Month: September 2011

The Plight of the Black Libyans

Throughout the revolutionary struggle in Libya, Black Libyans have been under scrutiny. Specifically many of Libya’s Black citizens remained loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, creating an ambiguous situation regarding the rights of Black Libyans. Many of these men served in Gadhafi’s…

History of Sex in India

In order to delve into the cultural implications of sex in India, it is important to consider its history. Has there always been a culture of prostitution or is this a relatively modern phenomenon? When did brothels become like a…

Egyptian Revolution

In my previous post, I mentioned all the countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa that have recently experienced uprisings and social disturbances. Although the rebellions and revolutions of these nations vary in approach and ultimate goals, they have…

A Regime Built to Last

Bashar al-Assad inherited the state of Syria from his father Hafez al-Assad in the year 2000. Hafez had been in power for 30 years, which may not seem like a very long time- but it is actually by far the…

Inland Fisheries in Africa

So I’m trying to address current Africa sustainability problems and their relation to future African sustainability prospects. Let me start with a current problem: the livelihood of inland fishermen. There are millions of inland Africans who rely on fishing as…

Environmental Concerns of all Ages

Brazilian citizens of all ages are beginning to take action concerning their country’s poor environmental procedures. Recently interviewed by UNICEF, Brazilian native Rosicléia da Silva, 15, has become a strong environmental activist and major advocate for the prevention of deforestation…

Is statehood the answer?

In lieu of the recent Palestinian bid for statehood, I would like to use this blog as a means of conveying and expressing my thoughts on the matter. I welcome and encourage comments since my opinion is in its earliest…

In Terms of Capital Punishment…

As recently as May 6, 2011, the Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Cui Tiankai asserted that “We [the government of the People’s Republic of China] would certainly like to exchange views and hold dialogues with other…

National Security vs. Human Rights

How far will you go to save your country? Will you violate international human rights laws to protect your countrymen? Based on a Human Rights Watch report, France, Germany, and the UK would as they permitted evidence obtained through torture…

Around Grounds

Many of you have expressed interest in sharing information about events on and around grounds.  Please continue to do so!  To make things a little more manageable, we’ve added an “Around Grounds” category which will provide an archive for students…

Hyperinflation and Workers Strike in Brazil

The Brazilian government recently cut taxes on petroleome imports in response to rising inflation. The government announced that it would reduce the CIDE tax(which applies to imports and sales of sales of petroleome to distributors) by sixteen percent.  This should…

Chinese Favoritism

Over the last few decades much has been written about outsourcing to China, with much of the outsourcing being blamed on lower wages and production costs in China. This isn’t the full story though. In fact, there are two huge…

Who Knew? Nkandabbwe, Zambia

This week I was interested in looking into some current events and delving more deeply into a specific country/ area to get a more precise view of current events on culture.  When beginning my research I was struck at just…

Deforestation and the implications

I’m going to switch gears a bit and blog about Argentina this week. One of the biggest environmental concerns of the country is that of deforestation. Today in Argentina about 70% of the country’s original forests are gone, and those…

Uganda

Since the British colonized the area, English remained the official language of Uganda after it gained its independence in 1962. Swahili and Arabic are prominent African languages also spoken. Internal disputes have occured based on factors like language barriers, economic…

Dr. Strangelove and the Culture of Dissent

Personally, I feel that Dr. Strangelove begins to capture the culture of dissent that would later define the late 1960s. I would define this in regard to opinions and perceptions of authority. Dr. Strangelove clearly takes and anti-government, anti-military stance.…

Dr. Strangelove

During the film, “Dr. Strangelove”, a question kept forming in my head about the concept of authority and control. What controls were there to prevent authority from being abused and over-used? It’s unnerving how easy it was for the crazy…

“Peace is our Profession”

This week’s readings, though written roughly at the same time, originate in two separate nations, and reflect the radically different social/political situations of those two countries. While France struggled with INTERNAL pressures from its student population (and, to some extent,…

A Bourgeois Society

I keep running into the term “bourgeois society” in many of my courses, and it seems to have a different meaning and a different connotation each time- so I did what I always do when I don’t understand a term…

Why North Koreans Defect Reason #1: Hunger

http://www.wfp.org/videos/hunger-dpr-korea The World Food Programme released a footage about the state of hunger in North Korea as of September 2011. I thought it was heart-wrenching, yet highly interesting at the same time from a political stance because the DPRK government…

Development event!

How Fair is Fair Trade? 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 6th Lawn Room 18 East Does the “fair trade” model mislead consumers and rely on short-term, unsustainable strategies for economic development? Join Leah Coates, second year and Jefferson…

If anyone is interested…

Development Related Events This Week 1. Social Venture Idea Lab – Bring your own social venture idea or find a team and develop a new one.  Build toward a concept for the UVA Cup Social Entrepreneurship Track or the next Grameen Bank. …

The Basic Economic Principle of Desire

In looking to find an effective solution to once and for all eradicate human trafficking, I found myself asking a series of questions. Why don’t anti-trafficking legislation and programs have more immediate and impacting effects? Why is human trafficking still…

Burma and Satyagraha

In the wake of the recent readings concerning Gandhi’s civil resistance philosophy Satyagraha, I thought I would discuss the effects of nonviolent protest in Burma. One of the most striking aspects of the 2007 Saffron Revolutions was the junta’s vicious…

Mask 1, Mask 2: Tourism

“In many small island developing states (SIDS), tourism is the only sector to have seen growth over recent years as the real value of traditional primary export products has been declining or they are losing their preferential markets… (Scheyvens &…

Flotillas to Palestine

This past week I went to a talk by a (then) college student, Gabrielle Shivone, who was aboard one of the US Flotilla boats, the Audacity of Hope, to Palestine. Prior to this talk, I really had no clue what the flotilla was…

Arab Spring in Context

Having explored one potential cause of the Arab Spring uprisings—though it must be stressed that they were no doubt spurred on by a multitude of causes– let’s turn to the themes of the revolutions, and examine them within the context…

an-Nahda and New Arab Cinema

The term “an-Nahda” refers to the period of Arab Renaissance that occurred in the late 19th century, when much of the Arab world was still under the control of the Ottoman Empire. Blending Arab and Muslim heritage with European humanist…