Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Private Contractors Doing America's Work

After watching the documentary "Shadow Company" and the spontaneous visit by Michael Logozzo (Ferrara's Brother) we have many different views of the work of "private contractors" in Iraq. How are the two different? What similarities did you hear from both the movie and the guest speaker?

Do you think the "mercenaries" portrayed in the documentary were fairly depicted?

How did Michael Logozzo come to have such an interesting life? What is one thing that you will remember from his visit and the movie?

An interesting comment by Michael Z. "There is always be war. War is necessary." (please feel free to respond here) I know Sam and Pyne had much to say today and didn’t get a chance. I would love to hear from you both.


Here is the contact info and website link of Nancy's brother.


Here is the contact info and website link of Nancy's brother.

Michael Logozzo (director of facilities, Afghanistan) (Roshan )
Roshan Website: www.roshan.af

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

1954 Revisited

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court
Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.

We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does

Is the Supreme Court upholding this landmark 1954 decision? How is this case different? What has changed since 1954? What seems to be the issue according to this NY Times article?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sean Bell

Today in class we have discussed a recent shooting in Queens, NY. Why is this incident so volatile? What were the arguments O'Reilly and Sharpton tried to make on the show? Were they listening to each other? What resolution did O'Reilly and Sharpton come to if any? If you only read the NYTimes article presented in class today how might your view of the situation be different? What is the article leaving out?

Friday, December 01, 2006

When War and Children Collide


Donald Steinberg in a recent op/ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, warned against the responsibility of society to the children of the earth especially during times of war.

How are US troop relationships with Iraqi children depicted on YouTube?

How are Iraqi children reacting to US Troops?

What seeds are being planted today in Iraq?

How will the children of Iraq feel about the US in 20 years?

According to the article what can US citizens do to protect the children of war?