THE TROUBLES

 

The Northern Ireland conflict is a disagreement between the two parties of Unionists-Protestants and the Nationalist-Catholics, where the two groups of people are fighting over the same lands. The difference between the two groups of people is that the “Unionists” or the “loyalists” wants to remain as a part of the United Kingdom while the Nationalists wants Northern Ireland to be reunited with Ireland. Both parties have a reasoning behind the conflict. The unionists want the rights to the land on the grounds that they are a majority in Northern Ireland, and the Nationalists wants the rights to the lands on the grounds that they are the majority on the island of Ireland. Furthermore, the violence and the conflict are fuelled by the conflicts and disagreements of the past and are used as propaganda for further violence. The British parliament thought by including Ireland in the Union the Irish problem would seas to exist but they were wrong. Ireland would not give up the fight for self-control. After the Irish independence war, the vision of those who wanted to become a part of the Union and those who wanted to become under “Home Rule” became clearer.

In the peace treaty after the Irish independent war, the Island of Ireland was split into two political parties. The two parties where “The Independent Irish free state (Eire) and “Northern Ireland” (Ulster) who wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom due to a majority of unionist in Ulster. By late 1960, the majority of the Catholic people became upset that they felt like they were treated as second-class citizens, and took to the streets and demonstrated against the suppression and bad treatment. This was the start of the time period witch where called for the “Troubles” a thirty-year-old long civil war between the Republicans and the Loyalists, where the British army was sent to restore peace I the streets but the military just caused more violence.

Since 2007 Northern Ireland has been a stable Internal government where former enemies now cooperate to make sure that the province will avoid falling back into the pitfalls of the past.

The reason why there has been such controversy around Northern Ireland and the Brexit deal is that the inhabitants of Northern Ireland were unsure of what consequences this would have for their humanitarian rights. But in the seeking a Brexit agreement, Theresa may and her government has been glibly assuring everyone that nothing is going to change the laws as applied in Northern Ireland. Farrell points out that “a joint report signed by May and Michel Barnier last December promised that there would be no diminution of human rights and equal protection in Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-ireland-border-troubles-discrimination-eu-sinn-fein-catholic-protestant-a8516946.html

 

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Terrorism.

In the picture, it is depicted two Muslim people with a confused look on their face. They are looking up at a British soldier armed with a rifle on his back, suited up with a bullet-resistant vest and a helmet to match. The soldier is screaming at the two Muslims that he is bringing them “Democracy”. In the background, there is nothing but a vast desert and sand dunes. The only thing that the desert is containing is an undetonated missile stuck in the sandbanks. The irony behind this political picture is that a big percentage of the population is critical to foreigners coming to their country trying to change their way of life and the ideology that their country is built upon. However, in the picture, there is a British soldier forcing “democracy” down their throat by using violent measures. Therefore the purpose behind the drawing is to point out the hypocrisy behind the British people thoughts.

Remember the ship…

  • The speaker of the poem “Remember the ship” is reflecting his thoughts on the immigrant travelers from the Windrush generations. He speaks in metaphors and is referencing racism and discrimination of the Windrush immigrants who came to England after the second world war. Therefore is his message aimed at the English people and his intention is to make the people welcome the immigrants instead of neglecting them.
  • The references to the ship are a many. The author of the poem is making the ship seem like a symbol of hope, and are referring to the ship as a “ship on two legs”, and “Kinship that knows no boundary of skin”
  • We must “remember the ship”. The Windrush and its passengers came to help England in a time of need. A time where England laid in ruins and needed help to rebuild, and without the help of the immigrants, England would never be the same as it is today.
  • “And the citizenship shall be a call to kinship that knows no boundary of skin” this is a reference to rase in that by being an English citizen, there should be no difference only by the color of your skin, but by being a citizen of Britain you will become a part of a family.
  • I think this poem is relevant today because there is still discrimination and racism out there in the world and this poem is a reminder that should take care of one another, and think about each other an equal.

THE PLASTIC WHALE

The world community is facing a large problem. This problem has been growing larger and more quickly every year, and is something that is just going to keep growing until there are no way back from it.  In all the oceans in the world, there has been to consistencies that are going to continue to be there unless we like it or not. The first one is marine animals like fish, turtles, whales and other aquatic animals that thrive under the surface of the sea, the second is plastic. The material we know from our dining equipment to our shopping bags and other everyday objects.

Plastic objects are contaminating the seabed and are injuring and or killing the aquatic animals in the world, animals that are unknowingly eating the ever-growing supply plastic materials in the ocean. The problem is causing endangered species making it a mission for our self to rescue these animals.

  • Reflect the impact the documentary had on you

The documentary “The plastic whale” made an impact on me. Seeing beautiful creatures suffer under our own making is very tragic to witness, and knowing that one whale dying from plastic bags is just the tip of the iceberg is tremendously horrifying. As a person who considers me as someone who cares about our environment, watching our own shorelines covered in plastic waste makes me very sad and makes me think about every time I’ve caught myself of others in littering. This documentary makes me wanna become more aware of how I treat my own surroundings.

  • Do you think it will help the oceans that we put more focus on this problem?  Why/Why not?

Of course, I think by shedding a light on an issue will help the people of the world to react, and so I think it is going to have a positive effect. If you give people something that makes us believe that it is important, I have faith in the human race to make an effort for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Guns: Conservative vs Liberal

Liberal:

The view on the gun law in America seen from a liberal point of view is that guns are just «toy weapons of war» and are not a good way to protect yourself. The basis of the second amendment is that if a corrupt government is instated, the people can rise up and fight it. AR (assault rifles) are in the eyes of the liberals are not enough to take down a government with tanks and drones.

After numerous school shootings, parents all over America sympathize with the people who have lost their loved ones and are turning in their firearms to the police which has a gun buy-back program.

Conservative:

The conservatives are making the argument that the media are being unfair and making a war on guns after there has been a shooting where there are been murdered more than three people.

Their opinion on the matter is that it is the users of the weapons and not the weapons themselves that are the problem. They are bounding on the foundation of the fact that gun crimes are up 48% after California became a Gun Free Zone.

Spotlight reivew

The Protagonists in the film “spotlight” are the journalists that strive to reveal the truth concerning the abuse that is inflicted on children of the church, which is applied by the priest of the Catholic church on the Boston area. The antagonist of this film is the Catholic church, that where systematically hiding the fact that priests in their parish where abusing small children by the hundreds, and the people that are trying to prevent the truth from seeing the light of day.

An aspect of the movie that showed me something that I wasn’t aware of, is the fact that the journalist went to great lengths to reveal the truth, such as ringing doorbells to gain information from witnesses and using many sources to prove the fact behind these priests. This made me think about how ordinary people like you and me can make an impact just by telling the truth, and not hiding behind what is safe.

I think the film teaches us about morals and values, and how easy it is for people in power to abuse their use of it. People that sit in positions of power often have the decision to make a good impact on somebody else’s lives. By using this position to abuse young children and making it seem like it doesn’t matter is wrong, and it this is what I take from the movie. If you give someone power and at some point, you can make a mistake, and this mistake can haunt someone for the rest of their lives. I think the film was a good representation of that.

 

The reluctant fundamentalist

In the assignment that we are given, we are going to tell you about the plot, setting, characters, narrative style and the theme of the book.

In the book, we are getting to know a little bit about the main character, and how he has been living in the last few years. The story begins when the main character “Changez” sits down to talk to a man in a cafe in Lahore. Changez is described briefly and is more and more introduced throughout the book. The book takes place in the time between 2001 and 2007, and the settings are some different places in the world where Changez jumps between the stories and the different locations.

The themes in this book are freedom, different idiologies, love, racism, betrail and the lesson of life. The book is narrated from the perspective of Changez and we get to know all of his thoughts and meanings but at the same time as Changez keeps his cards close to his chest. We get to know about his life from the past as he tells “the American” in his conversation in the cafe. He tells us about 9/11, his girlfriend and about where he went to school and got his degree.