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North Korea tells artists ideological work can 'replace tons of food'

North Korea tells artists ideological work can 'replace tons of food' | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Artists in North Korea have been told to create “ideological work” that can become a substitute for “thousands of tons of food”.
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We chose this for the art category because it is about how in North Korea they want more art. The Korean government thinks that art can replace food for the hungry. It is shocking because North Korea is a very closed off place and has tons of very strict laws. The artwork being produced is probably very closely watched and anything they don't like might be destroyed.

 

EQ: Why is North Korea wanting more artwork unexpected? Why?

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Sony to be unprofitable until 2015

Sony to be unprofitable until 2015 | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Japanese electronics giant Sony forecasts it will remain unprofitable until 2015 after a restructuring saw it exit the PC business.
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We chose this article for our 'economy'  category because one of Japan's major television and software companies, SONY,  announced that they predict a loss of over 480 million dollars in the next financial year. This will have a very large effect on Japan's economy because SONY usually makes a lot of money and produces many peoducts, and this will have a negative effect on the company and the economy.

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Govt to help grads start businesses - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Govt to help grads start businesses - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
The central government released a string of measures supporting student entrepreneurs and startup businesses as the country's college graduates face another tough year in the job market.
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We chose this article for our 'political' category because the Chinese governenment is helping new graduates find new jobs this year by requiring colleges to open courses that prepare their graduates to start businesses. China is expecting 7.27 million graduates this year, which is 280,000 more than last year, and this year is predidcted to be the hardest year for graduates to find new job since China's economic downturn.

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South American Art

South American Art | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Get the information on Art And Culture. Here you can get all the information in detail. Mapsofworld is providing the complete information of South America.
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We chose this for the art/intellectual category. South America has a lot of art and most of it has been influenced by the many civilizations that settled the area first. Primarily Spain and Portugal has large effects on the art of South America.

 

EQ: Was North America's art influenced by anyone? If so why are we influenced by them?

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South America's first Apple store opens in Rio

South America's first Apple store opens in Rio | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Some 1,700 impatient shoppers lined up for hours Saturday for the grand opening of Apple's store in Rio de Janeiro -- the first official outpost in South America.
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We chose this article for the economy category because it shows a lot about South America. Apple is all over the world and I would have thought they were on every continent but that was not true until recently. The article says South Americas economy has been getting better and better and now more people can actually afford to buy the Apple products.

 

EQ: What do you think there being only one Apple store in South America says about the economy?

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Can Venezuela's socialist government survive wave of protests?

Can Venezuela's socialist government survive wave of protests? | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Could Venezuela protests be the beginning of the end for Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution?
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We chose this article for 'Politics' because it highlights the many problems that Venezuela  is having because of their government leaders. Protesters line the streets and many riots have broken out. Many people oppose the ideas of the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.

 

EQ: With the next election years away, what do you think is the most efficient way the government should solve this problem?

 

 

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The Major Imports & Exports Between the U.S. & Canada Are Surprising

The Major Imports & Exports Between the U.S. & Canada Are Surprising | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Canada and the United States are the world's largest trading partners. The U.S. accounts for abo...
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We chose this for the "Economy" category. This website shows many imports and exports between Canada. This shows how much the two countries rely on each other for vehicles and oil.

 

Essential Question: What is one weird thing Canada does when it's trading oil? Why would they do this?

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Mexican Culture: Customs & Traditions

Mexican Culture: Customs & Traditions | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
The culture of Mexico varies widely throughout the country, but traditions are highly valued.
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We chose this website for the "Arts/Intellectual" category because it is about different kinds of arts in Mexico including clothing styles and music.

 

Essential Question: What are some examples of art in Mexico? In what ways are they influenced by ancient civilizations of Mexico?

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Deadly Storms Hit Midwest; Tornadoes Slam Illinois, Indiana (State-by-State Updates) - weather.com

Deadly Storms Hit Midwest; Tornadoes Slam Illinois, Indiana (State-by-State Updates) - weather.com | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
See images and breaking reports from social media as Sunday's severe weather worsens.
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We selected this to fulfill our 'Geography' portion because now, there is a massive amount of destruction in the mid-states. There were many tornadoes that ripped through the center of the United States and destroyed the land and geography.

 

Essential Question: How does this event compare to other natural disasters the world has seen? How will the U.S. recover?

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Did China's one-child policy actually reduce population growth?

Did China's one-child policy actually reduce population growth? | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
China made huge headlines late last month when it decided to ease its famous "one-child policy" after more than three decades. The policy, requring most couples to have only one child, stands as one of the most famous social experiments of the past century. But how successful was it?
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We chose this for our 'social' category because this event has a direct impact on social levels in China. China recently announced that they were easing off the strictness of their 'one-child policy', meaning that people will now be able to legally have two or more children. This will increase the social levels of China as the years go on because of the fact that their will be more people.

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India election: How an Indian holy city is killing mighty Ganges

India election: How an Indian holy city is killing mighty Ganges | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
India s holiest river is dying because it has not become a vote bank say environmentalists
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We chose this for the area and geography category because it is about how the Ganges river The holiest site for Hinduism is being destroyed. The holiest city Varanasi  is polluting the river, slowly but surely. 

 

EQ: In what ways could the people of Varanasi  be destroying the Ganges River?

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Beijing urged to respect religious freedom amid 'anti-church' crackdown - Telegraph

Beijing urged to respect religious freedom amid 'anti-church' crackdown - Telegraph | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Influential church leaders, academics and lawyers urge Beijing to respect religious freedoms as demolitions and detentions fuel fears of a campaign against China’s Christians
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We chose this for the religion category because it is about how in China people are frightened that the government will become "anti-church".  Churches have been demolished and  Christians have been arrested. 

 

EQ: If the US government started demolishing churches would you be worried about your rights of religious freedom being taken? Why?

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Pope Francis has had a busy year

Pope Francis has had a busy year | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
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We chose this article for the religion category. Pope Francis Is the first South American and Jesuit Pope And has done a lot in his first year as Pope. He has changed a lot about the church in the short time he has been Pope.

 

EQ: Do you think the Pope has done a good job in his first year? Why?

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Opinion: Why oil drilling in Ecuador is 'ticking time bomb' for planet

Opinion: Why oil drilling in Ecuador is 'ticking time bomb' for planet | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Alicia Cahuilla doesn't try to hide her anger. The native Waorani tribal leader stands in front of an exposed, thickly black crude oil pit, as two gas flares burn violently overhead, the stinging stench of crude heavy in the air. Until about 50 years ago, this area, like most of the central Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest in which it sits, was Waorani land, a pristine expanse filled with nothing but trees and streams.
Johnny and George's insight:

We chose this article for our 'Geography' section because it shows the effects of oil drilling on the environment. Tribes like the Waorani live on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, and rely on its resources to survive, but many companies are drilling oil in the Amazon. Experts say that to avoid disastrous events because of climate change, much of the oil that is left must stay in the ground.

 

EQ: What would you do if you were one of the Waorani people? How could you fight back and protect your land?

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Rio's slums the hot World Cup destination?

Rio's slums the hot World Cup destination? | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Residents in many of Brazil's infamous favelas are renting bargain rooms to World Cup tourists.
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We chose this article for our 'Social' category because it explains some of the pros and cons about the country hosting the 2014 World Cup. This event is a huge social gathering with people from many countries around the world. This year, the World Cup is being hosted in Rio de Janeiro. The article explains different problems with security and housing, but also includes some of the good things about this event.

 

EQ: Do you think the lack of security will be a big problem for the people attending the World Cup? Why?

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Celebrations and Traditions in Mexico | VisitMexico

Celebrations and Traditions in Mexico | VisitMexico | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Celebrations and Fiestas are at the heart of Mexicans, all of them highlight the beauty, the culture and their customs.
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We chose this for the "Religion" category because it talks about different traditions in Mexico which are mostly influenced by the ancient civilizations who lived there.

 

Essential Question: What is one festivity talked about on the webpage that you would like to be a part of? Why?

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Mexico qualifies for World Cup with win at New Zealand

Mexico qualifies for World Cup with win at New Zealand | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Mexico qualified for the World Cup after beating New Zealand 4-2 in the second leg of an inter-continental playoff Wednesday, bringing an end to one of its most troubled and divisive qualifying campaigns.
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We selected this event to fulfill our 'Social' category because many people in Mexico will be watching their soccer team in the World Cup playoffs. They beat New Zealand to advance further towards the championship.

 

Essential Question: How will winning the World Cup Final affect the moral of Mexico? Of the people?

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ObamaCare Week 8 Progress Report: Another Delay

ObamaCare Week 8 Progress Report: Another Delay | North and South America and Asia | Scoop.it
Now in its eighth week of open enrollment, the Obama Administration announced yet another delay to the Affordable Care Act.
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We selected this event to fulfill our 'Political' category because it explains the progress that Obamacare is making. The article explains that there has been a delay after the first 8 weeks of Obamacare. 

 

Essential Question: How do you think the people of the United States will view Obamacare after finding out about this delay?

 

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