September Blog Assignment
You will be able to analyze and contextualize a current event as it relates to themes studied in this course in a bog.
All Blog Requirements:
1. Summary- You will summarize the main points of a current event as reported by a news source. You must include the name of the source and title of the article/segment.
2. Connection- You must make a relevant and thoughtful connection between the current event and content studied in Humanities.
3. Personal Reflection- You will write your reaction to the current event including questions or predictions. Your reflection needs to go beyond a simple “I thought this was bad/good/scary” Explain your reaction.
4. Comment- You must comment on TWO of your peers’ blog posts with insights, connections, questions etc.
9/11/2013 09:44:20 am
1) The conflict in Syria all over the news and the internet. The Syrian president, Bashar a-Assad has used a form of chemical weapon on the civilians of his country. This sort of biological warfare is not accepted by the leaders of the UN. President Obama has made statements relating to the possible idea of aiding the Syrian civilians and entering their nation with the US military. The president od Syria is strongly against the invasion of his own country and issued the statement "if the send bombs they should expect everything" in response to the question, "if America send bombs to Syria what sort retaliation should they expect?" These interviews and speeches by both Bashar al-Assad and Barac Obama bring forth the question, will there be war?
9/13/2013 03:38:25 am
It is a very descriptive piece on the Syria issue. You have given a very good connection to the issue and 9/11 and power and authority.
9/13/2013 03:41:36 am
This peice connects to the power and authority really well but why do you think that Syria used its own people as test dummies instead of other country's people??
9/13/2013 03:49:14 am
Well... When a politician tests some weapon on his/her own people, 1) they are a dictator and necer used some sort of public opinion and 2) they do it so they don't start a war they might loose with another country.
9/13/2013 06:08:43 am
I never really understood what was going on with Syria, but with this desciptive piece i understand it now. So Syria used their own weapons on their own people? Wouldnt it cause big issues within and outside of their country?
9/13/2013 06:25:52 am
It will numerous problems by using their own weapons on their own people. Not only does it lose the respect of the citizens but it injures helpless people.
9/18/2013 07:20:52 am
This insightful post is a very good representation of the gas attacks in Syria. Your connection was excellent and I completly agree with your reflection. The fact that Syria has long range weapons should be very concerning to Americans and you stated that very clearly here. Your summary was very descriptive and easy to understand.
9/22/2013 11:14:34 am
Hi Matt I enjoyed reading this, however I do not think we should be scared about going to war with Syria because I do not see it happening. Obama just withdrew our forces from the middle east from a war started for a very similar reason, I do not see him redeploying troops again just in a separate country. Also, I do not know if the Colbert Report is that reliable of a source... it's a show on comedy network lol.
9/30/2013 12:33:01 pm
Good peice matt,
9/30/2013 12:33:17 pm
Good peice matt,
9/30/2013 12:33:43 pm
Good peice matt,
9/30/2013 12:34:03 pm
Good peice matt,
9/13/2013 03:35:16 am
Why do you that Syria used the chemical weapons on its own people instead of other people?
9/13/2013 03:47:43 am
Syria used chemical weapons on its own people because of politics, as far as I know. I'm pretty sure that the Syrian people are just sick of their president of now, so I think that the government just wanted to scare them and show their people who is in charge. It's a pretty terrible solution; they killed children as well as adults.
9/13/2013 03:42:05 am
Personally i think they used it on their own people to show how much power they have and how much their willing to sacrifice
9/14/2013 01:43:16 am
But wouldn't causing a civil war weaken Syria
9/22/2013 04:28:09 am
I agree however, I do have to agree with Andrew that a Civil war would just create Mayhem and just completely weaken Syria and the civilians respect for the Syrian government for using chemical weapons on the citizens.
1) Since the 1950's East Germany has been using under cover police called the Stati. But these police aren't performing good deeds. By the 1980's they were invading almost every aspect of society, reaching up to 80,000 members.
9/18/2013 06:41:00 am
I agree with your connection but you would probably need more than 100 stati to stop criminals committing highly illegal crimes.
9/21/2013 05:59:29 am
I agree with you thinking that having undercover police not performing any good deeds is wrong, but I'm still a little fuzzy on how you're connecting this to security vs. privacy. Other than that this is a great piece.
9/21/2013 07:19:20 am
What I was getting at was that the police being secret made people feel like they were being deprived of their privacy, even if the purpose of the police is to keep people safe.
9/30/2013 10:27:26 am
thats crazy how the state would let the "police" invade everyones privacy like that thats messed up. and how did they accuire so many members to do the things they were doing also andrew u should have maybe a little described what the bad deeds these people did
9/30/2013 11:12:05 am
Andrew, i didnt even know anything about these undercover cops and i agree with you that there shouldnt be more than 100 of these cops.
9/16/2013 08:03:42 am
Not only is this a pressing issue for Syria but it also worries me that if they were willing to do this to there own country that we, citizens of America, may also have to worry about conflict within the united states. It wouldn't be the first time disaster has struck in the U.S.
9/30/2013 11:30:08 am
Camryn brings up a good point. If Syria feels the need to have to act out against their own country to achieve what they believe in, who's to say the citizens of America won't follow in their footsteps later on? Considering the large majority of people displeased with our current government issues, at any given moment a revolution or rebellion could break out. There happens to be many, extremely passionate people about these issues and whom are willing to fight until their idea of justice is restored.
1) Title of article: Man who shot at White House pleads guilty. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez shot at the White House on November 11, 2011, pleads guilty to weapon charges. A month before the shooting he was seen in a video praising Osama Bin Laden for "having courage to stand up to the United States. Also in the same video he was heard saying "it's time for Armageddon". He believed that the federal government was trying to control Americans through use of GPS, fluoride and aspartame. Ortega-Hernandez could've shot at the White House because of his dislike of the government.
9/21/2013 04:57:20 am
I agree with the statement all terrorism is wrong, but isn't it true that Americans shoot at middle eastern buildings too, making them terrorists
9/30/2013 12:43:54 pm
Well job done Lucas.
12/2/2013 04:26:19 am
I agree with your statement that terrorism is wrong. People should be able to work out their problems without having to inflict and persue violence.
9/18/2013 10:49:49 am
1) Egypt's current revolution has come up frequently in the news and in media over the last couple of years. It began when the people of Egypt overthrew President Honsi Mubarak. Citizens were angered by the brutality of security services, and wanted change in Egypt. At the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood, an islamist political group, was gaining power. All of these events led to the election of Mohammed Morsi. Morsi claimed he would run the government "for all Egyptians", but that was clearly untrue. He didn't solve any of the issues that led to the overthrowing of Mubarak, and he mishandled the economy. This led to another uprising and Morsi was overthrown. Throughout this attempt of a rebuilding process, the amount of deaths has increased, plus outbreaks of violence, riots and protests have become very common in the streets of Egypt. Right now Egypt is run by the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. The real question is: Who will step up as leader next?
9/28/2013 05:11:57 am
Very well written summary Andrew. I agree with you about what's going on relates to a revolution. Though i disagree with you that anything in relation to this sistaution is good. I think the idea of trying to making a change is there, but the way they are going on about it isn't good because it seems like this is going to be an reoccuring event, trying to over throw every new leader without giving them a chance. This is going to result to numerous innocent being killed in the end.
10/28/2013 05:42:31 am
i really like your summary. and your connection was very well written too.
9/19/2013 08:30:14 am
1.) After a long and intense investigation, the U.N. Team confirms that the large scale attack on civilians last month, on August 21, in the Ghouta area of Damascus, Syria was done with chemical weapons. But that left one important question unanswered, who's the culprit in charge of the attack? According to the mandate given to Secretary General, Ban Kimoon, the U.N. Team had no authority to investigate who was responsible although the government of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, and the rebel groups blame each other for the attack. Both sides have unfavorable information pointed towards them. In the case of the Syrian government, Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of Britain told reporters "there is no doubt" chemical weapons were not used by rebels. "These were not cottage industry weapons," he added, accusing the Syrian government of the attack. Reinforcing his argument, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters the rockets used in the attack were "not improvised weapons" but professionally manufactured. While on the other hand, Ambassador Vitaly Chukrin of Russia, a country strongly supportive of Assad, denounced the attempt to "jump to conclusions". He stated that if the Syrian government had truly launched the attack, why were the victims mostly civilians and not rebels? The missiles couldn't have possibly all missed their marks. Thus bringing up the question, who is truly responsible for the chemical attacks?
9/21/2013 05:56:38 am
Honestly this piece really helped me understand more about today's revolution and terrorism. I completely agree with your opinion about government fighting against their people, it's ludicrous. Really really well written, Stephanie.
9/22/2013 04:33:21 am
I completely agree on the fact that the people who are fighting against their own people is just wrong and confusing. I mean yes it would be completely better by just making a agreement instead of causing a huge warfare.
James Boudreau III
9/30/2013 06:07:16 am
Wow! There is much more going on in Syria than I realized! I had never heard of any "unfavorable information" that anyone had. It's just terrible that this country is turning on themselves like this.
9/19/2013 01:13:08 pm
I completely agree with your statement about how the Syrian attacks could be an example of both Terrorism and Revolution. My only question is: would this situation be an example of government taking advantage of the people? If so, it would be another characteristic of terrorism, just to help prove your point.
9/21/2013 06:38:16 am
1.) Since December 11, 2006 up until now, there has been an ongoing armed conflict among drug cartels fighting against one-another for regional control against the Mexican government and civilian vigilante groups. The Mexican government’s principles have been to put down the drug-related violence and dismantle the powerful drug cartels rather than preventing drug-trafficking, which are left to U.S. functionaries.
9/21/2013 10:53:03 am
Mexico is just one big mess. Their government has been trying to defend themselves and restrict cartels and such, but the problem is that the governement is no match for ruthless, machine-gun-carrying monsters. If you're the cheif of police, let's say, and you kill one group of cartel, or put them in jail, the next day, half of your police force has been brutally murdered and tortured and left on your doorstep. I'm not really sure why the U.S. hasn't really interfered, like we have in other countries' dilemmas. Maybe it's because Mexico's situation is too dangerous, even for us.
9/25/2013 01:08:51 pm
Mexico seems to have a real problem on their hands. I was wondering what step of the revolutionary procces mexico was on. I'm thinking that it would be either the development of a critical mass, because not only mexico, but the U.S. is fighting against the drug cartel, or that it would be when things get worse, because of all of the deaths on the non drug cartel side.
9/29/2013 11:25:57 am
Our neighbor has a tremendous problem on it's hands and it doesn't stop at their border. Since 2006, the Mexican drug war has lead to over 50,000 deaths. Unfortunately, I don't think drug trafficking will end anytime soon. Mexican cartels run a multibillion dollar business and are not about to willing give up their profitable earnings.
9/30/2013 11:28:25 am
cosidering that mexico is so close to the united states this has to worry you in the sense that the things that go on in the drug cartel are so awful and there happening so close the united states i agree with you when u said that these wars need to stop
9/21/2013 10:46:57 am
1.) Today, September 21, 2013, was a bad day for Nairobi, Kenya.
9/22/2013 09:51:27 am
I really am getting a distaste for al Qaeda. Not only are they killing innocent people religiously, they are taking the time to especially save people who are Muslims. I think this is why Americans struggle with their relationships with middle eastern people, groups like al Qaeda make themselves seem very arrogant, which not all Muslims are to any degree, but it gives American people the wrong idea about Muslims.
9/23/2013 02:52:28 am
Yeah, it's quite hard to have respect for Muslims when groups like al Qaeda are blowing Americans (and others) up. It's not fair to the plentiful population of peaceful Muslims, but if there were extreme American groups who blew them up, they would feel the same way. It's hard, as Americans, to say Muslim without immediately cringing, or thinking of bombings and tragedies extremists have given us, but we can't let that define Muslims. That would make us like Germans, who thought that ALL and EVERY Jew was evil.
9/30/2013 09:03:47 am
Wow Kortnie. Your reflection was eye-opening. I haven't thought about the effect of terrorism on the minds of children. We have grown up with these attacks and, while they should be shocking, they aren't. We have grown used to the idea of terrorism, which is a statement that is just as shocking as it is heartbreaking.
10/2/2013 05:56:01 am
9/21/2013 11:46:28 am
That is a very large scale attack. The casualties of this were higher than those of the bombings in Boston yet I haven't even heard of it yet. The fact that hostages were involved is even worse because they give the terrorists more leverage when negotiating.
9/21/2013 11:57:51 am
This happened today at 6:30pm, ET, and yes, hostages always bring a crime to a whole new level. I only said small-scale attack because it was being compared to the likes of 9/11, which is significantly bigger; not to say that Kenya's shopping mall incident isn't bad.
9/22/2013 01:12:21 am
1. On September 21st in Kenya there was a deadly terror attack at the Nairobi mall. CNN News reports 59 dead and at least 175 injured and an estimated 30 hostages. Kenyan government suspects the Al-Shabaab militants were the cause of this attack and are currently holding the 30 hostages. By Sunday at noon Kenyan solders bravely searched the 5 story building. But this didn’t help the situation. Now the gunmen are isolated in the mall with a small chance for escape. Al-shabaab posted on Twitter "Kenyans were relatively safe in their cities before they invaded us & killed Muslims #Westgate". CNN News is constantly keeping the article “Kenyan Mall Attack” updated on new events concerning this attack.
9/23/2013 02:54:19 am
That's awful! When I wrote about it, the death toll was 39! That's horrible!
9/24/2013 08:01:26 am
I agree that this is a prime example of terrorism. It was aimed towards non combatants and was used to send a message to others. And the fact that this is on twitter will only add fuel to the fire seeing as how twitter can be accessed by people all over the world. Plus, there's no telling if some outsider twitter users could be giving help or information to the Al-Shabaab group.
9/22/2013 03:29:52 am
1.) Pope Francis made an announcement on the 21st about the Church's opinions on gay's. What he said has sparked controversy, because he said that gay's are now being welcomed into the church. The reason for this controversy is that many of Roman Catholic's are conservatives, who do not believe in change. So they are against the pope's sudden heart change. Also, it is know that he is backing out of the culture wars. Skeptics are being skeptical if he can bring the church with him on this particular issue. Link:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/21/can-pope-francis-make-his-vision-a-reality/?hpt=hp_c2
9/23/2013 02:56:27 am
That's great that they're trying to FINALLY open up the church to gay people, because when the church agrees, a lot of other organizations/political parties start to agree. Equal rights for everyone!
9/23/2013 06:35:56 am
It's about time I mean people that are gay and wanted to go to their church for their religion can now. Before if they really were dedicated to their religion, and couldn't go that must have been hard. They would've had to practice either at home or someplace else. Now they can practice their religion and be who they are and not really get judged in the church for it. So I'm glad the Pope allowed it now.
9/24/2013 06:47:44 am
You should be allowed to go to church no matter what sexual preference especially since church goers don't "judge".
9/30/2013 06:29:02 am
exactly Lucas. I'm Mormon and the church frowns upon homosexuality but honestly... and there are somethings in religion some people don't quite agree with... i support homosexual marrage and i don't care if i get excommunicated or shunned or whatever.
9/24/2013 08:09:18 am
I think that the Pope is doing something great by letting people of a different sexuality into the church especially after such a long time of them being shunned and degraded. People should be allowed to be open and not have to worry about what others think of them. But I believe that people in general are just afraid of change and the uncertain outcomes it will bring. Luckily, there are some people, like the pope, who will do the right thing and make changes for the better.
9/25/2013 05:12:38 am
I think the Pope is being very supportive and understanding to the people who are gay. At least now they can practice their religion at church and be associated with other church goers.
9/25/2013 01:01:27 pm
What ages are most of the conservatives, and is it possible that the next generation will be more excepting of the view presented by Pope Francis, because of the way society is making a big point to except people and their differences.
9/27/2013 08:38:55 am
I also think that this is the right thing to do. One of the marks of the catholic is that they say that "all are welcomed". Finally a pope has stepped up and made this true. The argument against has always been that in the book of there are homophobic references. There is only one. Also in this section it states that if you let your hair become unkempt, you will die at the hand of god and if you are to eat or even touch an animal that doesn't chew cud and have a divided to, you will be deemed forever unclean. The Bible isn't a buffet, you cant only follow the rules you choose. Its all or nothing. Francis was smart to modernize the churches acceptance of gays as more and more are starting to come out.
9/27/2013 09:46:34 am
Book of Leviticus*
9/29/2013 08:17:21 am
I feel as if this should have been done long ago. Like you said in your reflection, when the church opens up, more people will join the church
9/29/2013 11:01:36 am
I agree with you that the pope has made a good decision. The catholic church should open up to more people and should be more accepting. I am sure many gay people would want to go to church but are uncomfortable going because they know that they are unwelcome by so many.
9/30/2013 09:06:48 am
The fact that homosexuals were originally not allowed to go to church enrages me. I'm glad that they are finally allowed to have (somewhat) equal rights to heterosexuals. I do understand that gays go against Roman Catholics beliefs, but people are people and desrve to treated equally.
9/22/2013 04:19:46 am
1) Reports and news sources have been spreading throughout the news and among the internet ever since last year to the current day stating that North Korea's Leader Kim Jong-un claimed that he is ready to fire his missile directed at the United states for firing missiles over the Korean Peninsula during military exercises. However Its Most likely that they will be Incapable of attack the US Mainland due to the fact that A long range missile with a Nuclear warhead attached seems a bit skeptical and far fetched and the fact that North Korea has been know to try and intimidate other countries with threats but never pull off the things that they state. However Korea has been known to dislike South Korea and they could possibly fire there missiles at them since there missiles could reach the area and it would be a more strategic idea since some US bases are located in South Korea. But yet again they know that attacking the US assets would be a trump card for the US and be a fatal risk for them. Its still hard to tell whether if North Korea will actually break the walls and strike at a later date or will they still managed to delude us with threat just to strike paranoia into the lives of US citizens. What do you think will happen?
9/23/2013 06:44:07 am
I had heard a little about this, but I didn't know that much. I knew that they wouldn't be able to attack us because of the long range, but still what happens if they improve their technology and make it sot hat it is able to reach us if that would be possible. These threats are bluffs for now, but I find it to be a little concerning. Maybe it will all turn out right, and their plans will stay as bluffs.
9/28/2013 06:40:08 am
I think if North Korea is able to advance in their weaponry the US will have also advanced, making it so the threats they place against us won't be as big. Even if we aren't able to advance along with North Korea the US has ally's who would be willing to help us if the threat ever arises.
9/22/2013 09:43:15 am
Crossing the Border for an Education
9/23/2013 05:39:12 am
I didn't even know we did that! I think that's a great system! We have to take care of our fellow nations.
9/23/2013 10:45:05 am
This is the first time I've heard of this, and I believe its a very positive situation. Of course the taxpayers aren't very happy about it, but its sounds like an effective system. It could also possibly help build the relationship between the United States and Mexico.
9/23/2013 11:16:07 am
I had no clue that this was even happening. I think this is a great system! The Mexican children now have a better education thanks to us. I agree with you on the fact that the teachers and adults are learning from the children, and that they are learning from us. It's a great way for us to help those in Mexico.
9/24/2013 06:51:21 am
Very well typed blog. I do believe the less fortunate Mexican children deserve to be able to get a chance to have a great education.
9/29/2013 02:10:45 pm
I wasn't aware of this system, and I find it a great way of helping with a whole other country's educational system. This was a good choice of topic, I found interesting to read about. You well explained how it connected to one of the eight themes of history, cultural interaction. It made this easy to understand.
Syria's president Assad is now allowing the use of chemical sites for experts. However some of the experts are worried about rebels trying to prevent them from going there. Assad had also told Chinese state TV that Damascus had agreed that they would surrender their chemical weapons to international control. They had broken it according to the accord and inspectors from Geneva are being sent in order to remove the weapons from the country or destroy. Damascus and U.S- Russia came to an agreement to rid them of chemical weapons. I hope they will be able to rid them of their weapons. Anyone else hope for that? My idea is that if they are able to get rid of the nuclear weapons they wouldn't be able to test on their own people anymore which would cause fewer deaths. Also, people wouldn't really have a reason to have an uprising against their government. So now maybe when this all takes place the people in Syria will have order restored, and can rest a bit easier knowing they won't be used as test subjects.
9/23/2013 06:30:14 am
This also ties into our humanities because we had discussed the condition of Syria when talking about revolution, and people talking about government. The topic had come up during other discussions to such as when we were talking about Science and Technology during the different themes of history. People had been testing their new science on their people which would be the chemical weapons.
9/25/2013 05:03:54 am
Did some experts decide to not go to the chemical sites?
9/23/2013 06:32:09 am
My sources had been huffingtonpost.com which derives from the Aol.com website
9/25/2013 05:01:09 am
1.)After four days of death and mayhem everything finally stopped. When the mall in Nairobi, Kenya was invaded by terrorists, it had left in its wake about 70 deaths and 175 injured civilians. Also, there are still 65 people still unaccounted for and three floors came down trapping some of the other bodies of civilians. This is considered the most tragic terrorist attack in Kenya since the bombing of the U.S embassy in 1998. Kenya forensics believe the attackers might be the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terrorist group. It seems that the attackers targeted other people who didn't practice Islam. Although some people from different religions were spared, in one particular case a 4 year old boy approached the attackers and said " You're a very bad man." Many citizens of Kenya are still in the hospital trying to recover from the tragedy that occurred.
9/25/2013 09:43:20 am
I also wrote about this and although I find it also incoraging that the little boy did know the diffrence betwen right and wrong I also find it sad that tragities like this are forcing kids to grow up faster then they should. I think no little kid should ever be scared of the world and what could possibly happen. But over all great job!
9/25/2013 09:38:33 am
1.) On September 21st, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya horror struck. The Westgate mall was raided by gunmen threatening to kill. The esimated death toll is 61 civilians, 5 al-Shabab militants, and 6 security officers. And also about 175 were injured and 62 reamin hopitilized. Civilians terrified hid in any safe place they could find and waited there until police found them and rescued them. Some hid in air vents, behind maincans in clothing store and one family even stayed perched behind a car for several hours until they were safe enough to run for shelter. Its still undetermined who was behind this but the police have new suspects, the Shabab, an Islamist militant group based in Somalia. Its told that this was the deadliest terror attack in Kenya since al Qaeda blew up the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing nearly 213 people. Although some cilivians were said to hear gunmen say for Muslims to run away so some belive that the attack is the doings of muslims. One family layed behind a car to escape the gunmen and hid there until they thought the danger was gone. The father asked "Girls, did you pray today?" And his older daughter replied with "I've prayed five times already. I don't want to die." This family thankfully escaped unharmed but others were not so fortunate.
9/28/2013 05:01:18 am
Camryn, that's a very elobarated report you wrote fron what happened in Kenya's mall. Good Job. I agree with you, that this is an example relating to terrorism. Also, I can relate to how you feel. I'm baffled at the fact as well that someone could do that without being sympathetic. It's amazing and very scary at the same time
9/29/2013 02:25:36 am
I agree that this is and act of terrorism. When i read abou this attck it was the day after it so there was not much detail about the surviors. Kenya had been attcked by terrorists before so they knew what was best to do.
9/29/2013 11:12:25 am
I wrote on the same topic as you. I like how you wrote about some of the civilians and their experience. I agree with you that this is an act of terrorism. This was such a horrible thing that happened. people really shouldn't have to go through this. People lost family members and the survivors are probably scarred for life.
9/29/2013 11:51:00 am
These terrorist stories are simply awful to hear about. the death toll and injury toll is just awful to even think about. Your story about the family was so tragically sad, but the fact that they survived raised my hopes. Very well written Camryn.
9/30/2013 01:25:35 pm
Hey Camryn. I completely agree that this event is a heart breaking and shocking story. I too felt shocked that someone could heartlessly kill that many people without one regret. Overall, I thought you had a well written piece and liked the fact that you included the words of civilians at the attack. Great Job.
9/28/2013 04:52:05 am
1.) Yesterday, September 27, 2013, in Northwest Pakisatn, a bus exploded. There were 70 government employees on board from departments of the secretriat of Peshawar. Peshawar is the capitol of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is liable to change rapidly and an unprdictable province. this explosion resulted to the death of 17 people, and wounded 34. The cause of the explosion is predicted to be that of a remote-controlled device planted in a tin can sustaining 13-18 pounds of explosives; this was predicted by police who inspected the sene. As for right now, no one individual, or groups have been held or countered responsible for the act yet. Though, the senior minister of Khyber, Sikander Khan Sherpao indicates that the attack could've possibly been done by forces wanting to sabotage recent attempts by the national government to scrutinize peace talk with the Pakistani Taliban
9/28/2013 06:49:46 am
What I'm wondering is how someone was able to obtain 13-18 pounds of explosives without anyone being suspicious or noticing, which couldn't be easy. I hope whoever, or whatever group did this is caught and given the proper punishment for this atrocity.
9/29/2013 06:02:05 am
Joetta, you wrote a very well developed essay about,terrorism being direct towards innocent lives.You used specific evidence and details to explain the unfortunate happening.While doing this,you managed to maintain a factual,yet entertaining article.
9/30/2013 01:16:46 pm
Hey Joetta. I completely agree that this story is a horrific one just like every act of violence. I can't comprehend why people feel the need to hurt innocent people. Overall, I thought you had a well written piece and liked the fact that you gave your condolences to the families at the end of your blog. Great job.
9/28/2013 05:34:45 am
UN Security Council votes to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons
9/29/2013 06:26:23 am
If Syria surrenders the chemical weapons for destruction, then that should be the end of it. Until such time as someone can prove who deployed the ones that killed those people, of course, and those responsible should be put on trial for war crimes. No U.S. war intervention.
9/28/2013 09:29:35 am
1.)The following topic, immensely allows the reader to question exactly what is justice? While answering that, a almost visible dividing line comes into play ware the readers forced to form an opinion and in often times forms, thoughts and ideas about the subject based on there interpretation of the text. Before reading consider that 90%of journalism is someone's opinions and ideas.
9/29/2013 07:51:28 am
This is a very interesting topic. Although there was no bias in this case it brought the jurys attention to Travon Martains case which was obviously based on bias and racism.
9/29/2013 01:59:21 pm
You did a good job of breaking down, and describing what happened in the case. I found it interesting that you connected it to the Trayvon Martin case, although I don't see the bias, or racism connection. Is it because his two children were present? This is a debatable situation because the "threatening" way to the victim may not have seemed thretening to anyone else. But then again twenty years when no one was harmed seems extreme to many, myself included.
9/29/2013 06:15:24 am
Title: Saudi women's new campaign to end driving ban.
9/29/2013 11:08:25 am
This inequality treatment of women in disgraceful. I fully agree with your perspective and think this was a good topic to address. In U.S. history, women suffrage was a major issue that we resolved. However these women are not just fighting for the right to vote or stand in office. These women are fighting for the right to drive, allowing them to have transportation options.
9/30/2013 12:20:47 pm
Emma,I agree with you. You're right woman should be treated equally and the though of not being able to do any of those things without a man with you is almost unbearable. Thank you for sharing.
9/29/2013 06:22:23 am
1) On Sunday of September 13th there was an airstrike occurrence on a secondary school in eastern Syria. This tragedy took the lives of a dozen innocent young souls. A monitoring group observing for human rights claimed that 12 is the current number of civilians killed but that death toll would dramatically increase due to the countless amount of individuals critically wounded. Aside from the lives taken there were an amount of 30 children who were permanently damaged from the attack. The residents of Raqqa, a city with a population of 250,000 people, published a list of 14 possible victims to take blame for this terrorist attack. The president (Assad) claims to Italian television that he will respect the United Nation's accords on chemical weapons. "We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed," he replied when questioned about Syria agreeing to Friday's resolutions. The U.N security council's solution is to completely destroy Syria's chemical weapons. although they came to this resolution there is no direct punishment towards Assad's government if he chooses not to comply. Assad refuses to agree due to an attack that occurred on Syria which U.S military was to blame. The U.S military was accused of airstrike on Syria involving chemical warfare killing thousands of Syrians. In other words the U.N wants to destroy any chemical weapons and abandon the use of them in Syria to prevent another attack but Assad wants to keep them to protect the country of Syria.
9/29/2013 06:26:00 am
So the U.N and Assad should compromise on an agreement where they just increase the amount of security watching over chemical weapons and the use of them.
9/29/2013 06:30:40 am
U.N. Votes to Eliminate Syria's Chemical Weapons
9/29/2013 08:13:06 am
I agree with your statement about the economic part of the reflection. If we were to go back to war, we would be doing more hurt and help to ourselves.
James Boudreau III
9/30/2013 06:19:19 am
Although confiscating the chemical weapons from Syria IS a good idea, I doubt they would just hand them over. Going to war over a civil war on the other side of the world is not going to make things any better, either. I cannot say for sure if it is reasonable to jump into a war we don't have a part in. Good post,Jason
9/29/2013 08:10:50 am
Nigeria attack: Students shot dead as they slept
9/30/2013 11:21:37 am
Dylan this event really scares me because what if it was our school that was attacked? and i like how you answered number 3 when you asked a question and you already had the answer to it. very smart
1) In Syria, the president Bashar al-Assad has recently used a form of chemical weaponry on the citizens of Syria. These attacks have had an affect on more than half of Syria's people. The U.N believes that this is a dangerous action that should be dealt with. President Obama and the U.N Security Council agree that there should be a stop to the attacks whether it be through force or "peace talks". The main purpose of this intervention is to aid more than half of Syrian's 20 million citizens. However, this may be a difficult task to carry out. Al-Assad has made it very clear that he has no intention of laying back and watching his weapons be taken away. In other words, if the U.N decides to forcibly take the chemical weapons, he intends to fight back with great force.
9/29/2013 10:14:58 am
1) The conflict in Syria all over the news and the internet. The Syrian president, Bashar a-Assad has used a form of chemical weapon on the civilians of his country. This sort of chemical war is not allowed by the leaders of the UN. President Obama has made statements relating to the possible idea of helping the citizens of Syria and entering their nation with the US military. The president od Syria is against the invasion of his country and said that "If the send bombs they should expect everything" to answer the question, "If America send bombs to Syria what sort retaliation should they expect?" These interviews and speeches by both Bashar al-Assad and President Obama ask the question, will there be war?
9/30/2013 05:38:12 am
This blog is exactly like Matt's.
1.On September 21 there was a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya at a shopping mall. The gunmen were unidentified. the attack lasted three days resulting in the deaths of at least 72 people. 61 of them were civilians, 6 were Kenyan soldiers and 5 terrorists. The attackers first held 36 hostages and then went into battle with Kenyan security forces. 175 people were wounded in the shooting and 62 are still hospitalized. A local hospital reported that there was so many wounded people being brought in that they were overwhelmed and had to send some to another hospital. The ages of the victims ranged from 2-78. The Kenyan president said that this was the worst attack of terrorism in Kenya since the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998.
9/30/2013 11:26:53 am
mine also was a terrorist attack that happened in a shopping mall.i agree with you cant they find a more peaceful try a treaty or anything because by doing this they are also putting their own people st risk
9/29/2013 10:59:32 am
1)Double suicide car bombers disrupted the peaceful, self-ruling Kurdish region of Iraq. In the region's capital of Irbil, the first suicide bomber ran his car into a checkpoint protecting the Interior Ministries and security agencies housing complex. Then shortly after, a second suicide car bomber attacked the same site. Ultimately, four members of the Kurdish security forces died and 29 people were wounded.
9/29/2013 11:41:30 am
This is simply horrible to hear. Iraq has so many problems and you must be truly crazy to think that killing more people will put an end to it.
9/29/2013 11:39:23 am
1. In the same 24 hours, there were two planned terrorist attacks in two different parts of the world. A group of Terrorists took over a mall in Kenya and took 60 lives. While in Pakistan a double car bombing happened outside of a church.Two very different but equally horrific acts of violence. You would think their is no connection right? I mean their on two different continents, but these two attacks were both led by two linked branches of Al-Quaeda. This is a new plan to spread terror by spreading out smaller attacks more quickly, leaving the world in anticipation of what act of horror they will do next.
9/30/2013 11:24:33 am
wow i didnt know that two terrorists attacks happened that close to each other. And to think people planned to do these terrible things makes me agree with you when it comes to you thinking that these attacks are awful
9/30/2013 12:01:08 pm
I completely agree. It's actually quite horrifying to think that terrorists are purposely planning these together, from random areas around the world, spontaneously. Inflicting fear into others for means of power and authority is one type of terrorism, but committing these acts around the world for no apparent or shared reason is just madness. It seems as if the terrorists are spreading these small, quick acts of terrorism around the world to send a message, not to rebel or protest, or even defend for their country/ religion in any way. Yet simply to watch their damage and project out a warning, so to speak.
9/30/2013 12:38:52 pm
I also read something on that new take on terrorism on CNN... the spreading of smaller scale assaults. I believe it gives terrorists the upper hand in that it may be harder to detect these kinds of attacks. The murder of innocent citizens is unfathomable and heartless. How does one come to the decision to harm others, just to gain power or religious supremacy?
9/29/2013 01:47:26 pm
"Draft U.N. Resolution on Syria Chemical Weapons"
9/30/2013 11:58:07 am
I agree with you on a lot. I hardly follow the news but when it is something that could come back and hurt our country and make it harder for people to live it really to annoys me. Its hard to think that people could act so harsh
9/30/2013 06:26:16 am
Okay my turn...
9/30/2013 06:30:58 am
i forgot to put my article source that i found about the corporations in the west using these eco-programs
9/30/2013 12:13:54 pm
Hi Noah! I first want to say that I like the approach you took with this. I think that it was cool that you could could connect terrorism to something as simple as a car. It is very true and I second everything you say.Cutting down on the demand for oil could solve a lot of tension in the Middle East.
James Boudreau III
9/30/2013 06:43:59 am
1) On Sunday night, in Nigeria, Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms and stormed into a college, shooting multiple students as they slept in their dorms and others as they tried to flee from the carnage. "They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible" says a survivor who only gave his first name, Idris. The state police suspected the terrorist group Boko Haram was responsible, but did not elaborate on his thoughts. The death toll is still unconfirmed , but nearly 50 bodies have been collected so far. 25 miles north, 18 wounded students are being transported to a hospital for emergency care. Two of the wounded students died, says Amadu Usman, a survivor who was helping at the hospital
9/30/2013 08:58:36 am
9/30/2013 10:22:57 am
there is some pretty crazy stuff going on in iraq these days and these terrorist bombings just add on to the towering amount of disfunctions in iraq. you well wrote this isabell i think u did a good job describing the event and connecting it to the teachings of class...............SWAG
9/30/2013 11:19:10 am
i completely agree with you that is just horrible how would they feel if we were to do this to them? don't they have the least bit of empathy?i think you did a really good job of connecting terrorism and this horrific event,
9/30/2013 10:16:44 am
the daily what news a modern egyptian revolution;
9/30/2013 10:26:44 am
1) Deadly double suicide in Iraq. 26 people reported dead after a suicide bomber targeted mourners at a Shia Muslim mosque south of Baghdad. The victims of that attack are believed to be members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces. The Musayyib mosque bombing is just the latest in a series of attacks on mosques and funerals in central Iraq that have raised the fears of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shia violence. This type of violence is not unusual to these people. Reports say that hundreds of people die each month from acts of terrorism like this.
1. In Baghdad, car bombs have been going off in Shiite neighborhoods. 51 people were killed and many other people were wounded. The country has blamed Al Qaeda for the bombings. The most violent of the bombings was in the eastern Sadr City , where a car was parked and a bomb went off in a vegetable market and its parking lot. Seven people were killed and sixteen were wounded. Also ten other parked cars with bombs inside went off in the neighborhoods. Out of these 10 car bombs, 44 people were killed and an additional 139 people were wounded.
9/30/2013 11:32:32 am
in events like these i get extremely confused i asked myself the same question as you while reading this what would cause someone to go so far as killing civilians? who probably have nothing to do with their purpose other than to get the public's attention.
9/30/2013 12:25:36 pm
I agree with your categorizing the attack as terrorism, and your connection was very clear. I wonder why it comes to the death of civilians to conclude terrorist attacks, too. However, I think that with Al-Qaeda being such a large group with so many members, it would be hard to stop all or them from committing terrorist attacks. Since it is a large influence in the way these people go about their lives, I don't believe the members of Al-Qaeda would so abruptly stop causing destruction.
9/30/2013 11:10:54 am
Summary-In Nairobi's Westgate Mall in Africa there was a terrorist attack that images were taken for and show to horrified viewers. A group named al-Shabab had taken innocent shoppers and keep them as hostages. This did not come as a surprise to Americans, American officials had waned Africa that this would most likely happen. Americans had predicted this would happen to a luxury mall such as Nairobi's Westgate Mall. Which they have symbolized new wealth and foreign influence. An al-Shabab leader told a British television station "The reason we targeted Westgate is that we know it's a place where they feel the most pain," and that "It's because it brings in a lot of money and is in the centre of the city.""Poverty will continue to be an issue, but with Africa’s growth, the important thing holding back global organized retail will be political and business risk," says A.T. Kearney's senior partner Mike Moriarty. Because of issue like this it has shamed luxury malls by taken away the sense of security the shoppers have.
9/30/2013 11:17:38 am
title of the article: "three militants dead, more hostages freed in Nairobi mall terror attack
9/30/2013 12:03:55 pm
It's good that the military is stepping up. These events truly are frightening and can question the feeling of safety in any public place. The fact that lots of statistics were used in this blog is very helpful.
9/30/2013 12:07:12 pm
Its crazy how people can just take arms and harm another human being. it is definately a scary thought that this can happen anywhere im just happy it isnt hitting home
9/30/2013 12:43:58 pm
I really admire the fact that the military is helping other countries who have just been a cite of a terrorist attack. After such an event people can be very shaken up, they woundn't know what to do, so the U.S. Military come in and try to help. I really like te topic you picked.
9/30/2013 01:56:43 pm
It's a good thing the military helped out. the people really need help in a time like this. i also was wondering why there wasn't better security. lets hope Nairobi makes places like the mall safer so it doesn't happen again.
12/2/2013 04:23:24 am
This is really horrible. It's crazy how people can just attack innocent people so they can get what they want.
9/30/2013 11:32:09 am
The Call between President Obama and President Rouhani
9/30/2013 11:50:02 am
Hey Abby, nice job it's a well written peace I love how you included the term of revolution as a major change not specifically pertained to a change in government, not many people see that. Kudos!!!!!!
9/30/2013 01:33:33 pm
Hey Abby, good job. Your piece is very descriptive and I love the way you tied it all together. I like the way that you used two of the themes from class. Overall, nice work on the blog.
9/30/2013 11:39:30 am
1. The conflict in Egypt is talked about all over the internet as well as the news. Unhappy with their leader, Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian people called for change. They wanted to free themselves from the dictator they had had for the last 30 years. There reasoning; the Egyptians were sick of the poverty, brutality of police, and curruption . But after being in power so long,Mubarak was determined to stay in power, using force and killing and injuring many protestors. A successful revolution is never a simple easy task, but one that involves setbacks and struggles, so the protestors became relentless eventually overthrowing Mubarak. At the same time an Islamic political group called The Muslim Brotherhood was gaining power as the new leader Morsi came to power.Promising to run the government "for all Egyptians", Morsi never came through with his promise, further weakening the economy and not solving the issues that led the Egyptians to first overthrow Mubarak. After another uprising, Morsi was overthrown. So the question is , Who will become the leader of Egypt? Until this is decided, The Muslim Brotherhood runs Eygypt, causeing many deaths and riots. BBC.co.uk Egypt in Turmoil,
9/30/2013 01:23:52 pm
I really enjoyed reading your piece on Egypt's revolution. It sounds like Egypt has a long way to go before they can have peace. I like the way you involved the steps of revolution from class. Overall, good job.
9/30/2013 11:42:55 am
1) The revolutions and riots in Egypt have come up a lot in the news and in media over the last one or two years. The revolutions began when the Egyptian people overthrew President Honsi Mubarak. Civilians were outraged by the cruelty of their security services, and wanted a change in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood, an islam extremist political group, was growing in power. All of those events led to the election of Mohammed Morsi. Morsi claimed he would run the government "for all Egyptians", but that was obviously a lie. He never fixed any of the problems that led to the overthrowing of Mubarak, and he didn't handle the economy correctly. This led to yet another uprising and Morsi was inevitably overthrown. Throughout this attempt of the reconstruction process, the number of deaths flew higher, along with outbursts of violence, riots and protests that today arent uncommon in the streets of Egypt. As of now Egypt is being controlled by the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. The question now: Who will take control next?
9/30/2013 02:06:12 pm
It's very informative. I like how u used one of the 8 themes of history. It's good that Egyptians are fighting for what they believe in but its a shame so many have to die.
9/30/2013 02:20:09 pm
8 steps of revolution, not 8 themes of history.
1) At an United Nations meeting on Monday Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, compared what he calls a foreign invasion of terrorists across his country to the 9/11 attack that took place in New York. He claims that Americans should be sympathetic toward him because we know what its like being terrorized. He also states that a few countries are supporting terrorism in his country while trying to get rid of it in other places in the world. The US stated back that Syria has picked up terrorist mannerisms and even though they are supposedly abiding by the new chemical weapons rules many rebels still have gases. They also believe that Al Queda has infiltrated Syria and is causing problems over there.
9/30/2013 12:53:25 pm
I like your point, but the thing he calls terrorism can be different from what other people call terrorism. We say it's when theres an act of violence, they might have a whole different definition of terrorism in Syria.
10/28/2013 05:41:28 am
i really like how you connected this to a part of history we just learned about.
9/30/2013 12:12:21 pm
1. Summary: On September 24th, the Westgate mall in Kenya was attacked by a known terrorist group, Al-Shabaab. Gunmen opened fire on random civilians, but allowed people of the Muslim faith to escape. The strike left over 60 people dead, more than 170 injured, and extensive damage to the mall. Kenyan military inelegancy believes that the group had connections to employees in the mall, and had been threatening an attack on this location since last year. Another article on CNN claims that Al-Shabaab has ties to citizens of U.S. across the country who are affiliated with the group funding, fighting, joining and leading their efforts. What could this mean for both Americans and Kenyans?
9/30/2013 12:30:32 pm
The sources didn't show up when I submitted my blog post so here they are:
9/30/2013 01:28:22 pm
Title: On eve of meeting, India raps Pakistan on cross-border attacks.
9/30/2013 01:32:57 pm
1. Two explosions in Baghdad the capital of Iraq killed 27 people and injured 85 people. The first attack was a roadside bomb in an outdoor market. It killed 7 people and injured 15 people. The second attack was a suicide bomber with an explosive vest. He blew himself up in an outdoor market killing 20 people and injuring 70 people. The attacks were caused by a friction between sunnis and shiites. The sunnis were protesting the shiite led government. Title of source is Attacks kill 30 in Iraqi city of Baghdad.
9/30/2013 01:34:37 pm
Very interesting piece, and also informative. I never knew how bad Pakistan was being treated by India
9/30/2013 01:45:52 pm
I felt a understanding to the feeling of Pakistan since it has been isolated like me. The real question I find is that What is Pakistan's plan of actions?
9/30/2013 01:49:39 pm
1) Summary~ "Kenyan Mall Attack" The terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall ends after about 4 days, with the most likely suspect group pertaining to an "Al- Shabaab" terrorist group. Concluding with approximately 67 deaths, and 39 possibly still missing, as well as about 175 injured victims. Theories conclude that some sort of inside Kenyan intelligence warned of an Al- Shabaab threat a year before the mall attack.The terrorists have also been thought to torture some of the hostages during their captivity.
9/30/2013 02:05:11 pm
The imminent shutdown of the USA is threatening the government from a debate on the national health care plan. The Senate Democrats rejected the plan of "Obamacare" and left fussing and debates throughout a long conference. This reminded me of the theme in humanities Economies, as the economic issue is quite problematic right now for America. It was quite interesting since it had a lot to do with my personal care of me being a diabetic. So I was quite afraid of the dangerously life changing issue.
9/30/2013 02:06:31 pm
This came from a report from Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor, Laurie Kellman, Pauline Jelinek; Henry Jackson, Donna Cassata and Stacy A. Anderson in Washington and Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pa., contributed to this report.
10/1/2013 04:24:11 am
A group of people did a shooting in Kenya and an Ohio resident Bill Haynes heard about the shooting and canceled his flight to Kenya. He said " I couldn't believe it but here we are five about to be in this place in five days and there are some terrorist shooting up the place." Also, tourism is really big over there but now it is a concern to officials especially after the attack that left 67 dead including 18 foreigners. Tourism is 14% of Kenya's GDP and employs 12% of it's workforce. Moody, a tourism council member predicts thatthe attack will cost Kenya's economy $200 to $250 million in lost tourism revenue, estimating it will slow growth of Kenya's GDP by 0.5%. Kenya's 2012 GDP WAS $41 million
10/1/2013 04:30:48 am
3.) I thought this article was very cruel and I think that those people should be put in jail for life for scaring the people of Kenya and also the people of other places who are either coming to Kenya or thinking if coming to Kenya
10/1/2013 11:03:40 am
1.) The conflicts in Syria that are in the news and web. Syria has used chemical weapons against their own people, and they blame their president Bashar a-Assad for the killing. The chemical weapons was not accepted by President Barrack Obama, so he has made ideas to aid citizens of Syria. But Bashar a-Assad has neglected the idea and doesn't want the U.S to invade his country. As "police of the world" the United States would like to bring justice to the cruelness/danger of the chemical weapons.
11/3/2013 03:09:24 am
1.) Syria has used chemical weapons on the own countries people and the people have blamed the president of the countries leader Bashar al-Assad. Our president Barack Obama had found out about the attack and wanted to supply aid for the innocent Syrian people but al-Assad does not want Obama to send troops into his country .But Obama want to solve the case of the use of chemical weapons.
11/3/2013 09:29:10 pm
There has been many shootings through out these past few years. Such as the shooting reported on the front page of firstpost.com. The arrival was called "167,000 passengers affected by Los Angeles airport shooting". It describes 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia walking into Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles airport on 9 a.m. on Friday November first, 2013, and pulling out an assault rifle. He had killed a single transportation security administration officer and injured six others before he was shot and taken into custody. But this was only one of many shootings that have occurred.
11/4/2013 07:41:38 am
Alan that was a very good post and I like your third paragraph because I agree one hundred percent with you.
12/2/2013 04:18:27 am
1. Egypt on edge after at least 278 killed in bloodiest day since revolution. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/14/world/meast/egypt-protests/)
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