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Term Paper: Political Activism in Iraq

Term Paper: Political Activism in Iraq

However, Haifa Zangana, an Iraqi novelist, argues differently.  Her documentary City of Widows depicted how the position of Iraqi women has actually deteriorated after the invasion as opposed to before. She discusses the history of Iraq as a country riddled with war and political activism which has not really been allowed to grow on its own and build from within its own cultural and social identities. According to her, as a woman who was born in Iraq and has seen it all first hand, the invasion actually made matters worse with women going from one of the most liberated in the Middle East to those who find themselves losing their loved ones and going through life with children but no one to provide for them (Zangana). A feeling of helplessness enshrouds the women of Iraq as they battle through life within a semi-calm civil war like situation where their husbands may get kidnapped from their very homes with no trace whatsoever. It is estimated that 22,000 Iraqis have gone missing ever since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 (Zangana). Such cases are usually ransom oriented and with ransoms ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than a million, the documentary dubs it as a lucrative business. Women have limited certainty of life and security with the police often unable to help or even register a case against the culprits responsible. Apart from the civilian suicide attacks and racial violence this is another matter plaguing the women of Iraq. If a kidnapping does occur or a family member goes missing, the women are forced to do their own search, travelling from police station to police station, looking up hospital registries and Missing Person centers. This scenario is very effective in stripping the women of their rights to enjoy life and live peacefully (Zangana).

What can thus be seen is a war situation similar to the Vietnam scene as the U.S seems to have stepped into a marsh where from it is not only finding it difficult to extract success out of but

Ways to Positively Impact Other People – Politics and Social Activism

Ways to Positively Impact Other People – Politics and Social Activism

Another contribution that can outlive you is your role in politics and social activism. Leadership is needed in our world now as never before.

Gandhi became immortal through guiding India to freedom from British rule.

Churchill became immortal for inspiring the British people to courage during World War II.

Martin Luther King made his name in the non-violent fight for civil rights.

What causes will you champion? It is no longer enough for us to leave the mantel of leadership in our societies to others.

People like Al Gore have shown that we can sometimes have great influence by merely calling people’s attention to a problem in need of solution.

Nelson Mandela showed us moral courage in the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Whether your leadership role is formal or informal, we are all called to politics in one form or another, for politics determines the policies by which our nations and our world will be led. And our participation or apathy will outlive us in determining what kind of a world we leave behind for our children.

Living a life that will outlive you means that you must leave something behind that will have some form of societal impact.

It means doing something, creating something, and sharing something that inspires, enables, liberates, and stimulates other people to move to a better place.

This can be done on a small or large scale. It can impact the lives of a few people or the lives of millions, if not billions, of people. It may influence a family, a community, a company, a country, or the world.

You can choose to do it through sharing profound knowledge and philosophy, through generating works of art, through creating organizations of enduring value, or through political activity and the championing of worthy causes.

Each will outlive you. Each can change history, whether for a few people or for many.

Mark Victor Hansen, best known as the co-creator of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ empire (which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling non-fiction book series ever), is a walking success magnet! Between his books and speeches, Mark has helped countless millions of people become their very best. Visit Mark’s 101 E-Book Library at http://www.IdeasThatCanChangeYourLife.com.

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You like sharing videos? You have an opinion about American Issues?

By Peter Francis

There is a brand new site that addresses some of the hotest American Political issues, and it is done via VIDEO. Street Rebuttal is a unique forum built with a very common tool –online video.

You can respond to current civic, social and legal affairs, right there on the site, and it has incredible potential to affect change, give power to the masses and turn up the volume of our voices.

We all know that the common denominator that unites the President, members of Congress, lobbyists, Big Business, special interest groups and mainstream media– they all claim to represent the American public.

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