News from Nigeria, Turkey and Germany

Tuesday's World Events - October 6, 2015

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.
NOTE: If WorldFactBook appears outdated for any country, go to Wikipedia – search there for “Religion in ___” or “Politics of ____” for the leaders.  Or do an internet search for “Population of ___.”]

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

2. For NIGERIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Define indiscipline.
c) What did President Buhari say about the nation’s habits in a televised address last week?
d) How did President Buhari implement his “War on indiscipline” in the 1980s when he became president after a coup?
e) How did Mr. Buhari convince voters to elect him in April 2015?
f) What would you think if a U.S. presidential candidate spoke about the nation’s habits the way President Buhari spoke of Nigeria’s?
CHALLENGE: Follow the news on Nigeria to get updates on the fight against Boko Haram, as well as the new war on indiscipline. (Try Reuters or BBC News)

3. For TURKEY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why do Turkish people resent Syrian refugees who live in Turkey?
c) What other challenges do Syrian refugees face in Turkey that prevent them from getting on with their lives?
d) How would the Turkish government like to solve their Syrian refugee problem?
e) Do you think this is a good idea? OR
What do you think of the Egyptian billionaire who wants to purchase an uninhabited Greek island and build a port and housing and let all of the Syrian refugees live there “until the war is over and they can go home”? Explain your answer.

4. For GERMANY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) German Chancellor Angela Merkel told volunteers welcoming Syrian refugees into the country that they had "painted a picture of Germany which can make us proud of our country.” What obligation does she have as the leader to ensure the safety of every migrant - Muslim and Christian? What should she do about the violence against Christian Syrians (as well as Christian migrants from other Muslim countries)?  Explain your answers.
c) Read "Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters," a commentary on the danger and threats Christian refugees face at the hands of Muslim refugees in Germany’s refugee shelters.  What is your reaction to this commentary?
CHALLENGE: Do regular internet searches for “Christian migrants in Germany” to discover how the media is reporting on their plight.