S: Current Events Book by Autumn Sawyer
BC: The End
FC: Current Events Book by Autumn Sawyer Class:World History Date: 11/29/11
1: Table Of Contents 2&3. Power Outage 4&5. South African Law 6&7.Egyptian Vote 8&9. 12. Bibliography
2: Power Outage The Power outage that happened on 09/09/2011 was very interesting because not only did 5 million people lose electricity for hours, but the source of the problem was not figured out until many days later. It was also interesting because i was one of those 5 million people! At first, some workers from the power company responsible thought it was human error, but later studies indicate other things went wrong. The power went out at about 3:45 and remained off for eight hours after that. This is a significant event because it showed how reliant we are on electricity, plus millions of dollars were lost in all sorts of food products and in businesses (because without electricity work could not get done.) It seemed to make people realize how unprepared they were for this situation. Many people had to sleep in there cars, or throw all there food away because they didn't have a backup plan if something like this were to happen! A large amount of stores in the area effected lost large amounts of money on spoiled meats, and frozen food items. Also, the San Onfre Nuclear Generation Station went off line, and many flights were canceled. This article, written by Chris Mcdaniel, began with a paragraph about what happened on September 9th. Then it goes on to state that the North Gila was the thing that caused the problem. After that it explained the times and the places this power outage took advantage of. I thought this article was informational, but could've been written in a more entertaining fashion. For this specific project it was very useful, though I already knew a lot about it.
4: South African "State Secret" Law Passed | South African Parliament passed a bill that some say is a step in the wrong direction toward the political evolution of Africa, and an impeachment on freedom of speech. This law is called the "State Secret" Law. There was a large press protest, the press are calling it "Black Tuesday." The law makes containing, leaking or publishing confidential information punishable by law. A long 25 year jail sentence. This Event is significant because if this bill gets passed by the National Council of Provinces, it will make the state secrets unavailable to the public. This is a breach on freedom of speech and is proof that South Africa is corrupt. Also it sets an example for other countries, making it seem as if its okay to hide the country secrets from the people. South Africa is hiding its secrets from the public. What does the government have to hide? This article peaks many questions. What if the government is doing something absolutely terrible behind the peoples backs? How will it ever change? I think this is a cause for a revolution. I think this article was well written and informative. The author gave a lot of good facts. It was also interesting to hear what a few government officials had to say about the law as well.
6: Egyptian vote On Monday, November 28,2011 over 40 million people in Egypt got to vote for the first time since the recent revolution. They casted their ballets for the upper an lower sect of parliament. Only days ago, Egypt was fighting, but now all is calm in the streets. There were a few down falls though, for example, many ballots arrived late, and some were unstamped. This is an important world event because this is the first time in 55 years that these people are able to vote for the people they want to see run their country. Its an outstanding example of the rights being given back to the people of Egypt. Egypt is a fantastic example for other countries under the same type of rule. My opinion of this article is that is was very informational. It was a little too long, but well written. I think that Egypt is a perfect example of a revolution gone right. But at the same time, lots of people lost their lives for the sake of others. In conclusion, this article was very interesting. I didn't realize how lucky Americans are that they get to vote. Before I read this article I didn't even know that Egypt was voting or that the violence had stopped.
8: Syrian forces have committed crimes against humanity Syrian forces have been accused of assaulting protesters in Syria. Some of these acts were sexual harassment and infringement on child laws as well as torture. The government of Syria has yet to do or say anything on this matter. More then 3,500 protesters have been killed. This is an important event because it is major problem that a lot of places are having. Even here in America, with the recent protests about Wallstreet, police and military brutality is getting out of hand. People are getting killed for an unjust reason. This violence is unnessicary and should be addressed as soon as possible. In this article, the facts were clear and laid out nicely. The information i required from it on the other hand was not so nice. Many people have been killed, raped, and tortured, and the government wont do anything about it. This just shows that corruption is still a big part of society. In conclusion this article has shown me that America's protesters aren't as bad off as these misfortune people in Syria. Also this provides another example of brutality amongst government officials.
10: Biblography Power Outage Article- Mcdaniel, Chris. "Power Outage." EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page. The Yuma Sun, 09 Sept. 2011. Web. 15 Sept. 2011.