Know Your Heads of State:Obama’s decision doesn’t just affect AmericaPeople with lots of political power make decisions that have a ripple effect on the rest of the worldKnow peoples view then you can predict their future decisionsEven the heads of some international organizations do affect the rest of the planetBARACK OBAMA: US PRESIDENToMost popular politician on the planet (everyone knows who he is) oWorld watches U.S. presidential electionoAbout half of the U.S. doesn’t even vote and that makes the rest of the world very mad because the USA is so powerful that the president has exceptional power (5:30)oDeclare a war, end a war, change a tax policy, give aid to countries, take away aid from countriesoIt’s the position that is powerfuloObama was just center left while Bush was just center righto99 percent of Americans can’t identify the political leader to the country north or south of AmericaoNorth America: US, Canada, MexicoSTEPHEN HARPER: PRIME MINISTER OF CANADAooJust center rightENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO: PRESIDENT OF MEXICOoJust center lefto
FELIPE CALDERON: FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICOooJust center rightoStarted war on drug cartelo50-60,000 people have died in MexicooThe new president is taking a new tactic/policy on the drug issueNorth American countries are representative democracies that are well established; Canada and Mexico are huge allies and trade partners of the US; some of the largest unguarded borders; Canada sends troops to back up the US all the time; Mexico typically doesn’t militarily back up the US even though they have a very powerful militaryImportant theme: Latin American governments have been moving to the left for a decade due to wealth disparityHUGO CHAVEZ: FORMER PRESIDENT OF VENEZEUELAoodeadoSelf proclaimed socialist Bolivarian revolution (named after simon bolivar: independence figures)oTaking Venezuela further to the left to redistribute to the poor by taking over the company
NICOLAS MADURO: PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA ooin a state of crisis oChavez died while in officeoUS hated Chavez and doesn’t like maduro and they didn’t like the USoChavez took over oil industries which America did not likeoUS hates communism/socialismFIDEL CASTRO: FORMER PRESIDENT OF CUBAooFull on communist; FAR leftoCommunist resolution of cuba o“socialist” is a better description of what cuba is oWill go to the right when fidel diesRAUL CASTRO: PRESIDENT OF CUBA o
EVO MORALES: PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIAooFirst indigenous president of Bolivia (or Latin America)oOn the far left oDrafted by pro soccer team in BoliviaoNot good relations with USCHRISTINA KIRCHNER: PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINAooOn the leftoTook over for her husbandoSocialist oLeftist policies are crashing and burning
MICHELLE BACHELET: PRESIDENT OF CHILEooFighting for more equal rightsoGot re-electedoOn the leftDILMA ROUSSEFF: PRESIDENT OF BRAZILoo
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