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Political Science Final

Political Science Final - T hree Cups of Tea The t i t le...

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Three Cups of Tea The title three cups of tea refers to the Pakistan and Afghanistan tradition, they drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join their family. For family, people in Pakistan and Afghanistan are prepared to do anything- even die. This book describes Greg Mortenson a mountain climber turned humanitarian and his commitment to reducing poverty through the education of children (primarily girls) in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1993 Greg set out to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain in his sisters’ honor. However, he fell short and on his descent, weak and tired, landed in the village of Korphe. He was greeted and nursed back to health from the help of the village and their leader Haji Ali. While on his unexpected extended stay in Korphe, GM noticed the lack of a school in and to return their favor he promised to return and build a school. Mortenson, working as a registered nurse in California, GM had difficulties raising money and was finally introduced to Jean Hoerni (a Silicon Valley pioneer and millionaire) who donated the money needed for a school (and a bridge as well). Together GM and Hoerni founded the Central Asia Institute with its main goal to build schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson faced many challenges in his quest to raise funds for the 55 schools he has built in the Central Asia Taliban infested area. He has faced death threats, long periods of separation from his family, and has even been kid napped and released by the Taliban. Mortenson argues that extremism in the area can be lessened through the education of girls. When men are educated they leave and go to the cities to make money, while women stay behind, raise families and pass on their knowledge to their children and people in the village. Women do leave the village for higher education, but bring back their knowledge to help continue the growth and prosperity of their village. With women educated, males are also less likely to join the Taliban b/c they need the permission of their mother before they do so. Mortenson receives no funding from the United States government, believing motives will be changed if financed from government.
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The White Man’s Burden The White Man’s Burden central idea is that the West’s efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. The first thing that comes to my mind when reciting ideas about this book has to do with mosquito nets. Take those mosquito nets. When aid agencies hand them out in poor countries, he writes, "nets are often diverted to the black market . . . or
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