Middle East

February 18, 2014
To the teacher:  In 2011 violence erupted in Syria when thousands took to the streets to protest the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  The protests were in response to the arrest and…
September 20, 2013
Objectives Students will: Share what they know about Syria Read an article about the conflict in Syria today Listen to different statements regarding Syria and decide what they think about them…
September 8, 2013
Objectives: Students will increase their knowledge about what is happening in Syria and the debate over how to respond. Students will read and consider different points of view about whether the U…
November 7, 2011
by Alan Shapiro   To the Teacher: With the acceptance of a new "Road Map for Israelis and Palestinians," Israelis, Palestinians and the "Quartet" (the U.S., Russia, the UN, and the European Union…
November 7, 2011
By Alan Shapiro To the Teacher: American treatment of Iraqi and Afghan prisoners has created an international scandal and raised profound questions for the citizens of our country. The two readings…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: "Torture is wrong because it inflicts unspeakable pain upon the body of a fellow human being who is entirely at our mercy. The tortured person is bound and helpless. The torturer…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher:   The conventional wisdom about Iraq is that, despite the bloody mayhem there, the U.S. cannot "cut and run," must "stay the course." Having examined "the course" the Bush…
November 7, 2011
By Alan Shapiro   To the Teacher:   The student readings in Part I and Part II of "Bloody Iraq and Its Future" offer assessments of the situation in Iraq. The reading in Part I summarizes the Bush…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: What misconceptions did Americans have about the war on Iraq and why? According to polls concluded in the fall of 2003, a majority of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: President Bush said repeatedly that a major purpose of the Iraq war was to bring democracy and freedom to the Iraqi people. Such efforts have begun but face significant difficulties…