Objective: You will research, analyze and attempt to resolve a current world problem in a particular region or nation and create a PowerPoint presentation, magazine, or website using Microsoft: PowerPoint, Publisher, FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or other PC compatible program. The focus of your study will be to look at a specific problem facing our world today, the reasons why it exists, and to search for potential solutions that may alleviate or eradicate the problem. Your project must include the following: The Problem It needs to be thoroughly defined. Why is it a problem? Historical Background Where did the problem begin? When did the problem begin? How and why did the problem receive widespread attention? Analysis What is (are) the cause(s) of the problem? Who or what is responsible for the problem? How do you know? What evidence do you have? What are the political, cultural, religious, or economic aspects to the problem? Solution s What are some possible solutions to the problem? What obstacles stand in the way of any solutions — domestic & foreign? Propose some viable remedies for the problem. California State Standards The following standards are addressed in this project: 10.9 Students analyze the international developments in the post-World World War II world. 10.9.8 Discuss the establishment and work of the United Nations and the purposes and functions of the Warsaw Pact, SEATO, NATO, and the Organization of American States. 10.10 Students analyze instances of nation-building in the contemporary world in at least two of the following regions or countries: the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and China. 10.10.1 Understand the challenges in the regions, including their geopolitical, cultural, military, and economic significance and the international relationships in which they are involved. 10.10.2 Describe the recent history of the regions, including political divisions and systems, key leaders, religious issues, natural features, resources, and population patterns. 10.10.3 Discuss the important trends in the regions today and whether they appear to serve the cause of individual freedom and democracy. Possible Areas of Study: Aids/Disease Sectarian War Terrorism Religious Conflict Famine Genocide Women's Rights Global Warming Population Control Pollution Child Labor Weapons of Mass Destruction If you wish to select a topic other than one of those listed above, please email your instructor for permission. Step I - Internet Search Your research will begin with an Internet search, citing at least eight (8) sites dedicated to your topic. Look for sites of world organizations, interest groups, government agencies, etc. to get information on your topic. You must write a brief (half to a full page, typed-double-spaced) synopsis of the material found within each site. Each synopsis must include the full citation of the website using MLA standards for bibliographies. Some suggest.