checkpoint at the office park. More than 20 people were killed and many more injured in the attacks led by Somali-led group, Al-Shabaab.

Read on to see the timeline of events as WorldAware provided the intelligence through alerts.

Also see WorldAware’s Guidelines to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism advice.


Successful Evacuations Amid Political Instability in Nicaragua

Six students and 1 faculty member found themselves in harms way during the political unrest in Nicaragua in April 2018. Find out how our team established communications using several different tools, deployed boots on the ground to locate the individuals, and secure a commercial flight back to the US.

Read on to see how WorldAware’s team was able to get all 7 individuals back to their home country.


Rising Tensions in Venezuela Amid Uncertainty in Leadership

Juan Guido declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, further challenging the constitutional leader, Nicolas Maduro. As tensions continue to escalate following uncertainty in leadership, WorldAware’s regional analyst for the America’s, Jose De Bastos, continues to keep a close watch.

Listen as Jose De Bastos discusses how the geopolitics may affect safety and security for several weeks in this On-Air with WorldAware podcast.

Read on to stay up to date with intelligence alerts as the situation evolves.

In this Newsweek interview, Jose De Bastos weighs in on the on-going protests in Venezuela.


Response Operations in Action Following Flooding in Chenai, India

Following a monsoon, Chenai, India’s communication and transportation infrastructure was crippled by torrential floods. The Global Assistance and Response team used land, sea, and air transportation to aid in evacuating several individuals. The partnerships with local authorities and our extended securities teams proved invaluable to safely communicate with and transport the individuals in a debilitating situation.

Read on to see how WorldAware’s team safely aided in evacuating the individuals.


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