Clarifying Questions:

What is the conflict?

Greece is having a major budget crisis involving the whole nation. So severe that it is impacting everyone and causing riots and anger. The government are having very cheap imports which causes angry farmers to block the borders so that they can’t get in. Since the government isn’t relying on the countries own people growing food and selling it, they have to import from other countries. But due to the lack of money, the imports are not of the best quality.

What groups are involved?

There is the government of greece, and the farmers . The government believes that spending money less will help the economy. This is true but the farmers have another point of view. They think that increasing the source of food in the country by within the country will help more than cheap, bad imports. With quite a bit of people being fired, there is lots of protest and riots within the city. One in ten greeks are being employed by the government as civil servants. That is about one million people.

Where is the conflict taking place?

The conflict is occurring in Athens, Greece. Which is located in Europe. Since Greece has a deficit four times below the normal limit, the euro currency may no longer be the national currency.

How long has the conflict been going on?

It started around February 2010. It is still going on right now and the government is probably trying their best to solve the problem.

Probing Questions:

What assumptions are being made about the conflict?   (consider news/media)

The college students of Greece assume that there won’t be any jobs for them mainly due to the job shortage. It is not fair to them that the country is doing bad so that they can not have a proper job. Still, some of them can still get jobs, but most assume that it is too late.

What bias exists in these assumptions? (consider the source)

I do not think that there is a bias. First of all, it doesn’t say who wrote the article. So there is no way to find out if he/she was a college student. Also, the article is very professional and does not seem to have any assumptions, besides the ones in the article.

What role do cultural values play in the conflict?

The greek farmers believe that the crops they grow should be sold. Instead of imports.

How has this conflict been perpetuated over time?  What influence has the past had on the present? (social institutions, massmedia, political institutions, economics)

Well before, they didn’t have this problem. But since the food wasn’t being supplied properly, they had to have had cheap imports. Which partially caused this problem. But people being fired also cause such a problem with the people that started the riots.

One Response to “Current Cultural Conflicts”

  1.   Ms. Nall Says:

    You needed to explain a bit more about 1/10 Greeks being employed by the government and how that relates to your issue. Also, the conflict has been going on prior to Feb. 2010, though the blocking of roads and protesting is more recent. You didn’t include the assumptions from the farmers about the way the government is handling things and vice versa. I’m confused as to why you only reference 1 article for bias when the requirement is 4 sources; in addition, there is definitely bias on both sides – obviously the farmers have a vested interest in why their crops should be increased and sold instead of importing goods. You didn’t address the question of cultural values appropriately; consider the value of money, jobs, food, cheap prices, international relations, etc. As for what has perpetuated the problem, you should have included how Greece has ended up in this mess in the first place w/ the crops. 13/20

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