With further research on the topic it is made known that “Eighty percent of the country’s population lives in poverty” (Jackson, N/A). While exploring some of the reasons why Haiti is in such poverty it became clear that there is a connection between “papa doc” and “baby doc” and the Duvalier’s and how they contributed to Haiti’s poverty. “The Duvalier’s left Haiti economically decimated. A large number of educated professionals left the country during the Duvalier regimes, and the period that followed was so unstable, it was hard to lay down roots and build infrastructure. International investment was limited because it was an unreliable business environment” (Smith,
On the contrary, most of my indentured servants have died out due to malaria bearing mosquitoes infesting our humid rice paddies during the scorching summer. However, I have turned to Africans who have somehow managed to build immunity to yellow fever and malaria. Several plantation owners like me have needed around 65 slaves to do the strenuous work, therefore, the Africans appear to be outnumbering us in terms of population. In addition, tensions have sizzled amongst the slaves and the plantation owners through the force and control which is necessary due to their recent behavior from arson and violence. The worst of all mischief occurred during the Stono Rebellion.
The wealth they created mostly returned to Britain, the products they made were consumed in Britain. African slavery was considered “essential” to the sugar producing system. There created two major triangles of trade, which connected nations of the world Britain, Africa, West Indies and the New World. One important feature of these triangles is human cargoes. The documentary on Big Sugar by Brian McKenna supports Mintz’s ideas by revealing the dark side of working on the plantations, and the terrible working conditions that the labors (or slaves) back then had to suffer.
Since the current president of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir, first came into power in 1989, he inherited a long war with rebels of the south. Al-Bashir’s main goal was to gain an upper hand by intensifying the attacks set froth onto the people. Instead of President Al-Bashir to create peace in Sudan, he revoked all parts of the constitution that unraveled steps towards peace, and proclaimed jihad against non-Muslims. President Bashir relied on using ethnic militias, Janjaweed, to do the fighting for him so he’d be portrayed as innocent in the public eye. The word “Janjaweed” in Arabic translations means, “A man with a gun on a horse”.
In these stories, blood was said to be collected—by firemen, curiously, and prostitutes, among others—for sale to whites. Whites, as White reports, were said by the locals to be unable to survive in the tropics without consuming African blood to replenish their strength” (Ashforth 853). The author goes on to tell a story of a young woman that was speaking to an elderly man from the town recounting a warning about vampires or blood-suckers “Earlier in the day, warning her that “there are some strangers who have come to suck blood from people.” He told her the story of a schoolboy who had fallen victim to the bloodsuckers, and that everyone was being warned to stay awake until 10:00 pm at night to be on guard. Young men armed with sticks, stones, and pangas (machetes) were enforcing a curfew between the hours of 7:00 pm and 4:00 am” (Ashforth
One of the most mystifying ambiguities that the humankind face nowadays is how a nation can starve in a world with abundant resources! This is unfortunately the case with Haiti, and many other countries around the world. Despite the fact that Haiti is part of Caribbean islands which are considered to be one of the most attractive tourism places, it appears to be a calamity and misery more than anything else. Hundreds years of occupation, colonization, slavery, dictatorship and violence left Haiti doomed, ranking it amongst the world’s poorest countries. Their paralyzed economy, with no infrastructure, lack of food supplies, no electricity, no clear water, diseases and poor public health system, contributes in Haitians tragedy by worsening their situation.
In 1952 the US got involved after Nicaragua solicited U.S. assistance to overthrow the Guatemalan leader, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. President Truman authorized the shipment of weapons and money to anti-Arbenz groups. But, within five weeks the operation to topple Arbenz quickly fizzled when representatives loyal to the president uncovered the plot and took steps to solidify their power. Later Eisenhower sought to defend American interests abroad with an increase in funds for nuclear weapons and covert operations. After that, convinced that Arbenz threatened U.S. national security because of his alleged Communist sympathies, Eisenhower approved the first-ever clandestine military action in Latin America.
This essay will investigate the research question, “To what extent were the political impacts of Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel in Colombia from the late 1970s to 2006 negative?” by examining Escobar’s two completely contrasting reputations. This topic is worthy of investigation because while many lower class and underprivileged Colombians continue to worship Escobar for his charity, the US and Colombian government villainize him as a murderer, despite his attempt to amend the government’s shortcoming with the Colombian poor. It is undeniable that Escobar helped Colombia’s lower class, and therefore Colombia’s government, substantially. However, Escobar also caused great political unrest within Colombia, so it is important to question whether his virtuous behavior outweighs his
Another similarity is that both leaders often ignored the needs of their people in order to push their agendas. Both leaders also made enemies of countries larger than their own. Castro was a notorious enemy of the United States just as Macbeth was an enemy of England. Both leaders had any opposition against them killed as well. When Castro gained power he had all former government officials executed just like how Macbeth has Banquo assassinated so he can’t oppose him.
In 1992, the United States and United Nations intervened with the troubles the people in Somalia had been facing since warlords had overthrown the ruling dictatorship. They did so by sending in money for those who were starving, but it just lead to the killing of 18 American soldiers after the warlord turned to international forces. This is why some Americans view the cons of Singer’s arguments as a greater influence than the pros they face. In conclusion, the choice will be up to the Americans and whether or not they will want to send their money overseas.