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This is where we will publish current events that connect with the standards we cover in 7th grade.
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Thanks, Britan and other European countries. (sarcasam)

posted Feb 27, 2013, 10:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 27, 2013, 11:53 AM ]

 
    "Run, before they come for us!!" This is what many hundreds of tribesmen and tribes women had to say to thier family as their villages was being burned down due to the ongoing war between Sudan and South Sudan. At the moment Sudan and South Sudan are in a war over oil rich reigons. Both sides have acused the other of supporting the rebels and have even embargoed oil transports from the other country.
   
     This relates to the standard because if Britan and other Euopeans had not created the artifical borders or if hey atleast consulted the African groups, they would have never had to fight over resources or be foreced to live in the same land. Pat of the problem is that since South Sudan is a fairly new country their government isn't as stable as other countries. Also South Sudan resents  Sudan due to how they got better treatment from the Europeans when they were colonies and now the south dosen't trust the north. 

 

SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.

a. Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and artificial political boundaries.
 
 
 
 

Foreigners Kidnapped in Nigeria

posted Feb 27, 2013, 9:33 AM by Brad L

    7 foreigners were kidnapped at their construction job on Saturday. 1 security guard was killed while whoever did it was abducting these people. It is thought to be the work of the Boko Haram group, even though no one has accepted it as a work of their own. The kidnapping is similar to one in 2011, but only 2 were abducted.

    It relates to our standards, because if the partitioning of the land didn't occur than there wouldn't be conflict between the people. If the land was fairly split between ethnic groups, Boko Ha
ram, wouldn't have to get there point across through terror and fear.
   


SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.

a. Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and artificial political boundaries.
Brad L. :P                                                            

Violence breaks out in Kenya around the Election.

posted Feb 25, 2013, 11:16 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 25, 2013, 11:17 AM ]

Kenya is bracing it's self for violence.Political leaders have been known to stir up ethnic rivalrys.Ethnic groups are arming them selves and everyone's bracing them selfs for the comflict to come.

SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.

a. Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and

artificial political boundaries.

Radio Plants Seeds of Success for Struggling Farmers

posted Feb 24, 2013, 1:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 2, 2013, 1:25 PM by Mister Parker ]

Radio plants seeds of success for struggling farmers   



              In this video, Marketplace Africa is reporting on a new radio station, Farm Radio, which is helping a lot of people in Sangano, Malawi. Many of the farmers can't read and/or write.  So they can't read instruction books or pamphlets about their crops. But they have created radio listening clubs where men, women, and children sit around one radio and listen to tips about how to grow better crops.
             
       SS7E3 The student will describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria and South Africa.
  a. Explain the relationship between investment in human capital (education and training) and gross domestic product (GDP).

                 This video relates to this standard because Rex Chapota, executive producer of Farm Radio, is investing money into broadcasting farming education to the people in Sangano. The farmers will be more educated and productive and will grow better crops. They will be able able to sell them for high prices in the market, bringing in more income, raising Malawi's GDP, and learning more from the radio station everyday.

37 captives killed in Algerian gas plant.

posted Feb 23, 2013, 6:48 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 26, 2013, 12:34 PM ]

 
    On Wednesday the 16th of January, Islamist extremists charged into an Algerian natural gas plant west of the Libyan border. When they arrived, the terrorists tied up some people and set explosives in and out of the plant. Attacks by the government pressured them so they attempted to leave in cars attached with explosives and burdened with hostages, but failed, killing captives in the process. Even though the activists planned this so fluently, the air force and troops put a stop to the crisis. Hostages and terrorists from around the globe have died and now countries are bringing back the bodies.
 

    The killing has to do with our standard “SS7CG3 The student will analyze how politics in Africa impacts standard of living” for the reason that the politics did not position armed troops efficiently. The deaths of the employees slow down the production of natural gas. These forces the company to hire people may not have the experience to work as productively. So in the end it affects the GDP and the standard of living of the families of those who were lost. If the dangerous people had been stopped by the military early on, 37 families would still have an income and another family member.

 

Niger gives green light for construction of a U.S. spy drone base

posted Feb 22, 2013, 5:30 PM by Unknown user

       The Country of Niger has agreed to set up an unarmed, U.S. spy-drone base in there. They say the drones will be used to monitor Islamic militants in Mali after they were driven out by the French.  Authorities believe this will aid the French troops currently stationed in Mali, without getting the U.S. directly involved. 
       This article relates to standard

SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.  a. Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and artificial political boundaries. In which European artificial borders didn't take into consideration of the borders of the preexisting ethnic groups, leading to the invasion of Islamists from Libya who were kicked out by the French, who colonized Mali from 1892 -1960.

Mining conference in Cape town, South Africa

posted Feb 22, 2013, 4:15 PM by Unknown user

More than 7000 delegates are investors coming to an international mining conference. There have been challenges for mining including strikes, work slowdowns, and geopolitical instability. Some of the strikes have been illegal and violent. The government has been sending mixed messages and there has been growing social discontent.

This video relates to standard SS7E3 because it was about distribution of natural resources that come out of South Africa's mines.
SS7E3 The student will describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria and South Africa.

c. Explain how the distribution of diamonds, gold, uranium, and oil affects the economic development of Africa.

 

Tunisian Prime Minister leaves office

posted Feb 22, 2013, 3:16 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 3:43 PM ]




    This video is basically an interview of the Tunisian prime minister that talks about his political party being blamed for murder. The prime minister says in the video that whoever did this intended for these riots and outbursts of political pressure to happen. The unfortunate thing is that it worked and the prime minister is being forced to leave office.

    This video is related to our standard that says we will learn about parliamentary and presidential democracy or SS7CG1. This video is a perfect example of regular actions in a parliamentary democracy because we have political pressure, change of leadership, and sometime later there will be a new election.this video also shows the differences of each political party.

    SS7CG1 The student will compare and contrast various forms of government.
            c. Describe the two predominant forms of democratic governments: parliamentary and presidential.

Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down

posted Feb 22, 2013, 3:06 PM by Unknown user

    Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali stepped down on Tuesday. CNN's Dan Rivers interviews Jebali about his thoughts on the matter of the protests in the streets of Tunisia and the assassination of Chokri Belaid, a Tunisian politician. many people say that the Ennahda party, which Jebali is a part of is to blame for Beliad's death. Therefore they demand that the Prime Minister step down. He says that a revolution is not a fear to him but he doe suspect that it will come to that because they a democracy, not dictatorship, and democracies listen to their people.\
 
    This video relates to standard SS7CG1 a and b because 1) there is a prime minister here indicating a parliamentary democracy and 2) it is a democracy not an autocracy. This video also some what relates to standard SS7H1 a because it shows how unstable the governments are in Africa after the Europeans came in and established artificial political borders.
 
Standards:
SS7CG1 The student will compare and contrast various forms of government.b. Explain how governments determine citizen participation: autocratic, oligarchic, and democratic.
b.          Explain how governments determine citizen participation: autocratic, oligarchic, and democratic
c.           Describe the two predominant forms of democratic governments: parliamentary and presidential.

SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.

a.         Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and

artificial political boundaries.

France pulls troops from Mali

posted Feb 22, 2013, 2:55 PM by Unknown user

    French troops are starting to pull troops from the country of Mali. After the recent attack on the country of Mali from Islamist Militants, France sent in troops to protect Mali from anymore attacks. Mali citizens requested that French troops to launch an offensive against the militants in the former colony. France thinks that this country is finally free from the Islamist militants, so the french president has ordered that all troops leave the country. Though the country in Africa is safe for now, France will still be watching over them.
    This article is related to standard SS7H1 The student will analyze continuity and change in Africa leading to the 21st century.a. Explain how the European partitioning across Africa contributed to conflict, civil war, and artificial political boundaries. It is related to this standard because Africa is always braking out into a lot of conflicts and France still has to help them figure out there problems. While Europeans were in Africa there were not as many conflicts like this as there are now.


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