News from Russia, France and Italy

Tuesday's World Events - August 27, 2013


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 for maps and a list of continents.]

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

2. For RUSSIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why did President Putin make this decree?
c) What exactly will be banned? During what period of time?
d) If you had the opportunity to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, would you? Why or why not?
e) President Putin is known for cracking down on freedom in Russia. In this case, do you think Russians should support his decree? Explain your answer.

3. For FRANCE:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What is the top tax rate in France today? How would you respond if that much of your income was taxed? Explain your answer.
c) CHALLENGE question: Read the pros and cons of "Should Taxes Be Increased on the Wealthy?" at:
Which side makes the better argument? Explain your answer.  (Did either side leave out any pertinent point(s)?)

4. For ITALY:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) "What we see on the Italian coast is a consequence of the exodus of the desperate, because you see two phenomena: those fleeing war and those fleeing poverty," said Emma Bonino, Italian foreign minister, earlier this month.
Do you think Italy should accept any and as many refugees who come to their shores? Explain your answer.

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