News from Zimbabwe, Qatar and Australia

Tuesday's World Events - September 3, 2013

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.  Go to worldatlas.com for a list of continents.]

NOTE: Before answering the questions below, read the info under “Background.”

2. For ZIMBABWE:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What do you think of President Mugabe's indigenization plan? (to seize 51% control of foreign companies and take them over in an effort to transfer more corporate wealth to the black citizens of Zimbabwe?)

3. For QATAR:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What media outlet is owned and run by the Emir?

4. For AUSTRALIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What do you think of Mr. Abbot's proposition? Ask a parent if he/she would mind part of their income tax going to pay other people to stay in a job.