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(CNN Student News) -- September 20, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In your opinion, what types of media might a political candidate in Afghanistan use to promote his or her election campaign? Which methods do you think would be most effective, and why?

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Oil Well Sealed

What is the status of an oil well that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico over the summer?

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According to the program, what impact did the spill have on the Gulf Coast region? What challenges do you think remain for the region?

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What do you think are the risks and benefits of offshore oil drilling? In your opinion, are the benefits worth the risks? Why or why not?

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What, if anything, do you think could be done to prevent future oil rig disasters?

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Pope Visits the UK

Who is the pope? What religion does the pope lead?

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According to the report: Why did Pope Benedict XVI visit the United Kingdom last week? What was the historical significance of this visit? Why do you think that a pope has never been formally invited to the UK before?

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According to the program: Why did some people protest during the pope's visit? How did the pope respond to this controversy?

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In your opinion, what role might the pope play in the international community? Explain.

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Afghanistan Elections

What kind of election took place in Afghanistan on Saturday? How is this election described in the report?

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Why do you think that the U.N. official in the report says that, if elected, young people could show "a different face of Afghanistan"?

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How would you define a successful election? In your opinion, what impact might a successful parliamentary election have on the security situation in Afghanistan? Explain

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