World Scene – 3/23/10

Tuesday's World Events - March 23, 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) How did the Cuban government respond to international condemnation of its human rights record?
c) A group of Cuban dissidents recommend awarding this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the Ladies in White. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
(Read about it here.)
http://marcmasferrer.typepad.com/uncommon_sense/2010/03/cuba-dissidents-award-nobel-peace-prize-to-ladies-in-white-solidaritynow.html

3. For Qatar:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Bluefin tuna have been eaten by humans for centuries. However, in the 1970s, demand and prices for large bluefins soared worldwide, particularly in Japan, and commercial fishing operations found new ways to find and catch the bluefin. As a result stocks, especially of large, breeding-age fish, have plummeted, and international conservation efforts have led to curbs on commercial takes. Fishing nations from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean complained that any ban would damage their fishing communities and that fears of the stock's collapse were overstated. What do you think: should the U.N. have passed a ban on exporting Atlantic bluefin tuna?

4. For Nigeria:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) How did the Nigerian government view Gadhafi's proposal?

5. For the United Arab Emirates:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Why did the hotel release the shark if it was a popular attraction?
c) Do you agree with the hotel's decision? Explain your answer.

6. For Turkey:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) For what reason was the group arrested?

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