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Conversation With My Grandmother

The other day I had an interesting conversation with my grandmother about the Iranian Revolution and what it was like when she was growing up. She told me that her father hated Khomeini, and even had a dart board with … Continue reading

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Iran and Communism

As we’ve been discussion the governmental structure currently in place in Iran, I’ve noticed the strange democracy that they have in place. While the “elected” portion of their government is a democracy, the second/unelected part goes against many things that … Continue reading

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Latest news from Iran

              This just in: two more or less “opposition” candidates for president have been disqualified by the Guardian Council.  This leaves only conservative candidates still on the ballot.  You can read more here.

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US Gets Nosy

As we have discussed in class with reference to the Iranian Revolution, the US often gets involved in the political affairs of other countries in order to protect or preserve its own interests. We mentioned that one of the main … Continue reading

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Gandhi vs Mao: Non-violence vs Violence

Although the China unit has drawn to a close, I would like to return to the exercise where we debated, from Gandhi or Mao’s perspective, the necessity of violence in a revolution.  Speaking of the revolution in India, Gandhi said, … Continue reading

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Chinese Revolution/History Timeline

This is not a typical blog post, however, the following link is a very detailed and thorough timeline of the Chinese Revolution: http://www.indiana.edu/~e232/Time2.html.  It has been a very helpful tool in my studying, so I thought I should share it with … Continue reading

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The Chinese Dream

The recently appointed Chinese president Xi Jinping has recently adopted the popular slogan the “Chinese dream,” which ironically plays on the idealistic American dream where Capitalism allows one to earn his or her money through enterprise without too much government … Continue reading

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The Indigent; The Moths To The Flame of Terrorism

Through our class studies of Socialistic China and Mao, and my own individual studies about the Shining Path Rebellion in Peru, I have spent some time contemplating why people are so attracted to the use of fear and terrorism.  Abimael Guzman was … Continue reading

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Surpression Of Citizens

During a bit of research for my Thesis Paper, I decided to read about China’s neighbor, North Korea. What I read was at times fascinating, funny, sad, but most of all disturbing. A government ruled over by an all powerful … Continue reading

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Chechnya

In light of the egregious Boston Marathon Bombings I came across this interesting article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-majority-of-americans-not-informed-enough-to,32124/.  This article explains the heritage of the two bombers, whom are of Chechen decent, and how Americans lack proper knowledge of Chechnya, which in turn, inhibits … Continue reading

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