Morally Grey

by RYAN PRIESSMAN

Staff Writer

For a very long time, the questions have been asked: do we have the right to decide who lives and who dies? Is it morally dark to kill? Are we worthy to judge each other? The world is a dark place, contrary to what all of us would like to believe. Human beings are often violent creatures. We hurt each other. We kill each other.

Since the dawn of civilization, blood has been spilled over everything, from territory, to jealousy, to simple psychotic rage. In earlier days, when such a murderer was caught, he was hanged. Death, it seemed, was a fitting punishment for one who cut the life strings of others. Unlike prison, there is no escape from the gallows… or the electric chair.This punishment which we deliver unto others is reserved for sins of the utmost cruelty and pain. Throughout the ages, execution has been reserved until absolutely necessary. For although it is a crime to kill another man, is it not a greater crime to allow more harm to come while one has the chance to stop it?

Humans are not all good. Serial killers, mass murderers and even terrorists injure innocent people to get what they want. It is optimistic to believe that, given a second chance, these citizens would reform their ways and strive for a path of peace in their future. It is also naïve. It takes a certain type of person to kill another in a murderous rage as opposed to self-defense. As the old adage goes, once you cross the line, there’s no turning back. What is justice in these times of criminality? Ask yourself: is it truly justice for a murderer or a family to go to prison where he will live in comfort for the rest of his life, with three meals a day, a warm bed and room and, in many prisons, access to television and the internet? The core of this debate counters: justice is not murdering a murderer.

I agree. To execute a criminal such as the Zodiac, Jack the Ripper, or the countless other psychotic fiends who roam the streets at night is not murder. It is self-defense. These people are the cancer that eats at society’s heart. As another old adage says, if the hand endangers the limb, strike it off. Murderers are not sentimental. Rapists do not care for others. Kidnappers are twisted in their minds. These people cannot be saved,.As subjective as it is to execute someone, it is for the greater good. Every day, criminals are released on the street. Violent gang members are paroled. Killers are let loose. When it’s your life on the line, do you truly want to place your faith in their hands? Do you want to be caught off-guard when you discover the murderer really doesn’t have a heart of gold?

They will not change.

Every day, people kill other people for the smallest of reasons. Every day lives are snuffed out of existence due to a few who believe themselves worthy of killing their brethren, worthy of raping a mother, worthy of ending a child’s life. The worst part? They’re not sorry. They are not apologetic or remorseful or reforming. Not all men can be bought, persuaded or negotiated with. Some men are not reasonable.

Execution is a necessary blight on our consciences, but it also protects us from fates far worse than sleepless nights.


Mr. Miner 2011: Marcus Valadez

After a sold-out show of countless laughs, unexpected talents and moving performances, Marcus Valadez took home the precious pick as El Diamante’s Top Miner for 2011. Valadez stole the night with his heart-wrenching rap rendition of “I Need a Miner”, expressing thankful sentiments toward his life and school. His interview also had a challenging political spin, in which he smoothly described the biggest problem in the world as, “People living in ignorance of each other.” In the end, his charm and emotional honesty granted him the honorary title before a screaming crowd.

Mr. Miner Marcus Valadez raises his pick.

The other contestants brought brilliant comedy and ingenuity to the stage. Samuel Jung was named Mr. Romantic, only after wooing the judges with a dance segment full of wild and shocking hiphop moves.

Mr. Intelligent was crowned to Chris Park, who played the mature love song  “Daughters” by John Mayer. In a composed answer during the interview portion, Chris Park felt that, “a girl becomes a woman when she reaches the age where she accepts responsibility.”

Ryan Ginsberg proved to be the leader in laughs and was awarded Mr. Comedy. His comical medley of pop songs amped up the atmosphere, complete with many male backup dancers and his own escort Elaina Gregerson. His scream-o version of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and self-drench from a water bottle had the audience roaring.

Brandon Hughes opened the talent portion also in outrageous humor, staying true to his namesake Popeye in a dance  mix with Mr. Hawkins (Brutus) and Mr. Roebuck (dressed as Olive Oyl). In his interview, Hughes declared his father to be his most inspirational figure, because as a firefighter he, “runs into burning buildings when others run out.”

Ryan Sanchez musically entertained the crowd with his ukulele performance featuring popular pop hits like “Airplanes” and “DJ Got Us Falling in Love”. During his interview, Ryan claimed his biggest accomplishment was “putting myself out there” by being more active in school activities, including Mr. Miner.

Last but certainly not least, Alex Wisneski rocked the show with his Napoleon Dynamite dance in his afro wig and “Vote for Pedro” T-shirt. He jokingly claimed the most influential dance move of all time is the “dougie.” The young men represented the Miner spirit with poise and passion, capturing in one memorable evening the essence of El Diamante’s student talent.

Here’s some snapshots of the night!

The seven contestants and their escorts.

 

Brandon Hughes dances as Popeye. Mr Hawkins as Brutus. Mr. Roebuck as Olive Oyl.

Ryan Sanchez performs a pop song mix on his ukulele.

 

Alex Wisneski poses before his Napoleon Dynamite dance.

Sam busts a move as his "Lebron" powder hits the air.

 

Chris Park deeply sings "Daughters" by John Mayer.

Ryan Ginsberg serenades his escort Elaina Gregerson during his talent.

Marcus Valadez raps his "Miner" version of "I Need a Doctor."

Ruining Our Internal Clocks

by ALEX JOHNSTONE

Staff Writer

Sleep deprivation is common among teenagers. It can be caused by activities such as staying up late, working on homework or watching television and facebook. There have been surveys that show more than 90% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep per night. On average teenagers get seven hours of sleep a night as 85% are chronically sleep deprived.

When learning how to balance activities, it is important not to forgo sleep. It is important that teenagers receive more than nine hours of sleep a night. This is rare for teenagers to receive except on weekends, however many teens like to “catch-up” on sleep on the weekends by sleeping in. This does more harm than good because it disrupts the internal body clock. It is normal during the teenage years to have a body clock that prefers late nights and sleeping in. This is mainly caused by the production of hormones specifically the release of melatonin which tells the body to turn off forms of alertness. These hormones, along with activities such as sports practices and homework, cause teens to stay up later reducing sleeping time. Research suggests that schools with later start times have students that receive higher grades and appear more focused. This is because students are experiencing an adequate amount of sleep,arriving awake and prepared to learn. Research also supports that studying right before falling asleep promotes a higher chance of remembering the material.

Sleep assists in becoming prepared for all daily activities. Information recommends that obtaining the needed amount of sleep each night assists with memory and even weight loss. Not receiving enough sleep may lead to aggressive or inappropriate behaviors, bad complexion and contribute to illness. Driving while sleep deprived results in endless amounts of crashes a year. Sleep deprivation promotes lower grades than those who get adequate sleep per night because the necessity of sleep can override the ability to remember and comprehend.

Methods to avoid sleep deprivation include going to bed earlier, listening to music (but not too loudly) and turning off your cell phone. Avoid exercising or eating sugary or caffeinated items before attempting to sleep. To create optimum sleeping conditions, take all electronics out of your room and keep you room dark, cool and quiet. More extreme measures incorporate scheduling earlier dinners, removing all clutter from room and painting walls with calming colors. While waking up in the morning it is important to get into bright light as soon as possible, such as turning on an overhead light or opening the binds to let the sunshine in.

A lack of sleep can also be caused by sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea: the relaxation of throat muscles during sleep causing the air that moves freely through the nose and windpipe. Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that reveals itself by expressing throbbing, pulling, creeping or other unpleasant sensations in the legs. Depression also hinders the ability to sleep. It is crucial to make sleep a priority in your schedule and to get a sufficient amount of sleep every night.

If you believe you have a sleeping disorder or are curious about sleep disorders speak to a physician or visit the American Sleep Association website at http://www.sleepassociation.org.

Addicted to Facebook?

by RYAN GINSBERG

Staff Writer

This world has come to a time where verbal communication is becoming obsolete. The future of communication is now in online websites. Most popular websites are Facebook, Twitter and MySpace if you haven’t yet realized how lame Tom is. The future of communication will be completely in cyberspace if we continue on this path. That future will most likely consist of Facebook.

This Facebook addiction is already beyond belief. Kids are now being rushed to the hospital with bleeding fingers and blistered thumbs for all this facebooking. Yes Facebook is also a verb, and Facebook is also made too convenient. It is available on computers, iPhones, iTouches, game systems and some TVs; when did TV get so boring that we had to Facebook on it?

People who wall post others that are right next to them are my pet peeve. “Like OMG I like totally see you right now.” Which brings me to the topic of Facebook acronyms. When I see LOL, TTYL, G2G it makes me want to GMEO(Gouge My Eyes Out). TOTDP(Type Out The Dang Phrase). Thanks. Another thing is numbers in words! Typ3!ng lyk d!$ !z !mb3@r$!ng, translated to “typing like this is embarrassing.” I guarantee that your mom didn’t name you D@na, J0n or $u$@n.

Then we get to the poke wars. Do you all remember when we were little kids and we chased all the pretty girls around the playground? Well, now we have become so lazy that we have to virtually poke them to flirt. I know, mad game. Let me tell you all a little story about my Facebook addiction. Just a few days ago I met this pretty girl that we will call Jane. I walked over to her, swag turned on high, and I say, “Hey there cutie with a bootie I’m Ry Gins, nice to (dramatic pause) meet you.” I even did the lifted eyebrow and everything; she then walked away laughing. As I watched beautiful Jane walk away, the only thing that came to mind was, “Dang, I can’t wait to get home and poke her on Facebook.” True story.

One time on Facebook as I was lurking through the news feed I came across a wall post that said, “Hey fool, heard you IMed my girl last night.” Oh, Facebook fight! I could feel my heart racing as I read the rest of this fight. The guy replied back, “Yeah I did, and she chatted me back!” “You better back off!” “Oh yeah? Make me!” “I will. I’m going to poke you right now!” BURN! “Ok, ok. I’m sorry, won’t happen again!” Facebook fights are the manliest things you can possibly do! Want to know another fact? Oh well, I’m telling you anyways. Chuck Norris once poked an army of cyber bullies to death. Yep, good ole Chucky.

Oh, I have 36 notifications. G2G, TTYL.

STAR Not Shining so Brightly for Students

by MAREN PETERSON

News Editor

Don’t you just love how we all jump for joy when we hear about standardized testing? Not. We all groan instead. We simply try to endure the tedious STAR and the CAHSEE tests.

The program overview for the CAHSEE says, “The primary purpose of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) is to significantly improve pupil achievement in public high schools and to ensure that pupils who graduate from public high schools can demonstrate grade level competency in reading, writing, and mathematics.” (Senate Bill 2, Section 1[b]). Education Code Section 60850 The test covers basic algebra, and basic English. We should have been able to pass it in eighth grade. That is literally competency. Shouldn’t we need to know more in order to graduate? The exit exam should be challenging. We should have to actually study for it, because if that is all students have learned by the time they graduate high school, they will fail college, or never rise above a minimum wage job.

The STAR is also ridiculous. For one, students aren’t motivated to do well on it. They aren’t graded on it or impacted by it all. “The purpose of the California Standards Tests is to determine how well students are learning the skills and knowledge required by the California Academic Content Standards for each grade or course.” (standardized testing and reporting program) This is just the problem with standardized testing in general.

Basically these tests tell kids ‘you only need to be this smart’ they don’t push students on to try and be better. They put a limit on how smart kids have to be to get by in the world. There is no competition.

When Mr. Mayo was asked if the test achieved it’s purpose he said, “Yes, the CAHSEE definitely shows competency and the STAR shows progression.”

But is that all we want to know? Competency? Progress on from that little by little? Our school system is being destroyed and standardized testing is definitely the hammer slamming nails into the coffin.

Second Chances

by JULIET DINKINS

Staff Writer

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We have heard this phrase countless times. It is imprinted in our minds. It is a part of who we are. Yet through the countless repetition and reciting it has lost meaning. It has become just words.

It is more than just a mere statement. It is a standard. It defines America. It represents freedom.

Although America believes in the right to life, we have the power and use the power, to take it away. In California, the death penalty is used as a punishment for criminals who have committed fatal crimes. Although the criminals that are to receive the death penalty have perpetrated a dire crime, it is a morally wrong reparation that is indubitably unconstitutional and unnecessary.

Out of the countless court cases that have been tried in the state of California only 13 people have been executed through the death penalty while approximately 700 people are on death row, awaiting execution, making the death penalty virtually useless. In addition, California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement. Why not simply place the death row prisoners in life imprisonment without parole? It would save us from hypocrisy by not inflicting upon them the same punishment that they have committed as crime and save the state vital money. The money saved could be used for more beneficial matters. Stopping the declining educational system and getting the state out of the heavily impacting budget crisis are just a few of the alternatives.

In addition to its high costs, ethical value becomes a prominent factor. The eighth amendment of the US Constitution states that there will be no cruel and unusual punishment. Putting someone to death by a lethal injection and in the past, the electric chair, violates this cherished amendment through its clearly inhumane manner. If California wishes to remain steadfast in its cherished principles the death penalty should be abolished, cleansing the state of its unconstitutionality. This punishment not only defies the Constitution, but is also defies morality that ultimately achieves nothing in return for its brutality; no victims will be brought back and crime will perpetually continue.

A deeper perception says that it is not society’s responsibility to determine who should live and who should die. We do have the power to choose yet it is a part of humanity to determine parameters with our choices and define what is right and what is wrong. Although the criminal has committed wrongs of extremity and not set personal boundaries with their own choices, we must exercise our freedom and choose not to repay them with a punishment identical to that of their violation. Hypocrisy is an offense in itself.

Teach the World to Fish

by GARIMA VERMA

Co-Editor In Chief

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” In our world, tragedy surfaces around every corner and with it comes each country’s attempt to do its part in the mending process; however, this continual cycle of calamity never ceases to appear time and time again. With the disaster in Haiti, the United States provided resources such as food to help with the rebuilding processes yet we did not help to prepare them for the future. If we helped them to be ready for future disaster by outlining evacuation plans, save resources and construct buildings that can endure then they could tackle any problem that came their way. When confronting worldly predicaments, people often simply give those in need solutions that will merely resolve these problems in the short term yet if these setbacks are not addressed entirely, difficulty will continue to arise over and over again; history never ceases to repeat itself.

Whether tragedy reveals itself through a natural disaster or a governmental crisis, countries are unable to cope with calamity leaving the rest of the world to scramble to lend a hand. Rather than simply provide resources for repair or nourishment for people at the time, why does the rest of the world not instruct them in the art of restoration and educate them in the methods of cultivation? Teaching others to become self-sufficient not only solves the problems at hand, but proactively prepares for the future.

As a strong believer in this theory, I have adapted the proactive mindset and related it to my own life and my own methods of helping others. Alongside the seemingly conventional methods of volunteering, I also strive to provide people who lack resources techniques of altering their lives for the better: permanently. Over the course of each year my family contributes to those less fortunate in India and we inevitably end the year by visiting the country ourselves. India as a whole is an under privileged country with conditions unimaginable by those of us that enjoy our secure American lifestyle. Trivial aspects of life which we take for granted are scarce; you can be sitting at home at any given moment when the electricity will simply shut off for a long period of time. While this is occurring numerous times of day, as a parent you are struggling to get your child simply through elementary school because the education system requires you to pay for their schooling, uniforms, books and all other resources. Many children are left without an educational opportunity while others struggle simply to eat, unsure of where their next meal will come from. Throughout my lifetime, my family has observed these hardships through our visits and has worked to mend the conditions so that children may obtain education that is necessary for their future successes, allowing them to provide for themselves and inevitably for a family. In addition to the necessities such as food and clothing, we have helped provide a computer and technology lab so that students in India can utilize resources that are not as readily available to them as they are to us. Alongside this we have established a scholarship, if you may, that students can earn through hard work and dedication; a scholarship that will pay for the schooling of select children, forcing them to remain devoted to their studies while also providing them with opportunities for the future.

If the world were to take on this mindset, would the demand for assistance by under-privileged people decrease? Would the world see less drastic desperation and allow people to be able to independently cope with problems that arise? Could we be prepared for anything that comes our way, getting closer and closer to a perfect world?

Society’s most noteworthy obstacle is lack of educational preparation for the future for although the world assists those in need, proactivity is necessary. All disadvantaged people require the tools to effectively function in a self-sufficient manner, allowing them to evolutionarily adapt and survive in the world’s constantly shifting arrangement. Personally, I prefer to teach them how to fish.

Preview: Who’s the next MR. MINER?

As a hilarious male pageant, Mr. Miner is the ultimate competition for senior gentlemen to prove why they are the school’s top El Diamante Miner. Along with the overall title “Mr. Miner,” other awards are up for grabs: Mr. Romantic, Mr. Comedy and Mr. Intelligent. This year seven talented guys  have made it into the final round to become El Diamante’s Mr. Miner 2011. They have been competing throughout the week in lunchtime activities to prove their stamina. At the show competitors also perform a group dance, as well as their own talent, and answer questions. The judges, which are female teachers, declare the winners.

So who do you think should take home the honorary title? Who should be Mr.Romantic, Mr. Intelligent, or Mr.Comedy? Leave a comment with your choices and…

Check out THE SHOW!

Where: El Diamante Theater

When: 6pm Tomorrow (3/24)

Cost: $2 w/ASB, $3 w/o ASB, $5 parents

Here is quick background on the contestants:

Ryan Ginsberg
Ryan Ginsberg is 17 years old and will be escorted by Elaina Gregerson.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: Because I’m awesome.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: My face. My sense of humor. My charming smile. My bulging muscles. My sparkling eyes.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: The Mr. Miner pick, the crown, whatever it is. I just want to win.
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: Doesn’t matter, I will win. Well maybe Mr. Comedy.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: Just standing on stage, my presence.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: No one
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mr. Sheaff, he taught me not to eat yogurt in class or let Chris Wlasichuk in ASB pictures.

Brandon Hughes
Brandon Hughes is 18 years old and will be escorted by Kirsten Ward.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: To be known as the Class of 2011 Mr. Miner, the funny comical guy.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: To be funny, to impress the judges, to answer all of the questions with a little humor.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: To have fun with all of the competitors, even though it is still a competition.
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: Mr. Comedy, it’s my best shot.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: A little comical dance, it will be funny.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: Marcus, because he is just as crazy as me.
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Big Hawkins; my road dog. We ride together, we die together, road dogs for life.

Samuel Jung
Samuel Jung is 18 years old and will be escorted by Samantha Price.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: I am Samuel Jung.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: I repeat, I am Samuel Jung.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: Fun memories.
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: I wouldn’t want anything else.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: Dancing!
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: No one, I am Samuel Jung.
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mr. Tackett, I spent the most time with him and he taught me how to be a leader.

Chris Park
Chris Park is 18 years old and will be escorted by Dani Corona.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: I like to take part in lots of school activities, I like to dress up and show off my talent. I also enjoy the atmosphere of friendly competition.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: To control my nerves and believe in my abilities.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: To help increase my confidence, to try everything, never hold back.
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: My mindset is to win Mr. Miner but my next choice is Mr. Romantic.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: I’m playing guitar and singing the song, “Daughters” by John Mayer. I will be accompanied by Brett Cocagne.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: Everyone is equally good in their own ways. We all have our own talents that set us apart from each other.
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mr. Gostanian, my homeroom teacher. I never had him as a core teacher but he gave me experience. He directed us and allowed us to make our own choices and somehow those were always the right decisions.

Ryan Sanchez
Ryan Sanchez is 17 years old and will be escorted by Alison Sackerson.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: I thought it would be fun, more yearbook space!
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: A devilish smile and handsome good looks.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: Numerous pictures in the yearbook!
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: Whatever gets me in the yearbook!
Q: What will your talent be?
A: Something comedic.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: I don’t know but whenever I look in the mirror I see a handsome young man who could beat me.
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mrs. Montanez (Luego). She made learning fun.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: I think this will be a fun experience and I’m not really that conceited.

Marcus Valadez
Marcus Valadez is 18 years old and will be escorted by Alexis Mitchell.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: I wanted to do my talent, to show my appreciation to Mr. Waters and the staff for giving me a second chance and for believing in me. I wanted to show everyone the person I have become.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: It’s a secret, I can’t tell you!
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: A fun time with the group, a memory.
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: Mr. Intelligent, I think I would surprise a lot of people.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: I rewrote the song, “Doctor” and called it, “I need a Miner.” It’s for Mr. Waters and the staff.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: It’s not a competition, I just want to have fun.
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mrs. Montanez (Luego). She was like a second mom to me here at school. She always put a smile on my face, she stood up for me and never gave up on me. I appreciated that.

Alex Wisneski
Alex Wisneski is 18 years old and will be escorted by Ariel Sweetland.
Q: What is your reason for joining the competition?
A: I want to be Mr. Miner.
Q: What do you claim as your secret for success?
A: Looking good all of the time.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the competition?
A: I just want an award!
Q: What award are you going for other than Mr. Miner?
A: Mr. Romantic.
Q: What will your talent be?
A: The Napoleon Dynamite dance.
Q: Who do you see being your biggest competition?
A: Marcus, he can rap!
Q: Who has been your most inspirational teacher?
A: Mr. McGlasson, he’s hilarious!
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: World peace!

Africa’s Fire of Freedom

by DANI CORONA
Graphics Editor
To look at the uprisings ablaze in the Arab World is to acknowledge the power of youth. Behind recent African rebellions is dramatic pressure from younger generations for political change denied under dictatorial regimes. High unemployment, suffering economies and corrupt governments have threatened the lower income classes, specifically composed of students and workers, to the breaking point. Since Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution this past January, financial unrest has ignited across numerous African-Arab nations and has inflamed citizens to challenge their political leaders. While Egypt redraws its constitution and Libyan conflicts dominate worldwide newsstands, Americans are consequently concerned about oil prices and other countries boiling with potential revolts.
The combination of crooked elite classes and Europe’s economic downturn produced tense conditions across the Northern African nations, deepening the people’s sense of frustration toward their government. Tunisia, with a majority of its populace under 30 years of age and jobless, triggered the region’s revolutionary state through the uprising against their ruler of 23 years, Ben Ali. Under Ali’s reign Tunisia was stifling police state similar to its neighbors, with monetary inequality manipulating its republic system. Already angry over inflated food prices, civilian protests erupted after a young street vendor was deprived of his selling permit by the government and was found dead weeks later. Street demonstrations soon cornered Ali, eventually forcing the President to leave the country and relinquish his administration. Tunisia now must refresh its political system and is currently planning future elections. Most significantly Tunisians set the revolutionary example, planting a powerful seed within the desperate hearts of surrounding countries.
Egyptians captured the flames of Tunisia and gradually ousted their President of 30 years Hosni Mubarak until his final resignation on February 11, 2011. Libyans next followed suit, inspired to overthrow the oppressive leader Qaddafi, who has been in office for majority of their lifetimes. Unlike the mild uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, where the national military navigated the political wants of the people and restored peace, Qaddafi has enlisted Libyan armed forces to violently silence protesters.
The bloody stalemate between Qaddafi and his people has lead to a rebel demand for an American no-fly zone over the country. Although President Obama has openly spoken against the radical Libyan leader and insisted on his resignation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates still holds reservations toward U.S. military involvement. For now U.S aircraft has been sent simply for humanitarian aid for refugees fleeing Libya. Meanwhile, the oil market has experienced unbalance since the start of Libya’s turmoil. Libya is the ninth largest oil producer in the world and its halted output may give reason for the jump in prices at the pump.
As citizens of the Arab World continue to make political history, crucial ideas have surfaced before the global community. Most notable is the power of social networking. Media coverage, online discussion, and international communication have been escalated by the posts of people within the troubled borders. Tweets, blogs, videos and facebook comments have not only shared personal commentary and shocking updates on protests, but have allowed the oppressed to rally each other and the world. It appears that with the rising age of social networking follows the younger generation of political change.