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GOV 253 Politics of Terrorism

GOV 253 The Politics of Terrorism

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GOV 253 The Politics of Terrorism

Spring 2014

Professor Snow

 Due: 3pm March 13h, in my mailbox—not under my office door.

No late papers accepted

You are the representative of a terrorist organization, perhaps one of those we have studied or will study this semester. You are appealing to a wealthy patron for funding, and in so doing, you are presenting your “business plan,” in approximately 2300-2400 words, double-spaced, stapled or paper-clipped.

These are the things you want to tell your patron: What type of terrorism do you practice? Are you religious? Ethnic? Revolutionary? What are your aims? Methods? Grievances? What do you need the money for? What type of weapons do you use? Why? What are your chances for achieving success, and variables affect your chances? How likely is it that the authorities will catch you and arrest all your associates? Feel free to use your imagination, in order to supply the relevant details.

To adequately answer the questions above, you must do significant research on a terrorist organization, using at least 7-8 reputable sources, not including those we have used in class. Let me repeat that for emphasis: use at least 7-8 reputable sources, not including those we have used in class.

I will evaluate the paper based on several criteria. First, and probably most importantly: use of the readings, lectures, and relevant research. Second, the presentation of the paper, e.g., organization, grammar, spelling, correct referencing of sources. See this link for more details.  

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103 Final Exam review 2013

Introduction to American Government and Politics

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GOV 230 Final Exam Review 2013

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GOV 230 Comparing Reforms

GOV 230 Comparative Politics

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Why Iraq?

GOV 355 U.S. Foreign Policy

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EYH Kenya GOV 240

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EYH application 2014 here. Deadline 4 Oct. 2013

syllabus

photos from trips: 2007-2011
excerpts from student journals

what we do
where we stay
map
pack list
list of needed medical supplies
vaccines

Gataka school video

“Save Africa (for Bantu Mwaura)”, poem by Carlos Andres Gomez.

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EYH Kenya: “Save Africa”, poem by Carlos Andres Gomez

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“SAVE AFRICA (For Bantu Mwaura)”
by Carlos Andres Gomez

Before leaving for Africa, I keep getting the same response,
“Wow… that’s exciting,”
followed up by the inevitable trio of questions I don’t get before
going to Brussels or Holland,
“So what are you going to be doing over there?
Are you going on a safari? Or volunteering?”
Volunteering? My time?

The money it costs me to fly to Nairobi? The eyeball usage interval required to take in the windswept Serengeti of northwest Tanzania?

“Volunteering” what?

So that’s it, I guess: shooting wild animals for sport, with either a camera or rifle,
or
treating people like wild animals for sport, for me to feel good about myself

or to pretend it’s for someone else
and feel good about myself

I’m just going, motherfucker – not for a safari or to do
missionary work or satiate my humanitarian porn addiction

I’m just going to soak my ankles right at sunrise in Lake Tanganyika,
watch a fresh crimson seared sun break over Bujumbura like a tidal
wave of meteor-singed heat

I’m going to freestyle and break-dance at Splash Jam in Orlando West, Soweto to get down with 500 kids like me who worship hip hop and hold
a revival every first Sunday like it’s church

I’m going to ride a bus holding a lantern-eyed, siren-mouthed baby, who just got handed to me by his mom cuz she’s breast-feeding his little sister, while the bus driver sips waragi and races a truck driver around blind Mitumba Mountain turns that barely hug the cliffs

I’m going to get baptized in the surf and hope I don’t clip a Great White, in the ivory-kissed, wave swells off Durban’s Golden Mile

I’m going to fall in love with food again, for the first time
fall in love up to my elbows in Lentil Stew soaked-injera, feel my fingers giving birth to uses far bigger and more meaningful than manic button clicking and cold handshakes

I’m going to find my body again, crack open my treasure chest torso through the keyhole of my creaky hips, lose those wrinkles I’ve found in self-conscious scowls on subways, soften my deepening cracks and sand down the chipped paint

-unlike most people who look like me, I’m not going there
to try to “SAVE AFRICA,” as another ignorant, proselytizing, Leopold-ghost
colonialist,

and by the way,
it is too massive, too different, too many things all at once to always just call it by one name, so get it right ­

I’m going to Burundi, then I’m going to Rwanda, then Kenya, Tanzania,
I’m going to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Zambia so maybe I can inhale a
small breath of Africa,
so maybe I can drench my eyes in the swollen lives of some of the beautiful
people of Africa,
so maybe I can learn and humbly observe Africa

so that maybe one day Africa can help
to save me.
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