Peru’s Presidential Election in Historical Context: “Markets Versus Marxism”

Peru’s Presidential Election in Historical Context: “Markets Versus Marxism”

The U.S. has a long history of interfering in Latin America when their leaders view from U.S. interests. Will Peru’s new president be deemed ‘acceptable?’

How Should Indigenous People Be Incorporated Into Western Society?

How Should Indigenous People Be Incorporated Into Western Society?

Following the discovery of mass graves at Canada’s residential schools, how should Canada approach the indigenous issue? Six countries may hold the answer.

VP Harris Misses the Point on Guatemala and Immigration

VP Harris Misses the Point on Guatemala and Immigration

By Quentin Choy June 9, 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris recently went on her first foreign trip as vice president to Mexico and Guatemala to deal with the issue of migration and asylum seekers from the region. Harris echoed already existing migration policy saying that those who tried to cross the U.S. border would be…

Sights and Wonders #3: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawai’i

Sights and Wonders #3: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawai’i

By Quentin Choy June 4, 2021 In the Punchbowl Crater sitting just above Urban Honolulu sits a tranquil resting place of thousands of American heroes who served in the U.S. military as well as a monument established for those men and women whose remains were never found. This is the National Memorial Cemetery of the…

Memorial Day History: The Role of African-American Soldiers During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

Memorial Day History: The Role of African-American Soldiers During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

By Quentin Choy May 31, 2021 In honor of Memorial Day, I’ll look at the lives of African-Americans who served in the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the Philippine-American War in 1899, both of which are often forgotten in the American memory but were pivotal in the U.S. emergence as a global superpower. The U.S.…

Samoa Power Struggle Ends; First Female Prime Minister Elected

Samoa Power Struggle Ends; First Female Prime Minister Elected

By Quentin Choy May 25, 2021 A constitutional crisis in Samoa concluded with the swearing in of Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, leader of the Faith in the One True God (FAST) Party. She defeated incumbent prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, who leads the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). Sualauvi suspended the meeting of parliamentary sitting…

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

By Quentin Choy May 22, 2021 Yesterday, I watched a documentary on the steaming service CuriosityStream called Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World. I had been looking for a good documentary on this subject as it is a fascinating war, yet one that is overlooked in terms of its consequences for the modern…

BOOK REVIEW: “A Brief History of Neoliberalism” by David Harvey

BOOK REVIEW: “A Brief History of Neoliberalism” by David Harvey

By Quentin Choy May 6, 2021 I recently completed David Harvey’s book, A Brief History of Neoliberalism published in 2005. Neoliberalism is such a pervasive force in our society that I thought it would be worth exploring its history and theoretical foundations. Some things worth mentioning before I review the book are both the context…

How Bush’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

How Bush’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

George Herbert Walker Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday. While at Naval Aviation Pre-Flight School in North Carolina, Bush described the crude propaganda handed out as “sickening,” saying that intelligent people were being “brainwashed,” even though they are smart enough to know why they are here and what they are fighting for.…

How Nixon’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

How Nixon’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

Richard Milhous Nixon’s foreign policy was well-remembered for its anti-communist focus, primarily exemplified in the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia. Although the Vietnam War holds a looming role over his foreign policy and presidential legacy, he often used peaceful rhetoric when discussing foreign affairs. Nixon’s World War II service in the Navy stemmed…

How Eisenhower’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

How Eisenhower’s Experience in World War II Shaped How He Discussed War and Peace as President

President Eisenhower, who was relatively unknown to Americans and not coming from a military family, established a foreign policy after World War II that emphasized liberty, democracy, and freedom. Prior to the start of the war, Eisenhower joined General MacArthur in helping to establish a defense for the Philippines and helping Filipinos form an army.…

A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Latin America During the 20th Century

A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Latin America During the 20th Century

By Quentin Choy March 9, 2021 While the United States was heavily involved in the domestic affairs of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, the 20th Century saw a changing dynamic in American interests and justification for U.S. interventionism in the region. Various patterns for intervention throughout the 1935 to 1990 period included protection…

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