News from Hungary, Botswana and Venezuela

Tuesday's World Events - October 28, 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 HUNGARY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What concerns do protesters have with the government’s plan to tax citizens’ internet use?
OPTIONAL: $2.88/month might not sound like a lot to some people who don’t oppose what they view as moderate taxes, but average weekly/yearly salary for Hungarians compared to Americans must be considered. Do an internet search to determine these averages. Ask a parent what he/she thinks of this proposed tax in Hungary, and how he/she would view an additional comparable tax on our internet usage.

3. For BOTSWANA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How is Botswana viewed by the rest of the world?
c) What is Botswana’s greatest natural resource?
d) In the Reuters report on Botswana elections, the reporter ends with: “Botswana's sole power station broke down, forcing it to rely on electricity from neighboring South Africa.” What does this imply about President Khama’s party? What impression does it give you about President Khama’s party?
e) This article does not provide information about the power situation in Botswana, but we know that the population of Botswana is 2 million and the country is a little smaller than the size of Texas (according to World Factbook). A quick internet search finds that several countries in the region purchase electricity from South Africa; also, Botswana is building a new power plant to be operational by 2018 (see wikipedia). Would this information cause you to change your impression about the lack of power plants? Explain your answer.
[NOTE: When you read something in the news, think about the impression you are getting about a topic, and ask yourself if there are any facts you don’t know about the issue.]

4. For VENEZUELA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What has caused the food shortage in Venezuela?
c) Define nationalization.  What is the problem with this system?