May 4, 2012

Freedom Tower is Up & Newt is Out

Can you believe that we've made it to May?
And the end of school's just a few weeks away.
Flocab's in the place,
You know what we got to say. "Ayo hit 'em with the news, kid!"

OK, well Sudan needs to find a new plan for peace,
They can't stop fighting with the South Sudanese.
They just declared a state of emergency,
To battle what they claim to be insurgency.

We had the 20th anniversary,
Of the LA Riots
, that was mad violence.
It started with the beating of Rodney King,
When the police were acquitted of almost everything.

There's a Chinese activist trying to bring
His fam to the States to escape from Beijing
He's been beaten, imprisoned and on house arrest,
So he's trying to leave, there's no telling what's next.

Yes, yes, London's preparing to host,
The Olympics
, but watch out don't get too close.
They got over 13,000 troops locked,
And may even have missiles stationed on the roof tops.

Speaking of top, guess who's back,
One World Trade Center, how you like that?
It's columns just made it the king of New York,
This will make other skyscrapers seem short.

Looks like there wasn't enough support for Newt,
So his campaign got the boot.
You may have heard about the issue at FAMU,
The student who died, may have been hazed by his own crew.

Well they finally made arrests,
13 face charges for Champion's death.
Another Week in Rap - nothing more, nothing less.
Flocab is the team and yes, we're the best!

A South Sudan refugee camp

South Sudan officially split off from Sudan to become an independent nation in July 2011. But the two countries still haven't agreed on official borders or how to divide up resources. For the past few months, Sudan and South Sudan have been on the brink of war, with lots of violence and unrest. This week, Sudan declared a state of emergency after detaining three foreigners who they believed were carrying out military activities. South Sudan says these three were on a humanitarian mine-clearing mission, though. How can the international community help Sudan and South Sudan cool tensions? Learn more.

The National Guard during the LA riots

20 years ago, Los Angeles burned and violence filled the streets. It all began when four police officers violently beat an African-American man named Rodney King, and the beating was caught on tape. After the police officers were acquitted of charges by a jury with no African-Americans, riots broke out across LA. Rioters were infuriated over perceived racial inequality throughout the justice system. Ultimately, 50 people were killed, 2300 were injured, and more than a billion dollars in damage was done to the city. The recent Trayvon Martin case has made people question how far our nation has come in terms of racial justice since then. Why do you think Trayvon Martin's parents asked the public to keep protests peaceful? Learn more.

Chen Guangcheng at the US Embassy

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist, became an international human rights figure after he exposed forced abortions that were carried out as a result of China's one-child policy. He ended up serving four years in prison, and was then kept under house arrest. After escaping house arrest in April, Chen sought refuge in the US Embassy, for fear of retaliation from the Chinese government. This situation has caused diplomatic tension between China and the US, with the US criticizing China for human rights violations. After days of negotiations, US officials got the Chinese government to agree that Chen and his family would be safe and could start a new life. But now Chen is saying that he wants to escape to the US because he still fears for his family's safety. Do you think Chen should be able to leave China? Learn more.

New buildings for the London Olympics

Michael Phelps has been preparing for the Olympics by putting in hard practices at the pool. British air defenses have been preparing for the Olympics by putting missiles on rooftops. Britain will be deploying 13,500 troops to London to help protect the Olympics, and part of the plan is to create mini air defense stations on nearby residents' roofs. Perhaps not surprisingly, residents are skeptical of this plan to place weapons on top of their homes. It isn't finalized yet. Do you think it is a good idea to put missile stations on private residences? Learn more.

The growing "Freedom Tower"

It's been over ten years since al-Qaeda terrorists toppled the twin towers on September 11, 2001. This week, the World Trade Center is once again home to the tallest building in New York City. One World Trade Center, nicknamed the "Freedom Tower," is still under construction, and the full height won't be reached for a year. But the current skeleton structure that is rising in downtown Manhattan is now taller than the Empire State Building. When the building is done, it is expected to be the tallest building in the United States, and the third tallest in the world. Why do you think a new tower is being built in the place of the old ones? Learn more.

Newt is out.

It seems that a moon colony won't be a top national priority after all. Newt Gingrich is out of the Republican primary race. His campaign had been suffering for awhile, so Gingrich's official announcement on Wednesday didn't come as a surprise. Gingrich also endorsed Mitt Romney, but in a rather backhanded way. Gingrich will now be turning his attention to resolving $3 million in campaign debt. And the nation will be turning its attention to the upcoming battle between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Why do you think Gingrich stayed in the race for so long? Learn more.

The FAMU "Marching 100"

Back in December, we told you about the hazing death.of Robert Champion, a student at Florida A&M University. He was a drum major in FAMU's famous "Marching 100" marching band, and he was found dead in a bus outside a hotel after a football game. He had been violently beaten as part of a hazing ritual. Months later, 13 people have been charged in Champion's death, which a prosecutor called "a homicide by hazing." What kind of initiation rituals do you think are OK? What kind should be banned? Learn more.
What nation has South Sudan been fighting with?
Where did race riots happen 20 years ago?
Los Angeles
Where does the Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng want to escape to?
The United States
Where does the British military want to place missiles during the Olympics?
On people's rooftops
What record did the building at One World Trade Center just break?
It is now the tallest building in New York.
Which Republican candidate officially dropped out of the primary?
Newt Gingrich
What were 13 people charged with in Florida?
Robert Champion's hazing death
Another Week in Rap - nothing more...
...nothing less. See you in a week!

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