Friday, November 20, 2009

Arabs? Muslims? Which!?

In this week’s reading for global societies, we read a special report on the Arab world, specifically how the world really is viewed from the outside. The articles discussed how the Arab world was evolving throughout time. The article dives into the present issues that surround the Muslim world every day. One part talks about how the term Arab can mean many things to people apart of the 22 states of the Arab world. The article discusses how or what it is the Arab people find themselves in the world. Some that are not Muslim would not ever call themselves Arab; however to some people they would do the opposite. The article also talked about how the civil wars and battles have killed many of the Arab worlds, this all since only 1990. The states of Arab world are even divided inside their country. Take Iraq for example, the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds still do not get along even though they are a part of one nation. Osama even said the Middle East can control the economies of the world because of the all the oil that are there. He said that people in that area should control it; this gave way to leader of Al-Qaida and Taliban. Also, the problems with voting in the Arab world, the article states that most of the governments are not democracies at all and fair and free elections were not happening. Also, that the Arabic Language is now so different across the world, it’s tough to go from one place to another without have to change the speaking a little bit. Finally, the article tells the tale that interference from the outside world will be the down fall of the Arab states. A quote said that the Arab world is just a vicious circle and none of the problem will be solved soon.
I really enjoyed this article; I think they should talk about how the world was responding to the recent events that have happened in the Arab world. I think that they did a great job capturing the whole world, but I wish they would have shown the stance of some of the world’s great power.
There is no question that the Arab affects the global economy and globalization itself, my question is simply how? The article gave me an up to date idea of what’s going on there, but how is this all tied to the world economy?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting in insight into the various diverse groups of the Middle Eastern world. One of the reasons that it is so hard for progress to be made is that the groups have differing culture and beliefs, which conflict strongly. We can agree that the Middle Eastern governments have a long way to go, but there will be no progress until unity and cooperation can be achieved.