Sunday, March 31, 2013

Marshal Josip Broz Tito

Marshal Josip Broz Tito
Pages 223
Posted by Luka Ilic

Who is a Great Human Being
We have strted a new Unit of Exploration called the "Living Histrory" where we have to select one of the great humans that have achived something for the humankind. In this world there have been many pwople who have achived something for the world. But we have to pick 3 that really stand out from the rest, the 3 who have achieved more. From my opinion i think that the three persons that i would niminate for the greatest are: Pope John Paul the second, Saint Joan of Arc, and Anne Hutchinson.
Pope John Paul II was the first pope to start linking the orthodox and catholic church. He was once tried to be assassinated by an man from Pakistan. When the pope received he led the assasinator from jail and led him free. He was appealing for peace all around the world and that there is no more war. Saint Joan of Arc who was a hero in the dark medieval times when the church was the main law and the religion had a very strict and rigorous law, she said that god had spoken to her and she gave some of the predictions that later came true. She was burned on stake considered as a witch. and the third Anne Hutchinson who was to me one of the greatest women in our history.She was claimed to be the witch who had to be killed immediately. But in court by her great deft she claimed herself not be a witch and she was freed. However she was killed by a Indian massacre which happened in today's Bronx, New York, New England.However I chose Marshal Josip Broz Tito as my living history whom I think was a great leader and politician, and a hero of the Yugoslav people.

Marshal Josip Broz Tito
Marshal Josip Broz Tito was born on May 7th 1892. He was a Yugoslav revolutionary and starts man, serving in various roles from 1945 until his death in 1980. Even though, he was criticized as an authoritarian. Due to his successful economic and diplomatic polices Tito was seen by the most as a benevolent dictator, and was a popular public figure both in Yugoslavia and aboard.  Viewed as a unifying symbol his internal polices successfully maintained the peaceful co existence of the nations of the Yugoslav federation. He gained international attention as the chief leader of the Non- Aligned Movement, working with Jawaharlal Nehru of India, and Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt.

·         He was the leader of the world war II Yugoslav guerrilla movement the Partisans, from 1941 to 1945, and he successfully let Partisans into a victory over Germans and their collaborationists   
·         He received some 98 foreign decorations, including the legion of Honor, and the Order of the Bath.
·         Tito’s funeral was the largest funeral in history.
·         Despite being one of the founders of Cominform (official forum of the international communist movement; it was a soviet Soviet dominated organization) he was also the first and the only successful comminform member to define Soviet hegemony
·         His relations with USA and Western European nations were generally cordial. 


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rotation Post Number 1

What makes a human great?

There are many people that I would consider great, but the people that are considered great the most, are the ones that have done something to change humanity. Their bravery and good deeds in life, made other people aware of the things they were trying to achieve. Some great people had achieved in life some things that were only distinguished after their death. For example, Anne Frank had written her diary, but it had become famous after her death. Her death makes the story even more touching, especially that she died young. Another example is of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics. His experiments had been performed while he was alive, but no one understood them. Only after his death did people realize how important his experiments were. My three choices are Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, and Joan of Arc.
The reason I chose Anne Frank was because she was one of the many people to suffer during the holocaust. She also wrote a diary which showed us what it was living at the time of World War Two, but as well showed how positive she was and how much she believed in humanity. Anne Frank's writing had influenced many people. She was just a young innocent girl, who was killed because of her religion. She was a German Jewish girl. It's the same when Christians were killed by the Romans in the past. Many people had been victims from the holocaust, but she was the one who had kept track of what it was like in her dairy. Anne Frank died of typhus in the concentration camp of Bergen Belsen.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to travel the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. What made her great was that she was aware of all of he danger she could have been facing, but still decided to take the risks in order to fulfill the wish to fly. One day when she set flight on another one of her incredible journeys, she left her home never to be seen again.
Joan of Arc was a great person. At her time, women were not supposed to be important, they were supposed to stay at home and do the cleaning and chores that no one ever got credit for. Joan of Arc had heard so called "voices" in her head that were telling her to go and fight for her country against the English. Despite the fact she was laughed at couple of times seeing her as an incapable girl, and despite the dangers she could have been running in the wars, she risked her life to fight for her country. Because of her powers and incredible skills to lead the French Army, her enemies considered her a witch. Therefore, she was captured and burnt to the stake. One similarity that she and Amelia Earhart both have is that they are both women, who were not supposed to be doing anything great. They saw the dangers ahead them, but still decided to risk doing as their dreams were telling them to. Anne Frank was more a victim than a hero. She had never done anything that made her exceptionally great, but she was a big reminder to people what had happened during the Holocaust.

Oscar Pistorius

Book: Blade Runner
Author: Oscar Pistorius
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: 222

Great people from our world include presidents, scientists, politicians and even athletes. Such as:
·         Rosa Parks: for stepping up for black people by not getting up on the bus for a white person
·        Mother Teresa
·         Hellen Keller- for living even thought she was deaf and blind
 Since last year, I knew this year we would have to choose a person for living history, someone who has done good to the world and a person who inspired others, therefore last year I bought a book and read it during the summer, after reading it I knew the person I was going to do. (Unlike other people I did not have to research about inspiring people)  Born with the fibula missing in both legs, Oscar Pistorius was born to Sheila and Henk Pistorius on the 22 November 1986 at the Sandton Clinic in Johannesburg. Due to his bones missing, he only had 2 toes on both feet, and at only 11 months he had both legs amputated from the knee down. He started walking with prostheses. Along with his older brother and younger sister Oscar was an adventurous child and therefore though of the craziest things, he never cared that he was different, he played sports just like any normal child (rugby, boxing, wrestling), running was never one of the sports liked, in fact whenever the school would organize a sports day with running races, he would find an excuse not to participate. However he later on became a runner for South Africa and has inspired many disabled people to live on their dream.
Why he should be included in the ‘museum’:

1.   became the first amputee to compete in any Olympics
2.   He never wanted to become a runner, however after an injury, to get back in shape he had to train on the tracks. There he established his love for running and proved that with will one can accomplish anything.
3. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Pistorius became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men's 400 metres and 4 × 400 metres relay races.
·      4. Pistorius also actively supports the Mineseeker Foundation he is the ambassador, a charity that works to raise awareness for landmine victims. This initiative is dedicated to the detection,identification and removal of land-mines. It seeks to help those people who have been affected by land-mines.

·          5.In 2007, the International Association of Athletic Foundations, the worldwide body that governs international competition, banned Pistorius from competing, stating that his artificial legs gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes in the competition. However he overcame it and with some test proved them wrong
·          6. Is called : "fastest man on no legs”

“I am chasing my dream- a dream to become an athlete. Not a disabled athlete, simply an athlete.”-12in Blade Runner
This is one of the quotes he said in the book I’m reading, I really like it because he doesn’t look at himself as if something were wrong, he just wants to fulfill his dream and be appreciated for it.
After all, I think my living history person is not only a new person in the museum, but an inspirational young man that showed even if one is disabled, he/she should follow their dream.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Just Listen

Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Pages: 371

Lately I have been reading the novel Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen. As in my previous blog post it is about a high school girl named Annabel. But her best friends hates her, her family is falling apart, and she is just alone. So in the 2 recent past chapters a boy named Will Cash comes up to Annabel and actually talks to her. I think she has had a past with him but i am not sure. All I know is after that, she and Sophie have a little talk, in other words its more like a fist fight. This attracts a crowd and eventually Sophie leaves her and Annabel runs behind the school and she starts to vomit, as she finishes she sits down and is just crying. But as she has her head in her hands she can hear someone sit down beside her. As she looks up she see Owen Armstrong next to her. He passes her a tissue and she takes it. He asks if she is okay, she said it was pretty bad. He said that he saw it, but it could have been worse.

Annabel then gets a phone call from her mum, she tries to sound like she is fine and her mum believes her, but tells her that she had to get a ride home. Annabel said she did but of course we all know that she had no friend that can take her home. But Owen tells her that he can take her home, Annabel decides to go along with this. As she gets in his car, he tells her that first they need to go pick up his sister. His car is filled with man cd’s, and the one he is playing at the moment is tribal music. She finds it a little weird but interesting.

They go and pick up his little sister, she is really cute and she has seen Annabel from the adds that she has done and she really likes Annabel. I think that Annabel finds it surprising that most of the people hate her. He then eventually drops her off home, safe and sound. I really am enjoying this book it is really interesting and I want to know what is going to happen next. I recommend this book to all middle school girls that just want to have someone to relate to about, being in high school or middle school.

A book that I am also starting to read during the meantime is Soul Surfer. It is a biography about Bethany Hamilton a surfer who lost her arm in a shark bite and still won the national championship. And has also given people who might not have something such as a leg and give them the hope to believe in themselves and try. Why I am reading this book is because in English we have a Living History Unit where we pick a amazing person in history and we pretend to be them. So I have picked Bethany Hamilton. I haven’t really started the book yet so I can’t exactly recommend it to anyone but I guess to people of all ages.