Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chilean Earthquake

This video summarizes the massive earthquake that occurred in Northern Chile and assesses the damage. After watching this I feel more educated about the situation in Chile. I am very surprised that only 6 lives were lost seeing as this earthquake had an 8.2 magnitude, which is one of the biggest earthquakes to happen in Chile. Not to long ago in 2010 a 8.8 magnitude hit Chile, this left 500 dead and triggered a gigantic Tsunami. The biggest earthquake recorded since the 1900 was also in Chile which had a 9.5 magnitude. Sadly, Chile is a very vulnerable country, due to it’s economic situation and impoverished population.
This earthquake caused landslides and cut power, it also triggered a Tsunami warning. Seawater flooded the city streets and washed away many fishing boats in the process. Luckily, no major Tsunami damage was recorded, there was a mandatory evacuation that lasted a quick 10 hours in the coastal towns that were close to the shore. Soon after all the people were happily returned to their homes.
The scariest part of all is that around 300 prisoners escaped from Northern Port City, which forced the closing of the Peruvian border. The president soon after declared a state of emergency and sent 100 anti-riot police officers and 300 military soldiers to prevent raiding, looting and to capture all of the escaped prisoners.
The day before the massive 8.2 earthquake struck Chile, a 5.1 earthquake occurred in southern Los Angeles. The earthquake was much smaller compared to the one in Chile, however caused extensive damage to apartment complexes and stores in the surrounding areas. Fortunately there were no deaths from this earthquake but many buildings have been deemed unsafe to access. After the earthquake there have been numerous aftershocks that are not noticeable to humans. The aftershocks were minute compared to the ones after Chile's earthquake, which was prepared for by locals before it came. This is because of the strict building codes that chile put in place after its 2010 earthquake that caused far more damage and took hundreds of lives. If their strict building codes weren't in place the 8.2 earthquake could have caused much more damage and taken the lives of five times the amount that happened.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Motorcycle Diaries Connections

“The Motorcycle Diaries” is a personal journal that young Ernesto Guevara kept with him as he made his way from Argentina to America. His memoir tells of his journeys throughout South and Central America with his friend Alberto Granado. Starting as two young adventurers wanting to explore the vast range of their continent quickly learn about the social injustices that plague South America. Soon after their journey Ernesto went to Guatemala to seek a cause or purpose to support. This is where the documentary, The True Story of Che Guevara directed by Maria Wye Berry, takes its main starting point. It is a detailed retelling of the life of Che Guevara, as he became one of the worlds leading revolutionists. The documentary tells of how Ernesto Guevara turned to “el Che” and focuses on the events following his treacherous journey through the Americas. The book and documentary are quite similar describing Ernesto’s life and events that transpired, however the documentary goes into further details on how Ernesto spent his later years after the expedition. One of the main themes throughout the documentary and book is “the search for purpose”. This is one of Ernesto’s primary goals in life, to find a purpose, whether its trekking through miles of deserted Peruvian lands or leading a guerrilla attack on severe dictators. Another recurring theme in “The Motorcycle Diaries” and The True Story of Che Guevara, is “doing good in the world”. When he was young Ernesto so eagerly wanted to see a leper colony to observe and help a part of society shunned by many. This idea stuck with him into his later years when he helped liberate Cuba from Batista (President of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution) and further down the road as a guerrilla leader. Current Bolivian President Evo Morales shares Che’s ideology and wishes they had Che around today to unite the people of Latin America. “Now is when we need Che, not for the armed force, but for the defense of humanity” said Morales, explaining that Che could be helping in todays world. This shocked me that when he was alive only a few shared his goals for Latin America, but after his death many can only dream of a leader that was devoted to the greater good for Latin America.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Motorcycle diaries video review

  The true story of Che guavera the documentary is a vague summary of the book but with more historical details. It was I very quality video that taught me a good amount of Che's life when he is older and when he is a dictator. The person that put that video together put in a ton work, getting all the different people to do personal interviews even people that were then and there with Che. Some of the people that were in the interviews were actually from the time and met Che with gave the video a very realistic feel. It kept me interested throughout until Che is killed and then you no longer want to watch the video it would be better if they didn't show his death till the end. The acting throughout the video is excellent and it portrays the characters lives to make the viewer think they are actually watching the events as they happen. Sadly there isn't music in the video which I feel lowers the production value, someone is always talking in it. A younger person would not be interested in watching this video or fun, but if it was to learn about che it would be very helpful.

The Truth About Che Guevara Documentary Summary

The True Story of Che Guevara, directed by Maria Wye Berry, details the life of Ernesto Guevara, or Che as he is commonly known. The film begins “A hero to some. A monster to others. He hoped to start a third World War. The man they hoped the world would forget has become a legend.” Indeed he has. The documentary is a more informative piece that analyzes every major event in Guevara’s life. However, it mainly covers the story of Ernesto (Che) rather than both him and Alberto. The film also, interestingly focuses on the evil side of him, detailing the ways he mercilessly fought in battle and how he found it easy to take a man’s life for whatever reason he could find.
The film is, in general, a detailed version of the story told in the book. Numerous historical experts and first-hand witnesses were interviewed to speak on Che’s colorful personality. Which, ultimately added to the movie’s informative tone.The purpose of this film is to tell the true story of Che Guevara and to pick up the pieces of his life left after the book’s job of describing Che in his adventurous youth. The film spent a good twenty minutes talking about and explaining his youth but the main idea was circulated around his days as a man in power.

People In The Cuban Revolution

Fidel Castro:
Born: August 13, 1926 in Brían, Cuba
Involvement in the Cuban Revolution: He was the first Communist leader in Cuba and was one of the leaders in the Cuban revolution. He meet Che in Mexico before he was put into a Cuban prison by the infamous leader Fulgencio Batista. Fidel along with his brother Raul Castro, and Che Guevara organized rebels to take over Cuba and install their communist government. As the Castro brothers and Che Guevara made their way through Cuba, they took the capital city of Havana and ultimately put the Communist Government in place.
Fidel Castro

Raul Castro:
Born: June 3, 1931 in Brían, Cuba
Involvement in the Cuban Revolution: Raul is the most recent president of Cuba, he received office from his brother Fidel Castro who was the first leader in Cuba. Both Fidel and Raul were large parts of the Cuban Revolution. Raul, who is much younger than his brother Fidel, both were put into Batista's prison before they met Che on his journey. Currently Raul is running the country into ruin. The economy is struggling and with the recent release of the fake twitter account, (here is the link to the report by Time Magazine the people and government are having struggles to keep the country at ease.
Raul Castro

Ernesto “Che” Guevara:
Born: June 14, 1928, Rosario, Argentina
Involvement in the Cuban Revolutionary: Ernesto “Che” Guevara is considered the face of Cuba. His portrait is postersized all over Cuba and the world. For Che was the man who was on a journey to make a better government. He found this ability in the beliefs of Karl Marx. Karl Marx was “The first Communist” where he believed in a classless society. Che grew out these ideas and ultimately convinced Fidel Castro to adopt these ideas and enforce them in Cuba. After Cuba was taken over Che decided to leave Cuba due to the involvement with the Russians in 1962. Che then left to explore more Communist countries such as Russia and China. He then traveled to the Congo. Fidel Castro wrote to Che many times and the most important time was toward the beginning of the Bolivian Rebellion. He was caught by the United States in 1967. He was later executed his body was returned to Cuba for a large memorial service.
Che Guevara

Hilda Gadea:
Born: March 1921, Lima, Peru
Involvement in the Cuban Revolution: Hilda was Che’s first wife and they shared a very special relationship. They were married from 1955 to 1959 due to Che falling in love with new women by the name of Aleida March. Hilda was a believer in Communism and was a very key instrument into helping Che fully embellish Communism. She died in 1997 in Havana Cuba.
Hilda and Che 

Aleida March:
Born: 1937 in Santa Clara, Cuba
Involvement in the Cuban Revolution: Aleida was Che’s second and last wife until his death. They meet when She was on a journey through Cuba and married after The government was overthrown. They had four children together and all lived in Havana Cuba. Che and Alieda’s Four children are the remaining genes to Che Guevara.