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In this article written by CNN staff on October 15th 2013, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Japan.  It was approximately 200 miles away from Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean. About three billion dollars of damages have been evaluated.  This is not the first time that Japan has had huge natural disasters hit them, making many casualties as well. In 2011, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 hit the Fukushima prefectures, with about 15,000 deaths. This has had a huge impact on the country’s economy since they always have to rebuild.

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Even The Rain is a very interesting film that depicts crossing the cultural border to Bolivia, the poorest country in South America; it should be seen while thinking about the issues of culture and social issues in other areas of the world. (Bollain, 2010) This Spanish film is about a Mexican director, Sebastián, and executive producer, Costa, who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film in hopes of depicting Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treat the Indians at the time.

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Are your parents to blame for your drug addiction? Various psycho-social components could be the cause of a poor upbringing and an increased susceptibility of substance abuse. Researchers Zeinalo et al. (2011) look into this potential cause and conclude their research with an interesting “solution” to the relatively current adolescent drug issue.

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Xiao Wang (2010) reports the upsetting truth on media shaping individuals’ intentions on what their body should look like. His findings raise many important questions. When one thinks about media having an influence on their body, the first thing that comes to mind may be women’s body image. These findings show that sports magazines influence men’s self-image. This has been a result of the past few decades representing very thin women and very masculine men in the U.S media. Research has shown that the mass media is somewhat responsible for college females’ eating disorders (Wang, 2010). Unlike these female students, men are more infatuated with increasing their body mass, resulting in the use of steroids. This study utilized an internet-based survey that took place in the Spring of 2006. 3,000 students were randomly selected from a large southeastern university; to increased the response rate, 20 students would be given a $25 gift card (Wang, 2010). The survey consisted of asking the student how frequently they feel the difference sources of media influence their image and health. Results showed that television did not have much influence on student’s self image but fashion and entertainment magazines did (Wang, 2010).

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In purpose of this article is to bring attention to UNICEF wanting to end female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation is a ritual of cutting girls’ genitals. This ritual is practice by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities (BBC New Africa, 2013). One of the main points and certainly needed when trying to understand these communities is the reason behind the ritual. These communities practice FGM with the belief that it protects women’s virginity and woman marriageable (BBC New Africa, 2013).

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Teenage pregnancy numbers are way too high!

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The purpose of the article is to capture the attention of people about the possible poaching of elephant tusk some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This article is specific to Uganda, but it is something that is common to countries around Uganda as well. The main point of this article is makes the readers aware that “in recent years poaching has increased across sub-Saharan Africa” (BBC, 2013).

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A major social problem that has been growing as the use of technology has increased is cyber bullying. This is a topic that many teens can relate to, whether they’ve been the victim or perpetrator of bullying. In this article, juvenile police officers have brought the consequences to the attention of middle school aged students. Cyber bullying is almost always something that occurs outside of the classroom. The major problem with cyber bullying is that the result of it can be brought back into the school setting, resulting in a physical or verbal fight between the victim and the bully. By informing the students on the consequences at a young age, juvenile police offers hope that it can decrease the amount of cyber bullying problems they will have with that generation in the future.

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Disney's new Princess Sofia was supposed to be the first princess to represent Hispanic women. However Disney recently posted that Princess Sofia is to represent "multi-cultural" ethnicity's, presenting controversies with Hispanic and other cultural fans who wish to identify with a Disney Princess.

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In this article written by BBC news in August 2013, the harsh realities of Russia's new anti-gay laws are brought forward in a Q&A format. The article first describes how hard life as a gay Russian is, considering Russia is ranked as the worst country in Europe for gay people to live in, and that conservative communities of the two biggest faith groups, Orthodox Christians and Muslims, are openly hostile against gays.

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This article was written after discussing the topic of texting and driving with California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings. Pennings believes that this is a very strong subject that needs to be addressed with teens because distracted driving is a huge influencing factor in 90% of collisions. Pennings has taken a stance and gives presentations at high schools on the dangers of texting and driving. Pennings sets up obstacles for students to be forced to text and drive, while maneuvering through cones to easily get his point across that it is important to focus their attention on driving. The highly trained officer suggests that students should install the no-texting app on phones. This will make it less tempting for teens to look at their phone while they are driving because it could end in serious fatalities.

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