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Nuclear Power

A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. Both reactions release vast quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. It contains about 20,000 tons of TNT, a small nuclear device no larger than traditional bombs can devastate an entire city by blast, fire and radiation. The first nuclear ever was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan by the United States during World War II. Today, any country holding nuclear weapons are known to be superpowers. The United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, the People’s Republic of China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea have nuclear power. Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine had nuclear arms during the Soviet era, but after its collapse each returned their nuclear arms back to Russia. The Islamic Republic of Iran is known to be building its nuclear power and will be ready anytime in the near future. This has been a concern for many countries like United States where they are against the idea of Iran holding nuclear power. Nuclear bombings cause so much trouble for the victim’s people and the country’s environment. In Japan, till today, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not that much suitable to live in, the cities have become radiated. Japanese people are suffering from genetic disorders and abnormalities to this day. People have predicted and believe that the World War III will be fought with nuclear bombings which will put an end to this world. I believe countries with nuclear weapons must sign an agreement to cancel out all the nuclear power weapons once and for all to assure a safety future for our coming generations.

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A living legend, Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar, one of the most successful men in sports history, was born in Webster South Dakota in 1977, weighs 266 pounds at 6’3 (191 cm).  He is an American professional wrestler, actor, former mixed martial artist, and a professional football player. He is a former NCAA heavyweight champion in 2000, and was second place in 1999. He joined the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002 and quit in 2004, where he won the WWE championship 3 times within 2 years.  After leaving the WWE, Lesnar pursued a career in the NFL. He played during the preseason for the Minnesota Vikings, but ended up being a late cut. Lesnar returned to professional wrestling at the end of 2005, and joined New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. Lesnar started his MMA career in 2007 where he joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), with a record of 5 wins to 3 losses. In 2008, he captured the UFC heavyweight championship by beating the legend Randy Couture. In 2009, Lesnar suffered health issues; he suffered from diverticulitis which is an intestinal disorder, which required a surgery. In 2011, he suffered with another diverticulitis, and was forced to quit UFC due to his last 2 losses because of his disorder that left him in a weak condition. In 2012, after being treated, Lesnar returned to the WWE, and still is currently signed with the WWE where he works on part time appearances. As you can see, he has done it all, he has succeeded in every sport, and according to Dana White, the president of the UFC, Brock Lesnar is one of the strongest men to have ever stepped into the octagon.

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Sibling Rivals

 

Sibling rivalry is the jealousy, competition and fighting between brothers and sisters. It is a concern for almost all parents of two or more kids. Problems often start right after the birth of the second child. Sibling rivalry usually continues throughout childhood and can be very frustrating and stressful to parents. Sibling rivalry is one of humanity’s oldest problems. Most of the times, these aren’t taken seriously by the parents, in the future, the siblings will not have a good relationship with one another. Siblings will fight more with each other in families where there they haven’t been taught that fighting is not an acceptable way to resolve conflicts. Families that don’t share enjoyable times together will probably have more conflict. Stress in the parent’s lives can decrease the amount of attention parents give the children and increase sibling rivalry. In some cases, siblings take physical actions and tend to hurt one another. Many siblings start their feuds at an old age for land, money, and inheritances; this sometimes leads to hurting each other and gets fatal. Sibling rivalries not only affect the siblings themselves but also their families, their kids who would be cousins, wouldn’t be talking to one another, and this passes on to the next generations. Parents can reduce the opportunity for rivalry by refusing to compare or typecast their children, teaching the children positive ways to get attention from each other and from the parent, planning fun family activities together, and making sure each child has enough time and space of their own. They can also give each child individual attention, encourage teamwork, refuse to hold up one child as a role model for the others, and avoid favoritism.

Ninety Eight Years of Denial

As we have just entered the month of April, I chose to talk about the Armenian Genocide that began on the 24th of this month, 98 years ago. From 1915 to 1917 the Young Turk regime in the Ottoman Empire carried out a systematic, intentional, centrally planned genocide against the Armenian people. More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse.  A people who lived in present day eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first genocide of the twentieth century.  Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the evidence of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by consecutive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present. Over the years, all of the American presidents have lied about recognizing the Genocide out of fear of alienating Turkey, an ally and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Over 20 countries worldwide have recognized the Armenian genocide, countries like France, Russia, Canada, and Germany. 98 years have passed and only two years are left in order to be recognized internationally since the law states that Genocides are forgotten after 100 years. As Hitler said during his speech during the Genocide of the Jews; “Who, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?”.Image

The M1 Tank

The M1 Abrams is a third-generation main battle tank produced in the United States. It first delivered to the US in 1980. The M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine. Weighing nearly 68 short tons, it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service. It is known to be the strongest military tank today. It has a fire-suppression system in which it automatically extinguishes the fire in seconds. The turret has a two six barreled smoke grenade launchers, and the main armaments are rifled gun, machine guns, and a smooth bore gun. The Abrams is equipped with a ballistic fire-control computer that uses user and system-supplied data from a variety of sources, to compute, display, and incorporate the three components of a ballistic solution lead angle, ammunition type, and range to the target to accurately fire the tank. It is fast compared to other tanks, with 45 mph or 60-80 Km/hr. It has a 1500 horsepower gas turbine engine. Over the years, many countries have bought and manufactured the M1 tanks such as; US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt. They were used for multiple occasions such as Persian Gulf War, war in Afghanistan, and during the Egyptian revolutions in 2011. In conclusion, it is a very powerful, strategic, tactical, and destructive tank, and one of the best military vehicles creations of all time.

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Communism vs Democracy

Communism and democracy are two different ideologies that have rendered great impact in the world. Communism can be termed as a socioeconomic structure that stands for the establishment of a classless, egalitarian and stateless society. Democracy is a political system of governance either carried out by the people directly or by elected representatives. The difference between the two is mainly that in communism, the government has complete control over the production and distribution of goods and all the resources and it is shared in the society equally. While in Democracy, it is based on the principle of equality and freedom. It is also based on the principle that all citizens have equal rights. Another principle that defines democracy is that the citizens have certain liberties and freedoms, which are protected by the constitution. The political system in Communism is that there is only one leader who is re-elected almost every season, more like dictatorship. While in democracy, people have the right to elect whoever they want by voting. In Communism, there are no classes among the people, but in Democracy due to the capitalist system in the society, classes are created among the people. Democracy is spread worldwide by the United States, and Communism is led by Russia, where years ago this was a result of the Cold War between the two. There have been many Communist leaders in the past such as; Stalin and every other Communist country or the Soviet Union members. On the other hand, Democracy is led by the United States presidents such as; Barack Obama, and every other Democratic country. In conclusion, both systems have their good and bad, you cannot pick either one as the best.

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My trips to Mount Aragats, Armenia

Mount Aragats is a large stratovolcano in northwest Armenia. It is the highest point in Armenia that rises over 4,000 meters. It is covered in snow all year long which makes it a major touristic area. I first visited this mountain in the summers of 2002 and five years later in 2007. It was probably one of the best places I have been to. It took us an hour to reach there, and another hour or so to reach its peak. It was really cold in summer; I could predict a 10 degrees Celsius. The road was rugged and of course a road going upwards. In 2007, our car broke down on the way up due to the road; it was hectic where we had to wait an hour for the car to function properly. On the way up, you could see small scattered clouds all around you. Also, on the way, you can see small Kurdish families in tents that live there all summer. On its slopes are the Byurakan Observatory and the medieval Amberd Fortress. There is a lake up on the mountain that is called Aragats Lake, fairly deep and cold. When I first went there in 2002, it was empty up on the mountain with some villagers who offered us tasty cold fruits. I found it different in 2007, it was much more populated with tourists, and they had built couple of restaurants opposite to the lake that were specialized with fish. Mount Aragats holds a religious meaning as well that may sound fictional, when Saint Gregory the Illuminator prayed one day on Mount Aragats a miraculous ever-burning lantern hanging from the heavens came down to shed light on him. Armenians believe that the Illuminator’s lantern is still there, and only those pure in heart and spirit can see the eternal lantern — the symbol of hopes and dreams of the nation. Mount Aragats is one of the major touristic areas in Armenia, and my favorite of all the places in Armenia that I have been to.

 

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