Damayan graciously allowed me to interview three human trafficking survivors. While the names and faces of these women are not included in this film (to respect their privacy), I attempt to amplify their experiences of being OFWs in the United States.
The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?
The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today. While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity. The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 defies reductive categorization. Third Worldist, Islamic Marxist and radical Shi’i ideologies converged and proliferated throughout Iranian society during the movement to end the autocracy of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. These factions developed and disseminated radical political ideas reflecting socio-economic and cultural grievances that emphasized themes of anti-Americanism in visual media.
In a heated debate on whether the U.S.A should end the War on Terror, the proposition took the lead with a 8-7 vote and 2 abstentions in their favor. The opposition debaters Akash Lodh and Hamza Mazhar argued that the U.S.A can't end the War on Terror due to the losses because this would create a vacuum in the process of addressing terror today. Professor James Traub and Thomas Resnick laid out some compelling arguments that the U.S.A still has the means to end the war on terror. They argued that the U.S.A should pursue this course of action due to the prolonged and unnecessary damage it has caused to innocent people.
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