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Debate: Should the U.S. Military Engage in Ukraine?

U.S. leaders are debating whether to increase America’s military engagement in the war in Ukraine. Russia has bombed Ukrainian hospitals, schools, and other civilian targets – acts considered war crimes – and Ukrainian president Zelensky has pleaded with the U.S. and NATO to create a no-fly zone banning Russian aircraft from flying over the country. He says this is the best way to protect Ukrainian citizens and the country from further destruction. However, some say enforcing a no-fly zone would drag America into direct conflict with Russia and escalate the conflict. Listen to hear politicians’ views on the issue and then debate: Should the U.S. military engage in Ukraine?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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