http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/world/asia/12korea.html?hp

So, this is an article about North Korea and their current striving for nuclear weapons. In this article, North Korea says that they will stop developing nuclear weapons if the United States decides to make another peace treaty with them. They also say that the nuclear weapons help ensure peace for their nation. This is an example of both schematic reasoning and attribution bias. Schematic reasoning because many people have particular images that they connect to North Korea and most of these images are really bad. For example, Daniel Davis thinks of really scared confused people. These images make people assume that a poor government that isn't capable of civil talks is in charge. Attribution bias because the United States made nuclear weapons during World War II in order to bomb Japan which ended the war. Many people in the United States see this as a good thing because of its ability to end the war despite its hugely destructive power, but when North Korea makes a nuclear weapon, we all assume that the world is going to end because the destructive nature of the people makes the weapon much more destructive than it already is. Nice example of attribution bias. We attribute our use of the bomb to external forces (the need to end the war). We attribute their use of the bomb to flaws within their culture & government.





http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8591866.stm

This article is for the assignment that is suppose to show an example of Obama's foreign policy. It is about his recent trip to Afghanistan to rally the troops that are currently there. While there he said that the troops were there to, "keep America safe and secure." This is a clear example of realism. Using military might in order to keep a nation safe is basically the definition of realism. This type of policy is also backed by the recent increase in troop levels. Obama also says that America is there to, "help Afghans forge a hard-won peace" which is a clear example of liberal policy. In this case, removing America's threats also allows Afghanistan to move towards a more western culture which completes the goals of both the realist and the liberals. Obama also mentions reversing Taliban momentum, and although this is mostly meant militarily, it could also talk about the spreading beliefs of radical muslims. By halting the spread of these ideas, Obama would also be exhibiting a constructivist view on foreign policy. Later he once again references keeping America safer which brings back the realist view. Finally the article ends with Obama inviting Karzai to the White House. This is a very friendly gesture that shows America's support for Afghanistan.


http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/cupcake/?hp

This article may sound like a joke, but I assure you, it could not be more serious. Globalization is the growing connection between the economies and cultures of multiple sovereign states. We have heard about Mc. Donalds popping up all over the world, and we are more than happy to not give it a second thought, but Micky D's is more than just a fast food chain, it is part of America. Until now, Mc. Donalds has been perfectly content with using their name to sell quick native food, but they have started introducing an American tradition to a country that doesn't even know what it is called or if it is actually edible. No, I am not talking about baconnaise. I am talking about cupcakes. Of course I would support the spread of such a great delicacy to any deprived nation, but is it not just another example of the United States spreading the long arms of capitalism. Certainly, it is enabling the interconnection of cultures, but this action might be going too far. The goal of globalization is not to take over another culture or economy only to cooperate on a global level.