Global – New iPhones now on sale!

Apple released a slew of new products last week, including the iPhone 8, iPhone X and a new Apple Watch 3.

Just a few days earlier, Samsung released its own competitor, the Galaxy Note 8.

And next month, Google will join the party with its latest Nexus phone.

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What kind of mobile do you have? How old is it? How often do you upgrade?

What do you use your phone for mainly?

Are you on a monthly plan? How much do you spend?

Do you know anything about the production of mobile phones?

Read this article: It’s been a bloody decade of the iPhone, critics say

What do you think about the points raised in the article?

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How important is your phone to you?

What are the most positive and negative aspects of owning and using a mobile phone?

Have you ever experienced problems?

Is it fair the way workers who produce the phones are treated?

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Do you think you or other people need to change in their use of mobile phones?

What changes would you suggest?

 

World – The plight of the Rohingya people

A social enquiry on the Rohingya issue

This month’s news bulletins are overflowing with stories of Myanmar’s Rohingya people fleeing violence and seeking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

“Baby X was born nine days ago just after his family lost everything they owned,” a United Nations High Commission on Refugees report says.

“They burnt our house and drove us out by shooting. We walked for three days through the jungle. That’s where he was born,” said his father Mohamed, gesturing to the puckered bundle of life.

270,000  people have already fled their burning villages, according to this SBS report.

Now Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar have declared a one-month unilateral ceasefire to ease the humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine state, BBC News says.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said the truce would start on Sunday, urging Mynamar’s army to lay down weapons as well.

Arsa attacks on police on 25 August led to a ferocious military response.

Watch raw footage of the events on YouTube here:

Burning Rohingya villages

New fires in empty Rohingya villages

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What information do you have about these events? Do you know anyone from Myanmar/Burma? Or from neighbouring countries, e.g. Bangladesh, India, Thailand… How  do they explain what has happened?

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What do you think about these events?

What are others saying?

Pope Francis calls for end to violence against Rohingya (Vatican Radio)

U.N. Chief Antonio Guterres Urges Myanmar to Give the Rohingya Legal Status (Time)

Kevin Rudd, Aung San Suu Kyi Faces An Almost Impossible Dilemma. Don’t Give Up On Her. (Buzzfeed)

Britain Betrayed Rohingya After They Helped Them Defeat Japan in World War II (Muslim Stories)

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What can we do?

Donate to UNHCR relief efforts?

Can we ask our government leaders to take action?