Conflict In Our World
Print Article 1: Rumble in the Jungle
“Rumble in the Jungle.” The Economist, 19 May 2018, p. 32.
This article was about the violence between the Burmese Army, and the Kachin Independence Army due to the resource minds of gold and amber in the region of Tanai. The violence and fighting of these two armies caused a fleeing of civilians into the jungles of Myanmar. Starting in 2011, conflicts between the two groups grew when a cease fire was broken down between the two groups. Ever since, there has been tension between both armies. Unfortunately for civilians, the conflicts have broken out to fights that have caused them to flee. In the latest outbreak between the groups, 7,000 civilians were forced to flee, adding to the 100,000 people already taken out. Protests have been taken place do to the fighting, but nothing good came of it. Protests groups are forced to stop, and threaten with imprisonment. Additionally, the government has done nothing to stop the conflicts, but instead stays silent. The only thing that the government has done is say that the fighting is a “valiant effort” to stabilize the region.
Relation to theme:
This article relates to the theme of conflict, because it shows two conflicting groups taking their violence out on each other, and innocent people. In the article, it was stated that the armies have used civilians as human shields from attacks from the other side. This shows that each group will do what they find necessary to protect themselves. Also, their is conflict between the people and the government. Throughout all of the violence, it appears to the people that the government is “okay” with this violence due to the point that they have had many opportunities to stop the violence and fleeing of the civilians, but have still done nothing.
Print Article 2: Writing on the Wall
“Writing on the Wall.” The Economist, 30 June 2018, pp. 44-45.
This article was about the issues in the government of Senegal. President Sall has changed the government of Senegal critically in his small period of power. Going back to his election, Sall became president in 2012. Since then, it appears that Salls government has put laws into effect to take out any of his opponents in the upcoming elections. For example, Barthélémy Dias was put in prison for six months because he protested the verdict of Khalifa Sall’s case (imprisoned for 5 years for embezzling 3.4 million dollars). Dias’s imprisonment seemed odd because of how he is an opposition leader in the upcoming election. Additionally, Sall’s government has made more challenges for challengers of the president, including a law that a candidate is required to get 1% of the registered voters signatures. Another change that Sall’s government was the use of violence. Never before has the Senegal government used violence until Sall’s coming to power. Protests by students who have not received their grants ended with violence by the government.
Relation to Theme:
This article relates to the theme of conflict because it shows how difficult Sall is making it for others to take his role as president, and his changes to the government. Adding violence into the government brings a sense of fear to the people which was never present in Senegal. Additionally by adding laws to make it harder for candidates to run for office makes it unfair for the opponents, and ultimately gives Sall an upper hand before anything starts.
Flipboard Article 1: Fans Mourn fatal shooting of openly gay rapper Kevin Fret in Puerto Rico
This article is about the recent murders that have occurred in Puerto Rico in 2019. The latest killing happened on January 10th, 2019 where an openly gay rapper named Kevin Fret. Kevin was shot and killed while driving his motorcycle. The case is still being investigated for a suspect, but no one has been found yet. The killing of Kevin Fret adds to the crisis of violence occurring in Puerto Rico at the moment, as 24 people were murdered since the start of 2019. This seems to be due to the drug trafficking in Puerto Rico. Special Agent Charge Douglas Leff and Commissioner Jennifer González are asking for the necessary resources from mainland America, and hope to get a response in the upcoming days, because they feel that it is their duty to ensure the safety of the American citizens that live on the island.
Relation to Theme:
This article relates to the theme of conflict because of the crisis that is occurring in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is averaging about two murders every single day since the start of the new year, which is a state of crisis. Not yet having the necessary resources to stop the dilemma is difficult for anything to be done, as there is not much to do to help the cause. Additionally, the drug trafficking is problematic because of the violence that occurs in and because of it.
Flipboard Article 2: Five Israeli soldiers held in alleged revenge beating of Palestinian suspects
This article is about military using its power to do something that was not permitted. Israeli soldiers form the group Kfir Brigade’s Netzah Yehuda infantry beat two Palestinian suspects who were convicted of shooting a gun on a bus in Givat Asaf. Angered by the killing of comrades and injury of a civilian, five Israeli soldiers beat the two suspects. The soldiers were arrested for beating the men out of revenge. The beating was so bad that one of the men needed immediate medical attention, and could not be questioned. As for the case, the alleged shooter was arrested for his attack.
Relation to theme:
This article relates to the theme of conflict because it shows that the military believes that they will get away with their actions because they feel it is necessary, rather than what doing what is right. The abuse of power left one man hospitalized do to a beating purely out of revenge and assumption.
Overall, these articles reflect back on what we have learned in our class. Article one brings up the conflict of two civil armies fighting each other over a resources that makes profit. In class, we have learned that the trading of goods and spices was effective throughout all of Asia and Europe (ex. Silk Road). However, the failure to find an agreement on how the goods are used can become problematic. Article two refers to people in power using it to their advantage. Sall used his availability to make laws and rules for others in the country to challenge possible challengers for president. In class, we learned that Western Democracy in Africa has been known recently to put problems away by “sweeping them under the carpet”, which refers to the banishment or imprisonment of people. Article three refers to the effect of violence that is not dealt with. Puerto Rico is currently in a crisis of violence used on people that are not “normal” to society. Kevin Fret, a openly gay rapper, was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle in public. Likewise, in class we have learned that back in history Africans were shipped and traded like livestock to slave owners (Atlantic slave trade). This connects back to the recent events in Puerto Rico, because Kevin Fret, and an African person were treated unequally because they weren’t like the “normal” people of society. Article four refers to the abuse of people with power. The five military men found it to be a good idea to beat two suspects for revenge, hospitalizing one. In class, we have learned about the abuse of power by other countries in countries that do not have much power (westernization). Overall these articles and information learned in class helped me better understand the world in the point that the world is not all pretty, and having little to no conflict, but instead being disturbing in a way of how much conflict happens each and every day world wide.