Saturday, May 14, 2011


Oops! I don't know what happened. I thought I posted this on Thursday and just checked it to see if you guys are leaving comments and it looks like I actually didn't click publish. So never mind about the homework and sorry if you were confused looking for the homework. 

Here is the link to the movie if you need to review:

“I imagine that if I were a Palestinian of the right age, I would, at some stage, have joined one of the terror organizations.”
- Ehud Barak, Israeli general, and Prime Minister 1999 - 2001

“What cause have we to complain about their fierce hatred to us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers have lived.”
- Moshe Dayan, Israeli general, 1956

“No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?”
- Bertrand Russell, 1970

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Israel Map Homework

Use these 2 interactive features to answer the following questions and complete the following tasks.

On your blank map color and label the pre-1967 boundaries between Israel and Palestine.
Label the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem.
Label the Sinai Penninsula.
Label neighboring countries and bodies of water.

On the back of your blank map, draw a map of Israel/Palestine showing the borders of the two state solution (Israel and Palestine) that the U.N. Partition Plan proposed in 1947.

Answer the following questions:

  1. Why weren't the two states established in 1947?
  2. With hind site, it's easy to say that it was foolish not to accept the U.N. proposal in 1947, but what would you have done if you were in the same position as many Palestinian refugees?? 
  3. What important historical event caused an increase in Jewish immigration to Palestine?
  4. Who had control of Palestine in the years between World War I and 1948?
  5. What is the "intifada"?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Partition Stories

Map of Bomon in case you still need.

1. Finish drawing map. It must be easy to read and include names of newly created countries and capital cities.

2. On a separate sheet of paper, answer the following questions in complete sentences.
  • How many states were created?
  • What type (shape) of states were created?
  • Do the newly created countries have equal opportunities for economic advancement? Explain.
  • What cultural factors were most important in your partitioning decision?
  • What physical factors were most important in your partitioning?
  • What will be the greatest obstacles or challenges for the newly created states?

3. Read the following article and leave a comment to this blog post answering the questions below. Be sure to include your name.

For ESL students, read this article:

For Mr. Wright's English students, read this article:

Do you think it was worth it to partition India/Pakistan?
Should leaders have to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition, or should some violence always expected?

Write your answer as a comment to this blog entry.
*Don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. The blog is set up so that I check comments before they are published.

Interesting, but not required reading:
Interesting to see who is proposing the partitioning of Nigeria
Ethnic Groups in Nigeria
Explanation fo current Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria
Hmmm.. a trend? Similar situation in Ivory Coast

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forced Migration Web Quest

Forced Migration Web Quest

Visit the web links and answer the questions on your own paper to learn more about the geographic location, living conditions, and international governing institutions of refugees and internally displaced persons.

1. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is the international organization in charge of monitoring the refugees in the world. They have published a booklet to explain the history and current status of the 1951 Convention on Refugees. Read through the booklet to find the answers to the following questions.

  • a.) Who are refugees? (p. 6)
  • b.) Who does not qualify for refugee status? (p. 9, 11, 15)
  • c.) Who is responsible for caring for refugees? (p. 8)
  • d.) What is refoulment and what does it have to do with the convention? (p. 13)
  • e.) Look at the images in the booklet. What are the countries of origin of the refugees?

2. The UNHCR has a long history of giving assistance to refugees. Look at this Pictorial History to see what different groups of refugees have beed aided. 

  • a.) What refugees were the first to receive assistance from the UNHCR?
  • b.) Name three additional groups of refugees that the UNHCR has been involved with since its establishment.

3. Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiers) is a non-governmental organization where doctors from MEDC's volunteer to go beyond the borders of their own country and provide medical care in countries where there are too few medical personnel to serve the population. They operate in some refugee camps as well. Go to their website for more information:

  • a.) Compare and contrast the situation of refugees and internally displaced. (numbers, rights, countries of origin)

4. This blog - P.A.P. Blog, Human Rights, Etc. - has an interesting set of maps (scroll down to the bottom) to show who is bearing the burden of international refugees.

  • a. Which countries (find the top several) are taking on the greatest responsibility with respect to receiving international refugees?
  • b. Is total number received the most accurate way of determining this? Why? or Why not?

5. Here you can see footage from a refugee camp in Kenya: Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya (watch video).

  • a.) Where are the refugees from?
  • b.) Why are they fleeing their country?
  • c.) What is the biggest challenge for these refugees?

6. Sketch an IDP Camp or a Refugee Camp using the satellite images at USAID HERE or HERE.

Be sure to click on the high resolution image to see the area in detail. Label significant physical and human features of the camps. (farms = squares that are slightly darker in color; town or clusters of houses; tents (i.e. refugee homes); rivers; dry riverbeds; mountains; etc.)

Up to number 6 is all you need to worry about for Friday. The rest we can discuss in class.
Remember: Test on migration and refugees next Tuesday.

Africa isn’t the only place with refugees.
Also, what are some common challenges that aid organizations confront in providing services to people living in refugee camps?

Know these content terms:
1951 convention on refugees
Internally Displaced Person (IDP)

Open Google Earth - Go inside a Sudanese refugee camp in Chad to investigate the following:
(If the kml file is not already downloaded, click HERE.)
How is water distributed at a refugee camp?
How are children educated? (look at Colombian refugee camp in Ecuador)
How do people receive helath care?

World is Witness
Would you believe that some Africans are fleeing TO Sudan? Explain.

Getting paid for resettling refugees?
Where do we go from here? Here is one attempt to improve the situation for refugees. Do you think it will have much of an impact?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Resources to Check Out
Not all of these headlines have links but you can google search the article once you know the title.

Kenya article

Country's perspective on their own population problems - interesting:

Search criteria:
"NGO women's status India"
"Program infant mortality Sri Lanka"
"access to contraception Somalia"
"promoting women's rights Yemen"
"overpopulation malnutrition Sudan"
"NGO women's health population Uganda"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

MLA Citation and RUBRIC

You should have a copy of the rubric for your Population & Development Report in your Google Docs. Read it carefully as this is how you will be graded. The following are the criteria from the rubric needed to earn an A.

Your report will not be accepted without a WORKS CITED PAGE.

Get started by copying and pasting these two citations (Obviously, change the information in parentheses to reflect your report.)

U.S. Census Bureau. "International Data Base: (your country) Population Pyramid (date).” 23 Feb. 2011. Web. 10 March 2011.<>

Gapminder. "Gapminder World." 20 Sept. 2010. Desktop Application. 7 March 2011.