News from Great Britain, Yemen and Israel

Tuesday's World Events - May 1, 2012


1. For each of the 3 countries, give the following information:
a) location/the countries that share its borders
b) the religious breakdown of the population
c) the type of government
d) 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]
e) 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 a list of continents.]

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why will the troops and missiles be stationed on buildings around London?

3. For YEMEN:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Read the "Background" on Ali Saleh and Yemen below the questions. Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years. He had agreed to step down twice but went back on his agreement both times before actually stepping down.  Upon leaving office he said that he would “ my brother, the president of the republic [Hadi]” and called on Yemenis to “rally” behind the new leader in his fight against “terrorism, first and foremost, al Qaeda.”
Why do you think he is now interfering with President Hadi's rule?

4. For ISRAEL:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What percent of Israel's population is Arab?
c) What percent of Arab states' populations are Jewish? (such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, U.A.E., Lebanon...)  Choose one to find the breakdown.
d) Why do you think there is such a huge difference between the number of Arabs who are able to live in Israel vs. the number of Jewish people who are permitted to live in Arab Muslim countries?