The world according to Tobi J


Globalization. Good or bad?
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Q. How might having a valuable resource affect a region?

A. Having a valuable resource like crude oil in the region would affect the ways people live. Infant mortality rate has gone down by ⅔ over the past 10 years, while life expectancy has gone up by 10 years in some southwest and Central Asian countries because healthcare has improved. This shows that the government of developed countries is using money from selling crude oil to improve life for its people. Oil can affect countries negatively. For example, countries have been becoming more aggressive because crude oil is not everlasting, so countries want to get ahold of as much of it as possible. In 1990, Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, attacked Kuwait for its oil. The army failed, and had to retreat, but not before they torched 830 of kuwait's oil wells, which started fires that kept going for eight months! He was spending all of his oil money on the military, not to improve the lives of his people. Having Much of a valuable resource like oil can really affect regions and how they use their money. OPEC is an organization made mostly out of southwest and central Asian countries that tries to control oil prices and keep them steady,but sometimes they don't persuade countries not to sell oil, and then the price of oil drops, which is bad for the countries because oil is often their greatest source of money.

A barrel of oil

Q. How do people adapt to living in a desert region?

A. There are many things people do to adapt. These are some. They adapt by wearing different clothing, by using trucks instead of camels, by drilling into the ground and making oases, by building windbreakers to shield their crops. The Tuareg tribe wear long clothes, and people drill to make oases. The Tuareg wear these because they protect from the sun, and they also help body heat flow out. People drill for oases so they can have water and will not have a drought. Another way people adapt is by building windbreaks.Windbreaks help people farm because they are a wall or hedge that blocks the wind from blowing sand over the crops and burying them, which kills them,and putting sand in them and the soil, which slows desertification. In conclusion, there are many ways people adapt to living life in the Sahara, including the ways mentioned above and more.

Desertified land

Q. What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?

A.A centripetal force is a force that brings something together. Some centripetal forces that bring the EU ( an organization that works for supranational cooperation among nations) together is the common market, cultural identity, and a trade bloc. The common market brings the EU together by allowing goods and workers to travel more freely between borders. A trade bloc brings the EU together by allowing EU countries to have more power in the global economy than they would usually have if they were not in the EU. Another centripetal force is Cultural identity, which brings the EU together because it promotes a European cultural identity with things like Europe day,the EU flag, and the EU anthem. A centrifugal force is a force that brings things apart. Some examples are the expansion of the EU because that brings different opinions and some countries want to make their own decisions in defense and foreign affairs,more languages because with more than twenty languages, communication can be difficult.

The EU flag.

Q. What do you think is the most effective style of government and why?

A.The most effective style of government is a representative democracy.A democracy is the best because you get to choose your representatives, and you and the representative you choose often have similar political viewpoints. This is called consent of governed.To say it another way, the citizens get to decide who they want to run the country for a period of time.And just to make sure that the president doesn't have too much power,there is something called rule of law. Rule of law means that nobody, not even the president, is above the law. Also,the government is split up into 3 different branches: the executive branch (president), the legislative branch, (congress), and the judicial branch, (Supreme Court). This system is called separation of power.This means that effectively, the president has all sorts of things blocking him from taking over the country.In conclusion, a representative democracy is the best form of government because: 1. No branch has too much power. 2. Citizens decide who should represent their country. 3. No one is above the law. 4. Citizens have rights that cannot be taken away.

A vote button.

Q:What makes a good citizen?

A: A good citizen must know their rights and other people's, and then respect other people's rights while still doing your rights. Rights are things you have the privilege to do something that cannot be taken away by the government .You cannot be a good citizen if you don't respect others rights, or else you can be sent to jail, and good citizens don't go to jail. Some rights are to petition, to stay informed, and the right to freedom of speech. All good citizens do in them and use them to their full extent. Citizens also have responsibilities, which you should be doing. For instance, you have a responsibility to obey the laws so you can live a good life, to pay taxes so that the government can make things like highways, schools, libraries, parks and everything public that anyone can use. In conclusion, to be a good citizen, you must obey your rights and responsibilities.

A good citizen doing thier taxes.

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