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  1. I'd like to return to the question posed at the beginning. The curriculum is interestingly wide in breadth, but I think it's too shallow in depth. It's very Euro/US(as an extension of European culture)-centric. Perhaps it would be more enlightening for the students to get a multi-cultural perspective. For example, topics might include these areas of investigation (as well as a few other thoughts): Democracy: cooperativism, Utopian Socialism, how those in power have attempted to maintain their position, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Porto Alegre, Iran, Kuwait, (OK, in the US, but non-european
  2. I think you're right on target, and I fear it is the Kurds who will fare the worst.
  3. It's like hitting a hornets nest with a stick. I wonder how well it is(n't) going down in places like Qatar and Bahrein? Jordan must be thrilled...not to mention Saudi Arabia, Pakistan...
  4. Consequently, the most powerful and organized group(s) in Iraq will impose their brand of "democracy (or whatever) through the barrel of a gun" on the Iraqi people. In terms of stemming the voiolence in Iraq, with the death tolls mounting at an ever-quickening pace, I think both arab as well as non-arab muslim countries may be the only ones that can be the moderators/facilitators for the Iraqi people if massive bloodshed is to be avoided. Of course, that is to say that there are countries out there that can not only exert enough pressure on the groups in Iraq, but also want to do so. As to h
  5. What grade level is the web quest project aimed at? How much time do you give the students to prepare and to present? Thanks.
  6. One possible reason for democracy's taking root in post-war Japan would be that the US wanted a strong ally in the region, therefore enourmous US interest and investment. (The US didn't choose China to be its bastion. Why?) Perhaps the Japanese didn't actively resist the US occupation because they were afraid of more traditional enemies Russia and China. Furthermore, no other countries had enough money to help out any Japanese insurgent movement. Their economies were all destroyed. Moreover, Russia was more interested in consolidating its control over E. Europe and rebuilding its own eco
  7. Please allow me to correct a mistake. The Spanish base I mentioned is located in Nayaf, not in Faluyah. I've read the NYT article, and it only reinforces my opinion. The author of the article, along with most other journalists I have read, says 90% of Spaniards oppose the war. I have not read of or seen on TV reports of Spanish popular support for US policy or US troops in Iraq. I'm sure there are Op/Ed pieces in "ABC" or "Las Provincias" (bastions of the conservative press) in support of a continued Spanish military presence in Iraq, but these reflect certain segments of Spanish society,
  8. Admittedly, I based my assertion about Spanish soldiers and rambo Americans on one article in "El País", a high-circulation Spanish newspaper. It was, however, written by a journalist who was alongside the soldiers at the Spanish base in Faluya at the begining of the recent events there. I still believe there is a place for multiculturalism, but not one that is wide open, just as I do not believe in wide-open politics. People should have the right to say what they want as long as they do not foment violence towards or censorship of others. Clerics of all beliefs then may push their own age
  9. I don't think I could quote the pertinent remarks of all of the people who have contributed over the past month to this particular topic, and to what I write below, so I won't try. Given the events of the last week in both Iraq and Spain, two things have become clear. First, the international force in Iraq hasn't been able to address the problems of the people. Any good will gotten from removing Hussein has been squandered. Americans and anyone associated with them are hated. Spanish soldiers in Iraq don't like the Americans either!! (The Spanish press portrays US soldiers as trigger-hap
  10. I was under the probably naive assumption that part of the motivation behind western "power" was a belief in plurality, democracy and freedom . If I am wrong then does it matter a jot which competing economic elite I support so long as I am on the winning side?? If there is no "international law" then we are truely in a uniquely dangerous situation that can only end extremely badly. The powerful have more responsibilities than they are currently willing to acknowledge. Ignoring the values which ought to underpin their actions and systems is a self defeating decision. As to whether it ma
  11. I'm not so sure we've ever left Bismarckian 'realpolitik' behind. European powers, Japan, and the US have dominated world economics and politics for well over a century. If one could partially attribute appeasement to Hitler to redressing the injustices of Versailles, staying out of the Spanish Civil War is difficult to justify on moral grounds. The Cold War, along with the numerous 'hot wars' that were a part of it, has been seen by some historians as a power struggle between two economic (not political) powers. The one with the more powerful economy won. Today, the struggle for economic
  12. I am new to the Forum and am willing to get as involved as my expertise allows. At the same time, I am in need of help. My school is implanting the International Baccalaureate, and I will be teaching Standard Level Business. I am in desperate need of materials, both on line as well as in print. Can anyone offer me suggestions? They would be enourmously appreciated.
  13. I think having things unravel in Irak would certainly help Kerry since it will make Bush look as if he is losing control of the situation and that his policy has been mistaken. That would leave Bush in the awkward position of having to convince existing allies to stay put, entice new ones or convince the US electorate that the US can and should go it alone. Kerry would need only to make statesmanlike proposals.
  14. I'm not very well versed in British politics so I'm hesitant to conjecture. Blair is probably under a lot of pressure at home for his stand on the war, and I doubt that will diminish much unless something distracts public opinion. As PM of a powerful country both economically as well as militarily, Blair will have a greater degree of influence than most. What will Zapatero do? I think he will pull the troops out. His stand on Irak is long established, and should not be (but surely will be) attributed to 11M. Whether he does so or not will be a function not only of how much pressure Bush,
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