• Peace through Feminism?

    Feminists assert that men and women deserve equality in all opportunities, treatment, and rights.  Feminists often argue that we need more women in global leadership roles. In a recent interview, the Dalai Lama, said that the world is in need of more women as leaders. The Dalai Lama seems to be a “difference feminist.” A “difference feminist” believes that there are significant and real differences between the way men and women make decisions and lead. Men lead differently than women.

    The Dalai Lama, said “According to scientists, women have more sensitivity than men. Sometimes I really feel that more women should take responsibility in the leadership of our planet. It would mean less violence.”

    Discussion starters:

    1. Do you agree with the Dalai Lama that our global village would be less violent if more women assumed leadership roles?
    2. How might we promote and allow more women into global leadership roles?


  • Fears and Concerns across our global village

    The Pew Research Center asked people around the world about their level of concern for seven global issues. Pew sought to understand what people of different parts of our global village feel are the greatest global threats.

    Climate change and Isis dominated top responses. People in the United States and in 13 other states expressed the greatest concern about ISIS.

    In 19 of the 40 countries involved more people were "very concerned" about climate change than anything else, compared to 14 for ISIS and five for global economic instability.

    In his first Inaugural Address U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

    Discussion starters:

    1. How might these concerns or fears shape domestic politics?
    2. How might these concerns be reflections of the dangers most confronting people?
  • President Obama reestablishes diplomatic relations with ‚Ä™Cuba

    The United States closed its embassy in the country of Cuba in 1961. That year (the same year President Obama was born) the United States sought to isolate the Cuban people and the island.

    More than half a century later the US President has announced, "Later this summer, Secretary Kerry will travel to Havana to formally, proudly, raise the American flag over our Embassy once more."

    Only 90 miles of salty ocean waters separate the United States and Cuba. The US employed a policy of isolation for the island state for fifty-four years. President Obama has decided that the best policy is to employ a new approach of engagement.

    “We are neighbors and now we can be friends.” 

    Discussion starters:

    1. Why did the policy of isolation fail?
    2. Will you study abroad and or travel to Cuba?