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Al Jazeera | Many Cubans unhappy with pace of change


Cuba is one of the few remaining communist regimes in the world. In 2011, the government introduced a number of reforms to try to liberalize the country, but the question remains whether politics or economics have really changed.



Map Location: Cuba

Comprehensive Questions

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According to the video, how has Cuba changed in the last 5 years?
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How does Cuba compare to other countries in the region? How does it compare to its past economic performance?
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How does Cuba’s public seem to view these reforms?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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Which of the following has been a success of Cuba's communist government?
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Since 2011, Cuba has instituted a number of reforms to try to liberalize its economy. Which of the following is NOT one of those intended reforms?
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Russia Today | Ships Cemetery: Aral Sea Dead Zone of Poisoned Pollution


The Aral Sea in Central Asia was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but the legacy of Soviet economic planning has led to an environmental disaster in the region. Russia Today’s Lindsay France explores the causes behind its demise and how the shrinking of the Aral Sea poses a threat to people’s health.



Map Location: Aral Sea, Kazakhstan

Comprehensive Questions

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How does the example of the Aral Sea irrigation scheme fit with what we know as the general flaws of communist central planning?
2. Why has disease increased so much in the region?
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What has been done to try to address the health issues associated with the decline of the Aral Sea?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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The Aral Sea is located predominantly in which country?
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The Soviet Union used water from the Aral Sea to irrigate what crop?

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