字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi, I'm Carl Azuz. Today on CNN Student News, many different groups, many different interests, one civil war. We're starting in the Middle Eastern nation of Syria. Its government's been fighting to keep control since war broke out there in 2011. The forces of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad have launched a major campaign against rebel groups and terrorists. But the Obama administration wants al- Assad out of power. The US had a $ 500 million program to train and arm certain rebels who were fighting al- Assad's troops. But an American general said last month that only four or five of the US trained rebels were still in action and the program was recently suspended. Still the US did drop 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebel groups overnight on Sunday. And this brings us to Russia. Like the U. S ., it's launching air strikes in Syria, and like the U. S ., Russia says its air strikes are aimed at ISIS terrorists. The U. S. officials say Russia's also targeting Syrian rebel groups, and Russian President Vladimir Putin confirms his troops are there to help Syria's government stay in power. There's several reasons why Vladimir Putin decided to enter the Syrian war at this particular point. President Putin's action was a shock to the world community. He had been supporting for years President Asad, but almost, it appeared, overnight, Russia took several actions, sending in a very large amount of military equipment to Syria, air attacks, on ISIS and then finally sending cruise missiles into Syria. This is a deft and very bold move by President Putin to show that he is a player. That he and his country have to be reckoned with. Potentially they could turn the tide. Afterall President Assad's troops were in trouble and President Putin perceived that it was time to get in there and make sure that Assad did not fall. Another reason that President Putin wanted to enter the fray in Syria was to take attention off what was happening in Ukraine. His country and he getting a lot of criticism and also a lot of sanctions coming his way, and possibly, by looking as if he was solving a problem in the world, perhaps Europe and the United States would not want to impose sanctions coming up again in December. Finally, another reason is President Putin has a visceral hatred for any type of weakening of authority in a government. And so to the end, he has been supporting President Assad simply because he is the leader of Syria. President Putin does not want regimes, even if they're repressive, to fall. Because he feels that chaos will come after that. More instability in another part of the Middle East. Recent stabbing of Israelis, killings of Palestinian attackers, and deadly fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. It centers on an historic site that's holy to Jews, who call it the Temple Mount. And Muslims who call it the Noble Sanctuary. Jews are not allowed to pray there. It's considered a provocation, something that angers Muslims. Palestinian leaders have suggested that Israel is planning to change the law to allow Jews to pray at the site. The Israeli government denies this, saying no such plan is in the works. But the violence that's followed, has some observers worried about a possible Intifada, a new uprising of Palestinians. It's arguably the most sensitive real estate on Earth. The Temple Mount, the Haram al- Sharif, as it's known to Muslims, is the epicenter of the long bitter struggle between Israelis and Palestinians. In September 2000, then opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, went there under heavy security. I came here, to the holiestt place of the Jewish people. His visits sparked violent clashes, which marked the beginning of the Second Intifada. And, once again tensions there are fueling more violence say young protesters in the West Bank. Okay, so why are you here today? Because, the mosque we need for us, the for us. So, we will never forgive them. It's here that jews believe their holiest of holies, the Temple of Solomon once stood For Muslim, the Exam Mosque which sits within the compound is where they believe the profit Mohammad made a miraculous night journey from Mecca before sending to heaven. We love to see who's watching worldwide On yesterday's transcript page at cnnstudentsnews. com, we heard from Sacheon, South Korea. It's great to be part of your day there at Gyeongnam International Foreign School. Next, Opelousas is a city in southern Louisiana. We've got the Vikings watching today in Opelousas catholic school. And moving north to North St. Paul Minnesota, hello to our viewers at next step transition program. Thank you all for your requests yesterday. There have been a few Republican debates so far this year among those hoping to win their parties nomination for president. But there hasn't been a debate for the Democrats yet, tonight is the first. You can watch it on CNN, coverage starts at 8: 30 PM Eastern, and just like we did with the most recent Republican debate, we'll bring you highlights from the Democratic one later this week. There are five Democrats who've officially announced their candidacy for president. You'll hear the questions, their answers, you'll see their body language as they try to stand out from their competitors. But there's a lot that happens behind the scenes before the candidates even get on stage. The level of intensity on that stage always is, I don't know if it comes through necessarily all the time through the television when you're watching at home, but there's really nothing like it. You also have a producer in your ear telling you move on, do something else. So, it gets a little complicated. It gets a little tense. We're in there, we're looking at them in person. It's a whole different experience. The candidates try so hard to catch your eye. So they're constantly looking at you and trying to signal that they want in. Make you feel bad for not going to them. Sometimes they can get in but sometimes you have to move along. The other thing that people don't get to see is what happens in the commercial breaks which I thought was really cool. For the most part the candidates will go and they'll sort of check with their aides but there also were a few moments that I witnessed with the candidates and their spouses and their families kind of getting a gut check. You know I think what makes a good question is something that elicits an honest response. I think in crafting a question simplicity and clarity matter most. There are disagreements and differences that you want aired out. Remember what you're doing this for, you're doing this so the viewers out there get a better understanding, a better appreciation of who these men and women are. It's hard to say what makes a good and bad debate question, because so much of the answer to that question is the answer that the candidate gives. They actually listen to what's being said and pivoting off what somebody has just said or perhaps taking a conversation in a different direction to another candidate to bring them in. But if you can either the two candidates words To pit them against each other. Sometimes you ask an open ended question and they go where their mind takes them as opposed to where their talking points take them. So there's a value in that. The worst thing in the world is to just be sitting there with a list of questions that you've thought out in advance and then just waiting for the person to stop talking so you can just go on to the next question. You never want to do that. A lot of The prep is trying to kinda game out what the candidate is or isn't potentially going to say. If, a week later, nobody can remember the name of the moderator but they got information that helped them make their decision, If you run cross country, you wouldn't be impressed by a race that's not much more than 450 meters and fewer than 2600 steps until you consider that it's 450 meters high and 2600 steps up. It's the Canton Tower race, a charge up South China's Canton Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the country. Okay, not every competitor actually runs, but when you consider how many floors this is and how grueling such a race would be. It's perfectly understandable that some would simply stop and stares. Compared to a flat track, this thing is a step up with a clear challenge of foot requiring a strong can shoe perspective and a positive altitude. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN Student News and I'm out of breath.