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Reuters TV | "Decoder: How China's leaders can survive scandal and a slowing economy"


In an interview with Decoder, Harvard professor and noted China expert Ezra Vogel argues that China’s recent political turmoil has solidified the nation’s leadership rather than weakened it.



Map Location: China

Comprehensive Questions

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What challenges is China currently facing that seems to cast some doubt on the 2012 leadership transition?
2. What does Vogel predict for the future of leadership in China?
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When it comes to their ability to adapt to a changing world, how does Vogel compare China and the United States?

Multiple-Choice Questions

1. Vogel states that Bo Xilai was different from the usual Chinese politician because he was a
2. Vogel expects that the Bo Xilai incident is likely to force the next leader to

Reuters TV | "Decoder: Turkish soap operas ignite culture war in Middle East revolution"


As part of Turkey's growing influence in the region, Turkish soap operas are increasingly popular in neighboring countries but have also sparked harsh criticism from hardline Islamic clerics. These shows present new and radical social norms and characters often violate many of the regions cultural taboos.



Map Location: Kosice, Slovakia

Comprehensive Questions

1. How do these shows portray gender relations? What cultural taboos do characters often violate?
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What sort of norms and values practiced in these shows do we generally associate with a more democratic culture?
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For the writers and directors involved in these shows, what do they say is their main goal? Do the consequences of these shows match up with those goals, or do they do something else?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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In the Middle East, Turkey is
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Which of the following is true regarding Turkey’s soap operas?
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When a former chief of Saudi Arabia’s highest judicial council criticized one of the shows, what did he say was permissible?

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