Cortez and Montezuma The author tells us how Hernando Cortez took advantage of Montezuma’s religion and the prophecies with in the religion to destroy and conquer the Aztec Empire. This article is about Mexico the country where I was raised and that attracted my attention to it and because wanted to learn a little more about how the Spaniards were too gruesome and took everything by force like Professor Harriet Joseph told us. I think this would be a better choice than the other articles because it shows us another aspect of the colonization in America; the side where it shows us perfectly the way Spain began exploring America for gold, glory and god. The article’s strengths was that it tell us very well the conflict between the Aztecs and the Spaniards but it lacks of information about the Indians religion and the story of Cortez before he went to Cuba and then to America. The Article was very interesting because you learn about the origins of the land you were raised if you were like me and everything in the article was very clear and not confounding at all.
War on Drugs in Guatemala Oriana Peñaranda Introduction to International Relations 1011 Dr. Charles MacDonald March 23, 2012 The Central American country of Guatemala has experienced the traumatic effects of drug trafficking for about 30 years now and is desperately trying to find solutions to resolve this problem. Drug cartels have taken over large swathes of Guatemala and other Central American countries, fueling some of the highest murder rates in the world. Drug trafficking is a major issue because it threatens the stability, prosperity and peace of the country. The issue of illegal drug trafficking and the violence that comes with it is nothing new to Guatemala. Why does Guatemala suffer from the immense amount of drug trafficking?
Drug trafficking, in years past, have been very present in countries like Cuba, where drug lords attempted to run the country. Through drug cartels, as mentioned earlier, groups of people try to sell these illegal drugs in attempt to gain money and power. However, these type of cartels are very dangerous as the affect the lives of individuals. More recently, Mexico has been heavily hit by the drug trafficking epidemic, and this has caused an ongoing war that seems almost impossible to end. Living the United States, one can easily forget how great a right it is to practice free speech.
The Issue Since September 11th 2001 the United States have been at war with terrorists who have brought the fight to America’s homeland. This is not the first time wars have been fought within the American borders, but recent events in history have kept the majority of fighting off of American soil. “The militarization of domestic policing in the United States coincided with the onset of two ongoing "wars": the "war on drugs," which began in earnest in the 1980s, and the "war on terror," which assumed much greater dimensions in the early 2000s. Like any other war, these conflicts utilize military personnel, equipment, and tactics to combat and eradicate real and perceived enemies” (Hall & Coyne, 2013). On 9/11 terrorist where able to murder over 3,000 people many who were civilians.
Mexico was in ruins after the Mexican American war and for a while remained in hot water, because of the economic struggles and the violent attacks that were occurring between others who were in search of prospering. In my opinion, the Mexican War brought much decrease of power to the Mexican society. Desperate for money, Mexico seriously needed a settlement and the conclusion was selling most of their land to the United States of America for a total amount of 15 million dollars (pg. 101). After not only losing a huge amount of land to the United States of America, many Mexicans such as the gold diggers and even New Mexicans that had already been residing in American territory had to face problems with their own civil rights and citizenship (pg.103, pg.104).
Explain how the Aztec empire was created, and how did the empire contributed to its own destruction. The rise to power of the Aztecs (Mexica) and its own downfall is an important story and was accounted for just after the destruction of the Aztec empire. The formation of the triple alliance: Tenochtitlan (Tenochca), the Acolhua of Texcoco, and the Tepaneca of Tlacopan; together dominated most of Mexico between 1430 and 1521 AD. There are many factors that contributed to the success of the Aztec empire, and also a large number of factors that resulted to their own destruction many years later. The Aztecs were impacted by Toltec before them and also by the Maya, and owed a great deal to the founders of the first Mesoamerican civilisation; the Olmec.
When Juarez returned from exile and gained the presidency of Mexico, Diaz became one of his most loyal supporters and provided the military muscle for his liberal causes (Reed). Diaz first ran for the presidency of Mexico in 1871 against his partner and mentor Benito Juarez, and Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada. The results of the election were so close that it could not be decided on votes alone and was sent to the congress to decide. Juarez’s party held the majority of seats and basically by default was awarded the presidency. This outcome greatly upset Diaz and Diaz later would show his opinion by not accepting the results and threw an unsuccessful revolt to overthrow
In 19th century America, shipping was the pillar holding up the states’ economy. When Great Britain began to use impressment of the American sailors and fuel hate against American settlers by providing the Natives with guns, President James Madison along with Congress declared war. June 1st 1812 marked the beginning of the 3-year war that would ultimately be fought for the soul of America itself. The war of 1812, in accordance with Bradford Perkins, was called “the strangest war in history” because the United States waged a war that the nation was not prepared for, and although the Americans suffered major losses, the war ended up uniting the people of the U.S. and prompting manufacturing in the young nation. The War of 1812 is also considered an unnatural war because the Treaty of Ghent ended the war but resolved none of the issues that started it.
In July 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the ‘War on Drugs’ (Drug Policy). What had once been symbol of the youth rebellion suddenly become the scapegoat for America’s failures. According to a top Nixon aide John Ehrlichman, “The Nixon campaign of 1968 and Nixon Whitehouse after that had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people… by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroins, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities...Did we know we were lying about drugs? Of course we did.” The ‘War on Drugs’ has continued to wage on since then, with incarcerated individuals increasing by a factor of 4 up to almost 2,000,000 people. The true winners of the ‘War on Drugs’ were not the American citizens, rather it was private prison operators and politicians.