AP Comparative Government Homework

Homework 10: Please continue on in the textbook up to page 156.  And does the British left have a problem with Tory Indians?



Is it a pandemic yet?

94 year-old Malaysian prime minister Mohamad Mahathir resigns... but why?

Iran's rigged election is a flop.


-Due Tuesday, February 25th.


MINI-PAPER 1: In two to three  pages, decide which form of government is superior--that of the United States or that of Great Britain. A word of caution: It's okay to say that US Government works best for the US and British government for the Brits, but if this is your choice, be sure to elaborate... Couldn't the US be a unitary state?  Why not let the British regions be autonomous? You get the idea.


-Mini Paper Due Monday, March 2nd.



Optional Stuff

Is the dreaded Rebound Effect making our gains in energy efficiency meaningless?

Homework 9: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 136-45. Meet Rishi Sunak--the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. This piece argues that with Javid's ouster, Johnson is now fully in control.


Also, please check out an example of Prime Minister's Questions from February 12th--note that Question Time starts about at about the 1:00 mark on the video. "Question 1" is the traditional first question, to which the PM always gives the same response.  To read along, check out this transcript (which picks up at 3:11--after the end of Question 1). Obviously, the star of the show is the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his chief inquisitor is Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour party.  Corbyn is an interesting individual--representing the old, pre-Blair Labour party. And, of course, Johnson just defeated Corbyn in big election that happened in late December. Corbyn immediately goes for the jugular at 5:05 (note that Johnson had US citizenship up until recently). If you are curious about the Windrush Generation, check here.


The men and women seated on the front benches are the government (on the Tory side) and the shadow government (Labour). The bald dude behind Johnson is recently ousted Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.


Note: when members stand after a point, it means that they are trying to get the attention of the Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) to ask a question. Note that all of the comments of the Prime Minister are always directed towards the Speaker.  The Speaker calls for order (frequently) and also calls on members to ask questions.


...and here's a clip of former PM David Cameron calling (since ousted) Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls a turkey. And he's a short clip showing the best of Bercow, the much put-upon former Speaker of the House. Here's another medley of Bercow hits.



-Due Monday, February 24th



Does the Coronavirus expose the limits of Xi's centralized power?

The three most polarizing words in India.

Why was the Gambia the country that brought charges against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice?



Optional Stuff

This person does not exist. AI generated faces that (usually) look uncannily real.


Try this dialect quiz from the New York times to which sort of British/Irish accent you have!  Hint: probably none.


Homework 8: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 122-36. This piece says that the real story is not Brexit, but the weakening pull of the EU. Also, breaking news--UK cabinet reshuffle!



Also, please read Our World In Data--some amazing charts here.



China, ultra-competence and the Coronavirus.

Climate emergency in Africa?

Sugary drink consumption plunges in Chile after the posting of new warning labels.


-Due Friday, February 14th


Optional Stuff

Ten not entirely crazy theories explaining the great crime drop.

Homework 7: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 114-122.  Spiked, a pro-Brexit site, writes that it's time for Britain to seize the day.  Meanwhile, the Economist frets that there is not really enough time to forge an effective trade deal.


-Due Thursday, February 13th



Africa's top candidate for an economic leap is Ghana.

The collapse of Angela Merkel's chosen successor reveals major problems in German politics. (Here's a bit more about the Thuringia brouhaha)

Urgent questions that scientists are asking about Coronavirus.


Optional Stuff

Where the hell are the flying cars that I was promised in my youth?

Homework 6: Please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 102-114.   Also, please read this piece: Britain has changed forever.


-Due Tuesday, February 11th



Coronavirus shocks China's elite.

Five takeaways from Ireland's election shocker.

Venezuela's loss, Latin America's gain?



Optional Stuff

If you donít speak Japanese but would like, momentarily, to feel like a linguistic genius, take a look at the following words. Try to guess their meaning from the two available options

1. nurunuru (a) dry or (b) slimy?
2. pikapika (a) bright or (b) dark?
3. wakuwaku (a) excited or (b) bored?
4. iraira (a) happy or (b) angry?
5. guzuguzu (a) moving quickly or (b) moving slowly?
6. kurukuru (a) spinning around or (b) moving up and down?
7. kosokoso (a) walking quietly or (b) walking loudly?
8. gochagocha (a) tidy or (b) messy?
9. garagara (a) crowded or (b) empty?
10. tsurutsuru (a) smooth or (b) rough?

These If you want to learn more about this phenomenon, check out this really interesting article about ideophones.


These clips of early color motion pictures from 1922 are really haunting--some of the earliest use of color you will ever see.


Check out Li Hongbo's bonkers paper sculptures.

Homework 5: We are beginning our Britain unit!  To that end, please continue on in the textbook. Please read pp. 94-104.  Also, please read this insider account of the rise of Euroskepticism that would eventually lead to Brexit.



-Due Monday, February 10th



Why won't Carrie Lam shut Hong Kong's border with Mainland China?

The Muslim world's question: "what happened to us?"

How dollarization saved Ecuador's economy.



Optional Stuff

The crime rate perception gap. And from the same site, expert predictions of  what will happen in 2020.

Homework 4: Please continue on in the textbook.  Please read pages 54-80.  Also, a primer on charismatic leadership--why we love tyrants. Also, why Britain brexited.


-Due Wednesday, February 5th



Here's the New York Times's indispensable Coronavirus page.

Britain may be leaving, but it left its mark on the European Union--and what effect will its departure have?

The impact of Turkey's ambitious foreign policy.



Optional Stuff

Pogo remix!

Did early humans tame themselves by killing off aggressive males?

Homework 3: Please continue on in the textbook.  Please read pages 34-54.  Also, please read this report from the (libertarianish) Niskanen Institute about the rise of two separate moral systems in the United States. And if you found it interesting, this piece in by Thomas Edsall in the New York Times reflects more on its conclusions.  Both pieces are from 2017, but are still very relevant.


-Due Monday, February 3rd



Will Boris Johnson reverse Thatcherism?

Coronavirus and the panic epidemic.

Is Burkina Faso playing with fire by arming its citizen militias?


Optional Stuff

Can you create a band using only musicians that you find on Fiverr?

Ranking all 53 Superbowls.

Homework 2: This is the first excerpt from the textbook.   Please read pages 12-34.  Also, check out this piece written by Bill and Melinda Gates entitled "Three Myths on the World's Poor."  Finally, please read this riveting story: Trapped in Iran.


-Due Thursday, January 30th



Trump's Middle East peace plan is actually about power.

Is the Wuhan virus China's Chernobyl?

Iran's Guardian Council purges reformers from the election roster.



Optional Stuff

Best Simpsons opening sequence ever?

Check out George III's collection of military maps.

Homework 1: Please go to this form and enter your information!




You should do the following:


1) Make sure you have a Dropbox account.


2) Share a folder with me.  The format should be as follows:  If your name were Patrice Lumumba and you were in my 4th period AP Comp Gov class, the folder would be entitled: Patrice Lumumba, CG4. Please do not omit the "CG" in front of your period number. My e-mail address for sharing is mpolazzo@gmail.com


3) Upload a headshot of yourself that (a) is not too large and (b) actually looks like you. Place it in the shared folder. Name it patricelumumba.jpg (substitute your first and last names).  Please note that all headshots should be in JPEG form!


4) All uploaded data is due by the start of the period that I teach you on Wednesday!




Please check out this famous article by Harvard prof (and Stuy alum!) Samuel Huntington from Foreign Affairs--a counterpoint to the utopian philosophies that emerged around the time of the end of the Cold War.  Later this was turned into a book. 



The Optimist's Guide to 2020.

Did Putin just appoint himself president for life?

The Wuhan coronavirus--how upfront has Beijing been... and the race to contain this new killer bug.


BONUS CONTENT: Special report on Taiwan's elections.



-Due Wednesday, January 29th


Optional Stuff

How good are you at recognizing foreign languages?  Test your skill with Name that Language!

Those of you as obsessed with Chipotle as I am will find this oral history of Chipotle very interesting.

The Atlantic Magazine has an amazing photo blog called "In Focus."  Check it out here. Particularly stark pictures of Wuhan here.