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History of Zionism Term Paper

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Zionism did come into conflict with the Israeli administration when Israel's first Prime Minister, Ben-Gurion, insisted to keep Zionist leaders from influencing Israel's policy decisions.

Zionism has of course been vehemently denounced by the Arab nations and the UN even adopted a resolution in 1975, equating Zionism with racism. Zionists have, however, continued to work towards their objectives relentlessly -- the safety of the state of Israel and the right of any Jew to settle there

-- they have been successful on both counts to date.


Cohen, Michael Joseph. "Zionism." Article in Encyclopedia Encarta, CD-ROM Version, 2002

Edelheit, Abfaham J. And H. Edelheit. "History of Zionism: A Handbook and Dictionary."

Westview Press, 2000

Spiro, Rabbi Ken. "Crash Course in Jewish History Part 62 - Return to the Land of Israel." Aish.com. Jan 27, 2002

http://www.aish.com/literacy/jewishhistory/Crash_Course_in_Jewish_History_Part_62_-_Return_to_the_Land_of_Israel.asp (accessed December 7, 2004)

---------------- -- . "Crash Course in Jewish History Part 64 - The British Mandate." Aish.com. http://www.aish.com/literacy/jewishhistory/Crash_Course_in_Jewish_History_Part_64_-_The_British_Mandate.asp (accessed December 7, 2004)

'Zionism - The Beginnings." World Union of Jewish Students. http://www.wujs.org.il/activist/learning/judaism/zionism.shtml (accessed December 7, 2004)

'Zionism." Article in Encyclopedia Britannica, CD-ROM Version, 2003

The word 'Zionism' is derived from Zion, the hill on which the Temple of Jerusalem was located

"Zionism: The Beginnings"

The Jews have been maligned as Christ killers and the people who rejected his teachings.

"Zionism" Britannica Article

Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer in the French Army, was falsely accused and convicted of treason.

Hezl observed later that the Dreyfus affair turned him into a Zionist

Edelheit (2000). "The History of Zionism" pp. 89-90

Ibid. p. 101

The Congress was so successful that Hezl noted in his diary, "At Basel I founded the Jewish State. Perhaps in five years but certainly in 50 everyone will know it." Exactly 50 years and some months later, the state of Israel was born. (Quoted by Spiro, Part 62)

"Zionism." Britannica Article

Spiro, "Crash Course in ... " Part 64


Cohen, "Zionism" Encarta

The Zionists have been particularly active in arranging immigration of Jews from Russia… [read more]

Urban and Redevelopment Planning a Comparative Study of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai Term Paper

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¶ … United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai

A Comparative Study: Emirates of Abu Dhabi

It has often been recalled throughout history that it is said that the Phoenix will rise from the ashes if the saying has only predicted the Phoenix rising from the sands of the Desert then surely it would be proclaimed that the Phoenix was… [read more]

Colonialism in the Middle East Term Paper

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In the post World War II period, the Western colonial powers blatantly supported dictatorial regimes in the Middle East in order to retain their control of the region's vast oil resources. The role of the imperialist power has been taken over by the United States from Britain. The U.S. government's lop-sided support of Israel has prevented it from playing the role of an honest broker, besides encouraging Israel into taking increasingly extreme position on issues such as withdrawal from the occupied territories and Jewish settlements. The role of the Western powers has not been exemplary on other fronts in the Middle East either. For example, the U.S. cynically supported Saddam Hussain in his war against Iran during the 1980s. When he was emboldened into occupying Kuwait, the U.S. realized blatantly that he had to be stopped leading to the first Gulf War.

Decades later, the legacy of colonialism continues to haunt the region. The neo-conservatives in the United States are expounding the same centuries' old colonialist theory of the "white man's burden" of guiding the 'lesser' nations towards the 'right path.' Forgetting the advice of Thomas Jefferson that, "The laws which must effect [a people's happiness] must flow from their own habits, their own feelings, and the resources of their own minds. No stranger to these could possibly propose regulations adapted to them," the U.S. has embarked on a crusade to create a "model" of democracy in the Middle East for the Arabs and the Muslim countries to follow. The British attempted a similar exercise unsuccessfully in the early part of the 20th century. Not having learnt the lessons of history, the U.S. is repeating the same mistake.

Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria

Letter to W. Lee, 1819… [read more]

US Role in Present Lebanese Civil War Term Paper

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U.S. Role in the Present Lebanese Political Crisis

When Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005, the Middle Eastern country was plunged into a serious crisis that threatens to escalate into a civil war.

The United States was quick to hold Syria responsible for the killing and has put considerable pressure on the Syrian government… [read more]

U.S. Policies in the Middle Term Paper

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One example is that of Jordan, which received aid from the U.S.A. despite the widespread repression at the time and also its autocratic rule. It is sometimes stated that the U.S. policies have given rise to the upsurge and rising of Islamic governments as well as Islamic movements. The U.S.A. has been showing great concern about the rising of the Islamic movement in the Middle East, and what must be understood is the fact that Islam is a religion that is very much diverse in its interpretations of the teachings of Islam and these teachings can also be applicable to contemporary political issues. Not all of the religion is intolerant of the West; in fact there are some people who believe that believe in an innate cooperation and moderation in their dealings with the West. At the same time, there are Islamic individuals who are vociferous in their opposition to the West and also to other religions, and ironically, the U.S.A. has in fact been lending its support to these movements. (10 things to Know about the U.S. Policy in the Middle East)

These are certain specific incidents of the U.S. policies in the Middle East: in 1948, the U.S.A. supported the Palestinian plan of returning to Israel form where they had been expelled, in 1956, when Israel, Britain and France raided Egypt, the U.S. did not lend its support, but the intervention of its NATO allies damaged its reputation, in 1970, during the Civil War between Jordan and PLO, U.S. joins hands with Israel in its plans to back Jordan if Syria were to support the PLO. The years 1980 to 1988 saw the War between Iran and Iraq, and U.S. offered support to Iraq, and secretly provided arms to Iran. In 1993, U.S. launched a missile attack on Iraq, and in 1998, both UK and U.S. bombed Iraq. In 2000, the U.S. offered arms to Israel so that a Palestinian uprising could be quelled. (Middle East Time Line) In a study conducted on the U.S. policies today in the Middle East, it was obvious that there was in fact, a disparity in the effort and in the interest that was being out in, and this was affecting the desired outcome. In addition, it was also clear that there was no obvious clear and coherent theme to link all the elements of the policies together, and this was reducing the efficiency of the policies. If they were linked in a perfect symmetry, then they would definitely do better. (An Option of Difficulties, Countering Asymmetric Threats)

Everyone knows that 'surprise' in a government is not something that is pleasant or attractive; it is more likely a complicated bureaucratic procedure that would be better avoided. U.S. policies must therefore most firmly and strongly target all those states that support terrorism and surprise attacks, and when this is carried out, the policies would in fact become more efficient in achieving their innate purpose, which is that of providing safety and security to… [read more]

Iran and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Term Paper

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" (Ibid)

Punishing Iran for its noncompliance with U.S. ideals, however, accomplishes nothing other than further eroding relations between the two countries and worsening the economic situation in Iran. By "inflicting harm on Tehran," the United States has achieved its domestic goal of appearing tough on weapons regulation, but accomplished nothing toward achieving a compromise or understanding with Iran as… [read more]

Middle Least Term Paper

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¶ … Middle East [...] given a position of power as a strong international leader, what I would want the Arabs and Israelis to do to find a lasting peace, and what I would expect to happen. Historically, the Middle East has been at odds for centuries, and it does not seem any closer now to a lasting and viable peace any more than it has in decades. Personally, I do want the Israelis and Arabs to reach a lasting peace, but it seems there are so many differences between them that a lasting peace just may be a pipe dream - always hoped for but never quite attained.

The Arabs and Israelis must look beyond their obvious differences to find their obvious commonalities, and there are many. I would want them to explore these commonalities and expand on them, finding ways to creatively solve their differences rather than solving them with violence, hatred, and misunderstanding. As one author notes, "Neither side appreciates the depth of the other's perception of great asymmetry of power. Both sides must get close enough to feel each other's losses and to find means of transforming relationships" (Duffey). I would want small groups of people throughout the area to work together to solve their differences and to learn about each other. One-on-one relationships often show that we are much more alike than we are willing to admit, and it seems that these kinds of relationships could foster more understanding between Arabs and Israelis that could least to more peaceful and amicable relationships throughout the region.

I would also expect them to want peace. In a region that has been torn by violence and hatred for so long, it would seem that many residents must be tired of the process, and must wish for a better relationship and a better way of life. With Israel's commitment to eventual withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, it seems the first real extension of understanding has been created in a while, and that the two sides should expand on this showing of mutual respect, rather than allowing it to stand on its own.…… [read more]

History of the Modern Middle East Term Paper

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¶ … Middle East

My Enemy's Enemy is My Friend -- Even if that Enemy is Democracy and Economic Progress in the Middle East

According to James L. Gelvin's book The Modern Middle East: A History, the central irony of the post-Cold War "Age of Democratization" and "Age of Globalization," is that while much of the rest of the formerly colonized world has been freeing itself from tyranny and outmoded economic ideas, the Middle Eastern nations of the Islamic world are becoming increasingly tyrannical and economically stagnant. Even nations that were oil-rich, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have yet to build extensive economic infrastructures that rely on commodities other than the non-renewable economic resources of oil. Democracy and capitalism have yet to take root even in nations with extensive exposure to Western ideals. However, Gelvin's so-called irony is less surprising when viewed in conjunction with the fact that resistance to European colonial domination since the end of World War I in the Middle East has always been framed in terms of a resistance to all European cultural and religious ideologies -- including democracy and capitalism, as well as Christianity.

While Gelvin points out that so-called "traditional" fundamentalist and pro-nationalist Islamic revolutions, such as occurred in Iran are actually contemporary in their worldview, in the sense that they look back to a mythical and fictional pure Islamic past, the ideological nature of these revolutions also demonstrate how such apparently progressive ideas like women's rights have become associated with Western-controlled leaders like the Shah of Iran. The Shah himself was also a dictator, tainting the ideal of democracy for many Iranians, who thus turned to anti-democratic fundamentalism as a solution. (Gelvin 191) Even in Egypt, which secular leaders such as Nasser and Sadat have dominated in the post-colonial era, totalitarian rulers defined the debate of national independence. Resistance meant following cults of personality enforced by charismatic rulers like Nasser. Nationalized economic strategies (like the pan-Arab nationalization of the Suez that wrested control from the British) were popularized over attempts at capitalist reform. (Gelvin 215) Sadat, who eventually signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel and sought to broaden Egypt's economic perspective, became the victim of a successful assassination attempt.

Thus, in the paradoxical logic (to Western eyes) of the Middle East, democracy and a free market are conjoined with colonialism and European dominion. Sun Allah Ibrahim's book The Committee is an unsparing depiction of how Western ideologies, such as global capitalism and democracy, are fused with totalitarianism in the Middle Eastern mind. The West may see Islamic militarism as totalitarian. The oppressive nature ruling Committee of Ibrahim's book, in its militarism, might seem to be a stand-in for the totalitarian state regimes described by Gelvin, as have exist or have existed in Syria, Iraq, and other modern Middle Eastern nations. But the members of Ibrahim's Committee are blond, European, and do not speak Arabic.

This suggests that Ibrahim is not so much concerned about oppressive rule of Islamic fundamentalists, but… [read more]

World Problem Term Paper

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¶ … Darfur Refugees

The conflict in Darfur has been ongoing for some time. It is located in the Darfur region, which is in the western Sudan, and the problems have been mainly between those that are non-Arab and the Janjaweed, which are a militia group that come from the tribes of local Arabs (Morrison, 2006). Because of this, many… [read more]

Middle East -- a Region of Ancient Term Paper

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Middle East -- a region of ancient conflicts and changing American policies

The Middle East has always been an important region in the modern diplomatic history of the United States. But "if the chief natural resource of the Middle East were bananas, the region would not have attracted the attention of U.S. policymakers as it has for decades." (Richman, 1991) Economically, the Middle East is a critical source of oil, the fuel that propels the productivity of America and the entire industrialized world. But the availability of oil is not merely a matter of dollars and cents for the U.S. The nations that control the sources of these vital fossil fuels have additional political power, in comparison to their neighbors, as well as economic capital. This fact has made the Middle East a source of anxiety politically as well as economically for the United States, and the economic outlook for America's future cannot be severed from the geopolitical balance of the region.

Until the 1990s, virtually every policy of the United States was overshadowed by the specter of communism. In 1957, President Eisenhower said: "Russia's rulers have long sought to dominate the Middle East...International Communism...seeks to mask its purposes of domination by expressions of good will and by superficially attractive offers of political, economic and military aid. But any free nation, which is the subject of Soviet enticement, ought, in elementary wisdom, to look behind the mask." (Eisenhower, 1957) "The idea of a strategic relationship between the United States and Israel emerged after the Suez crisis, when the Eisenhower administration realized that both countries had an interest in containing Nasser's influence...He was the first to provide Israel with sophisticated weapons and to commit the United States to a policy of maintaining Israel's regional military superiority." (Richman, 1991) Israel was America's one, secure friend in the Middle East. Although it was a small nation, it must become militarily strong to act as a counterweight to Soviet influence. In contrast, the leaders of Egypt, and later Libya, Syria, and Iraq, formed alliances with the Soviet Union. However, "neither Syria nor Egypt was controlled by the Soviet Union; they were not even independent communist regimes." (Richman, 1991) Still, even when Israel's policies, such as the invasion of Lebanon, were questionable morally, the United States did not condemn such actions, in light of the its long-standing strategic policy to support Israel, and that any action of an enemy of the Soviet Union should be endorsed or at least not formally censored by the United States. (Richman, 1991)

The Soviet Union's dissolution caused a seismic change in the world geopolitical scene, as it spelled the decline of the bipolar balance of power in the world. However, although it called into question a number of the polices of the United States, it could be argued that the collapse of the Soviet Union, ideologically, had less of an impact upon the Middle East than the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Communism had never been a formidable force in… [read more]

How a Religious Minority Came to Rule Syria and What That Means for Its People Research Paper

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¶ … al-Assad family has ruled Syria with an iron fist for the past 40 years, and the fallout from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have also affected the Syrian people. The purpose of this research is to explore how the al-Assad family, members of a religious minority, came to power in Syria, and what… [read more]

Interview With an Immigrant Profile Research Paper

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He says that a lot of the information was available online and he could make plans for settling into his life in the new country. Around seven months after giving his final examinations at school, Smith bid farewell to his parents as he boarded a flight from Abu Dhabi to New York via a stopover at London. He arrived in… [read more]

5th Fleet in Bahrain Term Paper

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Ultimately, Tehran's only credible choice is to disrupt activity in this major Gulf trade route. Is the Strait of Hormuz really vital to the world's oil market? The answer is: Much less than it used to be.

US and EU Oil Embargo & Iranian Nuclear Program

The decision on an EU embargo on oil exports from Iran was expected on… [read more]

Iran Intelligence Essay

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There are Directorates for Iraq; Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan; Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India; Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula; Asian countries of the former Soviet Union, Western nations (Europe and North America), and North Africa."[footnoteRef:9] This depth of influence should not be easily discounted. Many of those in these areas have problems with Israeli-American propaganda. There is a growing body of evidence shows Iran's ties to weapons transportation and distribution.[footnoteRef:10] And it is this capacity that reinforces how well a nation like Iran can still present itself as being bigger in reality than it may be in truth as a war power. [8: Global Security. Qods (Jerusalem) Force, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC - Pasdaran-e Inqilab) GlobalSecurity.org. http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/iran/qods.htm. (Accessed December 14, 2011).] [9: A. Cordesman, Iran's Revolutionary Guards. 2006, 9.] [10: A. Samii, Factionalism, 2002. ]


Blanche, E. Iran's Golden Arms Network. Current Affairs. The Middle East. March 2010. 27-29.

Bruno, G. Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Council on Foreign Relations. Backgrounder. Oct. 25, 2011. http://www.cfr.org/iran/irans-revolutionary-guards/p14324. (Accessed December 14, 2011).

Cordesman, A.H. Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the Al Quds Force and Other Intelligence and Paramilitary Forces. Working Draft. Center for Strategic and International Studies: Washington, D.C., 2006. 1-17.

Cordesman, A.H. And Kleiber, M. Iran's Military Forces and Warfighting Capabilities: The threat in the Northern Gulf. Center for Strategic and International Studies: Washington, D.C. 2007.

Erdbrink, T. Iranian Official Warns U.S. Not to Spy on His Country: Comments Describe a 'Full Fledged Intelligence War'Between U.S., Iran. Washington Post Foreign Services. January 19, 2009.

Global Security. Qods (Jerusalem) Force, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC - Pasdaran-e Inqilab) GlobalSecurity.org. http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/iran/qods.htm. (Accessed December 14, 2011).

Samii, A.W. Factionalism in Iran's Domestic Security Forces. Middle East Intelligence Bureau. February 2002. Vol. 4. No. 2.… [read more]

Hamas Often When People Think Term Paper

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The International Court did rule that some of Israel's purposed wall location were beyond jurisdiction and that those areas would have to be rerouted (Jones 2009).

The Israeli courts have done everything to ensure that their government is not doing anything illegal. In fact, in the case of Mara'abe v. The Prime Minister of Israel, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled… [read more]

Corruption, Political Stability and Development Research Paper

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Egypt holds a vast range of natural resources like petroleum, manganese, talc, natural gas, iron ore, zinc, phosphate, limestone, gypsum, lead and asbestos. They also pride themselves of vast agricultural land and weather that enables them to engage in cotton, wheat, rice, corn, fruits, beans, vegetables, cattle, water sheep, buffalo, fish and goats farming. Egypt therefore has a potential export… [read more]

Middle East Crisis Term Paper

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The solution then is to separate the two and man a border to keep the two separated. With the hatred we have seen between the two, it is likely that even this would not be enough. There needs to be a reason to prevent both sides from striking out against each other. The only method of doing this is to threaten them with military action. With America as the nation calling for peace, America would take on this role. We must now look at what this would mean for America.

Firstly, if America supports military actions in the area, they will be causing destruction in the area, most likely by bombing targets. If this results in peace then both Israel and Palestine will need to rebuild their countries. With American involvement in the area, it is likely that America would be called upon to fund the rebuilding. Secondly, if a truce is imposed, forces would be required to keep the peace. These forces would most likely be American, or at least be led by American forces. Finally, we can consider what the Middle East neighbors will think of the conflict. The Middle East is a region with a history of conflict and the many political, religious and historical problems are difficult to understand. However, it is likely that the American involvement would anger at least some Middle East nations or parties and cause a rise in terrorist groups.

In conclusion, the Middle East conflict is a conflict involving a great deal of hatred. With the complicated reasons for the hatred and the history of it, it is difficult to determine both a real cause and a real solution. However, it can be recognized that peace in the region could only be gained by force. This force would most likely come from America, but in making this decision America takes on a major responsibility with…… [read more]

King Herod, the Great Term Paper

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In the spring of 30 B.C. Herod met Octavius in Rhodes. But before he left he gave instructions to two of his friends that if was executed then they have to kill Alexandra and Mariamne, so that his sons and his brother Pheroras would rule his kingdom (3).

King Herod played his part well when he came in Rhodes to… [read more]

Post War Policies Term Paper

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The Middle East:

Israel Problem: American foreign policy has always supportive to Israel. Middle East is perhaps the most consistent area of conflict since the Second World War. It has experience wars and devastation during the past and one of the major factors is the foundation of Israel in 1948. There are has been relentless hostility and several wars were… [read more]

Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Conflict Term Paper

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Since that time, the Muslims have held unchangingly that both the jews, and their allies the west are the enemies of Allah, and that eventually they would rise up and return the Muslim world to power. This is a process which radical Muslims call the Jihad, a "holy war" which they perceive is just, regardless of the means by which it is carried out.

This is the roots of the current conflict which has evolved into generational hatred among the Muslim and middle eastern peoples. Although Christian and Muslim leaders, call for greatly accelerated U.S. And international efforts to stop Israeli-Palestinian violence and restart negotiations for peace, the generational conflict still rages.

The Committee warned that the current, relatively passive U.S. policy is compounding the suffering and loss of hope among Palestinians and Israelis, jeopardizing the possibility of a two-state solution, and undermining efforts against terrorism.

The escalating belligerence on both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused alliances once again to shift. Suicide attacks on Israel bring partisan Jews into at least temporary alliances. Israeli military attacks on Palestinians bring Muslims of many sorts together, and unite Arab Muslims and Arab Christians in coalition. Yet belligerence also causes fissures and magnifies schisms within communities. Christian communities worldwide cannot avoid this spreading conflict.

While each side in this conflict consider themselves to be religious, godfearing people, perhaps the could learn much be looking into their own scriptures and studying the meaning of forgiveness, and realizing that without forgiveness, we will all suffer the effects of bitterness, a "root that springs up and defiles many"


Marty, Martin E. Spreading Conflict: Fissures between Christians over Israel and Palestine are Growing. 2002. The New Republic Online. Accessed May 31, 2003. http://www.tnr.com

American Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders Unite.

American Arab Institute. Accessed May 31, 2003. http://www.aaiusa.org/news/must_read12_18_02.htm.

Beliefnet.com, online

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Israel Mini Country Report Term Paper

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Israel's stock exchange has a small capital base and is subject to sudden spikes following the injection or withdrawal of small amounts of money. The long-term prospects of the stock market are generally positive but the recent rapid rise in stock prices is of some concern in the short-term. (Rolnik)

Recent Events

The recent announcement of a "road map" for peace in the Middle East by President Bush and the relatively quick U.S. victory in the war against Iraq are two recent developments that would have the most significant long-term effect on business prospects in Israel. Any businessperson looking at the country for possible investment would have to follow the developments on these two issues very closely.

Assessment of Potential v Risk

Any assessment for future prospects of doing business in Israel has to be looked at in the context of prospects of peace in the Middle East. At the moment, with the United States apparently determined to follow through with its peace plan, the future business prospects in Israel seem bright.

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Klein, Zeev. "Israel GDP per capita: $18,000." Published by Globes [online] www.globes.co.il- on November 28, 2002. http://www.mafhoum.com/press4/122E18.htm

Rolnik, Guy. "Taking Stock / Bubble, bubble, toil and rubble." Haaretz English print edition. May 06, 2003. Haaretz.com. http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=290645&contrassID=2&subContrassID=2&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Iran's Nuclear Program Began Term Paper

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History has shown us that the Allatollah regime in Iran is not only a dictatorship but is fundamentalist, and thus instigating towards fundamentalist groups that use terrorism and suicide bombings as a means to get their message across.

Israel has shown their disapproval of Iran's nuclear program on many occasions and while Iraq was deemed more of a regional threat than Iran, now that preemptive force has been labeled as 'successful' in the area, it leaves many to consider that Iran could be next on the list.

While history doesn't show Iran as receiving as much foreign support as Iraq, it is namely on a political agenda fuelled by fear that would have the U.S. using preemptive force in Iran to squash their nuclear program. No doubt, Israel would offer assistance, but the rest of the world would not be as quick to agree that the use of force in Iran is justified.

For arguments sake, if the U.S. were to use force in Iran, the repercussions of such an attack would be detrimental. U.S. Policies would take an even further turn down their ongoing downward spiral as allies in the region would become very suspicious of any political dealing with the U.S. And its allies from the Iran Strike.

Furthermore, countries that otherwise would ally with the U.S. - namely Australia and UK - would have taken a backseat in this event, only offering to provide (if anything) medical assistance and troops for the 'clean-up'. Such use of force would open an extremely large can of worms that U.S. Policy and government could otherwise not afford.

Unlike opinions on Iraq, it would stand to reason that vigilant containment of Iran's nuclear program would work far better than any use of force. Walt believed this would have worked with Iraq, but in the case of Iran, and currently political policies and relations with neighboring countries, it would be better to use this option in a region that is recovering from a foreign led war and needs physical proof that U.S. policy in the region is not based on force.

As far as using preemptive force in Iran to quell its nuclear proliferation, I feel it would not be in the best interest of the U.S. To do so. Despite efforts from it's strongest ally in the region, Israel, to put an end to 'the nuclear threat of Iran', there is not enough historical and physical evidence to suggest that a U.S. led strike would be justified, let alone well received in the region.

The Bush Administration should take the upper-hand by using vigilant containment plans to control the progress of Iran's nuclear program, without insulting their other allies in the region and ensure to the American people that they do not have to prepare for another war and therefore live through another struggling economy.


Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency, June 2003.

Online version, http://fas.org/nuke/guide/iran/iaea0603.html

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U.S. War on Iraq Term Paper

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S. plans to further expand on its program for the Middle Eastern region, particularly in dealing with social, political, and economic problems in Iraq, as well as dealing with the continuing conflict of Palestine and Israel over land territories. However, another important topic discussed in this article is how Iran looms as a possible threat to U.S. security (as well as international security) because of its possible production of nuclear weapons, which the Iran government has been vehemently denying of having ("International Atomic Energy Agency has given Iran a deadline of Oct. 31 to prove it is not using a nuclear power plant to enrich uranium for weapons"). Thus, what resulted after the U.S.-Iraq war are the deteriorating relations U.S. have among Middle Eastern countries, particularly countries hostile to democracy and the U.S., not to mention the poor living conditions Iraqis are in right after the war.


Treaster, J. "Powell tells Arab-Americans of Hopes to Develop Mideast." 30 September 2003. The New York Times. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/30/international/middleeast/30ARAB.html.… [read more]

Iraq War Term Paper

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C., that every major move Bush makes in terms of publicity or PR or policy, is orchestrated or at least partially tweaked by Rove.

According to Time Magazine (Elliott, 2003), on May 1, 2003, Bush landed "in flying gear on the deck of the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln" - which had a huge banner reading "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED." Bush… [read more]

Arab-American in Detroit Started Term Paper

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Detroit's Arab-Americans have their own share of success in politics. An example of which is Spencer Abraham. Abraham is one Michigan's senator and served as an advisor of Vice President Dan Quayle (Gold, 2001). Another is Ishmael Ahmed, a leader of an Arab-American service agency known as ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) (Gold, 2001).

As with other ethnic minorities, the Arab-Americans share an experience of racial discrimination and prejudices as well. Brought by ignorance, they are oftentimes stereotyped in a negative manner (PBS). In movies, for instance, the Arab-Americans are usually regarded as among the enemies. This perception about them was worsened by the crises caused by the Gulf War, the 9-11 attack to U.S. In 2001, and the terrorist activities in the Middle East that still exist today.

The Arab-American community preserves a wide array of tradition and culture, mixed with Western traditions. This is evident in their different activities in education, politics, social life, and others. According to the Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture online, the Arab-Americans have three common factors that protect and bind them. These are community, family, and respect for Western medicine. The Arab-Americans preserve a strong bond within their community. Similarly, they also hold on strong family ties giving honor and respect for each family member. Lastly, the Arab-Americans have strong belief for Western medicine, much of which, in fact, originated from the Arabics.


Caught in the Crossfire.

PBS. Feb 09, 2004.


Gold, Steven. Arab-Americans in Detroit.

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The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture. Feb 09, 2004.

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Pursuit of Justice Paine's Ideas Term Paper

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From international law, a state is defined as having three main elements that can prove its existence: territory, population and a government. In Paine's times, a population that gained a territory (thus, independence in that respective territory) could then elect a government and be a state with all rights and obligations deriving form this.

Notice that the government, in Paine's text, is someone who represents the people, the people choosing to delegate some of is natural rights to the government, who can best achieve and enforce these rights.

Starting from this, we can discuss Golda Meir's memoir and his famous statement according to which "there are no Palestinians (...) only Arabs." If we consider the state of affairs in the Middle East at the time (and it is also applicable to the present), the Palestinians have constantly asked, ever since the proclamation of the state of Israel in 1948, for a territory. Having talked about the main elements of a state (territory, population, government), the Palestinians needed a territory to form a state, because they already had an established Palestinian population. The question that needs to be asked here is whether this demand for a territory is just. Thus, the answer to such a question is directly related to whether the Palestinians do form a nation. If one denies their existence as a nation, the question of territory needn't even be asked, because they have not fulfilled the first condition.

Thus, Golda Meir finds and applies the easiest mean to deny the right for a free Palestine by denying the existence of the Palestinian nation. In this sense, the underlying principles on which the new states are founded and indeed, the principles which will subsequently lead to the foundation of a new state, do not exist if the existence of the…… [read more]

Israeli Expansion 1948-1973 Essay

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Israeli Expansion 1948-1973

In the period beginning with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 until 1973 a series of conflicts erupted between the Jewish nation and its Arab neighbors. In their attempt to destroy the Jewish state the Arabs continually lost territory to Israel; which expanded and consolidated its borders. As the situation Israel faced transformed over time, its military policy changed in response to the circumstances the nation faced; forcing it to impose compulsory military duty, a doctrine of retaliation against attacks, and an alliance with the United States. Israel's expansion into formerly Arab territories also brought about a response from the international community; mainly calls for Israel to withdraw. In response to international pressure, Israel used the occupied territories as bargaining chips and absolutely refused to withdraw from any territories without first engaging in peace discussions.

Israel began its existence in a state of vulnerability with its Arab neighbors immediately declaring war and attacking the infant nation upon its declaration of statehood. Through a series of wars taking place over the next twenty-five years, the nation of Israel consolidated territory and formed borders that were defensible. In the period from 1948 to 1973 Israel was a nation under arms with each citizen required to perform military duty. This state of militancy was accepted by the citizenry due to constant feeling of insecurity that permeated the entire nation. As a result the citizens of Israel fully backed the government's imposition of relatively high taxes and compulsory military service. "What insured the public's full cooperation was its strong sense of insecurity, caused partly by Arab actions, which seemed to be aimed at harming Israel…." (Bregman 2000, p.31)

In addition to the series of full-scale wars that Israel was forced to defend against, the Jewish state also had to face a situation in which terrorists acting from Arab nations infiltrated and perpetrated violence against Israelis. To counter this threat "the Israelis devised a policy which became known as the 'doctrine of retaliatory action'," and demanded a military response to any provocation. (Bregman 2000,…… [read more]

Abraham Path Initiative Term Paper

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Furthermore, if it does partner with outside entities it should do so in a manner that is holistic: it should seek out local groups to generate buy-in and support but should do so in all of the nations in which it has a presence, in a broad and inclusive fashion. Within the nations when it partners with local entities, it… [read more]

Tourism in the United Arab Emirates and Free Trade Research Paper

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Thanks to its expansion of attractive facilities and catering to luxury travelers in particular, "the UAE's tourism sector is expected to grow by 6.5 per cent annually between 2011 and 2021" (Algethami 2013). The UAE has attracted revenue internationally due to its support of consumer-related businesses and the government's catering to the needs of Western business. "Once a small trading hub, Dubai has risen to become an international tourism destination for leisure and business travellers through the infrastructure developed to cater to these marketsDubai is recognised as an entertainment hub, known for its shopping malls and attractions" (Algethami 2013). It has become a regional hub for conventions and other venues and the government has set a goal of tripling the revenue the UAE accrues from tourism. Additionally, "sporting events contribute greatly to strengthening the UAE status on the world circuits as a leading international sport tourism destination: Tennis, Golf, Formula 1, as well as Marathon, Cricket, Rugby, Sailing, and more recently Sky Diving" (Algethami 2013).

The UAE's commitment to expanding its hotel sectors, opening up new mall and shopping venues, and making tourism and trade liberalism a priority demonstrates how changes in government policy can have a swift, seismic effect upon a local economy and also the perception of a nation on the world stage. As well as improving its own economic outlook and reputation, the UAE has also significantly enriched international business through its investments and provided an important entertainment and commerce hub within its region where individuals from many cultures are comfortable doing business. In the future, the UAE's policies will likely prove to be a model for other petroleum-dependent states: the UAE demonstrates the need for diversification in one's economy and acts as a more general recommendation to pursue such a broad-minded long-term approach, even when an economy is relatively strong in the short-term.


Algethami, S. (2013.).Why the UAE is a leading tourism destination in the region

Gulf News. Retrieved from: http://gulfnews.com/business/tourism/why-the-uae-is-a-leading-tourism-destination-in-the-region-1.1261536

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UAE trade policy (2014). UAW Embassy. Retrieved from:

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Enemy to Paraphrase John Donne, No Speech Research Paper

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¶ … Enemy

To paraphrase John Donne, no speech is an island. And this is especially true of the best speeches, for while each speech is addressed to a specific audience and is a response to a particular moment in history, it is also an echo of other speeches made in similar and sometimes dissimilar times. Good speeches resemble each… [read more]

King David's Influence on Jerusalem Research Paper

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King David's Influence On Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest and most highly prized urban centers. It plays a starring role in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It has been the source of battle for millennia, with many of those wars fought to retain or capture control of the city itself. Jerusalem is both tangible and symbolic; it is itself a beautiful historical site and it stands as an icon for religious identity. King David, one of the earliest Kings of that city, had a lasting influence on Jerusalem. Through history, religion, mythology, and politics, the legacy of King David remains active three thousand years after he ruled the city of Jerusalem.

King David in the Bible

According to the Books of Samuel, David lived approximately 3,000 years ago. He was the second king of Israel, and is depicted as being fundamentally powerful and ethically righteous. While he is known for many things, including his battle with Goliath and his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, he is perhaps most importantly remembered for his many years spent ruling Jerusalem.

David came to Jerusalem following many battles. He conquered the city that was then called Jebus, and made it his capitol. To solidify his rule, David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, with the intent of building a temple there to permanently hold that holy object. God forbade this action, since David was a warrior and the building of a temple must fall to a man of peace. Although the temple would not be built until many years later -- when David's son Solomon completed the task -- the "house of David" was established for eternity. Later in his life, when he is bedridden, David issued his final wishes that his ancestors would inherit his throne forever. He was buried in the City of David, a palace adjacent to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, after 33 years of rule over that city.

To this day, many observant Jews believe that their Messiah will be a descendent of David's. Moses Maimonides (also known as Rabram) was a Rabbi in the middle ages. He sought to integrate Jewish thinking and became a revered spiritual leader. For him, the ideal messiah will "arise and restore the kingdom of David to its original state." (Ariel, 1995: 230). Thus, David's time ruling over Jerusalem is still idealized and yearned for in many modern Jewish circles.

While the story of David as presented in the New Testament may be seen superficially as the "classic bandit tale" (Finelstein, 2003: 32), it has been studied and interpreted well beyond its entertainment value. David's legacy in Jerusalem is religious, political, and even infra-structural. He established the city of Jerusalem as a Jewish center, and attempted to build a temple there to commemorate that orientation. He ruled the city as a politician, employing the Jebusites who were there when he arrived. He built the City of David, which remains an important stop on tours of Jerusalem. Essentially,… [read more]

Colonialism in Africa Term Paper

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Events in Europe's social, political, and economic environments caused Africa to go through a rapid process of colonization in the interval of 1880 to 1900.

By the late 1800s, Africa had been sandwiched between different nations: the Turks had Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; Spain possessed NW Africa; whilst France claimed settlements in Senegal, Cote d'Ivore, Benin, and some of Algeria. Now, Britain claimed pieces of it, as, by 1880s, did Europe. Liberia and Ethiopia remained locally governed, but the rest of Africa became a European domicile.

Colonization of Africa had come about due to exploration of the 'dark continent' revealing its values. Another cause had been European settlers settling throughout Africa in order to discourage Arabs and Africans from trading humans as slaves. These settlers sought to establish alternate lucrative means of trade and industry to replace the lucrative peddling of humans. They also sought to educate the "dark continent" in order to maximize its output.

European colonization became a status quo continued until the end of World War I. Then tired and strength ebbing, Africa regained its independence quietly and incrementally through the course of the 1950s and 1960s.

Promised and provided benefits of colonization included: an improved education system; arguably, Christian religion; a formalized monetary system (as opposed to bartering); construction of infrastructure (such as hospitals); and formal industries (such as agricultural, mining etc.).

The negatives of colonization included: exploitation of land and resources; the Europeans expropriating land that belonged to locals to themselves; abusing women and children; migration of African men who sought jobs outside their homes leading to disruption of family and communal life; and loss of African identity.

Topic 2: Mohammed Ali of Egypt

Self-declared leader and dictator of Egypt, Mohammed Ali was notorious and famous for his reforms and development of the country. His reforms in military, economic, and cultural…… [read more]

Ethnic Conflict Why Is Nationalism Relevant Research Paper

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Ethnic Conflict

Why is nationalism relevant to the experience of ethnic conflict? What are the main points Perlmutter highlights about nationalism and ethnic conflict? Which emotions does Moisi identify with specific regions of the world in his clash of emotions analysis?

There are mainly two forms of nationalism that states throughout the world have adopted. The first is civic nationalism that refers to viewing all citizens of a state as members of one nation. The United States is a prime example of a country that exhibits civic nationalism. The second is ethnic nationalism that is based on ethnicity. An example of a country exhibiting ethnic nationalism would be Turkey where the state has identified ethnic Kurds as Turks for the last eighty years, and this state policy has caused internal problems in Turkey. Ethnic nationalism may exist within a country, and therefore ethnic conflicts may emerge within the designated territories of a nation or be directed against members of a different ethnicity in a different country. More often, ethnic conflicts take place in countries exhibiting ethnic nationalism than civic nationalism. Since ethnicity is directly tied to official nationalism of the state, nationalism of different kinds become the main source of ethnic conflicts.

As Perlmutter (2000) argues, ethnic conflicts often come out of the interplay of myths and realities. In the modern world, ethnic identity politics has contributed to ethnic conflicts in various parts of the world. While identity politics can become a source of being and belonging to a particular group and may be a unifying force, it may "also provoke a destructive sense of 'otherness' and hostility towards other groups that have similar needs, but which originated and developed in a different context." Even a universally acknowledged right of self-termination may lead to ethnic conflicts, since "a group that struggled for its self-determination, its separation from a larger and/or stronger entity, in most cases can become itself an oppressor of smaller, weaker groups" that have either lived in the same territory or in an adjacent one with claims to the disputed territory (Perlmutter). In some other cases, ethnic identity politics may lead to ethnic conflicts because of the fear of "cultural bastardization" between ethnicities living in the same or neighboring nations.

Ethnic conflicts that are the result of ethnic identity politics or the ideology of…… [read more]

International Retail Term Paper

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International Retail

The company is choosing between three different countries for its Middle East launch -- Jordan, Morocco and the UAE. There are a number of different sources for information that can help to make this choice. The initial research should include an analysis of the basic economic and political environments of these three countries, using information found on the CIA World Factbook. Jordan has 6.4 million people, around half of whom live in the capital Amman. This implies easy distribution as our stores would probably only be in Amman. There are 3.7 million people within the 15-64 demographic that we target. The GDP is $32 billion, ranked 104th in the world. The government is relatively open for the Middle East. This equates to $5,200 per capita.

Morocco has 31.6 million people, 20 million of which are in our target demographic range. They are spread around a number of different cities, which presents distribution challenges. The economy is the 58th largest in the world with a GDP of $145.6 billion, which equates to $4,700 per capita. As with Jordan, Morocco is a kingdom, but the government has pursued increased economic openness in recent years. Morocco receives large numbers of tourists as well, both Muslim and Western.

The UAE market is focused on the three "open" emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In total, the country has 5 million people, most of whom live in these three major emirates. There are nearly 4 million people in our target demographic. The UAE has significant wealth, with a GDP of $186 billion, good for 53rd in the world. The per capita GDP is $38,900, which is comparable with Western European nations. Each emirate has its own government, with these three being the most open. Major businesses are tightly controlled but retailing is an open sector.

The next step is to understand the sociological aspects of each country. Shopping is a major pastime in the UAE, and as a result the market for high fashion is substantial. The retail clothing sector is well-developed, with malls, factory outlets and other elements familiar to Western firms (AME Info, 2008). Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have at various times promoted themselves as shopping holiday destinations,…… [read more]

Why it Is a Good Idea for the U.S. Companies to Invest in Dubai Research Paper

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¶ … Invest in Dubai?

Of all the financial centers throughout the Middle East, only one has the ability to meld together cultures, businesses, financial institutions and a government that favors foreign investment to create exceptional opportunities for growth. Dubai, United Arab Emirates has emerged as one of the leading banking and finance centers globally because of these factors. The… [read more]

Health Care Systems Management Dissertation

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Health Care Systems Management

As the society grew and evolved, its focus on healthcare increased and it has eventually come to a situation in which the life expectancy at birth doubled or even tripled. Macau is for instance the country with the highest life expectancy at birth with 84.36 years. It is followed by Andorra with 82.51 years, Japan with… [read more]

Roadblocks to Democracy in Iraq Term Paper

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Roadblocks to Democracy in Iraq

When President Bush was looking for justifications as to why America should invade Iraq, one of the most convincing pieces of evidence was the assertion that the 9/11 terrorist hijackers had met surreptitiously with Iraqi officials a few months before the 9/11 attacks in the United States (Janda, Berry, & Goldman 2009). He was also… [read more]

European Colonialism in the Middle East History Essay

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European Colonialism in the Middle East

History reveals how the European powers carved out their own colonies in the Middle East, partly for the sheer power of ownership and domination, and partly due to Europe's need for the valuable resources that the Middle East could provide. These power grabs have had a profound effect on the lives of the people… [read more]

Diversity International Business Diversity Training: The Middle Research Paper

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¶ … Diversity International Business

Diversity training: The Middle East

Because of the wealth and oil concentrated in the region, the Middle East is becoming one of the most critical areas of the world involved in modern commerce. However, despite the fact that the globe is becoming increasingly interconnected, notable divisions exist between the United States' and the Middle East's cultural assumptions that must be kept in mind when doing business.

According to the characterizations or 'indexes' of the theorist Geert Hofstede, the Middle East rates high on Hofstede's power discrepancies between superiors and subordinates. It also rates high on Hofstede's uncertainty avoidance indexes which indicates "a caste system that does not allow significant upward mobility of its citizens….[the Middle East is] highly rule-oriented with laws, rules, regulations, and controls in order to reduce the amount of uncertainty, while inequalities of power and wealth have been allowed to grow within the society" (Taylor 2007). Many of the Arab states are known as rentier states, in which the majority of the oil wealth is controlled by the state, and doled out to the citizens. In contrast, the United States emphasizes the need for upward mobility amongst its citizens, and, at least in theory, believes strongly in the value of change and growth.

Foreign negotiators must be cognizant of the ranks of the individuals whom they are addressing when doing business in the Middle East. Addressing someone of a lower rank first, for example, might be seen a sign of serious disrespect, while in the United States it might merely be regarded as a minor or even humorous faux paux. In the Middle East, there is a strong divide between managers and subordinates; also, age is important when exhibiting deference to superiors. Proper etiquette must be strictly observed: "Arabian culture utilizes the concept of face to solve conflicts and avoid embarrassing or discomforting others. In a business context, preventing loss of face is equally important' (Gorrill 2007).

For female executives, one of the foremost concerns is the manner in which…… [read more]

Response to Showdown With Iran Video Essay

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The United States has interfered in Iranian affairs since the 1950s, and the resutls have been nothing less than catastrophic. Although the PBS Frontline video "Showdown in Iran" does not delve too much into the history of U.S.-Iranian relations in the 20th century, the producers do illustrate clearer than any mainstream media report that Iran was one of the… [read more]

South East Asia Essay

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Purdah: Purdah is practice of keeping women out of the view of men, through both segregation and clothing. A common practice in many Islamic nations and among many Hindus in India, Purdah is seen as repressive by Western standards.

Kikuyu: The Kikuyu are the most populous ethnic group in Kenya, indigenous since the modern period with ancestry that likely came from the north. The g Kikuyu have been and are hugely important in Kenya's political progression both before and after independence.

Ba'ath Party: The Ba'ath Party was first founded in Syria, but is established in many Arab countries. The party pushes for the unification of all Arab countries and is strongly nationalist and quasi-socialist in its views, policies, and actions.

Salman Rushdie: Rushdie is an Indian-British author, now knighted and long well respected in the literary and scholarly communities. Rushdie is most famous for the controversy caused by his novel The Satanic Verses, which angered many Muslims.

Dalits: Dalits are members of the lowest caste or outcastes in many South East Asian societies, especially India, known as the "untouchables." Their designation and segregation was outlawed by the Indian Constitution, but prejudice persists.

Shamba: A Swahili word originally used to designate an external garden area, generally ornamental. The term is now used to refer to any growing area, but especially a small area or strip of land used for the growing of food crops, belonging to an individual or organization.

Camp David Agreement: Signed at the Presidential retreat Camp David, the Camp David Accord (or Agreement) created peace between Israel and Egypt. It was signed by Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin, and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter.

Intifada: Intifada is an Arabic word that means "shaking off," but has been used to refer to many Arabic uprisings throughout the modern era. Most prominent in recent decades have been the intifadas by the Palestinians against perceived Israeli occupation.

al-Qaeda: al-Qaeda is a multinational Islamist group, considered a terrorist organization by much of the world. The group advocates a fundamentalist Sunni interpretation of Islam and violent military/guerilla action to bring this about in governmental practice.

Gamal Abdul Nasser: Nasser was Egypt's second president and one of it's strongest and most charismatic leader. He helped to bring Egypt into the modern age and out of the Third World, and was also a major advocate for Arab nationalism and pan-Arabism.

The wabenzi: The term "wabenzi" is a Swahili creation referring to those who drive a Mercedes-Benz or other expensive foreign car. The term is a derogatory way of referring to a false "tribe" of Kenya's economic elite.

Muslim Brotherhood: Another Sunni multinational organization/political party, the Muslim Brotherhood is especially active in Egypt. They promote a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam and the need for state advocacy of Islamic governance.

Tutsi and Hutu: The Tutsis and the Hutus are two tribal and/or caste divisions (this is in dispute) in Rwanda and the surrounding countries. Colonial rule created greater strife between these groups, with the result… [read more]

Jerusalem in the Old Testament Jerusalem: Ancient Thesis

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¶ … Jerusalem in the Old Testament

Jerusalem: Ancient Roots in a Modern Context

The Holy Land has long been a source of great spiritual meanings and international conflict. For thousands of years, the city has stood tall and strong as the people within it continue the good fight to keep the city within Jewish hands. However, much of the… [read more]

Role Islam Played in the Iran-Iraq War Thesis

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Role Islam Played in the Iran-Iraq War

Throughout history, mankind has engaged in wars of various sorts, ranging from truly noble causes to the downright bizarre, and it is in the latter category that the Iran-Iraq war must be grouped given its enormous impact on these two countries for reasons that remain better described than understood in the West. As… [read more]

USS Liberty Incident and the 6 Days War Thesis

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Liberty Incident, an attack on a neutral U.S. Navy Technical Research ship by the Israeli air force and torpedo boats, during the 6-Day Arab-Israel War on June 08, 1967 has aroused considerable controversy and debate since its occurrence. While the Israeli and the U.S. governments have always officially maintained that it was a case of an unfortunate but unintended "friendly… [read more]

Negotiation in Financial Media a Process Essay

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Negotiation in Financial Media

A process of communication by which parties attempt to resolve a dispute between them ("Short Glossary" n.d.).

In this article, the economic recovery package proposed by the Obama administration is discussed, including its scope, expenses, and intended results. The article states that the package pledges aid to businesses and individuals, in addition to providing funds for public areas like schools and military bases. In addition, Hitt and Weisman state that the package costs more than the Iraq war, and is the largest passed since FDR's New Deal. The gives 35% of its funds to tax cuts, provides aid for those who have lost jobs, and funds for businesses. In addition, a controversial requirement mandates that bill money go toward American made products. The plan is different than the one President Obama had originally designated, and is receiving mixed reviews.

Discussion: Negotiation played a primary role in the drafting of this bill, and so much is stated in the article. For instance, Republicans wanted the funds from the bill to go, primarily, to tax cuts, and much of the bill is now stipulated for tax cuts. Thus, members of different parties were forced to negotiate in order to come up with a plan that would pass both institutions of Congress.

URL: Hitt, G. And Weisman, J. (2009, February 12). Congress Strikes $789 Billion

Stimulus Deal. Retrieved January 12, 2009, from the Wall Street Journal. Web Site: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123436825805373367.html

Summary: In this article, the author argues that President Obama's election may be able to foster the peace making process between Israel and Palestine. During the Bush presidency, the authors suggest that the administration did not attempt to foster peace between the nations. Although the recent Israeli election, which has yet to yield a winner, along with Obama's commitment to the American economy as priority might make the peace-making process slow, the author suggests that Obama can accomplish such a peace if he acknowledges and informs the world of his plan for a Palestinian state, force Israel to face consequences for aggression, and negotiating with Hamas.

Discussion: Because it deals with conflict, this article is rather relevant to the concept of negotiation. It suggests that negotiation must occur if there is to be peace in the Middle East. In fact, many believe that peace…… [read more]

Conflict Management Is it Feasible Essay

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Conflict Management

Is it feasible to apply the principles of democracy and capitalism as practiced in the U.S. To nation-building projects in the developing world? Is so, how; if not, why not?

When considering the first part of this questions, if one looks at the Iraq war at this point, five years after George W. Bush sent invading forces into… [read more]

Public Archaeology Essay

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Public Archeology

Nationalism And Public Archeology

Although there are numerous positive and negative motivations that inspire archeologists to search for ancient ruins and civilizations in various countries, the spread of modernization as a result of the ever-changing cultural face of the world related to technology and population growth has now created what is known as public archeology, being excavations "which… [read more]

International Management Cultural Comparison Paper: Staring Essay

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International Management

Cultural comparison paper: Staring a business in the U.S. versus the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), like many other Muslim nations, is often referred to as a high-context culture by anthropologists who study the workplaces of different nations. High-context nations are nations in which one's societal position and relationship is often more important than what is directly stated during a negotiation. "High-context refers to societies or groups where people have close connections over a long period of time. Many aspects of cultural behavior are not made explicit because most members know what to do and what to think from years of interaction with each other" (Beer 2003). In contrast, the United States is a low-context culture, as it is a highly pluralistic and diverse society characterized by a tolerance of diversity and fluid relationships. In contrast to high-context societies, there is a strong perceived barrier between an individual's private and public life, and business negotiations are often made between people who know one another only as associates, not as individuals with long, complex familial, ethnic, and religious histories and identities that are of vital significance when imparting meaning. In the United Arab Emirates, Islamic law and philosophy permeates almost every facet of daily life, even if individuals may have different interpretations of that law, based upon their upbringing and social class. Public and private, the secular and the religious are not seen as separate areas of human life.

Unlike high-context societies, low-context cultures like the U.S. are dependent upon verbally explicit communication, such as contracts and government laws, not on tacit understandings between individuals. But the United Arab Emirates, as is characteristic of most high-context societies, is less dependent upon written rules than it is upon relationships in government and business -- in other words, who is in charge is more important than what the law says, and an individual doing business in the nation may need to accept that bribery, gifts, and other forms of 'making nice' with the 'right people' are seen as acceptable, and may even be necessary. "On a practical basis, names are very important for doing deals in Islamic countries...Who you know is key. Similarly, relationships and family connections are vital in business....Personal staff can be very influential and should not be underestimated, he continued. The man who meets you at the airport or who chats you up in a company's waiting room may turn out to be a relative or confidant of the person you're there to do business with" (Lagace 2002). Even in a business that caters mainly to expatriates and tourists in the region, local contacts are necessary to establish trust with government officials and employees, and particularly in these tense times during the Muslim and the Western world, it is essential that strong relationships are forged with…… [read more]

Greece Term Paper

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Greece can be considered to be one of the most important countries in the European Union and of the region. This is largely due to its geostrategic position as well as the resources it has at its disposal in terms of financial and political capital. At the same time, it represents a connecting point for two essential regions of the… [read more]

Iraq and Kuwait Conflict Precipitating the Gulf War Kuwait's Point-Of-View Term Paper

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¶ … Iraq and Kuwait conflict pecipitating the Gulf war - Kuwaits' point-of-view

There are turbulent times facing the world we live in. As the Cold War has ended, with the victorious win of democracy, of justice, and humanity, another one is threatening the security of our land. This time however, it includes the clearest breach of the international law.… [read more]

Turkey Language Policy Term Paper

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The Republic of Turkey: Language Policy and Nationalism

Despite surface appearances, many modern countries exhibit a considerable amount of linguistic diversity. One notable example, the Republic of Turkey, officially endorses Turkish as its national language while many minority groups within its territory actually speak other languages - many of them entirely unrelated to the national tongue. A number of… [read more]

Iranian Nuclear Ambitions and American Options Term Paper

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Iranian Nuclear Ambitions and American Options

Iran is Persian Gulf oil-rich country that insists that it needs nuclear power for civilian purposes. Strong pressure from the United States in the form of economic sanctions and political isolation have not deterred Iran from its nuclear ambitions, and demands for inspection by the world community of nuclear regulators to ensure against military use of nuclear technology in Iran have been unproductive.

Given the geopolitical relationships in the region, (and the unnecessary redundancy of nuclear power and vast resources of Persian Gulf oil), it is highly unlikely that Iran's only intentions are to develop nuclear power facilities for civilian use. It has already installed thousands of high-speed centrifuges in cascades used to enrich Uranium, and without international oversight, it is impossible to verify that the enrichment process is being used to produce low-grade Uranium from weapons-usable grades capable of incorporation into nuclear weapons of war (Cirincione, 2007).

Israel, and India, rather than the United States, are the likely targets of any Iranian militaristic intentions, and Iranian President Ahmadinejad has made very clear that he hopes to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. Analysts suggest that the Iranian president does not actually possess the authority over the Iranian military and that the regime itself is not likely to pursue the radical course of action advocated so vocally by Ahmadinejad.

Nevertheless, Israel has indicated its commitment to prevent Iran from ever developing the capacity for an operational nuclear weapons program, and many within the U.S. administration view a nuclear Iran as a global threat that is so great as to warrant

U.S. attack on Iranian nuclear facilities if international pressures and sanctions against unsupervised nuclear technology in Iran are ultimately unsuccessful.

The Military Threat of a Nuclear Iran::

In all likelihood, the United States does not have to fear directly from a nuclear- armed Iran, in fact, given the realities of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction

MAD) that prevailed for most of the second half of the last century between the East and West, it is arguable that even Israel would be attacked directly by Iran, because any such attack would ensure its own destruction in response. On the other hand, in light of the nature of radical Islamic beliefs, the current Jihad inspired by Osama bin Laden and Al

Qaeda, and Israel's ongoing experience with suicidal attacks, it is perfectly understandable that Israel may not be comfortable relying on MAD to protect herself from nuclear annihilation by Muslim fanatics who consider themselves "martyrs" in the name of Allah,

Unlike Israel, the U.S. is far enough from Iran that even in the worst case scenario of a regime change to one much more radical than the clerical establishment currently led by Ayatollah Khamenei, we are safe from a military nuclear attack, simply by virtue of Iran's inability to produce intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) technology capable of such distant reach (Cirincione, 2007).

Non-Military Threats of a Nuclear Iran:

By far, the U.S. is… [read more]

Economics of the Middle East Countries Term Paper

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Economies of Middle Eastern Countries Brief Overview of Some Basic Facts

Country Formation/Independence Population Birth rate per 1000 Gender ratio m/f % Christians % Muslims % Jews % Others Turkey 1923 71,158,647 16.4-1.02 0-99 0-1 Syria 1946 18,881,361 27.19 1.05-10-88 0-2 Lebanon 1943 (French) 3,826,018 18.08 0.94-39-59.7-0-1.3 Israel 1948 6,352,117 17.71 0.99 2.1-14.6-76.5-6.8 West Bank and Gaza 3,889,249 34.4-1.04 0.7-98.7-0.6-0 Iraq 1932 26,783,383 31.44 1.02 3-97 0-0 Iran 1979 68,688,433 16.57 1.04 0.5-99 0.5-0 Saudi Arabia 1932 27,019,731 29.1-1.21 0 100 0-0 Egypt 1922 (UK) 78,887,007 22.53 1.02 6-91 0-0 Libya 1951 (UN) 5,900,754 26.09 1.05-97 Yemen 1990 21,456,188 42.67 1.04-99 Oman 1650 (Portugal) 3,102,229 35.76 1.26 0-99 0-1 United Arab Emirates 1971 2,563,212 16.09 1.442 4-96 0-0 Qatar 1971 (UK) 885,359 15.56 1.88 0-95 0-5 Bahrain 1971 (UK) 698,585 17.53 1.27 9-85 0-6 Kuwait 1961 (UK) 2,418,393 21.95 1.52-15-85




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Other Countries Argentina 1816 (Spain) 39,921,833 16.53 0.97-94 1.5-2-2.5 Australia 1901 (UK) 20,264,082 12.02 0.99-67.4-1.5 Brazil 1822 (Portugal) 188,078,227 16.3-0.98-89 0.02 0-10.98 Germany 1871 82,422,299 8.2-0.96-68 3.7-0-28.3 Italy 1861 58,133,509 8.54 0.96 1.7 France 486 60,876,136 12.91 0.95-90 7.5-1-1.5 Mexico 1810 (Spain) 107,449,525 20.36 0.96-95 0.3-0-4.7 Netherlands 1579 16,491,461 10.7-0.98-51 6-0-43 Norway 1905 4,610,820 11.27 0.98-90.1-1.6-0-8.3 Russia 1991 142,893,540 10.92 0.86-15 Spain 8th Century 44,108,530 9.98 0.96-94 2.5-0-3.5 South Korea 1945 (Japan) 48,846,823 9.93 1.01-26 0.04 0-73.96 UK 10th Century 60,609,153 10.67 0.98-71.6-2.7-0-5.7 USA 1776 298,444,215 14.16 0.97-76 1.4-1-21.6

Country GDP ($ billion) % of USA GDP per capita % of USA Trade volume ($ billion) % of GDP Political regime Last election Turkey 508.7-4.329362 7,400.00-18.45387 139.8925 27.5 Republican parliamentary democracy 2007 Syria 60.44 0.514383 3,400 8.478803 27.2524 45.09 Military 2007 Lebanon 18.83 0.160255 5,000 12.46883 9.198455 48.85 Republic 1998 Israel 129 1.097872 20,800 51.87032 80.7411 62.59 Parliamentary democracy 2006 West Bank and Gaza 768 6.53617 600 1.496259 Iraq 54.4-0.462979 2,100 5.236908 Interim government 2005 Iran 516.7-4.397447 7,700 19.202 Theocratic republic 2006 Saudi Arabia 310.2-2.64-12,000 29.92519 165.3676 53.31 Monarchy n/a Egypt 316.3-2.691915 4,200 10.47382 Republic 2005 Libya 37.48 0.318979 6,700 16.70823 23.24135 62.01 Jamahiriya 2006 Yemen 16.25 0.138298 800 1.995012 Republic 2006 Oman 38.09 0.32417 13,100 32.66833 30.53294 80.16 Monarchy n/a United Arab Emirates 63.67 0.541872 25,200 62.84289 81.63767 128.22 Federation 2004 Qatar 19.49 0.165872 23,200 57.85536 17.58583 90.23 Traditional monarchy n/a Bahrain 13.01 0.110723 19,200 47.8803 16.08036 123.6 Constitutional hereditary monarchy n/a Kuwait 48 0.408511 21,300 53.11721 34.9344 72.78 Nominal constitutional monarchy n/a Argentina 483.5-4.114894 12,400 30.92269 84.5158 17.48 Republic 2003 Australia 611.7-5.205957 30,700 76.5586 211.1588 34.52 Democratic federal state system Brazil 1492 12.69787 8,100 20.1995 345.8456 23.18 Federative republic 2006 Germany 2362 20.10213 28,700 71.57107 1360.984 57.62 Federal republic 2004 Italy 1609 13.69362 27,700 69.07731 700.5586 43.54 Republic 2006 France 1737 14.78298 28,700 71.57107 858.7728 49.44 Republic 2007 Mexico 1006 8.561702 9,600 23.94015 545.0508 54.18 Federal republic 2006 Netherlands 481.1-4.094468 29,500 73.56608 552.7358 114.89 Constitutional monarchy n/a Norway 183 1.557447 40,000 99.75062 99.369 54.3 Constitutional monarchy n/a Russia 1408 11.98298 9,800 24.4389 713.0112 50.64 Federation… [read more]

Ramesses by Joyce Tyldesley Term Paper

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Ramesses II was known as the greatest Egyptian pharaoh of the New Kingdom. His reputation has mostly escalated as part of his own propaganda, with a myriad of written texts commissioned by him to depict his greatness. During his rule, Ramesses II presided over an era of unprecedented wealth and peace in Egypt that lasted for nearly six decades. As… [read more]

Operation Desert Storm a Catalyst for Islamist Opposition to Saudi Arabia Royal Family Term Paper

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Operation Desert Storm a catalyst for Islamist opposition to Saudia Arabia royal family

During the Gulf War (1990-91) Saudi Arabia played an important part in the defeat of Iraq and the liberation of Kuwait. Due to its important role as an international oil provider and due to its location, Saudi Arabia became an important ally of the coalition led by… [read more]

U.S. Democratic Party's View on U.S. Foreign Policy Essay

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U.S. foreign policy

Democratic Party's view on U.S. Foreign Policy

US Democratic Party's position on the Middle East

In his Middle Eastern policy, the leader of the Democratic Party, President Barak Obama, balances a desire to improve regional stability with a determination to secure U.S. political and economic interests. Obama is the president who was able to hunt down Osama Bin Laden and win a victory over the masterminds of the attacks of September 11, 2001. While he initially opposed the war in Iraq as a senator, unlike his current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama has continued military engagement in that country, by virtue of necessity, given the impossibility of pulling out too soon and further destabilizing the region. He continued and intensified the war in Afghanistan, although there are strong signs that he is considering pulling out of that conflict, given the noted corruption of the Afghanistan government supported by the U.S. Obama, and the Democratic Party he represents, can be thus said to have a pragmatic approach to Middle Eastern policy. It is fundamentally grounded in realism, but it also has a strong undercurrent of idealism in its aspirations to foster democracy.

The Democratic Party has been a historically strong supporter of the Jewish state of Israel. Given the wide base of support amongst American Jews for Democrats nationwide, the party has found it politically advantageous to support Israel. Israel is one of the few democratic nations within the region whose government mirrors that of the U.S. However, the continued war between the Israelis and Palestinians has stymied U.S. attempts to broker peace in the region, not just between the immediately affected parties, but between other Arab governments and the U.S. itself. U.S. support for Israel remains a 'sticking point' in improving rapprochement between the U.S. And other Middle Eastern nations, given that so many Arab governments stubbornly refuse to acknowledge Israel's existence.

President Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party have begun put increased pressure on Israel to extend an olive branch to the Palestinians. "The President had said that a two-state solution, which [Right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu alleges to support, should be based on the pre-1967 borders" (Klein 2011). Obama has encouraging on Netanyahu to negotiate with Palestinians more aggressively, but sustained violence within the territories makes it difficult for Netanyahu to do so. Obama's terms for Israeli-Palestinian land-swapping agreements are not ground-breaking: they are similar to Bill Clinton's attempts to negotiate peace in 2000. But the mood in Israel and the territories are far more militant than it was ten years ago. The rhetoric of Islamic extremists has grown more threatening, while the determination of Jewish settlers to remain in the territories has likewise stiffened. "Israel's greatest fear: when push comes to shove, the Palestinians have never really acknowledged Israel's right to exist. The one exception to that rule -- Yasser Arafat's signing of the Oslo accords -- seems hollow" (Klein 2011) The U.S. is sustained in its support of a… [read more]

American Foreign Policy Towards the Persian Gulf Research Proposal

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American Foreign Policy Towards the Persian Gulf

Between 1988 and 2010, American foreign policy in the Persian Gulf was focused on achieving a number of different objectives. As, there was an emphasis on maintaining stability in the region by: supporting regimes and governments that were friendly towards U.S. interests. Part of the reason for this, was because there was a… [read more]

Eastern and Western European Jewry Term Paper

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European Jewry

In the history of the Jewish people there are many transitory themes. The reasons for this follow the trend of the relative liquidity of place for the entire culture. Jews have spent much of their time on the move, changing locations with the perceived or real advantages of the region which they chose to settle within. Though they… [read more]

Compare Two Foundation Literature Review Chapter

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¶ … redefined the Dubai skyline in recent years are the Burj Dubai, reputedly the world's tallest building upon completion, and the Emirates Twin Towers, consisting of a hotel and office complex. Although located in geographically similar areas, the foundation engineering for the two projects involved different testing protocols and regimens as well as different substrata considerations that required different… [read more]

Beirut to Jerusalem Term Paper

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¶ … Beirut...to Now book review of Thomas Friedman's classic work of political journalism From Beirut to Jerusalem

Thomas Friedman's From Beirut to Jerusalem was written in 1989, after the author's tenure as the New York Times correspondent in Beirut. He was the first Jewish correspondent to the region, and it was considered, at the time, a daring act for… [read more]

Social and Cultural History Term Paper

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Social and Cultural

Herodotus in Egypt -- Question 1: Read Herodotus' account of Egypt in the Xerox reader. Consider the problems faced by a Greek visitor trying to make sense of Egyptian history and culture. Is his presentation of Egypt consistent with what we read in the native-Egyptian texts in Bailkey? What are his sources of knowledge, and how reliable are they? In what ways might he be misled? What cultural biases, if any, does he have regarding the Egyptians?

Travelogues as sources of accurate history are problematic. By definition, they are written by outsiders rather than insiders to a particular land, culture and time. Travel writing even in our historical present, has a notorious unreliability as sources of data. They are filtered through the point-of-view of someone who, even if he or she is conversant in the language of the region, is not always equally fluent in the culture, and must rely upon the point-of-view of those selected by the ruling regime. For instance, the voices of the "Work Songs from Ancient Egypt: Voices of Ordinary Men and Women," as chronicled in Chapter 12 of Bailkey are entirely absent, as these voices of the hands, backs, and sweat that the great pyramids were constructed by were not part of the exposure of the historian. Perhaps they might not have been as interesting, to Herodotus, as the great visions of the pyramids themselves, given that the Greek Herodotus himself was part of a culture that accepted slavery as a necessity.

Herodotus is freed of the constraints of a modern historian, moreover, ethical constraints that might encourage him to be politically correct or diplomatic -- or at least not to assume that his own Greek country's and culture's customs are correct, in comparison to the fascinating but 'backward' Egyptians. "The people also, in most of their manners and customs, exactly reverse the common practice of mankind. The women attend the markets and trade, while the men sit at home at the loom; and here, while the rest of the world works the woof up the warp, the Egyptians work it down; the women likewise carry burdens upon their shoulders, while the men carry them upon their heads." (Herodotus, "Histories," Chapter II) This is not to say that Herodotus judged Egypt harshly. "Concerning Egypt itself I shall extend my remarks to a great length, because there is no country that possesses so many wonders, nor any that has such a number of works which defy description." (Chapter II)

His Histories contains valuable information about the ancient kingdom of Egypt that would be lost to modern readers, otherwise. Still, he assumes what is Greek is right -- for instance, the "Father of History" does not merely record that the Egyptians wrote from right to left, instead of left to right like the Greeks, but that this schema of writing was backward. The fact that Egyptians ate outside and used toilet facilities indoors was seen as wrong, not as a difference of architecture and… [read more]

Raja Shehadeh's When the Birds Stopped Singing Term Paper

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When the Birds Stopped Singing

When the Birds Stopped Singing is a delicate title for a book about a harsh period of recent Israeli history. The book's focus is on the 2002 Israeli invasion of Ramallah, perhaps inevitably, given that the book is written from the perspective of a resident of this city, and told chronologically. But to fully appreciate the book, one must understand the overall context of the region's intifada. The uprising of Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza Strip of Israeli-occupied territory, which at the time was increasingly encroached upon by fundamentalist settlers, encouraged many young Palestinians to spontaneously revolt and agitate against their perceived Israeli military occupiers and oppressors.

Although the PLO and other official organizations supported these young Palestinian people, throwing rocks and shouting at the occupying soldiers, rather than tossing bombs and shooting bullets, the intifada was not largely a calculated movement, at least not in all of its first, fleeting efforts of anger at the speed of reform. Thus, this uprising gained certain addition legitimacy for the Palestinian cause, internationally. The shadow government Palestinian government of then still living Yassar Arafat also benefited from the uprising in a way that it had not from its earlier efforts to gain sympathy and attention through the use of forms of terrorist activities.

The Palestinian cause, historically, had long been unpopular, at least in America, because the Palestinians had, in the 1940s resisted a two-state solution. But the vulnerable position of the unarmed, young, and fresh-faced members of the intifada against armed soldiers stirred up sympathy as the once precarious position of Jewish settlers had before. But alas, the world's sympathy, the author of When the Birds Stopped Signing, suggests, is not always translated into political currency. Where are the real, practical territorial reforms and gains, he asks?

The content and structure of the book takes the form of a day-by-day diary, thus stressing the increasingly small and confined, almost prison-like existence of the author. The author is a human rights lawyer in the occupied city. But his expressed political attitudes, far from setting activist tone, strike the reader as having a rather nebbishy and neurotic (or the Arab version thereof) quality. At first, he states outright that in the face of horror from all sides, he desires to bury himself in work rather than fight and lead an "ordinary, orderly life." (5)

Raja Shehadeh initially liked living in Ramallah because the presence of foreigners provided some protection for his family and his activities, and kept down the presence of the Israeli military's shows of might. The invasion ended all such pretence, and much of the foreign presence. On the very first day, March 28, 2002, chronicled by the book, the foreigners are in retreat, out of fear, as the Israeli army moves into occupy the man's…… [read more]

Jerusalem and the Jewish People Term Paper

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Jerusalem and the Jewish People

The Jewish people have endured many struggles throughout history. After their successful escape from Egyptian captivity following Moses, they wandered through the desert for four decades before entering the Promised Land (McDowell and Stewart, 1992). They endured numerous conflicts with neighboring societies, but for many centuries, were able to maintain a unified state in Jerusalem.

This occupation of Jerusalem was not permanent, though. In 722 BC, the northern area of the Hebrew state was lost to Assyrian raiders. By 586 BC, Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians. The land of Israel was ruled by Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Syrians, and Romans in the time that followed. It was not until 1917 that an attempt to reestablish Palestine as the Jewish homeland started. By 1948, the State of Israel became an independent country.

The people of Israel trace their origin to Abraham, who taught his people that there is only one God, the creator of the universe (Israel Science and Technology Homepage, 2004). Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and his grandson Jacob (Israel) are viewed as the patriarchs of the Israelites. All three patriarchs lived in the Land of Canaan, which later came to be known as the Land of Israel.

Abraham's people evolved into a nation at about 1300 BCE, following their Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses (Israel Science and Technology Homepage, 2004). He led them out after the Egyptians were afflicted with ten plagues. Shortly after the Exodus, Moses passed on the Torah, and the Ten Commandments to the people of this nation.

After wandering through the Sinai desert, Moses led them to the Land of Israel,…… [read more]

Comparing Marketing Mix of a Product in 3 Deferent Countries Term Paper

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Apple's Mid-East Marketing Mix

There are few American retail products that have had both the economic and cultural impact of Apple's iPhone. As Apple has unrolled the product in various markets throughout the global economy, it has proven adept at facilitating market adaptation. Indeed, with its momentously popular product achieving a highly intuitive, user friendly, sleek and integrated smartphone template, the iPhone continues to set the pace in the global marketplace. Still, it must weather distinct marketing challenges as it penetrates the mobile media device sector in the Middle East. Owing to the region's considerable cultural, political and commercial differences, the western firm must adapt to context such as Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia accordingly.


The iPhone has, since its unveiling in 2007, achieved enormous growth and profitability. In just five years, comScore (2012) reports, Apple used its innovative device launch itself into the heart of a competitive telecom industry. As of the 2012 report, "Apple continued to gain ground in the OEM market with 12.4% share of total mobile subscribers (up 2.2 percentage points)." (comScore, p. 1) This achievement is driven by both the product's considerable and permeating appeal and by the savvy marketing and promotional instruments used by the Apple company. This will be demonstrated in its weathering of the new markets explored here.



One of the interesting realities with which Apple has come face-to-face is the differentials in product expectation among target buyers in different countries and cultures. In markets such as Israel, where the population is uniquely situated in sympathy to western ideals and cultural interests, the device itself remains largely unchanged. Indeed, Apple's contract with the country's trio of mega-carriers, Cellcom, Orange and Bezeq Israel Telecom, suggest that penetration will occur quickly in this market with little product adaptation. (Paczkowski, p. 1)

Such opportunities are less immediately apparent where Egypt is concerned. Apple's initial failure to produce a more functional digital camera in its first model became a consistently cited grievance among young Egyptians. According to Inskeep (2012), "the need for a good camera is something that comes up again and again when talking with younger Egyptians about their phones. Easy internet access, which is one of the features of the iPhone, isn't as important for them as the camera." (Inskeep, p. 1) This underscores the danger in prioritizing technology according to a singular cultural understanding.

For such markets as Saudi Arabia, notable for its dictatorial form of theocratic government, the device's security vulnerability has been a point of contention. In 2011, Saudi Arabia announced, for instance, that the product would be banned from high-security buildings and public spaces. According to Kee (2011), "this ban was declared due to the security concern that these high-tech telecommunication gadgets can be infiltrated easily via hacking, according to London-based Asharq Al Awsat." (Kee, p.1)


Egyptians will pay a rate of 3800 EGP for the iPhone 4S 16GB which calculates to roughly $627.…… [read more]

International Politics Term Paper

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International Politics: Is Bush Planning an Assault on Iran?

Is the Bush Administration secretly planning to invade Iran with ground forces, or launch sudden preemptive air strikes, in a calculated attack on the Islamic nation that Bush has called "a rogue nation"? Will it be an attack similar to the one which the U.S. launched its assault on Iraq? Is attacking Iran a good idea, strategically or in terms of international diplomacy? And what evidence is there that would indicate an American plan as provocative as an attack on Iran, in particular given the disastrous, seemingly endless war the U.S. finds itself bogged down with in Iraq? These are questions that cry out for answers in an unstable world that looks to the U.S. For leadership but sees the world's most influential superpower acting the role of a bully.

A recent article in the Atlantic Monthly noted that in July, 2004, Iran said "it would not ratify a protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty giving inspectors greater liberty within its border" (Fallows, 2004). In August, Iran announced that if it "suspected a foreign power -- specifically the United States or Israel -- of preparing to strike its emerging nuclear facilities, it might launch a pre-emptive strike of its own," Fallows' article continued. One target, Iran asserted, could be U.S. forces across the border in Iraq. And in September, the article reported, "Iran announced that it was preparing thirty-seven tons of uranium for enrichment, supposedly for power plants," but the possibility is that a nuclear weapons program might be well underway, giving Bush justification, the theory goes, to attack Iran.

Brief History of American - Iranian Relations: Meanwhile, many Americans certainly remember the Islamic revolution of 1979 that sent the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran fleeing Iran, and installed the Ayatollah Khomeini as head of the government. Most Americans will also remember the hostage crisis in Teheran, where for 444 days, staff members working in the American Embassy in Teheran were held captive by "Islamic extremists" in the Khomeini government.

But how many Americans remember - or even know - that much of the resentment and bitterness Islamic peoples in Iran, and around the world, felt - and feel - towards the United States resulted from the CIA-directed coup which placed the Shah in power on August 18, 1953? It was called "Operation Ajax," a blatant, unilateral imposition of American will on a sovereign nation, engineered under orders of President Eisenhower, and led by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, father of the commander who led American forces in the Gulf War in 1992, according to Stephen Kinzer's 2003 book, All the Shah's Men (Reed, 2003).

Is there a link between the religious fundamentalism that sprang to life during the Ayatollah Khomeini's regime and bin Laden? "It's not far-fetched," writes Kinzer - a New York Times reporter who has filed stories from 50 different countries - to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah's repressive regime and then Islamic Revolution [that sent… [read more]

Ancient Greek Trade Term Paper

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¶ … contact with the Arabian peninsula existed at this time. What does that suggest about cross-cultural contact?

The contact with the Arabian peninsula suggests that there was a great deal of contact across cultures, even that far back in history. This is important, due to the fact that some people seem to believe that different cultures are not able to work together and that these different cultures will never be able to understand one another well enough to get along. While this may be true with some people in various cultures, this evidence would indicate that many people can work across different cultures quite well and that the differences that they have can be put aside long enough to do what is necessary. Without the ability to do this, the contact with the Arabian peninsula would not have been possible and would not have continued. Erythraei (1989) talks about the many different ports that were visited, and the "continual intercourse and intermarriage" that took place (p. 61). Because of this, those that traded with others were able to acclimate themselves to different cultures enough to work with those cultures and ensure that they were accepted to the point that they could trade what they had to offer for what they needed from others. The significance of this cannot be overstated, and this cultural blending is something that has continued, not always that successfully, from the time of The Periplus to the present day.

2. To whom would these descriptions be important?

The descriptions in the information provided on The Periplus could be important to many different groups of people. One of the most overlooked groups would be those that study navigation, since the Periplus refers to a "sailing around" of all of the ports in a particular area (Periplus, 2005). Naturally, those that study Ancient Greece and its culture would be interested…… [read more]

Realism v. Institutionalism Term Paper

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In this vein, realists have often suggested that nation-states such as Israel, because they wish to protect their territory, act in inherently aggressive ways and that territorial expansion is only constrained by an opposing and powerful military force. However, although Israel has acted aggressively, though preemptive strikes and also by occupying the West Bank and Gaza, it has also, for… [read more]

Hezbollah Terrorist Group Term Paper

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Hizballah Terrorist Group

Hizbollah (also spelled Hezbollah and Hizbullah) is an officially sanctioned political party in the Middle East. The group has been linked to several terrorist attacks, both directly (as by taking credit for the actual attack) and indirectly (through funding or the implicit condoning of the attacks). This paper will examine the threat posed by Hizbollah and the… [read more]

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Term Paper

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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

This committee is involved with ensuring that the American people and the Arab people build tolerance with one another and do not discriminate against one another based on where they come from and their ethnicity (ADC, 2006). The committee is a 'grassroots' organization, is non-profit, and is designed to ensure civil rights (American, 2006). Senator James Abourezk started the organization in Washington, DC, in 1980, and the committee now claims to be the largest of its kind when it comes to Arab-American organizations (American, 2006). A court case was argued in 1999, Reno v. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, where individuals that were not legally in this country stated that they were being discriminated against based on deportation because they were Arabs, but the court ruled that the fact that they were here illegally was enough, and that they were not being discriminated against because of their ethnicity (Reno, 1999).

Despite that court case, however, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a peaceful organization that promotes understanding and tolerance between Americans and Arabs (ADC, 1996). There are many chapters in different states, and they were not all created…… [read more]

Germany Reunify? What Caused This to Happen? Term Paper

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¶ … Germany reunify? What caused this to happen?

Germany was reunified as a result of the decay of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. The background and brief account of the event is as follows: Germany was divided after World War II as a result of Cold War tensions. East Germany adopted communism as the state policy, while West Germany chose democracy and Capitalism. The relations between the two Germanys remained frosty until the advent of the reformist Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 whose liberal policies encouraged the populations of other East European countries including GDR to struggle for greater freedom. In August 1989, when Hungary removed border restrictions with the neighboring Austria, thousands of East Germans started to escape to the West via this route; others organized mass demonstrations against the GDR government. The hard-line East German leader, Erich Honecker, was forced to resign in October 1989 as a result of public pressure and withdrawal of support by Gorbachev. When the new East German government decided to issue visas to East Berliners for visit to the West on November 9, thousands of East Germans rushed to the Berlin Wall and the border guards, overwhelmed by the numbers allowed them through. It was the beginning of the end of the Berlin Wall and led to the formal reunification of Germany after the defeat of the ruling Communist Party in the free, multiparty elections held in March 1990 ("The Reunification...").

What is the basic problem between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Is it religion? Race? Economics? Or a combination of these factors?

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex issue that has religious, racial, and politico-economic overtones, but most of all it is a territorial dispute. The root of the conflict lies in the fact that both the Israelis and the Palestinians believe that the land rightfully belongs to them. The claim of the Palestinians is based on the fact that at the time of the start of the Zionist movement in the 1880s, the population of Palestine, which was part of the Ottoman Empire, was overwhelmingly (about 95%) Arab and had been so for the previous several centuries; the Jews were a small minority (5%). However, the Jewish people have a historical claim on the Palestinian territory where the Jewish nation originated over 3,200 years ago and…… [read more]

Joshua 24 Term Paper

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Joshua 24 is first of all seen by its commentators as one of the Covenant rituals between the God of Israel and its people, which may be included in the series of the covenants made initially by Abraham and then by Moses.

The Old Testament text of Joshua 24 has been long commented and analyzed by scholars, in what regards… [read more]

Latin American Critical Research Paper

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However, other Arab-Argentinean authors saw a kind of intuitive cultural connection between Arab and Argentinean history, specifically the wandering Arab and the gaucho. The gaucho as a kind of nationalist folk hero thus paradoxically becomes a way of Arab immigrants to participate in native Argentinean culture.

To examine the way Argentinean subjectivity was constructed during this period, Civantos deploys both literary and historical techniques. She creates a distinction in her rendering of how the Arab functioned within Latin American culture. Arabs were real, material presence, workers, writers, intellectuals, and cultural refashoiners of Argentinean culture within their own community. However, as it was in Europe the looming presence of "the Arab" and "the Orient" was also kind of a trope or a construction that had a life independent of real Arabs. Thus immigrants from the Arab nations were an actual presence and community within Argentina, who were intent upon writing their own national literature, and participating in Argentinean life. But Argentine writers were also intent upon writing these individuals 'out' of the true Argentinean national identity as exotic interlopers, rather than 'the real' members of Argentinean society and culture.

Even for individuals who are not specifically devoted to research in this region of the world or these two immigrant groups can find interesting features in Civantos' case study of the construction of Argentine identity instructive. She suggests that there is no singular, pure identity that can be discovered apart from colonization. Argentina was torn between natives and Euro-Argentines even before the influx of new immigrant groups, and the greater diversity of the society both sharpened and blurred this divide. Argentines grew more anxious to define their national identity in an exclusive fashion, but they also adopted Indo-Argentine figures in retelling the tale of their homeland.

But no cultural narrative is privileged, and Arab Argentineans, seeing the centrality of the figure of the gaucho, were equally interested in laying claim to their right to inhabit the nation, based upon resonances between the gaucho's lifestyle and attitude and their own constructed past. Civantos, however, adds a further layer of irony -- by romanticizing the gaucho, and demonstrating the gaucho's commonality with their own past, even the Arab Argentine writers engaged in a kind of essentialization of their own identity. Once Orientalism takes hold within a culture as a system of representation Civantos suggests, even the group that is being 'othered' grows tempted to engage in Orientalism, albeit in a positive light. This is perhaps her most radical claim, as it challenges the notion that Orientalism is something perpetuated upon 'the East' by 'the West' and…… [read more]

Iran Societal Assessment Research Paper

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Analysts say the continuation of this trend will take Iran far beyond and above its Muslim counterparts. But the Neo-conservative government and President Ahmad-Nejd are not happy and want to introduce reforms to help take the population to 120 million

. This seems to hint at the modernization of the populace and the fact that the government and people don't get along very well.

NATIONAL COHESION: If Pakistan has a diverse population with a variety of cultural, social and ethnic groups residing in the country Iran is not far behind. The Iranian nation is composed of more than 10 ethnic groups and a similar number of languages here. The religious composition of the country is also equally diverse. The official religion is Islam and there are 89% Shia Muslims, 9% Sunnis and the last 2% is made up of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians etc.

The most prominent ethnic groups in the country are: Persians (61%), 16% Azeris, Kurds (10%), Lur (6%), 2% Arabs, 2% Baloch and 2% of Turkmen tribes and 1% of others

. Unlike Pakistan, where ethnic groups are close in quantity and group loyalty has made it difficult for the people to unite, Iran does not have that issue. Its dominant force is the Shia population that is in control of every administrative department. It was religious unity that had provided support to the two revolutions that have shaped the country's history and its current political system. The overwhelming support that Ayatollah Khomeini got in 1979, to bring about the revolution, characterizes the revolution as 'a society vs. state' conflict. All factions of society had some conflict with the existing government: the farmers were saddened over the monetary losses they had faced; the Ulema (cleric) felt the state was alienated from religion, hence rather unreligious in approach. Lastly, the general public was desirous of more freedom. Therefore all of them united to prepare demonstrations and get rid of the rulers. However, the resultant political form has also failed to satisfy the masses. Writer Farideh Farhi, in her book 'Crafting a National Identity Amidst Contentious Politics in Contemporary Iran,' talks about how the people of Iran are now faced with an identity crisis that has them confused and continuously in search of a religious philosophy that would bring them mental and social peace. They have lost faith in the government and their religious reforms

. The two issues of relationships with U.S. And the nuclear program are great burdens on the public's mind and they have adopted a more modern outlook to life than the government would allow. If the 2009 protests are any indication the people are running out of patience with government and their reforms.

Enterprise: Education is the key to a successful, happy life and a nation's children are its future. If they are not well educated, the society can be expected to be illiterate and inefficient and the nation's economic, social and political demise becomes imminent. Education paves the way towards economic and social progress.… [read more]

Assassination of the Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri Term Paper

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Assination of Rafik Hariri: Extinguishing a Light in the Middle East

Lebanon is an oddity in the Middle East; a diverse cultural mixture that were it not for outside influences vying for power and control of the country might perhaps achieve a culturally and economically successful society. It has on more than one occasion in its war torn history attempted… [read more]

Social Variables in the Development and Maintenance Thesis

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¶ … Social Variables in the Development and Maintenance of Business Relationships with Libyan Companies

The Need for the Research

Expected Contribution to Knowledge

Review of the Chapters

Review of Chapter 2 (Literature Review)

Review of Chapter 3 (Research Methodology)

Review of Chapter 4 (Research Findings)

101.5.4 Review of Chapter 5 (Research Discussion)

101.5.5 Review of Chapter 6 (Recommendation &… [read more]

International Business Turkey Term Paper

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Turkey Textiles

Turkey is a crossroads nation, straddling Europe and Asia. The country was once the hub of the Byzantine Roman and Ottoman Empires, and as such has longstanding cultural and trade links throughout the region. The modern nation is a secular Muslim republic of 80 million. The country has an economy that is predominantly free market in nature, but… [read more]

Industrial Relations A2 Coursework

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Industrial Management

Industrial Relations in the United Arab Emirates

Industrial Relations is a field of critical importance in terms of understanding and refining how labor and workplace issues are defined. This has never been truer than today, when the deconstruction of global trade barriers is leading to new and unforeseen economic partnerships between developing nations and multinational corporations. These relationships require constant evaluation if we are to understand their implications for labor and management on a global scale.

Role and Function of Managers in Industrial Relations:

In a general sense, "beyond leadership skill, one must have the leadership vision to lead properly." (Reh, 2) More specifically, in the context of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there is a particular imperative for management to understand the unique idiosyncrasies of labor relations in the nation. Specifically, though the United Arab Emirates is progressive insofar as its economy is a thriving and globally integrated one, it still struggles with a host of ethnic and gender discrimination issues that are highly culturally driven. According to one source, "Indians and other expatriates in the UAE are increasingly becoming susceptible to the scourge of depression, research has shown. The prime causes are discrimination at the workplace, longer working hours, home-sickness, and the chaotic state of peak-hour traffic." (INP, 1)

Management must take on the role of both a protector of the attendant culture and a progressive leader where such matters are concerned. It will take strong leadership through an industrial relations context to bring about greater equality in the UAE marketplace.

Managing Change Effectively:

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Global Organization Researching Cultural Issues Term Paper

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It of course is very unethical to arrest a young student expressing a viewpoint about the political culture he experiences.

A blogger and journalist in Azerbajian (an independent state that once was part of the old Soviet Union) was arrested, punched, kicked, and beaten with a baton after posting an announcement on Facebook that there was a protest planned against the government. His name is Tural Abbasli, and he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for "organizing public disorder," according to Amnesty International. Abbasli had been pursuing a degree in journalism but after posting on Facebook he and 13 others were rounded up, beaten, and thrown in prison.

The good news for Abbasli and some of the other 13 is that they were released by presidential pardon, according to AI. The thousands of letters and emails that were received by the Azerbajian government certainly had an influence over the fact that the students were released from prison. The lack of ethical standards in Azerbajian has shown the world that this regime has created a sense of fear in those who would consider protesting against government corruption and abuses of human rights. A culture that allows the government to arbitrarily and violently arrest and detain innocent people needs to be exposed to the world, and that is what the tens of thousands of Amnesty International activists around the globe have done. The ethical perspective in this case is very obvious -- injustice to anyone in any country must be dealt with on an international scale, the AI is the organization that takes on that responsibility.

Compare these ethical perspectives across cultures AI is involved with The case of the young man in Iran who gave a public speech and was arrested and mistreated is quite different from the instance in Chechnya (another state that was once part of the Soviet Union) where journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed after criticizing the lack of human rights in her country. Politkovskaya wrote "extensively" about abuses to innocent civilians (not only in Chechnya but in Russia), and she received international recognition for her investigative newspaper stories into corruption as well. She had been poisoned at one point and was harassed and threatened often; but in 2006 she was shot and killed. In the case of Tavakkoli, he was not killed although he was sent to prison.

The two cultures (Iran and Chechnya) are very different, and the treatment of people who try to expose corruption and violations of human rights is also different, but Amnesty International isn't concerned with the specific cultures that abuse people, they are concerned with exposing the abuses and getting prisoners freed.

In the case of the "collective punishment" that students in Gaza face because they are basically being blocked from crossing the border and getting an education is far different from the abuse of Abbasli in Iran, who simply posted a notice on Facebook that there would be a protest against the government. And yet, while the two cultures… [read more]

GCC Discuss and Decide Essay

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"Most of the national labor force has been employed in the government sector with higher wage expectations than the expatriate workers" (Fasano & Iqbal 2003). A rentier state is defined a state which "derives all or most of its national income from its property or investments. In the Middle East, these are oil rich states…. Rentier states have a more difficult time developing civil society (industry, internal public works like highways, etc.) because people are generally relatively content with their situations" (Kolberg 2013). Several of these nations, Saudi Arabia most notably, have largely theocratic governments dominated by religious rather than objective, democratic principles. In exchange for providing citizens with material comforts, the government expects complacency of the populace. Regimes tend to be buffeted by economic and political crises which could exert pressure upon them to change. "Within rentier states, there is little opportunity for private enterprise. Domestic businesses necessarily are closely tied to the state" (Kolberg 2013).

This helps explain what some have called the 'Dubai paradox,' namely that while the UAE is home to many foreign expatriates and boasts a booming nightclub scene, as well as all of the architectural trappings of modernization, "of the world's eight remaining absolute monarchies, in terms of autocratic structures and lack of political freedom, the UAE consistently ranks second only to Saudi Arabia" (The UAE's modernization and (shaky) religious credentials, 2011, Dubaiornotdubai). Even though the UAE lacks the conservative religious trappings of Saudi Arabia (one reason it is so attractive to Westerners and Western investment) no seeds of political liberalization or true entrepreneurial spirit have been generated as a result of this vast wealth, and the population remains dependent upon the government for its solvency. Given that some form of participatory democracy seems like a needed standard to characterize a nation as truly 'developed,' the GCC continues to fall short.


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Effects of Technology and Social Media on Turkish Youth Society Term Paper

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¶ … Technology and Social Media on Turkish Youth

The media has become increasingly important to the youth culture around the world both in terms of bringing news of important events -- and the political issues and problems surrounding those events -- and carrying messages (including protests) by youth through social media to the greater community. In Turkey, as is… [read more]