News from around the World

Tuesday's World Events - February 8, 2011

Questions

1. For each of the 5 countries, give the following information:
a) the continent on which it is located
b) the name of the capital city
c) the type of government
d) the chief of state (and head of government if different) [NOTE: If monarch, since what date has he/she ruled; include name of heir apparent]
e) the population

[Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country: type of government, capital and executive branch (chief of state/head of government) can be found under the "Government" heading; population is listed under the "People" heading.  Go to worldatlas.com for a list of continents.]

2. For Denmark:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why did the Somali man try to murder the cartoonist?
c) The court found the attacker guilty and ruled his attack was an act of terrorism. It concluded that the defendant had tried to terrify the population and destabilize Danish society. Do you think a sentence of 9 years for this crime is too much, too little, or the correct amount of time? Explain your answer.

3. For Albania:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Media reports on Albanian protests and Prime Minister Sali Berisha vary. To gain a brief understanding of the Albanian government, and information on Sali Berisha, about them under "Resources" below the questions. Why does the Socialist opposition party demand that Prime Minister Sali Berisha hold early elections?

4. For Egypt:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) A cross from the outside of the church was also stolen. The bombing of the church did not generate much media attention. Do you think the bombing of a mosque would have received more media attention? What do you think the reaction in the Muslim world would have been if Christians bombed an empty mosque in Rafah? Explain your answers.

5. For Kuwait:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How is Kuwait's political system different from other Arab countries?

6. For Iran:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What were the Americans doing in Iran at the time of their capture?