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Volume 16, No. 5 - November 2, 2009


Kurdish protest in Istanbul, Turkey

Kurdish demonstrators take to the streets in Istanbul

By Caroline Nelissen in ISTANBUL, Turkey --  While strolling a quiet street near the Taksim Square in Istanbul’s city center, I suddenly heard the sound of a helicopter circling over the main street, not too far away. I wondered what was going on and decided to go take a look.

When I got there, I saw a group of demonstrators. The crowd clapped and chanted slogans as a woman spoke through a megaphone.

I noticed a camera crew standing on a balcony, filming the crowd. A lot of people with cameras were on the ground, too.

The police were there as well, equipped with safety gear and riot shields.

A little further, someone waved a flag with red, green and yellow. Some people wore scarves in these colors.

Not far from me, a woman with a headscarf held up a sign.

People chanted things I didn’t understand.   Read whole story



My first time trick or treating

By Yelena Samofalova in WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Ever since I was four and moved to America from Ukraine, I watched all my other friends go trick-or-treating each Halloween.

I heard them talking about where the best houses were and how much candy they would get. I asked my mom every year if I could go, but she said no.

My mom’s concern is understandable because Halloween customs – not just trick-or-treating, but the focus on skeletons, ghosts and graveyards – are completely new to her. Wouldn’t it seem new to you if you weren’t born here and haven’t gone trick-or-treating your whole life?   Read whole story


Teachers' strike not all fun and games

By Grace Middleton in HELLERTOWN, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. What if someone offered you a month off from school?

Sounds really fun, right?

But let me just tell you that you might change your mind when you hear about what happened to me and the rest of the 1,400 students of Saucon Valley school district.

Our teachers went on strike in the middle of October and we’ve all been out of school ever since.

You may have heard about it already. The strike has been on the television news and in the newspaper. Or you could have heard of it from your friend’s cousin’s cousin’s friend, or maybe you’re just hearing about it now.

I bet you have no idea what it’s like.   Read whole story





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