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preoccupation with physical comforts and things; excessive regard for worldly concerns (rather than spiritual matters)

Popular Culture

Culture found in a large, heterogeneous society that shares certain habits despite differences in other personal characteristics.


the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature

AIDS Epidemic

the spread of a new and lethal disease first documented in 1981, AIDS is the product of the HIV virus, which is transmitted by the exchange of bodily fluids, the virus gradually destroys the immune systems and makes victims vulnerable to diseases they would normally have a resistance to. The first victims which were homosexual men were virtually certain to die, and eventually the disease spread further across the country and in other nations like Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The region south of the Sahara Desert in Africa; includes some of the world's richest deposits of minerals, yet still remains one of the largest regions of undeveloped natural resources in the world.


a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers


Electronic device that receives data, processes data, stores data, and produces a result.


a receiver that displays television images


a communication system based on broadcasting electromagnetic waves


4-wheeled motor vehicle

Operation Iraqi Freedom

an invasion led by the United States in 2003 to stop the development of nuclear waepons by Iraq

Mass Media

forms of communication, such as newspapers and radio, that reach millions of people

Saddam Huessin

Dictator of Iraq who was found and hung by American military for suspection of nuclear weapons

September 11th, 2001

Terror attacks performed on the World Trade centers in NYC also two failed attemps on other places including pentagon


a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense and was attacked by terrorists by a plane crashing into it

World Trade Centers

Once an icon for the global economy in New York, became a target for terrorism in 1993 and 2001; al Queda was solely responsible for the 9-11 attacks

Persian Gulf War

a war fought between a coalition led by the United States and Iraq to free Kuwait from Iraqi invaders

Osama Bin Laden

Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957). Planned attack of 9-11. Reportedly in afghanistan

USA Patriot Act

law passed due to 9/11 attacks; sought to prevent further terrorist attacks by allowing greater government access to electronic communications and other information; criticized by some as violating civil liberties

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