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BBC News | How the Arab Spring began


The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, looks back over 2011: a year of protests, uprising, and revolutions.

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Map Location: Tunisia

Comprehensive Questions

1. Based on our definition of revolution (public seizure of the state to overturn the existing government and regime), which Arab uprisings could be considered revolutions? Which ones might not fit the definition as well?
2. What motivated Mohamed Bouazizi to set himself on fire? How does this fit with individual explanations for why political violence occurs?

Multiple-Choice Questions

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The Arab Spring began in which country?
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At the end of 2011, which of the following leaders of Arab countries still remained in power?
3. In line with our definition of a revolution, the video demonstrates that the most active group in these uprisings have been
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Reuters TV | The Decoder: The Anatomy of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami


The Decoder takes an inside look at Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), an Islamic militant group responsible for violence in India.



Map Location: New Delhi, India

Comprehensive Questions

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Would it be more correct to consider HUJI a domestic or a transnational terrorist organization? Why?
2. Would we consider HUJI’s goals “revolutionary” (seeking the overthrow of the existing regime), or are they more limited?

Multiple-Choice Questions

1. What is the primary objective of HUJI?
2. In which country was HUJI first formed?
3. Which of the following would NOT be a reason we would consider HUJI a terrorist group?

BBC News | Need To Know: What is driving Nigeria’s Boko Haram?


Nigeria's Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect operating in the north of the country, has been responsible for considerable violence in the country. BBC Africa’s Tomi Oladipo explains the basic facts about Boko Haram.

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Map Location: Northern Nigeria

Comprehensive Questions

1. What is the Nigerian public’s view of Boko Haram? Do they support their political goals?
2. How unified does Boko Haram seem?
3. How has the government tried to deal with Boko Haram?

Multiple-Choice Questions

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What is the primary goal of Boko Haram?
21. As listed in the video, Boko Haram has attacked all the following targets except
3. Many observers argue that if the government wants to get rid of Boko Haram, it needs to

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