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Current Events Project Period 8/9
Current Events work cited page <ul><li>1) Most Memorable - The New York Post.com - January 21, 2009  </li></ul><ul><li>2) ...
Most Memorable <ul><li>Summary :  This article talks about the historic nature of the Swearing in ceremony of the nation’s...
Most Outrageous <ul><li>Summary :  President George W. Bush made a secret visit to Iraq. When he was at a news conference ...
Most Tragic <ul><li>Summary :  There was a well coordinated attack by terrorists on Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The...
Most Controversial <ul><li>Summary :  This article talks about the difficult choice that Governor Paterson is facing to ap...
Most Challenging time in NYS <ul><li>Summary :  This article is about the gloomy economic outlook for the state of New Yor...
Most Isolated Regime <ul><li>Summary:  Police state and axis of evil member, North Korea, has once again used the American...
Favorite and Least Favorite Part <ul><li>Favorite Part :  My favorite part was that when looking for articles, I got to re...
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  1. 1. Current Events Project Period 8/9
  2. 2. Current Events work cited page <ul><li>1) Most Memorable - The New York Post.com - January 21, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>2) Most Outrageous - Newsday.com - December 15, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>3) Most Tragic - The New York Times - November 26, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>4) Most Controversial - Newsday.com - December 9, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>5) Most Isolated Regime – Suite 101.Com – May 26, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>6) Most Challenging time in NYS - Newsday - November 14, 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Most Memorable <ul><li>Summary : This article talks about the historic nature of the Swearing in ceremony of the nation’s first Black President. “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real,” Obama said. “They are serious and they are many”. “They will not be met easily or in a short span of time, but know this, America - they will be met”. “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America,’’ he said in a speech seen in person by nearly 2 million people. People stood in 20°F weather at Washington’s National Mall for his 18 minute speech. Obama acknowledged the racial history of the nation with a personal reference - in a city that was once segregated, and at a capital building constructed by slaves. Later on, Obama and his wife, Michelle hopped twice out of the presidential motorcade to wave to the hundreds of thousands of people standing for the inaugural parade. There was a lot of security with 8,000 cops and 32,000 military personnel on duty in the area. Obama became the nation’s 44 th Commander in Chief after placing his hand on the Bible. Michelle held the Bible in gloved hands as Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office. Obama made a direct appeal to the Muslim world, calling for a “new way forward” with mutual respect. And he sent a strong message to terrorists: “We say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you’’. Excitement swept when Bush went back to Crawford Texas and as a Republican administration gave way to Democratic rule. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation: I chose this article because I thought it was a history making event that for the first time we have a African American president. The American President is the most powerful and influential person in the world. People of African American descent did not have equal rights in this country until President John F. Kennedy’s presidency. The same country that once considered Black people as second class citizens has elected a Black person to the highest office it has to offer. For this reason I consider this an historic event in our nations history. It was also a very important day because there were nearly 2 million people stretched over two miles along Washington's National Mall in 20-degree weather - and the event was watched by hundreds of millions more on television around the world. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Most Outrageous <ul><li>Summary : President George W. Bush made a secret visit to Iraq. When he was at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki he was reminded of his unpopularity when a journalist threw two size ten shoes at him. “This is a farewell kiss, you dog” shouted the protester in Arabic. Bush ducked both shoes as they flew past his head. “Don’t worry about it,’’ Bush said as the room erupted into chaos. Iraqi reporters started shouting which Bush later explained was a way of apologizing for the incident. In many ways this war is intensely disliked across the globe. More than 4,209 soldiers have died in Iraq and it has caused a hefty $576 billion to the U.S. tax payers. Polls show that most Americans believe that the U.S. made a mistake in invading Iraq in 2003, Bush claimed that the Mideast nation harbored weapons of mass destruction. The weapons were never found and Bush’s credibility with U.S. voters sank. “So what if the guy threw a shoe at me’’? Bush said, comparing the action to political protests in the U.S. “If you want the facts, it was a size 10,’’ he joked. In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of great disrespect. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation : I chose this article because I thought that it really is outrageous for a journalist to throw two shoes at Bush. It probably was also embarrassing for Bush because he went to a different country and got shoes thrown at him. That also should have reminded him of how unpopular he is. When I read about this, I was really embarrassed because no matter how unpopular President Bush was, he was still our President and when he travels abroad, he represents our country and as an American, I am very much saddened by it. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Most Tragic <ul><li>Summary : There was a well coordinated attack by terrorists on Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The terrorists, some 10 of them used AK- 47s and hand grenades. The terrorists started the attack at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Rail Station. They started shooting randomly at one of the world’s busiest train stations which handles thousands of passengers each day. This incident started at 9:20 p.m. on November 26, 2008. This followed by attacks at the Oberoi Hotel which is a five star landmark. There were attacks at Leopold’s Restaurant, a landmark popular with foreigners. There were attacks and hostages taken at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, a landmark of Mumbai luxury since 1903, and a favorite watering hole of the city’s elite. Within the same hour the Nariman House, home of the ultra orthodox Jewish outreach group, Chabad Lubavitch. At 10:50 p.m. shooting broke out near Times of India newspaper offices in the southern part of the city, quickly followed by attacks near the Bombay Municipal Corporation, the civic body that governs Mumbai and the GT hospital in the city center. And just after midnight, gunman attacked the Vidhan Sabha, the lower house of state legislature in India. The Indian military commanders killed most of the terrorists and freed the hostages on November 27, 2008. They have managed to capture one of the terrorists alive. He is believed to be a Pakistani national. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation : I chose this article because I thought it was really sad that so many innocent people got killed in that terrorist attack. Many historic places also got damaged. When I read about it in the paper I thought that it was really sad and when I got a opportunity to write about a tragic event I knew it had to be this one because it was just like 9/11 which caused destruction in America too. Like in any terrorist attack, the most tragic part is that innocent people, women and children get killed for no fault of their own. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Most Controversial <ul><li>Summary : This article talks about the difficult choice that Governor Paterson is facing to appoint a replacement for Senator Hilary Clinton. Democratic Party officials, campaign donors and opinion makers are pushing for Caroline Kennedy. Patterson promised to not be rushed in making his decision. Peter D. Salins, a political scientist at Stony Brook University and former adviser to Mayor Rudy Giuliani, believes that Paterson must pick the best and the brightest. Since Governor Paterson will be running in 2010 for governorship the search for Clinton’s successor is also likely to be influenced by what is best for Paterson politically. There are four possible scenarios that have been talked about in Albany. One scenario is to name Andrew Cuomo. This way Paterson could ward off a primary challenge. The second scenario is that Paterson could select a low- profile candidate in hopes of diverting republicans from the governorship. The third scenario is that Paterson could opt for the relative safety of naming former Gov. Mario Cuomo, comptroller Carl McCall or another retired politician who agrees to serve only two years. Another scenario that is being talked about is to select a vote magnet like Caroline Kennedy or Andrew Cuomo. This would energize the party faithful and appeal to independents. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation : I chose this article because I think that it is not going to be easy for Governor Patterson to make everyone happy with his choice to fill Hilary Clinton’s vacated seat in the U.S. Senate. No matter who he picks, he is going to have people that disagree with his choice. Also, since Governor Patterson is planning to run for election he may be accused of picking someone that may help him politically win the election. I feel that Patterson is put in a dilemma and that is why he is taking his time in naming a replacement because he does not want to rush into making a hasty choice. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Most Challenging time in NYS <ul><li>Summary : This article is about the gloomy economic outlook for the state of New York. This gloomy outlook is as a result of the current financial crisis and the crisis on Wall Street due to the downturn in the stock market. According to this article, jobs are being lost, wages are falling and consumer spending is stagnating. Furthermore this article states that 20% of the state’s revenue comes from taxes on bonuses paid to investment bankers and capital gains. According to Robert Mujica Jr, adviser to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, bonus payments could drop by as much as 50% compared with last year. There was disagreement over whether welfare rolls would expand next year. But everyone agrees with Governor Paterson that the bad economy would produce budget deficits of $1.5 billion this year and $12.5 billion next year. One thing is for sure that the revenue for New York State is going to decline this year and next year. So, in order to balance the state budget, spending has to be cut. It seems that the law makers in Albany are not able to agree on what programs should be cut. Many are not happy with the governor’s desire to cut $585 million from the record aid to increase bound for public schools. Governor Paterson has requested a special legislative session for Tuesday to discuss the budget cuts. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation : I chose this article for this news category because I felt that this is a very challenging time in New York State because jobs are being lost at a rapid rate, wages are falling and consumer spending is stagnating. This is all happening because of the financial crisis and the crisis on Wall Street due to the downturn in the stock market. The State depends on Wall Street for 20% of its revenue and since wall street is suffering a downturn, the State is definitely going to feel a very heavy financial impact. Governor Patterson’s leadership is going to be tested based on how he brings the State out of the present financial crisis. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Most Isolated Regime <ul><li>Summary: Police state and axis of evil member, North Korea, has once again used the American Memorial Day holiday to defy the world and successfully test a small nuclear device. Political, economical and strategic analysts are attempting to understand the purpose of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s actions. The secretive communist country, also called the hermit nation because of its world isolation, has once again chosen a day of remembrance in America to gain world attention. The rouge state and its leader, Kim Jong Il, have successfully placed the Korean Peninsula on the front pages of world newspapers. The bomb detonated technically wasn’t a bomb. Intelligence agencies call it a “Nuclear Device.” Reuters reported yesterday, The North's nuclear arms program…has not yet shown it can build an effective bomb. The device was a huge object complete with cables, wires and numerous accessories necessary to initiate the sequence of events for detonation. The defector son in law of Prime Minister Il, Kang Myong Do, told the Washington Post in a July 28th 2004 interview, that the Pyongyang regime “…does not yet have a delivery system to use them [nuclear bombs] as weapons.” </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation: This article is of extreme importance to me because here we have a country in North Korea whose citizens are starving due to malnutrition and whose leader is focused on building the military and ignore the needs and welfare of the citizens of North Korea. It is a secretive nation where the people are not free and they are led by a crazy leader in Kim Jong II. The U.S. should focus their attention on this country because they have the nuclear technology which they can proliferate to other terrorists countries and Al-Qaeda who have the financial resources and are looking for every opportunity to harm the U.S. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Favorite and Least Favorite Part <ul><li>Favorite Part : My favorite part was that when looking for articles, I got to read about all the news categories. Reading about the different news categories has helped me learn more about what is happening in our economy and the world and about day to day affairs in our nation. In the process of researching for this project, I got to read some older articles that I had not come across before. This gave me an opportunity to get myself familiarized with articles that I may not have had a chance to read before. </li></ul><ul><li>Least Favorite Part : My Least Favorite part was when I had to type up those summaries for the news categories because I had a hard time coming up with what I should write. I had to think a lot and read the articles several times in order for me to understand the information. However I still wrote my summaries but after a lot of thinking. But I think this process is helping me read and understand a diverse range of articles. </li></ul>

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