News from Venezuela, Argentina and Burkina Faso

Tuesday's World Events - December 1, 2015

Questions

1. For each of the 3 countries, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. 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
  6. 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NOTE: If WorldFactBook appears outdated for any country, go to Wikipedia – search there for “Religion in ___” or “Politics of ____” for the leaders.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 information under “Background.”

2. For VENEZUELA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How is the socialist ruling party attempting to keep control of the National Assembly? What tactic are they using in Maracay?
c) Why is the United Socialist Party attempting this fraud?

3. For ARGENTINA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) President Kristina Kirchner served two terms, following the presidency of her husband Nestor Kirchner. Why were voters tired of President Kirchner’s policies?
c) How is the newly elected Mr. Macri described? What policies will he enact as president?

4. For BURKINA FASO:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) For how many years did Burkina Faso’s ousted leader Blaise Compaore rule?
c) Why was Sunday’s election in Burkina Faso historic?
d) What were people looking for in a candidate?