Let's hear it for the ladies! The Nobel Prize committee selected three women's rights advocates to share this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female president in Africa when she won the Liberian presidential election in 2005, and the committee honored her work to lead Liberia out of a violent civil war. Leymah Gbowee led groups of female protesters against Liberian soldiers who preyed on women. And Tawakkul Karman began fighting for human rights and free speech in Yemen before and during Arab Spring. She has been called "The Spirit of the Yemeni Revolution" by her fellow protesters. What are some women's rights issues in your country? Learn more .
Christians are a minority in Egypt, and they had protested alongside Muslims last year in hopes of gaining a new democratic government that was more tolerant of their religion. But Egypt is facing renewed violence and tumult less than a year after violent protests forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office. As Islamists (radical Muslims) have gained power in the new regime, Christians are concerned that they may not gain the religious tolerance they were hoping for. This week, an attack on a church spurred protests. Thugs - most likely with backing from the military - attacked the protesters. Then a military truck crashed into the crowd. In all, it resulted in 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Would you protest in the street if you knew it was dangerous? Learn more .
President Obama presented a plan to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2014. But Americans can't simply leave when the time is up. To prevent the Taliban from rising to power again, U.S. forces have been focusing on training the Afghan army to operate self-sufficiently, with the goal of creating a powerful 250,000 army of Afghan soldiers. But this training has been challenging and costly. Because many of the Afghan soldiers cannot read and write, U.S. soldiers need to use visual tools and translators to communicate. The U.S. has spent $27 billion training, and some say it will cost $6 billion to maintain the Afghan army each year. Do you think the U.S. troops will be able to successfully help the Afghans build a self-sufficient army? Learn more .
An Iranian-American used-car salesman tries to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel to murder the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. And on the side, the Quds Force, a special unit of the Iran army, is going to send tons of opium from the Middle East to Mexico. Sounds like a Hollywood movie, right? Well, it's true. This week, the US Justice Department announced it had uncovered and prevented this wild plot from moving forward. The discovery of the plot has heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. How long do you think it will take for this to be turned into a film? Would you go see it? Learn more .
Alabama recently passed a new law that will allow police to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant and jail them without bond if they can't prove their citizenship. Many consider this the toughest immigration law in the country. Schools are now required to check the immigration status of students, and as a result, over 2,000 children have stopped attending school. Parents are scared that they'll be deported if they send their kids to class. Do you think schools should protect students from the fray of an adult immigration battle? Learn more .
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