No Peace in the Middle East

24 Jun

For as long as the history books have it written, the Middle East has been an area of vulnerability and conflict. 

To me, the feud in the Middle East just seems very immature. Obviously, the Israeli’s and the Arab’s have very different opinions on life, the right to land, and other important values. Most of the fighting is over certain parts of land, which is why I refer to the situation as immature. 

In the modern world, most of the countries of the world no longer fight over control of land. Instead, they fight over resources and other valuable goods (that also causes extreme genocide and war). 

But the real problem with the Arab-Isreali conflict is that the beliefs that these people fight over are basically rooted in the religions of the two parties. Each religion suggests that each party should be entitled to a certain part of land, and unfortunately this part of land is common in both religions. 

These religious beliefs of land have escalated the situation and have caused the people of both nations to gain racist beliefs of one-another. For some Arabs and Israelis, the hate for one another is so strong that it gets passed on from generation to generation.

With that being said, I wonder, will there ever really be peace in the Middle East?


The War of 1812

24 Jun

As the last known conflict between the United States and the British Empire, the war of 1812 proved to be a pivotal battle in history. 

The war was declared by the United States as a result of tough trade barriers between the two empires, along with other interests that the US had, including annexing Canada. 

The war was fought in three principal theatres. Firstly, at sea, warships and privateers of both sides attacked each other’s merchant ships, while the British blockaded the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and mounted large-scale raids in the later stages of the war. Secondly, both land and naval battles were fought on the American–Canadian frontier, which ran along the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrencve River and the northern end of Lake ZChamplain. Thirdly, the American South and Gulf Coast also saw major land battles in which the American forces defeated Britain’s Indian allies and repulsed a British invasion force at New Orleans. 

In history, I think that countries who are closer together tend to resort to conflict, sooner or later. The war of 1812 resolved many problems that existed during that time period between the two countries, including trade issues, conflict with Indians, and other important problems. 

In other words, I think that the war of 1812 was positive, as the countries were able to get war on eachother out of their systems. 

The History of Gambling

23 Jun

Since the beginning of time, people have always enjoyed risking their possessions or assets on games of chance, or skill. Gambling requires three key elements; consideration, chance, and prize. 

Since its evolution from the beginning of time until now, the idea of gambling has grown into a multi billion dollar a year industry. In 2009, an estimated 335$ billion circulated in the legal gambling market. This number does not even take into consideration the illegal amount of gambling that occurs thruought the world, which is said to be even more than the legal market. 

In many countries, the practice of gambling is illegal. However, there is obviously a lot of illegal gambling going on in these countries. Many of these illegal sectors of gambling cause vulnerability to certain parts of society. They also contribute to gang violence and other types of illegal activity.

So what should society do?

That is the question that many people have been asking for a number of years. 

Truthfully, I really don’t have an answer. Gambling can be observed from many different paradigms, depending on who is doing the observing. For me, I think that gambling and the adrenaline rush that people get when they gamble exists in a good portion of the world’s population. With that being said, I think that government’s should work towards the legalization and control of gambling on all levels. This will pave the way for relief organizations to provide aid for many gamblers who are at risk or have gambling addictions. 

The Modern Cuba

5 Jun

At first, the Revolution can be seen as something good for the island of Cuba. In that time period, the Cuban population had a weak sense of identity, and the communist dictator Fidel Castro gave them a direction. 

Additionally, the important political role that Che Guevara played was essential in giving the people something to believe in. 

However, we are currently in the year 2013. Most of the Cuban people have never even seen a computer. The lack of vital technology that exists in the Cuban society is very harmful to the emergence and growth of the nation. 

Many people believe that Cuba is stuck in the 50s. I would agree with that, as they have not had much exposure to the rest of the world and other opportunities. 

A good example would be the Cuban healthcare system. The Cuba healthcare system is believed to be among the best in the world, but is it really? Cuban doctors are not allowed to attend American doctors conferences on the new technologies and methods of procedure in the medical industry.

This can be very harmful in the long term for Cuba, as the country is not exposed to the information and technology it needs. 

Corruption in the Incorruptible Government?

5 Jun

In my research, there have been many reports that I have come across that accuse the Castro government with being dishinest regarding the reporting of certian statistics.

For example, there is proof that Castro’s government released a statement saying that during the year 1960, unemployment was at 25%. However, Encyclopedia Britannica states that during that time period, the literacy rate was around 75%. 

Why would the Castro government release these false facts? I suspect that the reason for falsifying the information was because of how threatened they felt by the critics of the outside world. They could have felt the need to exaggerate certain facts to show that they were doing a better job than they really were. 

To me, it shows a weakness in the early years of the communist governmnet. It also shows a little bit of hypocrisy, as one of the main problems with the previous regime was the dishonesty that existed within the government. 

Was the Revolution necessary?

27 May

It becomes obvious to realize that before the Revolution of Cuba in the late 1950’s, the country was in disarray, and under a sea of corruption. But did the communist revolution led by Fidel Castro really do much good?

In my opinion, I think that after the Bautista government, the country needed a change with their government. They needed a new leader who would be honest, not greedy, and one that loved his country.

I think that many of the changes that were made at the time of the revolution were effective at the time. It allowed for Cuba to become a more efficient country, and improved the infrastructure, making it more stable.

This stability was necessary for a country that was in shambles before its revolution. However, I think that this revolution was not designed well for long-term effectiveness. In modern Cuba, many of the conditions that the people lived with before the revolution have now become problems once again. The Cuban government would benefit from a new type of government that can adapt to our modern world.

We are moving forward as a global community, and countries like Cuba are being left behind. Cuba needs another revolution.

The Bay of Pigs

22 May

The Bay of Pigs invasion was a military attempt by the United States to try and overthrow/assassinate the revolutionist communist leader, Fidel Castro. The Bay of Pigs invasion turned out to be unsuccessful, and in my opinion, it was one of the main reasons of modern animosity between the United States and Cuban governments.

The failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs strengthened the position of Castro’s administration, which proceeded to openly proclaim their intention to adopt socialism and strengthen ties with the Soviet Union. This led to the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961.

Due to their close ties with Cuba, Soviet Union President Nikita Khruschev suggested that there should be nuclear missile weapons sent to Cuba to protect them from any more attacks from the United States. This got the U.S. very worried, and demanded that there should not be any offensive weapons sent to Cuba.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was but another event that tore apart the relationship between Cuba and the US, thus seriously having an impact on the Cuban economy and lifestyle.