Current Events -- Tarik I.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Refugees and Syrian Citizens are fleeing to bordering countries to escape the trouble that their own government is stirring. Those wishing to escape the Syria's borders are being sent back from Syrian officials, but Jordan and other countries are keeping their borders open to the refugee's. 

        This article relates to our standard, "SS7H2-A", because after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, artificial borders were created which caused conflict between many ethnic and religious groups. Citizens in Syria are now fleeing due to the Syrian Civil War or the Syrian Uprising. The Government of Syria is Shia Muslim while most Muslims (citizens) in Syria are Sunni, in which causes some arguments between the two groups. 

SS7H2 The student will analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East) leading to the 21st century.

a. Explain how European partitioning in the Middle East after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire led to regional conflict.

b. Explain the historical reasons for the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948; include the Jewish religious connection to the land, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Zionism in Europe.

c. Describe how land and religion are reasons for continuing conflicts in the Middle East.

d. Explain U.S. presence and interest in Southwest Asia; include the Persian Gulf conflict and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.