January 11, 2010
• How would you summarize the rise to power of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge?
After returning from Paris, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rogue fled to the jungle to hide. Khmer Rogue then waged a guerilla war against the withstanding government, but Prince Sihanouk was not taken over by Pol Pot, but by a right winged military coup with the aid of the US. The US then invaded Cambodia to expel the North Vietnamese, which made Sihanouk ally with Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The US then left Cambodia, and Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia.
• What effects did the policies of the Khmer Rouge have on the people of Cambodia? (What evidence can you include to support this answer?)
Khmer Rogue's policies were to create an agrarian utopia. This consisted of the population moving to camps to work, with little nourishment and poor treatment, leading to the death of thousands. Thousands of upper class citizens were also assassinated on the spot. His policies therefore had a terrible effect on the people of Cambodia, and there was nothing that they could do. 20,000 died on the march to the camps, 50% of the 425,000 Chinese were killed, and 1.7 million Cambodians died from 1975-1979
• Complete brief research: What was the response of the world community to the genocide in Cambodia? (Please be sure to cite your non-Wikipedia sources.)

Programs like the Cambodian Genocide Program are established in order to let people know of this terrible genocide and to learn as much as possible of the event and to determine who was responsible. The UN has taken action to investigate, and has found "crimes against humanity, genocide, grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, homicide, torture and religious persecution" Although it is not as known as the genocides in darfur and rwanda, this is a huge tragedy and corporations such as this are trying to let the world know, as well as trying to keep it from happening again.

Article/Story Date
: Obama Asia Trip Yields Mixed Results - November 19, 2009
News link (URL): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/asia/july-dec09/asia_11-19.html
List three of the most important or compelling pieces of information from this story or article (in your own words):
• President Obama wants the Chinese to increase the value of the Yuan. Because it has so little value, Chinese exports are cheaper and U.S. products sold in China are pricier, putting them at a disadvantage
• The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei admitted that they need to work on the currency issue to help stabilize global markets and the economy
• President Obama also addressed human rights, and quoted "
We do not believe these principles are unique to America, but rather they are universal rights and that they should be available to all peoples, to all ethnic and religious minorities." Hu said they would have more talks on human rights, but wants the two countries to treat each other as equals.


Why is this story significant? How do the events in this story affect the people of this region or the rest of the world?
This is extremely significant as it is directly connected to the United States. This is one of the steps the United States needs to take in helping China deal with its issues. Because China will eventually become the leading power in the world, the United States finds it necessary to visit and talk and put out our ideas. Talks of helping the currency and even human rights were mention. These are huge steps in helping China, and the rest of the world should, without a doubt, be worried about the eventual power China will have.


November 9, 2009
What can we learn about the challenges of environmental planning for the 21st century from the experience of China?
•In the past decade, China has grew immensely economically to become a world power. Because of this extremely quick growth, the country did not take into account the environmental problems that can occur. The country was not able to keep up with treating the environment since their urban growth was so large. Dozens upon dozens of cities have three times the amount of pollution as Los Angeles. 600 million people live with a lack of water each day, and there is only an estimated 0.2 acres of arable land per person in China. Without a doubt, China did not account for the environmental planning needed for creating such a large economy and urban areas, and this then lead to terrible problems for China as a whole. China grew too rapidly, and we can learn from China that the environment needs to be just as much of a concern as creating a large economic power. This is true because without an environmentally friendly country, the economy can not flourish.

How might the industrial development in China affect the rest of the developing world?
• Since China has had such positive results economically, the rest of the developing world will want to mimic what it has done. China will then affect the developing world negatively, since environmental issues will occur in these countries as well. Since China paid no attention to the environment, other countries will think that they will not have to and will be able to flourish, when, in reality, this will not happen and eventually the country will collapse.




Article/Story Date
: Car bomb kills scores in Peshawar - October 28, 2009
News link (URL): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8329244.stm
List three of the most important or compelling pieces of information from this story or article (in your own words):
• At least 91 citizens were killed in a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan. This is the deadliest attack in Pakistan this year, and in recent weeks, more than 200 people have died to similar attacks.
• The bombing came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Islamabad. The bombing is said to have been done by the Taliban. The bombing happened in a market selling products for women, and it killed many women and children.
• There were more than 200 people wounded, and no ambulances. People were rushed to the hospital on rickshaws and other vehicles. There were no police around, and the government didn't help at all. A witness says "the police even open fired on us."


Why is this story significant? How do the events in this story affect the people of this region or the rest of the world?
• This is significant because it is yet another example of the Taliban killing and injuring hundreds of innocent civilians, and the Pakistan government is not doing a good job at keeping the Taliban at bay. This affects the people of this region since the bombings are being targeted at innocent civilians, so everyone is affected. It also creates terror in the civilians because these bombings show how weak the government is and how vulnerable Asian countries are for attack. The rest of the world is affected because these bombings could eventually get even more out of hand, and the entire would will have to begin to stop the terrorist attacks.



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Iran Guard Commanders Are Killed in Bombing - October 18, 2009
News link (URL): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/world/middleeast/19iran.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
List three of the most important or compelling pieces of information from this story or article (in your own words):
Five commanders of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and dozens of other people were killed on Sunday in two bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
This took place the day before Iran would meet for another round of talks on its nuclear program with Wester Countries, and Iran officials accused the enemies of supporting the insurgents.
The insurgent group Jundallah - Soldiers of God - did the bombings. They are members of the Sunni Muslims, and have killed hundreds of Iranian soldiers and civilian, and the last bombing killed 29 people and wounded 28

Why is this story significant? How do the events in this story affect the people of this region or the rest of the world?
This is significant since the bombings have been occurring for months now, and they do not look like they will be ending in the near future. If hundreds of civilians and soldiers keep getting killed, someone needs to take a stand to try to end the violence. This could get out of control and could turn into a full fledged war. The rest of the world should be concerned since this violence is not acceptable and needs to be ended.



Article/Story Date
: Bombing Kills 5 at U.N. Office in Pakistan - October 5, 2009
News link (URL): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/terrorism/july-dec09/pakistan_10-05.html
List three of the most important or compelling pieces of information from this story or article (in your own words):
• The U.N. Office in Islamabad is know for strong security with a staff of 80 people, and the suicide bomber, who was in his 20's, asked a guard to use the bathroom in the office and he then detonated the bomb
• Two of the victims were women and one was an Iraqi who worked for the agency
• The Office was the U.N.'s World Food Program office, and it is being linked to al-Qaeda terrorists


Why is this story significant? How do the events in this story affect the people of this region or the rest of the world?
This is a significant event since it is showing al-Qaeda attacking a U.N. Food Program office, who's job is to work on helping hunger and assisting the poor in Pakistan. This office is not doing anything wrong, and it is terrible to see an attack on it. This event affects the people in this region since it spreads fear to everyone, knowing that terrorists could attack anyone at any time. The terrorists are also indirectly attacking the poor in the area, a very large portion of the population.











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