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The Conflict in Northern Ireland, UK

My trip to Ireland and personal perception of the Conflict in Northern Ireland

 The conflict in Northern Ireland is complex and difficult to define. By simply having a peace agreement between Protestant and Catholics there is no guarantee of peace or the end of conflict. In Belfast, the religious identity is a sensitive topic because people are identified as Protestant or Catholic and both have their own interpretation about history and the conflict. Also, people reflect their own history through paintings (murals), some of them very radical, and finally both perceive that violence was a need to addressed through human rights movement. Continue reading “The Conflict in Northern Ireland, UK”

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Death Penalty in the US and a Personal Perspective

The book Oath Betrayed by Steven H. Miles is proof of how horrifically humans treat each other. The author follows acts of torture by the United States and gives details of places where torture was used to obtain information. In this case the book describes torture in Baghdad (Iraq), Kabul (Afghanistan) and Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) by U.S. forces. In the introduction to the book Miles makes the following statement, “The United States is a torturing society.” I agree with this statement for several reasons. Torture is anti-humanitarian; torture never guarantees the truth; and torture is not the best way to obtain information. Nonetheless, the U.S. uses this method. Continue reading “Death Penalty in the US and a Personal Perspective”

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Bolivia en Democracia 2014

Por Alejandro Gutierrez

Ha pasado ya más de un año desde que Hugo Chaves murió y la región de América Latina siente su vacío, pero también ha surgido un cambio importante en la política de muchos países en América Latina y esto desde que chaves murió. Es importante recordar que Hugo Chaves tuvo una fuerte incidencia política no sólo para su país, sino también para otros países de América del Sur, entre ellos Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú y Brasil. Continue reading “Bolivia en Democracia 2014”

“Imagine that 25,000 educated people want to be better informed. They read a book written by an expert who carefully researched a topic for six years. At the same time, 100 million people, who are just a little lazy, go out to watch an entertaining, glitzy 90-minutes movie on the same topic. The movie contains inaccurate and distorted information. Most people’s views and thinking are based on inaccurate and distorted information from the movie. Just because most people believe something is true does not make it true. A good reason for you to learn to think critically and to conduct research properly is so you do not follow what most other people think when it is wrong.”  Understanding Research. Neuman, W.L. (2009)

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