Monthly Archives: October 2011

Liberia – A Brief History

Liberia is one of only two countries in African that were never colonized by a European power. Founded as a haven for freed American slaves, it gained independence in 1847. The American Colonization Society was an organization that supported the…

Who says you can’t go home?

“Home is where the heart is.” We find this clichéd maxim cross-stitched into our grandparents’ throw pillows, woven into our neighbors’ door mats, even tattooed on the forearms of traveling musicians. It makes sense in this ever-globalizing, and therefore increasingly…

Class Warfare Across Continents

What do the structures of the Occupy Wall Street movements across the country–and world–and the Arab Spring have in common? In Chile and London? How have uprisings across the world effectively utilized social media to mobilize supporters? Beyond the structural…

Changes in Libya

With the official departure and death of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Libya and the National Transitional Council (NTC) in particular will now be able to reshape the future of the nation on a clean slate. However, due to the…

The Free Soldiers

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, has called for international intervention to keep civil war from breaking out in Syria. As the death toll rises to over 3,000 and civilians still refuse to be subdued by the…

Reforms in Jordan

For this week I have decided to concentrate on the country of Jordan and its health care system.  Jordan’s has an efficient health care system where about 70% of the population has health insurance.  Jordan is also looked at as…

Gaddafi is Dead

Although my focus isn’t the Countries of the Arab Spring anymore, I thought it would be extremely relevant to share this with everyone as the media continues to report it: Muammar Gaddafi is dead, and true history and revolution are…

The Issue of the Veil

The other day in lecture Professor Levenson spoke about the issue of the veil in Europe. The issue of the veil, or the wearing of Islamic garb such as the hijab (head scarf), niqab (a full face-covering veil that leaves…

The Tibetan Struggle

China invaded Tibet in 1950. Not short after, the Tibetan government, lead by the 14th Dalai Lama, went into exile in India.   A similar policy similar to that in the Ughyer region exists in the Tibet, where the strong…

Russia & Chechnya Continued

(con.’t) It wasn’t until 1957, when Nikita Khrushchev succeeded Stalin, that the Chechens were finally allowed back into their previous land as the Soviet Union attempted their policy of de-Stalinization. Then there were the two brutal wars between the two…

What is the Future for Syria?

After attending Professor Quandt’s talk on the Arab Spring last week, I wanted to focus on the current status of Syria. Professor Quandt compared and contrasted the various Arab revolts and emphasized that the “euphoria” following the revolutions in Egypt…

Baby-Stealing

A brief history of the dictatorship in Argentina: During the 1950’s a coup conducted by the armed forces overthrew the democratically elected president Juan Perón which instigated the creation of various guerrilla forces including the Peronists Armed Forces and later the…

Economic Inequality in China

In my research, I was surprised to find that the average wealth of a Chinese citizen was $17,126. This is almost twice as much as other developing economies such as those of India or the Philippines. However, according to the…

Brazilian Judge Murdered, Police Corruption a Major Issue

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/08/14/brazil.judge.murder/index.html?iref=allsearch   This past August, Patricia Lourival Acioli, a well-known criminal judge from Rio de Janeiro, was shot to death at her home. Although the murderers’ identities remain unclear, Acioli’s attackers were apparently wearing hoods, and twelve suspects were named.…

A Personified Violence

I came across a very unique and quite unexplored subject while trying to find an article on violence in Brazil. The topic I came across was how certain people of different socioeconomic classes tended to perceive and personify acts of…

The Slums of India

I think it is safe to say that most young people in the United States have seen or at least heard of the Indian based film Slumdog Millionaire. As the title indicates, much of this movie is set in the…

Ventilation 10/19

Throughout the three readings Persepolis, Globalized Islam, and The Christian Revolution a reoccurring theme that dealt with statehood and identity was evident. I found that society members that relate respectively to these three groups all struggle with the inner and…

Persepolis Ventilation

One of the reasons Persepolis was such an interesting read was that it allowed me to compare her experience growing up in the midst of the Islamic Revolution to my own experience with 9/11 and the subsequent turmoil in the Middle…

Religion as an aspect of the conflict!

This article has presented many different points, incorporating how religion has become a fundamental aspect in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Religion expresses important primordial values, particularly in Palestinian society, and is often a crucial dimension of collective identity.  It is only…

Ventilation 10/18

One theme of the chapters “Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Unmah” and “The Christian Revolution” that I found interesting was the idea of movement of the religion.  There was a focus on the location of these religions and…

Class and Race in Brazil

Inequality lies at the root of Brazil’s capitalist modernization. The recent juncture of globalization has both deepened inequality and opened a chance of fighting against it. Like America, Brazil has a history of slavery. Since the beginning of Brazil’s history,…

Around Grounds: Symposium on Palestine

1948 in Palestine: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Sponsored by the Page Barbour Interdisciplinary Initiative “Forced Migration in the Modern World” Saturday, November 5, 2011 342 Nau Hall   11:30 Gathering and Lunch 12:30 Welcome, Alon Confino, Department of History, UVA 12:30-2:00 Susan…