Blog Questions for Week 8-International Arena (Globalization, Political Economy, Development)

Please respond to the following question in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, July 25th by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words longAlso, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (MJS ch. 14, or Rupert and Solomon).  Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post from last week or respond to a comment on your post from last week.

 

1.  What is the role of regime type in development?  Is regime type actually important, or do we just want it to be important?

 

2.  After watching “Attack of the Killer Apps” and doing the reading for this week, what role do you think the more developed countries play in the less developed countries?  Is this role reflective of current processes of globalization?

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Week 6 Article 3- Denny

After reading the article about Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani, it seems that Iran has big internal issues in the office.  As the article states, current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is provoking fights within the leadership and driving the economy into crisis.  It could mean that noone was agreeing with the presidents ideas and Ahmadinejad took it to the next level by fighting with everyone because he has the power.  In Iran’s current state, they seem to be headed for an economic down turn until Rouhani is officially in office.  The things he promised he would do, Iran would be headed into a prosperous direction.  Even so, Iran is currently in financial trouble because of a punishment imposed by the United Nations that limited their oil sales overseas, which resulted in a decrease in value of the Iranian currency.

I think that with the new president of Iran, they could make a turn for the better.  If Rouhani sticks to his word and works with law makers and other government officials, he will help Iran become a more reputable country than it is now.

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Danielle’s Blog Post #6: Article 3

Carol Williams article, Iran president-elect hints at need for nuclear sanctions relief, does give us insight into their political culture that relates to the readings from this week. This article tells us about Iran and more into their president-elect, Hassan Rouhani. It gives us a look into what Rouhani wants for the country and how he feels about his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhanis pledged through his campaign to target unemployment and inflation, a large issue since Iran’s sever sanctions which have limited international oil sales because of nuclear negotiations. This shows that the institution is definitely not at its best. They are definitely suffering with the sanctions which have now lowered the value of Iranian currency by two-thirds and caused an annual inflation of 30%-40%. The people are definitely being affected negatively. The political climate is intense, Rouhani is pledging and promising to increase minimum wages and bring Iran to a better place by first addressing issues within the government and parliament. This article definitely does bring light to Iran’s international relations. Because of the nuclear negotiations and the United Nations(UN) expectations of Iran, it has caused some strain and tension between the United Statesa and UN.

Page 347 of O’Neils Iran chapter, gives great background into the internation nuclear conflict. “The United States has favored a much harder line toward Iran, warning it to abandon its nuclear program or face serious consequences” (p. 347). In the 1970’s Iran developed a plan for nuclear energy but solely for peaceful purposes. In the 1980’s, Iran began further research into nuclear weaponry…”Even though Iran is signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), there is widespread evidence that it has been pursuing several steps to produce enriched plutonium and uranium, necessary ingredients for making a nuclear weapon” (p.347). This was all done without approval and behind the NPT’s back. Since then, Iran has been pushing limits and attempting to make assertions that they will continue their projects. Europe and the US are both very concerned with Irans research and are still today trying to negotiate an agreement.

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Blog Questions for Week 7-Case Studies: WWII Germany and Iran

Please respond to the following question in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, July 18th by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long.  Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (MJS p 437-451, O’Neil ch. 9) (As the question is about Iran, you will most likely use a quote from O’Neil).  Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post from last week or respond to a comment on your post from last week.

Choose one of these two articles:

“Israel Increases Pressure on U.S. to Act on Iran” (you will need to login when prompted, it’s through the UHM library website so use your UH login information)

“Divisions in Iran laid bare by wiretapping” (you will need to login when prompted, it’s through the UHM library website so use your UH login information)

“Iran president-elect hints at need for nuclear sanctions relief”

Then answer the following questions:  What does it tell you about Iran?  About Iran’s institutions? About the current political climate?  Does the article reveal anything interesting about Iran’s relations with other countries or the international community more generally speaking?

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Week 6 Blog-Denny

1.  In “Mother’s Day,” Mother tries to become the ruler of the world.  As we saw earlier in the semester, the “world” in Futurama has elections to choose its leader.  Why does Mother choose to establish power in the way that she does?  What sort of regime does she establish?  How does she establish support?

            In the Futurama episode “Mother’s Day,” Mom uses her robot creations to rebel against the human race, and would not stop until she became ruler of the earth.  In this episode, you can see the robots are controlled by mother and they do as she plans.  This looks a lot like a play on the communist revolution as it showed many portrayals of the Marxist ideas.

            Mother established power this way because she wanted absolute power.  In order to establish an army of followers, she created a capitalist regime.  She basically created all the machinery that society uses daily, then turns it against them.  She was able to use the cities resources to her advantage, which ultimately was hers to begin with.

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Danielle’s Blog Post #5: Q3

After World War I, Fascism emerged in response to liberalism and socialism. Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler were core leaders in this ideology. Mussolini of Italy promoted Fascism as, “Everything and everyone would have to be dedicated to the service of the state, which was the legal and institutional embodiment of the power, unity, and majesty of the Italian people or nation” (p. 295). Hitler of Germany held similar values of the state always being above the individual, and their lives devoted to the service of the state. Nationalism was key for these two countries, “The desire to preserve and strengthen this unity played a large part in the rise of Italian fascism and German Nazism” (p. 296). They believed nations should be distinct and the people of one nation should be united into its own political unity or nation-state.

 

Chapter 49, Nation and Race, show a major difference between the two forces, was the element of race. Nazis believed the Aryan race to be superior, “master race” that was destined to destroy all other races, especially targeting the Jewish people. They believed the Jews appeared to be smart but only because they were educated by foreigners. They believed that Jewish people had no true culture and just imitated others, one reasons because they never had a territory or state. This excerpt even refers to the Jewish people as parasites, people that just occupy a nations territory and sits there that it is so hard to drive them out.

 

Chapter 47, The Doctrine of Fascism shares a fundamental idea of this force “The man of Fascism is an individual who is nation and fatherland, which is a moral law, binding together individuals and the generations into a tradition and mission, suppressing the instinct for a life enclosed within the brief round of pleasure in order to restore within duty a higher life free from the limits of time and space; a life in which the individual, through the denial of himself, through the sacrifice of his own private interests, through death itself, realizes that completely spiritual existence in which his value as a man lies” (p. 305) Emphasis is placed on all individuals of the state coming together to unite and serve their nation over their own selves, race plays no specific role here, “Even the Fascist does in fact love his neighbor” (p. 308).

 

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Blog Questions for Week 6-Authoritarianism

Please respond to one of the following questions in your blog post for this week (due Thursday, July 11th by 5pm).  Your blog post should be on this page (our class website), and should be at least 250 words long.  Also, you do need to include at least one direct quote from one of the readings for this week (Diamond, Ball section 7, Zoline “Heat Death”).  Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, don’t forget to comment on a classmate’s post from last week or respond to a comment on your post from last week.

 

1.  In “Mother’s Day,” Mother tries to become the ruler of the world.  As we saw earlier in the semester, the “world” in Futurama has elections to choose its leader.  Why does Mother choose to establish power in the way that she does?  What sort of regime does she establish?  How does she establish support?

 

2.  What does the Freedom in the World Report for 2013 say about your country?  Has it made you re-think your understanding of your country? (Meaning the country you chose to study this semester)

 

3.  Compare and contrast two of the excerpts in Ball section 7 (like Gobineau and Rocco)

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