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Joanna Drzewieniecki

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  • What's Cuba *Really* Like?
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 03/21/2017 at 3:42 pm

      Can't quarrel with most of the article though, for a long time, there were virtually no Afro-Cubans in the top ranks of the government of the country. Cuba was also infamous for its persecution of gays, something that has recently changed though only Cuban gays can say how much. But one real test of a system like that of Cuba is if it can deliver economically in the long term and Cuba has been struggling since it lost its subsidies from the Soviet Union. Finally, as a leftist, I most definitely do not believe in dictatorships for life nor hereditary ones.

  • Trump does Poor imitation of Tin-Pot Dictator at "Press Conference"
    • Something is going on here and I don't know what it is. After listening to the hearings of Trump's foreign policy picks, I have the impression that they were chosen by the Republican foreign policy establishment. And so I ask myself how someone like Trump (who is very under-educated) chose these people? One possibility could be that those two close advisors -- Jared and Ivonka -- who seem vastly more intelligent than D. Trump, were helpful in these choices, on the basis of recommendations of powerful foreign policy people. This is pure speculation on my part but my point is that unlike the dictators mentioned in this article and replies to it, Trump is not currently surrounded by people who will do everything he wants (does he know what he wants?) or 'off with their heads'. And right now foreign policy seems to be the area where others are taking a leading role. Is Trump to be a 'managed' president in some policy areas and who will be managing him?

  • Welcome to Psychopathocracy
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 01/10/2017 at 7:18 pm

      After reading the comments on this article, I would recommend the book "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout. This book clarifies some of the points in Prof. Cole's article, which I personally agree with completely.

  • Those Times the NSA Hacked America's Allies
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 01/07/2017 at 10:16 am

      Hmmm. I have been protesting US foreign policy for decades and US interference in foreign elections (which thankfully has diminished to some degree, though perhaps not entirely). I protested because I think that elections everywhere should be free of foreign influence (and other types of illegal interference). That means that I do not welcome Russian interference in the US elections. Russia has already attempted the same in its neighboring countries. I am a bit at a loss as to why you don't see this as a problem.

  • Trump's Jerusalem embassy Move an Invitation to Terrorism: 9/11 Provoked in part by Israeli Occupation
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 12/19/2016 at 6:34 pm

      It is all too horrible. But neither Palestinians nor those of us who work peacefully around the world for Palestinian liberty will stop our work, ever, not until Palestinians are all free. And they will be free.

  • Demonization of Putin as "Personally" behind Clinton Hack is old Propaganda Technique
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 12/16/2016 at 6:24 pm

      How much the Russians may or may not have had to do with hacking the Democrats (and Republicans for that matter), they are playing games to expand their influence in various European countries including Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia, Hungary, Ukraine, and so forth, using hacking as one of their tools. Priority is going to those countries formerly under their control. There is every reason to believe that hacking foreign governments and politicians is perfectly acceptable to Putin (as it sometimes is for US espionage agencies and presidents). As someone commented in the Washington Post recently, today's Russia likes to be an agent of chaos......

  • As Der Donald-inspired Hate Crimes grow, US Universities at Risk
  • Dear Ann Coulter: Ben Franklin didn't think you or Trump are White, Either
  • Save America from Trump to fix America, or, Did your Mother Drop you on Your Head?
    • It is amazing to me that so many people cannot tell the difference between politics as usual and a megalomaniac who cannot take criticism, ignores advice, cannot concentrate on the intricacies of domestic and foreign policy (and knows nothing about the latter), does not depend on his party, and has legitimized bigotry, racism and white supremacy (i.e. people with such views feel more empowered to act on them). I know where some of the cynicism expressed above is coming from but I also see it as coming from people who have not suffered political instability, political violence, economic disarray, run away inflation, etc.. If you had, you might have some understanding of just how dangerous Trump could be for all of you and those you care about (not to say the rest of the world). It is so easy to say 'let it burn' when you cannot (or would rather not) actually visualize your own house burning. I admit I have absolutely no idea what Trump will do but that in itself expresses part of the danger. And, oh yes, and does anyone remember the Supreme Court?

    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 11/03/2016 at 2:27 pm

      Very odd idea that the rest of the world doesn't care. The rest of the world cares very much and is appalled by Trump. Here in Latin America everybody realizes that Trump is not only a racist (i.e., all Latin Americans are inferior, but also that he is unbelievably ignorant). In Europe, Trump's apparent views on NATO are terrifying and ever more so the closer you get to Russia's border. I can't comment on Asia but certainly China has been developing contingency plans for aggressive attacks of various sorts from Trump, especially on trade. The Canadians are very fearful because they can't escape US influence since they are next door. Africans no doubt have heard of Trump's racism. Here and there, there are no doubt dictators and authoritarian leaders and their followers who feel they could get along nicely with Trump and we do know that the Russian people love him.

  • White College Students Angry they originated in Africa
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 10/22/2016 at 2:41 pm

      I said the same thing when I taught a Developing Nations course when I was studying for my doctorate (SUNY Buffalo) and all I got was a few raised eyebrows. Sadly I fear that times may have changed and more and more people in the US refuse to believe anything they don't want to believe. And no expert opinion matters. Nor does scientific evidence.

  • The Presidential Debate that did not really Happen
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 09/27/2016 at 4:10 pm

      I would just like to tell all of you out there that I have heard real political debates - in Canada! I have lost all hope that there will ever be real debates in the US because everything is images, momentum, impressions, nothing is substance.....

  • Five truths about the Hijab (Muslim Veil) that need to be told
    • I am happy to grow old in multi-cultural Peru, where indigenous people in high Andes and the Amazonian lowlands can wear traditional clothes if they wish to (or not). And I come from a country - the US - founded by people who fled Europe seeking freedom to practice their religion. Being 'secular' is a belief system as any other and I am sorry you cannot see that. Because if you can't, you are not truly free and cannot grant the people around you true freedom and respect.

    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 08/20/2016 at 12:38 pm

      Yes!

    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 08/20/2016 at 12:35 pm

      The comments this time are as interesting as the article! I found that in the US and Canada wearing of the hijab was very often a personal choice. I was told the same by the Indonesian women I talked to. They told me it was a decision between them and God. In the US, Amish women must cover their hair and there are no protests on their behalf. In general, I agree with Audrey: 'Get over it already'! Do you really not have more serious problems to fix in your own societies?

  • Monsters to Destroy: Top 7 Reasons the US could not have forestalled Syrian Civil War
    • I wanted the Assads gone for decades. Now my only wish is for all the people of Syria that they might find peace above all, that they might resume a semblance of a normal life with education for their children and healthcare for all. That the 4.8m refugees live decent lives and find a real home at home or somewhere else if it must be. And my heart aches very, very deeply because I cannot see any way that this can happen anytime soon. And in the midst of all this, I have to vote for Hillary the Hawk to save the world from Donald the Profoundly Dangerous.

  • No, Obama did not found ISIL, Mr. Trump: That was the GOP
    • I agree. All evil does not originate in the US or the global north. It is true that both the right and the left in the US systematically minimize the agency of actors in the global south. Still, Prof. Cole is less guilty of this than many others.

  • Newt Should Check out Mike Pence's Christian Sharia
    • I generally agree with you on just about everything. Ditto here except for the idea that being against abortion equals being religious. I think it is also a philosophical and a scientific issue. You bring science in yourself when you refer to the babies of rapists. With so many discoveries regarding DNA, there is more reason to believe that tendencies for certain kinds of behaviors are inherited. Personally, I am against banning abortion but very much think it is a last choice and that we must have a philosophical and scientific discussion as to when human life begins. Still, in the polarized world of the US, such a discussion may never take place, which is very, very sad.

  • Why is ISIL still trying to Slaughter and Enslave the ancient Yazidi Minority?
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 02/16/2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much for providing this extraordinary documentation of the beliefs and customs of this ancient religious group.

  • Israel - Iran Military Comparison
    • Joanna Drzewieniecki 03/01/2012 at 8:05 pm

      If Iran (or anyone else) dropped a nuclear bomb on Israel, how many Palestinians would they kill? I am not an expert on nuclear warfare, but I think that they would kill a great many whether in the first strike or through radiation. Therefore, Iran (and anybody else who cares about Palestinians) would not drop a nuclear bomb on Israel. Please tell me if I am wrong.

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