Croatia Protesters Cause Panic in Zagreb: Dozens Injured, Tear Gas Used To Quell Uprising

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15,000 furious, anti-government protesters descended upon Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.  Riot police were quickly dispatched, setting up a heavily armed perimeter around the government headquarters.  Aggressive protesters stormed the cordon and were viciously beaten back with batons and tear gas.  The casualties were counted as the crowd dispersed; there were more than twenty five serious injuries and at least sixty arrests. The President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, has called for protests to remain nonviolent; his pleas has been ineffective.  Larger protests are being planned for tomorrow.

What are the Demonstrators Protesting?

There are two major issues that the protesters are attempting to resolve:

1) Notable Croatian heroes from the Serb-Croat War of Independence are in the process of being extradited.  These protesters carry banners proclaiming, “Croat defenders are heroes” and “Stop the prosecution of Croat defenders.”  This group represents the majority of the protesters; many are veterans who fought in the Serb-Croat War of Independence who feel fellowship with their imprisoned comrades.

2) Anit-government demonstrators who are advocating for an elimination of alleged corruption in the government and execution of new economic policies.  These dissenters are furious with the Croatian economic decay and outdated technology of the small Mediterranean country.  These protests are dominated by young radicals with violent impulses.

What other Protests Have Taken Place?

This latest protest has been by far the largest, climaxing the rising anger sweeping across Croatia.  Two days ago, on February there a massive, violent protests rocked Zagreb.  Civilians armed with torches, stones, and other makeshift weapons fought with police, but were beaten back.  There were 58 known arrests.  The ruling political party, the Croatian Democratic Party, speculated that these protests were funded and organized by opposition leaders.

Meanwhile there is a continuous protest in the city of Osijek.  These  protesters want to combat unemployment and improve their standard of living.  Innovative leaders used Facebook and other social media sites they were able to organize peacefully  The protest is scheduled to continue until conditions improve in Croatia.

How is the Government Reacting?

The Croatian Democratic Party has restrained from using aggressive methods; currently their reactionary style has only used riot police who only defend themselves if attacked. Ivo Josipovic has called for the demonstrators to disperse, pleading that their protests will weaken Croatian attempts to enter the European Union.  Military forces have been placed on standby, but it is unlikely that they will be used in the near future.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Change: Gay’s Still (Legally) Banned in US Military

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President Obama hailed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 as a civil liberties step forward;  three months later there have been no progress towards friendly integration of gay soldiers into the military.  The unconstitutional policy has still not been officially terminated; the Obama Administration is still in the process of constructing a new system to replace the biased system under which gays are discharged for being gay.  In the original bill did not overturn the policy, actually it said the policy would “remain in effect” until a replacement policy was devised.

How Will The Obama Administration Integrate Gays into the Military?

Since the passing of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 key members of the administration have been constructing a new system, under which hopefully gays will not be persecuted against.  In the terms of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 it was specifically outlined the current policy would first be analysed and then a new policy would be drawn up.

This would mitigate concerns of military personal and their families by creating a steady organized process.  The drawback to this planned system is progress comes slowly;  more than two months after the signing of the bill the Obama Administration is only suspected of releasing new policy this week.  It will still be another sixty days after that until the unbiased policy is fully enacted.

Is There Resentment for the Sluggishness of the Administration?

Currently, whenever a military soldier from any of the corps is convicted of being gay they are swiftly removed and quietly discharged.  Openly gay men and women are not permitted to join the  military under even the most dire of circumstances.  There is still bitter grievances from the gay community; they will not be content until the new policy is fully enacted and operational.

Will Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Be Terminated?

It is certain that a new policy will be enacted, it is only a matter of time.  The Obama Administration has followed through on other popular acts, such as The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 whose policy started being put into effect days after being enacted.  President Obama has openly supported the controversial bill, proclaiming “I will end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!”  The Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, is the other critical policymaker who will create a new unbiased policy.  Gates supports Obama.  Change is coming, the government is simply being careful as they implement this controversial policy so that it sticks and all those who wish to patriotically serve can fight

Why Were Gays Not Permitted To Serve?

The logic of this policy was that gay soldiers would be easily distracted by their fellow soldiers and would be ineffective.  A counterexample to this fallacious logic is the The Sacred Band of Thebes, who were one of the most fierce and successful military units in history; they were completely made up of gay combatants. There has also never been conviction of a United States personal becoming combat ineffective because of whom they have loved.  The opposers of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 were nothing short of paranoid fools.

(Unethical) American Imperialism: How Crimes Against Humanity Result in Economic Prosperity For All

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A noble band of renegades, inventors, and politicians met in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774 to decide what the response of the American colonies would have to the increasingly threatening British government.  Rights had been striped without just cause, innocents had been viciously killed, and the city of Boston was occupied and being economically strangled.  In reaction these historic representatives wrote the Declaration of Independence, the first document of the United States of America.  Their first resolution was that the lives of the American people would be protected at all costs.  They also resolved that the independence and autonomy of every American citizen would be respected and improved upon.  Finally, the American population would have the unalienable right to pursue happiness, through capitalism and innovation. The guiding American ideals are to protect the American people’s lives, liberties, and livelihoods at all costs; these were upheld through imperialism to the highest standards of the Founding Fathers.

The lives of the Americans were fiercely defended by the American government.  Manifest Destiny led the American people across the Great Plains.  Americans citizens pioneered across the heartland to establish stable new, prosperous live for themselves.  Native American complaints were sidelined as America began flexing its great military abilities and regional dominance.   The first wars of imperialism were fought across the modern American heartland as the United States seized lands from Native Americans to better the lives of American citizens.  A series Planes Indian Wars, land grabs that protected American interests, were used to defend the pioneers and budding American cities.  This defense of the Heartland was further strengthened by the transcontinental railroads, which spiderwebbed across the continent allowing American troops to be rapidly deployed to defend Americans in any region. The United States, and the lives of the Americans who lived there, were protected.  The general population supported these first wars of Imperialism; the army was portrayed as heroic fighters who were critical to the survival and economy of the nation.  Despite grievous, needless losses at the Battle of Little Bighorn, General Custer became a heroic martyr of his time; even the worst military blunders were met with faithful support of the public.  The Indians were put on reservations and countless Americans built new lives that benefited themselves, American, and the international economy on the previously underutilized lands. America had secured its country, shortly afterwards it pressed outwards to create protectorates and better foreign territories as well.  The Founding Fathers often wondered during the Revolutionary War if America would ever exist independently, this end result of Imperialism was a physical embodiment of those dreams.

The preservation and enhancement of American rights was the second goal of the Founding Fathers that was met with outstanding results both domestically and regionally.  American rights in the Western hemisphere were protected first under the Monroe Doctrine, which was empowered by the Roosevelt Corollary.  This later declaration of “big stick diplomacy” made it perfectly clear to the world that American interests in the hemisphere would be defended if European nations were to encroach on that.  Unchallenged power of this resolution gave American’s a natural dominance of their lesser neighbors.  When interests in Hawaii were threatened the local Americans justly defended their property and investments.  When the Hawaiian government had grown hostile to American interests, the local Americans orchestrated a coup d’état and took control of the islands and established the pro-American Republic of Hawaii.  American’s international influence had grown to the point where its citizens could defend their liberties of representation regardless of the hostility of local government without even officially intervening.  The American people became liberators of foreign nations in a simultaneous move, gaining the moral high ground as they annexed ex-Spanish colonies.  After the Treaty of Paris of 1898 the United States took control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  Despite revolts on these islands America was able to guide all these nations towards independence, nurturing their young democracies to cherish their own people.  The American people even extended basic liberties to foreigners, over time; giving them the ability to dictate their own government rather than be ruled by an autocratic colonial government.  Each new right in America was mirrored later in her territories; in all these regions today both men and women have the right to vote, there is no segregation, and except for Cuba, they have stable economies.  The civil rights of the American people bloomed in the United States and spread across the Western Hemisphere.

The pursuit of happiness of the American people was a core pillar of the republic from its inception; it still remains at the heart of the American spirit.  Dollar diplomacy began to be a growing aspect of American foreign affairs.  Using strategic loans the United States government was able to stabilize countries across Latin America.  This prevented European powers from occupying countries in the Western hemisphere, just as Britain had done when it seized Egypt’s Suez Canal.  With this imperial policy partnered with capitalism American influence spread rapidly.  One historic example of this is the Panama Canal.  Staging a coup d’état in Panama, backed by American naval presence, America took control of the Panamanian Canal Zone.  Capitalism inspired investors to construct the canal; secondary effects resulted in the eradication malaria in the region, thousands of happily employed workers, and influx of capital, and linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to begin a new age of faster trade that benefited everyone.  American supremacy reigned unquestioned in the region and Americans existed in a state of near bliss.  While the countries of Europe armed itself for World War One, the costliest conflict on human history, America’s economy grew in leaps and bounds by profiting off these hostilities.  Americans began to believe in Pax Americana.  The European powers eroded each other’s strength and America was left alone at the top, achieving the status of global superpower.  Everyone was ecstatic, every able bodies man could be employed and live a good life.  The United States citizens believed that their institutions and way of life was the best in the world; arguably, they were.  The Founding Fathers set out to construct a democracy that flourished into the world’s leading power; their deepest unspoken wishes had materialized as democracy spread across the hemisphere.

The United States valued the lives, liberties, and happiness of its citizens above all else and succeeded because of it.  Imperialism was used to serve these values, creating high standards of living and peace wherever America went.   Some dissidents denounce this progress as humanitarian war crimes.  Morally, they are correct; practically, they are naive.  Without conquering foreign lands America would not be able to defend itself or even exist.  The Founding Fathers stole land from the British empire to found this great democracy; a country which later saved the world from tyranny of Kaiser Wilhelm the Second,  the communist autocracy of Joseph Stalin, and ushered in an age of innovation, modernization, prosperity, and peace unlike anything humanity had ever seen.  This practical reality, with Imperialism, is better than morally correct alternate history that would have weakened America to the point of disappearance.

Apple Apps Become Subscription Based: Creation of 2 Expensive Faults (and 1 Anti-Apple Development)

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What Has Apple (Foolishly) Done?

They want to treat electronic newspapers like old fashions newspapers; that is the entirety of their terrible, terrible blunder.  They have enacted a subscription service that will allow current and future app developers to have users pay for their apps at intervals of weeks, months, or years.  Apple’s concept for this idea is that developers will sell one app, that is very expensive and high quality, rather than feeding consumers current events one article at time or games at one level at a time.  Ideally, this would create a larger profit for the companies.  The subscribers will unwittingly pay much more money for apps they simply do not want, the developers make more money for selling you things that you do not want, and Apple might just finally make the app store profitable instead of a money pit.

How Will This Negatively Effect You?

You will end up paying more of your hard-earned cash for information or games that you will not use.  Right now developers are plagued by consumers not buying new editions of old apps.  What they have either failed to realize or failed to convey to Apple is that when a consumer, such as yourself, does not come back to buy the new edition of an app that consumer does not want it.  Millions of innocents will have dozens of dollars added to their monthly budgets because they simply will not know or forget that they are paying much more for things that they already had for half the price.  They want to be able to keep being charged nothing for nothing, rather than be charged ludicrous amounts of money for NOTHING.

How Will this Negatively Effect The Developers?

It will corrupt, strangle, and may eventually eliminate the Developers who have constructed the app store.  Right after Apple announced their new subscription system they were collectively outraged and beginning to more to app selling sites.  They are particularly outraged that all future transactions will have to go through Apple; the developers will no longer be able to link outside the store and have consumers buy there at cheaper rates. This is designed to increase Apple’s revenue by 30%, by decreasing the third-party developers by 30%.  The app developer industry will be crippled beyond repair if they remain with Apple.  In response, many have announced they simply will not continue with Apple’s dreams of absolute monopoly.

How will this Positively Effect Everybody?

Erosion of the Apple monopoly on the app market and an influx of new, innovative app providers.  Rumors of this apocalyptic move by Apple have haunted the industry for months.  Rather than waiting for their inevitable doom many developers succeeded.  More and more third party app providers have been cropping up over the last year. Some of them want to create innovative apps that will forge new paths and identifies for Americans.  Others wanted to be able to post “sexual content” that Apple banded with a week’s notice.  Apple will be hurt more by this move than anyone else as the app store is left abandoned.

Bolivian President Evo Morales Flees Capital, Oruro; Food Price Protesters (Armed with Dynamite) Riot Unchecked

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The President of Bolivia Evo Morales is on the run; outraged miners armed with dynamite are advancing through the capital city of Oruro, Bolivia, demanding a reduction of food and fuel prices.  Military forces have been called out to attempt to subdue protest.  Radicals call Evo Morales to be impeached, or even lynched

What Happened in Oruro?

The Oruro Uprising has become the flashpoint for this dire plight of the Bolivian people.  Evo Morales was supposed to be participating a celebratory parade to honor the crucial role the current Bolivian capital Oruro played  pre-colonial revolt that helped free the country.  Upon arrival out of work miners rallied and rioted, determined to lynch the Morales, blaming him for the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the nation.  Dynamite from the mines was used to loudly punctuate their displeasure as they towards stormed Morales with cries of revolution.  Baulking under pressure, Morales quickly fled the capital.

What Are They Protesting?

Rising prices plague the Bolivian economy, fuel prices have risen 70% recently while food prices have skyrocketed as well across.  Both of these issues have arisen from the government nationalization of the energy industry in the nation.  Many of the stronger unions have gone on strike, the economy in the country has been brought to a standstill.  The people are outraged, and starving.

How Has the Revolution Developed?

Major protests have spread across the city of Cochabamba, another major city in the country, where merchants are outraged by the continued food crises in Bolivia..  The largest airport in the country has been shut down by protesters, whose demands are lower food and fuel prices.  Revolution rips across Bolivia, the people are rising up and taking their rights.  The government is in chaos and is likely to fall.  Hopefully one more sensitive of the people’s needs will arise in the aftermath.

EPA Under Fire From Renewed Republican Assault

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The Republican party is once again assaulting the Environmental Protection Agency; determined to vanquish is chiefly Democratic foe.  They claim that this wayward agency inhibits progress for America and should be swiftly done away with to benefit the economy.  Meanwhile the Democrats are fiercely defending their agency, rightfully claiming that it is one of the greatest protectors of American life.

What Controversy Has Reignited This Attack?

Recently, the Environmental Protection agency has been actively fighting Global Warming.  This ominous threat to humanity, taken from the greenhouse gases of the international industry, will result in higher sea levels, flooded cities, expanding deserts, and eroding farmlands. However, this crusade for the betterment of humanity has been met with stiff opposition from the Republicans, who control the House of Representatives.  Without their consent progress in defeating global warming will be brought to a standstill; the EPA has been increasing desperate and  demanding

In response notable TEA Party Republicans proposed 18% budget cuts that would paralyze the agency.  Should these measures pass all efforts to counteract global warming will be brought to a standstill.

Why are Republicans Opposed to Global Warming and the EPA?

The Republican party is a chiefly conservative party; their core values instruct them to shrink the government and allow laissez-faire to flourish in America, creating a “paradise” where each individual would dictate their own fate without being weighed  down by taxes that would benefit their lessers.  They are favored by the large corporations, who would greatly profit by deregulation of the government.  These deregulations have resulted in every single recession in world history. By eliminating government oversight of these companies expensive issues snowballed out of control, such as the dot-com recession or the sub-prime loam recession.

The EPA wants to place stringent regulations on polluting industry, using the Clean Air Act they intend to stem the emitted greenhouse gases and weaken the magnitude of global warming.  This will result in slightly higher costs for American industries, they will be taxed heavily for greenhouse gas emissions.  Through their political pressure they have delayed this rightful responsibility, using the Republican party as a shield to protect their own financial interests.  As long at these the reforms of the Clean Air Act are held up they will not be taxed, saving them millions of dollars today at the expense of trillions of dollars tomorrow.

What Will Be the People’s Response?

Outrage, riots, election of new senators (if they value their own lives).  Global warming will threaten the coming generations, and today’s innocent individuals.  Already America is suffering from the global warming; critical crops are in short supply, worsening weather conditions, in addition to increased pollutant poisoning our children.  The corporations have always been stood for money, the people must stand for their lives.  As long as the people vote in politicians that favor these corporations over them these tragedies will continue to strengthen, in number and magnitude.

 

The First American Empire and Imperialism

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In the aftermath of the Spanish-American War the United States collected its first international territories; Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  These seizures initiated the rapidly emerging force of American Imperialism, which was described as a American foreign policy to gain control of distant lands for military and economic benefits.  This policy is practiced to this day as the United States completes construction of pro-America governments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

What were the Positive Effects of american Imperialism?

American imperialism’s best quantities are the naval strengthening, reaction of armed forces, and protection of American business interests.  American navy greatly benefited from imperialism; it allowed them to establish ports around the world to service the fleet.  To this day there are still major American ports in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Both bases were established as a result of American imperialism; without these key ports American ships range would be limited because they would have to rely on exclusively American ports or the benevolence of competing nations to be able to send ships outside of the local hemisphere.  Pearl Harbor later played a key role in American defense; preventing World War Two from spreading to the American mainland.  National defense of America benefited in more ways than just the naval powers, American influence expanded greatly thanks to imperialism.  Troops were able to be quickly deployed to counteract emerging threats around the world since the troops could be stationed in these territories.  Being able to deploy American troops around the world was key in American foreign policy; it was the American army who were first landed to counteract the Boxer Rebellion.  They were able to arrive so quickly because they had been stationed in the Philippians.  Finally, financial interests were the third to benefit from American imperialism; both the foreign countries and the United States benefit in this case.  Thanks in part to the protection of American business in Cuba after the Spanish American war investments in the territory quadrupled, benefiting Americans and the locals.  Puerto Rico greatly benefited from its semi-unique position of being under tax-exempt status, which greatly bolstered the economy.

What Were the Negative Effects of American Imperialism?

Anti-American resentment, unnecessary conflicts, and under effective or counterproductive use of resource were the negative results of American imperialism.  In every nation that American annexed or was sold there was native resentment for having a foreign power ruling over them; there was a sizeable population that pressed for independence of their own country and the ruling Americans disagreed.  This stifled anger solidified over time, harming American relations with the countries with distrust and bitterness. Cuban’s resentment of American annexation of the country doubtlessly played a role in the conversion of the country to communism and endangering American lives by housing Soviet nuclear missiles during the Cuban Missile Crises.  Unnecessary conflicts emerged from American annexation of territories around the world; natives who believed they had switched one oppressor for another were eager to take up arms to take back their homeland.  The Philippine-American War resulted from this cause, 24000 men died in the conflict and $400 million dollars was expended on securing a distant island that played not significant role in domestic issues.  Finally, resources were wasted on these territories and foreign interests that could have been better utilized benefiting the American homeland directly.  Following the Philippine-American war 540 educated and motivated Americans were sent to the Philippines to educated the population and sweeten the sour relations the territory had with America.  These individuals greatly benefited the island increasing elementary student numbers by 20,000 percent; these individuals did improve the countries relationship but did not directly benefit America.  Monumental effects of this nature would have been greatly appreciated in America, who was undergoing a progressivism revolution that need motivated individuals just like these men to educate students and help pass favorable legislation.

In Retrospect, Is American Imperialism Beneficial to the United States?

Overall, the results of American imperialism were positive.  American territories have remained prosperous, Puerto Rico prospers under its tax-exempt status and the Philippines are a stronghold of democracy in Asia.  Only Cuba remains with a low standard of living; they are also the only territory whose government is actively anti-American.  American military supremacy was maintained thanks to the territories, it is unquestioned today that American military is amongst the elite of the world.  One core reason for this is that troops can be deployed to almost any region quickly.  American troops counter coups in Grenada and more recently Haiti thanks to nearby American troops.  Taiwan and South Korea remain free countries because of American involvement in the region, thanks to the pioneering claim of the Philippines.  The local populations of the territories might have been resentful of being dominated by a foreign power, but the end result is financial security and prosperity, along people controlling their own countries which are not in the case of regions that were not made American territories such as China.  Perhaps if America had played a more dominant role during this time period China would not have later emerged as the communist threat that terrorized Americans in Korea and Vietnam, extending the Cold War and killing hundreds of thousands.  A stronger Imperialism policy might have resulted in fewer innocents dying.

Source -Danzer, Gerald A. The Americans Reconstruction through the 20th Century. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2002. 375-81. Print.

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