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Blogging Ideas, 4/22/13

The New York Times reports on ongoing crimes against children in India.

The parents of the Boston bombing suspects held an emotional news conference in Russia, claiming their children could not have participated in it.

The US government is now saying they suspect Syria used chemical weapons against their own citizens.

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Heads Up, Seven Up

Vocab for Central Questions

Central Questions – Helpful Definitions

Function — purpose:an action or use for which something is suited or designed (i.e., Its function is to collect water).

Culture(s) — people with shared beliefs and practices:a group of people whose shared beliefs and practices identify the particular place, class, or time to which they belong

Institutions

  1. important organization: a large organization that is influential in the community, e.g. a college, hospital, or bank
  2. established practice: an established law, custom, or practice
    (e.g., the institution of marriage)

Oppress(ion) — dominate harshly: to subject a person or a people to a harsh or cruel form of domination

Perpetuate — to make something continue, usually for a very long time

 

Ishmael Beah, speaking in 2009

This is the lecture given by Ishmael Beah at the IUPUI campus on March 12, 2009. We watched it in class. Take notes on key ideas and quotes, so that we you might use the ideas from it later on.

PSA: Blog Posts

Just so we’re all on the same page: you should have nine blog posts, including the initial, introductory post, by the night of Sunday, September 23.

Where Children Sleep

Here’s the link to James Mollison’s photo project, “Where Children Sleep.”

“Children of the Mountains”: Now with More Uplift!

Here’s the link for ABC’s 20/20 episode, “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains.” And in the hopes of uplifting those of you who were depressed upon seeing the bleak end of the episode, here is an update that was posted at abc.com a short time after the episode aired in early 2009. (Although next week, I’d like to talk about why optimism at the end of a story like this isn’t necessarily a good thing.)

Finally, here is ABC’s list of charities which contribute to causes meant to help children who live in Appalachia.

Questions for “Growing Up Global”

Here are the three questions we wrote about and discussed today.

  1. Choose three details from the chapter that you think are especially significant. What makes them so?
  2. What Western assumptions about childhood are absent?
  3. What do the kids have to know and be able to do that surprised you?

Photo Example

I can talk about whatever is going on in this story and it will put my text on the side.

 

 

 

Saudi Oil Drying Up?

Via Greg Scoblete, I see the Daily Telegraph is reporting that oil consumption in Saudi Arabia is way up, and oil production is way down. If you’re interested in discussions of energy, you should read this.

Why does it matter if Saudi Arabia becomes an oil importer instead of an exporter? Well, according to the CIA, Saudi Arabia was the world’s largest producer of oil, pumping over 10 million barrels per day. Potentially a big effect on the world economy.