Bernie’s Filibuster and Claudia’s Desertion

DN Monday, December 13, 2010: Please answer all questions:


  1. In the headlines, what three foreign situations did WikiLeaks just reveal? Give one sentence describing each. Rank them in terms of how illegal or unethical the actions of the foreign heads of state were. Then rate the US response as one of the following: actively destabilizing, passively destabilizing, nonintervening, or supporting stability.
  2. Bernie Sanders Denounces Obama-GOP Tax Cut in 8.5-Hour Senate Speech, Says U.S. Becoming “Banana Republic”: What is a filibuster? What are the rules for it? What is an oligarchy or oligarchic society? What do you think of Bernie Sanders’ speech and his emphasis on the children in the US?
  3. Climate Deal Reached in Cancún: Will the Agreement Help Save the Planet?: The agreement authorizes a $100 billion fund, held by the World Bank, to help developing countries cope with climate change starting in 2020. How difficult would it be for an LDC (least developed country) to turn away from this money, which could do so much good in their country? Does this divide them internally – between their poor, who depend on money, and their indigenous peoples, who depend on resources? Are you surprised that Claudia Solerno deserted Pablo Solon? Is this consistent with Ecuador’s position on REDD, as articulated by Raphael Correa?
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One Response to Bernie’s Filibuster and Claudia’s Desertion

  1. vcoraggio says:

    1. 1) Uzbekistan has rampant corruption including torture and indentured servitude. The US passively tried to destabilize the country by giving this hideous government money. 2) The US discussed ways to get rid of Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe. I would say the US was actively trying to destabilize their country. 3. In 2008 Columbian President Alaro Uribe was ready to order troops to cross into Venezuela and stop the rebels. The US heard about what was going on and just sat there, so I’d call that non intervening.
    2. A filibuster is a parliament procedure of obstruction in a legislature whereby a lone member can elect to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a proposal. The rules of filibuster in the US senate currently are that a senator can talk as long as he wants unless 3/5th of senators (60/100) vote to bring the debate to a close. ( Wikipedia)
    An oligarchy is a form of structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, corporate, or military control.
    I really liked his speech. I was so happy to hear how righteous, fair, and outraged he was. The way he talked about kids in his speech was an effective and sentimental point. I do, however, feel like it was a little cliche. Still, I was so happy to hear a politician really take a strong point on something I agree with!
    3. It would be very difficult for the LDC (least developed countries) to turn away from the money the Cancun Treaty is offering. I do see, however, how it could cause internal feuds between the natives who want to protect the resources and the poor who want the money for social programs. It was a surprise and disappointment that Claudia Solerno did not stand by him when he spoke about how the climate change agreement had ended and became official even though Bolivia did not join. It would have made it much stronger.

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