Short Critical Reflections

Part A: Short Critical Reflections (30 marks)
Select one assigned reading from Section 1 and one from Section 2 in Module 3 (for a total of two of the assigned readings). Choose the readings in Green and Branford’s textbook (in the attachment) or the online resources. I uploaded section 1 and section 2 readings in the files. There is only 1 reading under the section 1 (named "the state and the military"). Also, there are some readings belonging to section 2 (I cannot download them), so I put the links of them here:

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(((1. Nicola Bullard’s article “Before, They Killed Us with Guns, Now They Do It with Hunger” in Focus on the Global South at http://focusweb.org/publications/2002/before-they-killed-us-with-guns.htm.

2. Marie Trigona’s article “Argentine Social Movements: Taking Matters into Their Own Hands” in Americas Program at http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/1592.

3. John Holloway and Eloina Pelaez’s introduction to “Zapatista!: Reinventing Revolution in Mexico” in Körotonomedya at http://www.korotonomedya.net/kor/index.php?id=10%2C46%2C0%2C0%2C1%2C0

4. James Petras’s article “The New Revolutionary Peasantry” in Rebelión at http://www.rebelion.org/hemeroteca/petras/english/newpeasantry170102.htm

5. Yvonne Zimmermann’s article “Interview with Evo Morales” in The Commoner at http://www.commoner.org.uk/morales1.htm))).

Choose two assigned readings (one from section 1 and one from section 2) and then write a short critical reflection (about 150–250 words) for each (a total of two critical reflections).

You may find it helpful to use one or more of the focus questions included in the activity as a guide.

The critical reflection should present your own thoughts and responses to the reading. It is not simply a summary of the reading. Begin with a brief summary of the reading. Identify which key points and ideas you agree with, and explain why. Identify which key points and ideas you disagree with, and explain why. If you think the reading is dated, feel free to update it from your general knowledge or other research. Compare how the ideas discussed in the reading have relevance to Canada or other countries or regions. Thus, it is an interaction between the ideas in the reading and your own interpretation and response to what you have read.
Part B: Essay (70 marks)
Write an essay of 750–1000 words on one of the following topics:

1. Select a country in Latin America and discuss how its domestic and foreign policies have changed in the last two decades compared with the period after the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. Provide reasons as to why these have changed and base your answer on documented evidence.

2. Compare the economic policies introduced by US supported military dictators in the 1970s in two selected countries of South America. What common patterns do you find between those policies? Could those policies have been implemented by democratic governments?

3. Select one of the grassroots social movements in a Latin American country that you studied in this module, and discuss its origins, composition, trajectory, and the issue that brought it to life. In your opinion, has this social movement achieved any degree of success? Has it faced failure and why? Base your answer on documented evidence.

4. Consider what you learned in Modules 1 and 2 and what you have learned about social movements in this module, and write an essay discussing how the economic policies introduced since the 1970s and earlier affected indigenous peoples. Why has the fate of the indigenous people of Latin America been so similar to those of Canada, the US, and Australia?

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