News from France, Spain and Pakistan

Tuesday's World Events - May 15, 2012


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 for a list of continents.]

2. For FRANCE:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why was the group protesting?
c) Catholics in the U.S., as a group, many times exhibit the most vocal opposition to social policies that go against the teachings of the Bible.  What do you think of their willingness to expose themselves to possible ridicule for their beliefs?

3. For SPAIN:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) The reporter states: "Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government has enacted deep spending cuts to reduce the national debt, but many people blame those measures for deepening families’ financial plight."  What do you think caused the need for such deep spending cuts?
c) Read the "Background" below.  Is Prime Minister Rajoy wrong to cut spending to reduce Spain's national debt?  Explain your answer.  Ask a parent the same question.

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Akhter Sheikh, head of Karachi Municipal Corporation's advertising department said of the covered billboards: "There is nothing we can do about it."  Do you think if they wanted to, the city could prevent the billboards from being covered over, or at least find out who did it?