News from Hong Kong, Venezuela and Russia

Tuesday's World Events - September 30, 2014

Questions

1. For each of the 3 countries, give 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 a list of continents.]

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

2. For HONG KONG:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What do the protesters want?

3. For VENEZUELA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What does socialist President Maduro accuse the doctors of doing?
c) How have the doctors responded to President Maduro’s accusations and calls for prosecution?
d) Apart from the Wall Street Journal articles, the American media has not reported this story. Why do you think this is so?
(Do an internet search for follow-up articles on this story.)

4. For RUSSIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What do you think about the response from Google, Twitter and Facebook?
c) Read the “Background” below the questions. Considering what you have read in the news article as well as the Background, what do you think is President Putin’s motive for the internet regulations?