Our Current Argument #2

Chavez0508This week, we studied some current events and now we are arguing about which was the most important.  The current events that we studied are:

The oldest television station in Venezuela has been shut down: In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez shut down the oldest television station because they spoke out against him.

A rare rhino has been caught on film for the first time in the forests of Borneo: A Borneo Rhino has been caught on film for the first time while it was feeding.  This animal is extremely endangered and only about 50 remain.

In Colombia, there is an indigenous group where kids are suffering from malnutrition: An indigenous tribe in Colombia has one hospital that reported that 37 deaths in the past 2 months.

In South Africa, the government has decided to cull elaphants: The government of South Africa decided to cull elaphants in order to control the population.

To me, the closure of the oldest TV station in Venezuela was the most important.  The government shut down the TV station (RCTV) because it was broadcasting antagonistic views about the government.  Supporters of President Hugo Chavez say that RCTV helped a coup that, for a short amount of time, caused Mr. Chavez to lose power.  His supporters believe that RCTV should have been shut down a long time ago.  People against President Chavez say that they shut down the TV station in order to eliminate the public voice of the adversaries.

There are two sides to this story.  One side is that the closure of this TV station is a bad thing and it should never have happened because it takes away freedom of speech in Venezuela.  The other side is that it is good that they closed the TV station because the country does not need that kind of negative voice. 

I support the first side to this story because freedom of speech is the most important thing you can have in a country.  It allows for a multitude of views and the more views you have, the better.  Another thing is if Mr. Chavez did it to one TV station, he could do it to all the others and have only positive opinions and views about the government. 

So which of our current events do you think is the most important?  Leave us a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb!


Warlord and Spongebob

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One Response to Our Current Argument #2

  1. Carapatato says:

    hey i dont know were the cocunut one is but here u go:
    Residents of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea have found an original solution to there ridicule high-energy prices, the abundance of tropical fruit, and coconut are helping lower prices. The islanders are developing mini-refineries to produce a coconut oil that can eventually replace diesel and possibly other fuels. Residents say, coconut oil has not only made them less dependent on expensive fuel, which had to be imported onto the island. I think it’s just pretty cool that your driving to work with fuel made from something that fell off a nearby tree. I also think it’s great that the world is helping save our planet.

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