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What is the maximum global temperature rise for this century the United Nations would like to see in a binding climate agreement in 2010?
  • less than 2 degrees Celsius -- CORRECT Scientists say the world "ought not to exceed" 2 degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). This was affirmed at the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen last December by the Group of 8 industrial and economic powers.
  • less than 1 degree Celsius
  • less than 5 degrees Celsius
  • less than 3.5 degrees Celsius
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The United Nations will assist four countries with elections in 2010, including Myanmar. There, a new set of election rules has the international community up in arms. Which of these are laws the junta has set for this fall's elections? (Check all that apply)
  • The military government will appoint every member of the "election commission." -- TRUE In March, the military government selected all 17 members of the military. The Election Commission Law also gives the military government final say over the election results.
  • Anyone currently serving a prison term is ineligible to run for office. -- TRUE A new law bans current prisoners from belonging to a political party, thus making them ineligible to run. This includes more than 2,000 political prisoners, including Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Both legislative houses will be entirely populated with elected officials. -- FALSE One-third of members of both the House of Nationalities and the House of Representatives will be military representatives nominated by the military chief.
  • The new laws will apply to this election and all subsequent elections. -- FALSE In fact, these laws are retroactive and thus annulled the election results from 1990 as they did not comply with the new laws.
  • Members of religious groups are barred from participating in the elections. -- TRUE Members of religious orders, civil servants and members of state-defined "insurgent groups" cannot join political parties, and thus cannot vote in the 2010 elections.
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The two-year-old "UNiTE to End Violence Against Women" campaign expanded its work into Africa this year. As of 2007, which was the only sub-Saharan African country to have enacted all relevant laws to punish violence against women?
  • South Africa -- CORRECT
  • Kenya
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
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Working toward a nuclear-free world is on both President Obama's and Secretary-General Ki-moon's priority lists, especially as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) comes under review this year. Which three countries didn't sign the NPT?
  • Israel, Iraq, North Korea
  • Pakistan, Iraq, Israel
  • India, Pakistan, Israel -- CORRECT
  • India, Iran, North Korea
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Bonus Question: How many of these three countries that didn't sign the NPT now have the bomb?
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3 -- CORRECT
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