Hostage Takers

Hostage Takers

by Philip Steele


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This timely and important title examines the motivations, events, and effects of the terrorist practice of taking hostages. From political bargaining throughout history to current activity by the terrorist group ISIS, readers will consider the reasons that groups engage in hostage taking and learn about the effects it has on victims and their larger communities. Taking the stance of a global citizen, readers will debate whether hostage takers should be negotiated with and how hostage taking could be prevented. Using case studies, debate sidebars, and critical thinking questions, Hostage Takers allows readers to critically explore the media’s coverage of terrorism and hostage situations, exposing them to differing perspectives on how best to deal with these threats now and in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778725879
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/25/2016
Series: Behind the News
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

A hostage crisis 4

Acts of terrorism 6

The longer view 8

Colombia, 2002-2008 10

In captivity 12

Kenya and Somalia, 2011 14

Negotiation 16

To pay or not to pay? 18

Alabama, 2013 20

Risk and rescue 22

Hostage crisis teams 24

Tigantourine, Algeria, 2013 26

The aftermath 28

Terror in the news 30

Can the media help? 32

Aracaju, Brazil, 2012 34

Can it ever be justified? 36

Global justice 38

ISIL and hostage crises 40

Are new laws working? 42

Creating a safer world 44

Glossary 46

Index 48

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