News from Bosnia, India and Italy

Tuesday's World Events - May 20, 2014


PLEASE NOTE: The last day of posting for the school year is June 13th. 
“Answers” emails will end for the summer on May 23rd.

1. For each of the 3 countries, provide the following information:
a) capital:
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different) [If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? - include name of heir apparent for monarch]:
f) the population:

[Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the "Geography" "People" and "Government" headings.  Go to for maps and a list of continents.]

NOTE: Before answering the questions below, read the info under “Background” and watch the videos under “Resources.”

2. For BOSNIA (sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina):
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) When was the last time the Balkan has had such terrible flooding?

3. For INDIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) For what reason did so many Indians vote for Modi (not just Hindus but Muslims too)?
OPTIONAL: Note that India is the world’s largest democracy (as well as the world’s second largest populated country and the world’s second largest English-speaking country).  Read the commentary about Modi under "Resources" below.  What do you think of the assertion in this commentary about the Obama administration's view of Modi's victory?  (Will Prime Minister Modi be a benefit or detriment to the U.S.?  Do  you think the fact that he is a Hindu nationalist make a difference in how he governs?)

4. For ITALY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What was so significant about this year’s Monte Cassino commemoration?