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(CNN Student News) -- March 9, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Why do you think that President Hamid Karzai met directly with residents of Marjah rather than using the Afghan media to deliver his message?

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Turkey Earthquake

Where did a 5.9-magnitude earthquake strike early Monday morning?

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According to the program: What were some of the effects of this quake? Why did many homes in the affected region collapse, while other buildings were left standing?

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What do you think are some of the factors that might determine the impact of an earthquake?

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Gates in Afghanistan/Karzai Visits Marjah

According to the program: Why did U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visit Afghanistan? What did Secretary Gates say regarding Operation Moshtarak? Why do you think that Gates did not announce his visit ahead of time?

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Why did Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet with residents of Marjah? What concerns did Marjah's residents raise with President Karzai? What statements did President Karzai and U.S. General Stanley McChrystal make regarding the residents' concerns?

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In your opinion, who should be responsible for addressing the concerns raised by Marjah's residents? Explain your rationale.

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Stepping Controversy

What is stepping? What types of organizations traditionally engage in stepping?

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Who won a recent, national step show competition? According to the report, how have some people reacted to this result? With which of these viewpoints, if any, do you agree?

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What other instances can you think of in which one culture incorporated aspects or traditions of another? What do you think might be the potential drawbacks and benefits for both groups, if any? Explain.

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