The World Today 101
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African GDP/Life Expectancy Map (SAS # 1499): Identify the relative locations of African countries, Categorize countries based on their gross domestic product (GDP) values, Create a map that identifies African countries along with their GDPs and life expectancies, Recognize the potential effects of GDP on life expectancy.
OPEC Oil Embargo (SAS # 1299) How did OPEC cause an economic crisis in the 1970s? Learn about the cartel that turned oil into a powerful political weapon. At the end of this tutorial, you can take a short, online quiz.
Causes of World War (SAS # 1125) Research, organize, and review information about the people, places, and events leading up to World War II. You'll investigate the causes of the war, create a crossword puzzle to review key events that led to the war, and solve puzzles created by your peers.
Joseph Kony, a Catholic altar boy in his youth, is one of Africa’s most sinister and bizarre figures. The LRA, which began as a resistance movement to atrocities committed by the government of Yoweri Museveni, terrorised northern Uganda for decades, mutilating and killing civilians. At the height of its influence, the LRA numbered thousands of combatants, women and children. After it was driven out of Uganda in the mid-2000s, it continued to prey on civilian populations in Congo, the Central African Republic and parts of what became South Sudan.
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The Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Collective Punishment was based on the notion that Joseph Stalin thought the Tatars had collaborated with the Nazi Occupation forces.
To be Deported means to force to leave a country by official order; banish. In America, it's the job of ICE to monitor and enforce US laws on Immigration.
Sevastopol was a city once controlled by the Soviet Union (Called the "City of Russian Glory").
Crimean Tatars today make up 25% of the Crimean population and originate from Turkey.
A Peninsula is a piece of land surrounded by water on three (3) sides.
A Presidential Republic is when a country does not have a King or Queen and elects their own Head of State.
Nuclear Reactors are devices that are used to generate power and as a source of power in large grids.
Magnitude is the measure of the energy of an earthquake.
A Tsunami occurs when a giant wave forms due to two of earth plates pushing against each other and creates an earthquake under water.
Earthquakes occur when tectonic plates under the earth shift and rub against each other with great force that shakes a wide area.
OPEC is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was established in 1960 and is an intergovernmental organization of the world's major oil-exporting nations. (Includes-Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela)
The USS Vincennes was a U.S. Navy cruiser that shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf in 1988.
Oil is a greasy liquid that comes from the breakdown of animal, vegetable and mineral matter over a period of thousands of years. (Also known as Petroleum)
The Strait of Hormuz is a body of water that is between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and is bordered by the countries of Iran and Oman.
Genocide: Genocide is mass killing of a particular religion, race, ethnicity, etc. Genocide has occurred many times throughout our current history. Rwanda's genocide could be attributed to the power of a minority ethnic group after French colonization. South Sudan, Syria and the CAR are suspected of genocide today.
Child Soldiers: Due to great internal conflict throughout the continent of Africa, millions of children have been recruited to aid rebel militia groups. Learn about the militant leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.
AIDS Epidemic: While a global issue, the AIDS epidemic hits Sub-Saharan Africa harder than any other place in the world due to extreme poverty. Learn about the following topics:
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a rapidly spreading virus that leads to AIDS and gradually destroys the immune system.
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a progressive disorder that leads to death. This illness is rapidly spreading across the world.
ARV's: Antiretroviral Therapy (ARVs) help slow down the progression of HIV and AIDS and can prolong the life of patients.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa is a region in southern Africa that has a very large portion of the population with AIDS. In this region the disease is considered an epidemic.