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Need It? Get a Job.

By Rachel Walker

Money, money, money, we all need it. Whether it’s for food, clothes, college tuition, electricity, or jewelry, it’s hard to get on without it. That’s why some kids these days have part time jobs, especially kids in high school. Preparing for the responsibility of a job helps kids prepare to go out into the world; and gives them money which they can then spend freely.  Many students jump at this opportunity, Kiša, a twelve grade student for example when in the U.S.A.; did tutoring for 5 and 6 graders while being in the tenth grade. Kiša also told of friends doing part time jobs such as a cashier register in a fast food restaurant called Chic Fil A, or in a yogurt stand, and Starbucks. Some beginning ninth graders even do babysitting around their neighbourhoods.  However with all the work that school creates and how little time students sometimes have…it’s hard to find a job that doesn’t cause a negative impact on their school work. Sure students might neglect their studies to do their job, and fail tests because they were too busy working, BUT there is a way teens can easily avoid this problem.

          The main solution is organization. Students should try to schedule their jobs to only need them on days when they can spare, and so that work doesn’t disrupt their studies.  Maybe creating a schedule even, one that organizes students study hours, work hours, social hours and free time. Also students could talk to their teachers and bosses to explain their situation, and get them to help create an organized schedule.


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Eyes on Fries
By M. Perovic

          Most of the International School of Belgrade students complain about not having a cafeteria in the school. Well, apparently we’re not so unlucky. At least we can eat as much as we want. According to Health Freedom Alliance, elementary schools in San Antonio, Texas are installing cameras into their cafeterias so they could see how much food the students eat. This is one of the ways to fight the rising obesity rate among children in the United States. According to, one out of three kids in this country is overweight. Based on the amount of food children eat every day, local nutritionists will organize a diet. This means that the children in San Antonio will not be allowed to eat as much food as they like. Same goes for their favourite types of food. If the specialists consider them to be overweight, they won’t be allowed to have candy. Dr Robert Trevino, one of the researches, said that by doing this they will be able to determine “Whether current programs that are aimed at preventing obesity work, and whether they are really changing students’ behavior”. They also plan to implement programs such as this one in elementary schools all over the United States.          

Nevertheless jobs are always needed for a financial freedom, of course, people want a job they enjoy, pays well and needs their expertise.

Below are a list of jobs that in an interview with high school students are recommended for trying out:
  • ·         Life guard
  • ·         Swim instructor
  • ·         Stable help (helping horses)
  • ·         Dog walker
  • ·         Refereeing

·         Selling tickets at movie theatre (most times a plus factor is free movies)

  • ·         Babysitting/pet sitting
  • ·         Homework tutoring

Some jobs that were not so popular amongst according to a Helium Website article:

  • ·         Fast food employee
  • ·         Labor and industry jobs
  • ·         Food stores


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This might be an effective way of helping kids stay healthy, but maybe they should do something else, like adding more physical activity, instead of forbidding children to eat food they like. We can’t really say much for certain before we see the results though, but we’re still allowed to have personal opinions. So, what do you say – is that plan just a way to make the time students spend in school even more annoying, or is it actually going to help? I would honestly hate having tasty food taken away from me, but I will leave to final conclusion up to you.
          Yet while schools like this one might be overreacting, ISB does not really do much to inform its students about healthy nutrition. We don’t really know the amount of calories in the sandwiches we buy from the student store. I can’t remember if we ever had an ISB time day dedicated to nutrition. So in the end, being hysterical isn’t that much worse than not caring at all.

Death of Osama Bin Laden

By Marko M. Jukic

    Operation Neptune Spear. The code-name of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group’s military operation that aimed to finally capture or kill Osama bin Laden, the much sought-after and evasive leader of the infamous (and arguably the most dangerous) Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. Bin Laden and his terrorist organization were most notorious for the orchestration and execution of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, which resulted in the deaths of about 3000 innocent civilians and injured more than twice as many. The wanted mastermind survived four previous attempts on his life (in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2001) and became an icon of evil in the West in the years following the 9/11 attacks. Many criticized the United States’ government and other Western anti-terrorist organizations for failing to apprehend Bin Laden for so many years, but closure finally came to many angered Americans when the news of his death was announced on the first of May (the same date that Hitler’s death was announced in 1945, perhaps the only other figure in history to carry the same level of notoriety and infamy as Osama bin Laden)!
    Bin Laden was killed in his custom-built compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which he was living in as early as 2005. The compound was noted as being specially made for a person of significance, boasting 12-18 foot high walls topped with barbed wire and no Internet or land-line phones to compromise the inhabitant. American Navy SEALs entered the area in two modified Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters, and breached the compound with the aid of explosives around 1am local time. There was a short firefight between the SEALs and the residents of the compound, resulting in the deaths of 4 of Bin Laden’s associates, and ultimately in Bin Laden’s death. The entire raid took only 38 minutes and went off without a hitch -- Pakistani officials (who were unaware of the raid) did not interfere and no SEALs were harmed. Bin Laden’s body was quickly disposed of in the North Arabian Sea, sparking outrage from some Muslim communities and giving birth to a slew of conspiracy theories about his death (which were only fuelled by the United States government’s decision to not release photographs of Bin Laden’s corpse).
    The news of his death was met with enthusiastic approval and joy. Within minutes of the formal announcement, crowds had gathered outside of the Pentagon, the White House and Ground Zero to celebrate, and the popular micro-blogging website Twitter experienced a record-breaking 5000 tweets per second! Critics chided the widespread celebration over a person’s death, but global response was overwhelmingly positive, with but a few exceptions, none of them notable. Despite Bin Laden’s death, government officials across the world urged the need to continue the War on Terror and recognize this victory not as a military one, but as a symbolic one. Osama bin Laden’s death does not mean the end of terrorism, but is an emblematic milestone in the journey to end extremism and the senseless deaths of civilians worldwide.


Stop the Drama


By: Shahaf Shay


On Friday the 13th of May, Overtures in Times concluded the drama performances for the school year 2010-2011. There were three main performances in this event. The 9th grade performances consisted of scenes that were written and directed by students. The after school play was directed by Mrs. Sands. This play was a Greek comedy with Ancient origins. The 10th graders went in a different direction and successfully produced a creative play with many different endings. They took a published scene and wrote different ends to it. All in all people enjoyed it a lot.

Mr. Hancock has commented on the 9th grade performance saying, “I was surprised by each piece, and found that each one had a hook or a twist that makes great drama”. He continued, “As a teacher, it was great to see the students excelling in an activity that connected to the Performing Arts realm”.

The Greek play has also received great comments. Emre, Mrs. Standley's son came to visit Belgrade and saw the performance. He exclaimed that the stage, the amphitheater, was amazing! He proclaimed that it added to the ambiance. In addition he found the plays very amusing and funny, though he found the sub-plots a bit confusing and at times hard to connect.

All in all, the last Drama performance of this school year was a great success. The actors are satisfied and blissful that they are over with the performance, but they are also wondering what next year will hold for them.



By Marko M. Jukic

    “I’m not afraid to die! I’m afraid to lose the battle!” These defiant words come from one of the many Libyan youths now risen in revolt against their tyrannical dictator of four decades -- Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi seized power in a military coup in 1969 and led a state of oppression, terrorism and gross nepotism for forty-two years, leaving Libya a pariah state and perpetually under UN sanctions. His uninterrupted reign of terror came to a grinding halt on February 15, 2011, as major political protests inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt broke out across the country. Initially peaceful, the protests quickly turned into revolts as police fired on the unarmed civilians. By this point, Gaddafi had already begun jailing key Libyan personalities who supported the rebellion. On the 17th of February, a “Day of Rage” was planned, during which any and all Libyans who opposed the regime were called upon to protest.
    As February turned to March, the revolution was in full bloody swing. The National Transitional Council (the NTC, also known as the Libyan National Council or Interim National Council) had been formed to represent the rebels and give the revolution an international face, proclaiming itself the “sole representative of all Libya”. NATO intervened and began enforcing a strict “no-fly” zone over Libya, and assisted the rebels by carrying out tactical missile strikes and bombings on pro-Gaddafi forces and strongholds (although there was some confusion when rebel tanks were accidentally bombed).

When his own army refused to shoot unarmed protesters, Gaddafi hired foreign mercenaries (Chadian, Nigerian, Malian, even Serbian) to do the job, paying them $1000-$3100 a day to mow down civilians, according to the Jamestown Foundation. The soldiers who refused to partake in these atrocities were systematically executed or simply burned alive. Indiscriminate violence against children has been documented as well, according to surgeon Abdulmajid Ali. Dissident anger only rose at this news, and the anti-Gaddafi fervor heightened even faster after the Colonel announced a ceasefire, then promptly disregarded it and continued hostilities. His soldiers weren’t the only defectors however; several senior public officials resigned and denounced Gaddafi’s regime, including the Justice Minister, Interior Minister, Foreign Minister, Prosecutor General and others.

Muslim organizations across the world condemned the dictator and demanded Libyans fight for their freedom, with a prominent cleric from Egypt even issuing a fatwa for Gaddafi’s death ("Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr. Qaddafi should do so."). Early in March Gaddafi’s forces launched an offensive towards the East, aiming at rebel strongholds, but were pushed back, and now remain in a constant battle. As of April 20, the rebels remain dominant in the Eastern part of the nation, in cities such as Benghazi and Tobruk, while Gaddafi home base remains the official capital in the West, Tripoli. Gaddafi’s demise is inevitable, although whether it will come sooner or later is unclear. We can only urge men and women to fight for the same ideals our forefathers fought for, and hope that the bells of freedom will soon ring in Libya, and in the rest of the Middle East, and some day throughout the whole world.