News from Greenland, Turkey and China

Tuesday's World Events - November 5, 2013

Questions

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 worldatlas.com for maps and a list of continents.]

NOTE: Before answering the questions below, read the info under “Background.” 

2. For GREENLAND:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What are rare earths and where do most rare earths come from?
c) Read the information under "Background" below and watch the video under "Resources." Consider the need for rare earths minerals. Do you think Greenland's parliament made the right decision to lift the ban on mining? Explain your answer.

3. For TURKEY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How did Turkey's transportation minister respond to concerns that Turkey has too high a risk for earthquakes for the tunnel to be safe?
c) Would this response allay your concerns? Explain your answer.

4. For CHINA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Describe the challenges Chinese farmers face when the local government takes their land for a building project.