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Final Blog Post

 

I’ve learned a ton this semester.

  1. Nigeria. OMG I don’t even think at the beginning of this class could I find Nigeria on a map much less write three in depth essays about its culture, economy, and political structure. I fear for Nigeria but I do have a sliver of hope that they will succeed in the future and accomplish their goals but it’ll have to be one baby step at a time. Read More

Test Questions

 

Well, it’s pointless to try to come up with possible test questions since the test has passed.  I was confused on this post because the schedule had for April 25th, write a blog posing some possible questions you might think w
ould be on the test. Read More

Country Panel Presentations

 

Day 1: Russia, Iran, Romania, China (Communist, Post-communist, Post-authoritarian)

The first day of panel presentations included those countries listed above. They weren’t as detailed as I would have like them to be but they were still interesting. It seems that all of these countries have issues with their economy. Read More

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International Trade

 

How do you think that rich countries should address problems of the developing world?

This chapter was dense! Holy moly. It is a lottt of terms and stuff. I get it. International trade is kind of important to the domestic economy as well as foreign economies.

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Nigeria’s role in WWII

The article for the next two quotations here:

Human resources:

“Churchill and many British government ministers at the time had had direct experience with the Empire and its people, and it was inevitable that the crafting of the war involved the marshaling of Empire and Commonwealth forces. African kings like the Asantehene of the Gold Coast became indispensable resources in this effort because they were able to mobilize their subjects for all manner of projects, whether it was to join the imperial army, help assemble Hurricanes, or construct airfields, harbors, and roads. In the first few years of the war, the RAF recruited 10,000 West Africans for ground duties in the British West Africa colonies of the Gold Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. To be sure, British personnel, who were succumbing to West Africa’s punishing heat and enervating malarial attacks, needed support from an acclimatized populace in a region of the world sometimes called the “White Man’s Grave.”

Beyond that, West African soldiers went to the battlefront itself. The 4th Gold Coast Infantry Brigade, which later became the 2nd West African Infantry Brigade, contributed 65,000 men to the 1944 Battle of Myohaung, which drove the Japanese out of Burma. Today, in testament to that history, the military section of Accra, Ghana’s capital, is called Burma Camp, and there is a Myohaung Barracks at Takoradi.”

Resources:

“The war brought about a greater demand for Africa’s raw materials. With the loss of Southeast Asia’s rubber to the Japanese, Nigeria became one of Britain’s most important sources of rubber. The Gold Coast’s bauxite, the raw material for aluminum, was critical to British aircraft production. It would be misleading to say, however, that these contributions were all made under blissful conditions. Britain’s ultimately failed attempts to increase tin mining in Nigeria involved forced labor under appalling conditions.”

Article:

“I have read about the million or so African troops who fought in WWII on the side of the Allies. West African soldiers, including many Nigerians, were instrumental in liberating Ethiopia (the only African country to successfully resist colonization) from fascists. I have known that the British offered inducements to subjects in their African colonies to convince them to fight in Europe against Germany, of course in worse conditions and for less pay than their white counterparts.”

Lauren

P.S. The photo is from when I went to Auschwitz and it’s a room filled with the shoes of those who perished during WWII.

Event 2

 

Tonight, April 4th, I thoroughly enjoyed a one-woman play called Unveiled. Omg it was amazing; I almost cried three times and had goosebumps the entire time. It was beautifully succinct and powerfully honest. The story line was basically five snapshots of five different Muslim women in the US today who in one way or another all suffered the truly present effects of racism.

Part I: Chocolate Chai Read More