News from South Korea, Syria and Maldives

Tuesday's World Events - February 14, 2012

Questions

1. For each of the 3 countries, give the following information:
a) location/the countries that share its borders
b) the religious breakdown of the population
c) the type of government
d) 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]
e) 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 South Korea:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How is the North Korean government responding to the activists plans to drop leaflets into their country?

3. For Syria:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Should the world community/U.N. help the Syrian government, its opponents, or neither?  If so, what aid should be given.  Explain your answer.

4. For Maldives:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What two groups does President Nasheed blame for being behind the coup that ousted him? Why does he say each group joined in?
c) Read the background below about the Maldives.  Do you support the Obama administration's decision to back the newly installed president Waheed Hassan, instead of the ousted Mohammed Nasheed, who had been democratically elected?  Explain your answer.