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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Napoleon-Tyrant or Savior

Napoleon quickly rose through the ranks of the military and was able to capitalize on lack of cohesion amongst theplayers seeking to control power in France. His military exploits proved succesfull at first and expanded the the french Empire within Europe, but many argue all he did was escalate the other countries movements towards a more militaristic society.
Many withn France loved and admired him, but many also dispised his actions. If you were a French citizen during his time of power would you have been a supporter or nemisis of him? Support your answer with Historical evidence and write in complete sentences with proper grammar.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Revolutions: Peaceful and Bloody

The American Revolution still stands as, one of the most successful uprisings of the people, in today's modern history. The Declaration of Independence and the resulting Constitution are works of art that still influence the oppressed around the World.
During the Revolution, the French played a vital role in the success of our military conflict and the influence of it's enlightened writers in the formation of thought that would ultimately serve as the basis of the Revolution. When it came time for the French Revolution, many of the lesson's gained from our revolution went unnoticed and ultinmately doomed theFrench people, and created a bloodbath.
If given the opportunity to lead a revolution, what lessons would you take from the American and French Revolutions? Be specific and write in clear and concise sentences. Make sure to check your spelling and grammar.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Resurrection of Religion in Politics

"In God's name", an excellent article from, "The Economists", discusses the role of religion in politics and war. Karl Marx once said,"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people". Religion has served as the back drop for many changes throughout history, at times showing the compassion for life, and at times showing an unwillingness to forgive. The article brings to mind many questions on just what roll religion should play in the political sphere and if the difference of believes will always create a chasm, in which the blood of humans will continue to spill.

Was Karl Marx right when he said,"religion is the opiate of the masses", or is religion a glue that binds humanity and our political institutions?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

United States Troop Deployment

Nations and Empires, throughout history, deployed their troops to various places around the world to help protect their interests. The deployments have lasted from a few months up to many years, often placing a high strain on the families left at home.
Today, the United States has over 250,000 troops stationed in over 130 countries around the world performing peacekeeping missions, military training, and fighting the war on terror. These missions require billions of dollars each year to maintain and often place our young men and women in constant danger.
Do you feel we should bring our troops home and spend the money on other matters or do you think that our troops need to stay deployed to help maintain world peace?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Women Leaders

Elizabeth I proved to be an effective ruler for England and was not afraid to use force as a means to gain what she desired. Today, throughout the world, there are many effective women rulers who have guided their countries through difficult times.
In the United States, we currently have the opportunity to elect our first female president. Many believe that a woman president will be less likely to use force or start wars. However, this is seen as a weakness not a strength, and is often used as a reason not to elect a woman.
Hillary Clinton is intelligent, knows how to play the political game, and seems to be the leading democratic candidate. Do you think America is ready for a woman president and would you vote for a woman president if the election was held today?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Russia: Past Tsar's influence on Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin, since becoming president of Russia, has slowly seized control of the government and Russia's natural resource's. He now has the power to appoint federal governor's and other powerful political positions. He has moved Russia back to a Pre-soviet style of government, thus reversing many trends established with the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. Many aspects of his political vision can be taken from the early Tsarist rulers of Russia. What lessons do you feel Putin has best utilized from Frederick the Great and his ancestors?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Arms Race: From the Past to Shaping Our World Today

A facet of history rarely explored in today's World history books is the role of the arms race in Europe during the age of exploration and how it still affects world political relationships. With the rise in technological advancement of weapons and the constant little wars to test them, the Europeans and later the United States began a closely guarded strangle hold on military weapon technology. The use of this technology helped the Europeans dominate, and in some instances exterminate, all of the native populations in their colonies. Such use of violence and weapons of violence as political policy has its repercussions, as is seen in the violence practiced world wide on a daily basis, where more than likely people are killing each other with weapons manufactured and financed by the U.S., Russia, and other European countries.
In his article,"
The Arms Trade is Big Business", Anup Shah details how the military industrial complex operates in the modern countries. One of the main sources of information comes from a report prepared for Congress called,"Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1998-2005". The report clearly shows how the United States is the main seller and manufacture of weapon systems. Anup also has a section on the corporate welfare these Multinational arms manufactures receive.
The link sends you to an article titled,"Arms Deals Criticized as Corporate US Welfare", which talks of a deal to sell F-16's to Poland, which they bought with a loan secured by the United States government. The article further goes on the explain how such deals cost the taxpayer's money and other problems. These are just a few examples on how the use of weapons has maintained a large role in political policy, both on the national and foreign level.
N ow there are many different reasons offered to explain our policy, and each position has there valid points to those that hold them dear. Freedom, right to defend ourselves and our allies, jobs provided to our citizens, and many others come to mind.
Now I want you to take time and explore the links and then in 2 paragraphs or more explain your position on the impact of the Arms Race started in 15th and 16th century Europe?