Prof: Charles Scarborough
“The Leopard can’t change his spots” clearly states how one cannot change his/her actions or behavior. An article in the Washington post highlights some major issues regarding discrimination amongst women in Afghanistan. Donald, the author of this article stated that the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) is shifting away from its commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. Women are constantly being deprived of their rights in this part of the world. It has been a tradition and as the saying goes, tradition always goes on. The USAID is providing countless support to address the illiteracy, poor health, extreme poverty and political exclusion that still bedevil the lives of Afghan women (Steinberg). The situation is still dire and as a result the agency has more than doubled spending on women and girls since 2008, created and fully staffed a new gender unit in 2010, Donald stated. Donald also insisted that improvements in access to education, health care, employment, and political and economic opportunity have been notable since the fall of the Taliban but there are still no signs of success with the U.S government intervening to address these issues.
In another article titled “A better path on energy”, President Obama promised to slash and cut back on America’s dependence on foreign oil and rather invest in alternative energy such as biofuels (Editorials). America has been dependent on foreign oil for decades and producing oil domestically would rather pose a challenge. President Obama insisted that even though the country doesn’t have sufficient domestic oil supplies to displace the volumes it imports, it will probably take decades to wean the economy off crude, no matter what policies prevail. Consequently, a 2009 Harvard study projected that, even with gas prices $8 a gallon, imports would drop only about 20 percent by 2030.The study also...