World Briefs – 4/20/10

Tuesday's World Events - April 20, 2010

Questions

1. For each of the 5 countries, give the following information:
a) the continent on which it is located
b) the name of the capital city
c) the type of government
d) the chief of state (and head of government if different)
e) the population

[Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country: type of government, capital and executive branch (chief of state/head of government) can be found under the "Government" heading; population is listed under the "People" heading.  Go to worldatlas.com for a list of continents.]

2. For Cuba:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) In general, liberals in the U.S. do not oppose the Cuban government. Many Hollywood stars and members of the media do not think that the Cuban government denies Cubans freedom, whereas conservatives in the U.S. oppose the Cuban government because it is a repressive communist regime that denies citizens freedom. What is your perception of the Cuban government? Ask a parent to discuss this with you.

3. For Jamaica:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Define marooned as used in the news item.
c) What is ironic about the current plight of the Jamaicans stranded by flooding?

4. For Turkey:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Define frigate as used in the news item.

5. For Senegal:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What is a marabout?
c) Are you surprised to hear about the marabouts' treatment of the children in their care? Explain your answer.

6. For Israel:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission allows Wi-Fi broadcasting at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel - meaning that the stronger signal could consume too much bandwidth, or throw off others' wireless connections. What do you think about Israel's ban on the iPad?