Thursday, May 3, 2007


I. Attention Getter.
A. Quote about Iraq's democracy status
II. Preview.
A. Pro
B. Nay
C. Standpoint
IV. Thesis Statement
A. The debated issue of the effectiveness and whether there is a "working" democracy is very controversial.
I. Paragraph 1
A. Pro side issue 1. Topic Sentence(arguments for it)
1.There are many arguments for democracy in Iraq.
B. Proof
1."City on a hill"
II. Paragraph 2.
A. Pro argument 2. Topic Sentence(agreements or accomplishments)
1.There are many accomplishments and steps toward democracy in Iraq.
1.Constitution passes.
2.Board elected
III. Paragraph 3.
A. Nay argument 1 Topic Sentence(arguments against it)
1. There are many reason skeptics say democracy in Iraq will not work.
B. Proof
1. Adam Garfinkle argues that Arab world will not accept Iraq's democracy. (Demo in Iraq)
IV. Paragraph 4.
A. Nay Argument 2 Topic Sentence(problems or shortcomings)
1.There have been many downfalls in the progress towards democracy.
B. Proof
1. Budget Cuts.
2. Benchmarks not set.
V. Paragraph 5.
A. Standpoint.

I. Restate Thesis
II. Review Main Points.
C. Standpoint
III. Attention Goer
A. Quote on Future of Iraq.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Annotation 8

Rubin, Alissa J. "Iraqi Delegates Pick Interim National Assembly".
"Los Angeles Times" Aug. 19, 2004 n.p.

This article is written by Alissa Rubin for "Los Angeles Times". Her target audience for this article is the general public. This article discusses the national assembly of Iraq. The author goes about to describe the diversity of the assembly and how this might affect its progress. She also explains that how the voting done by citizens left them disappointed because instead of voting for people they had to vote for slates of people. This left some citizens very upset. Finally, she concludes by describing how the assembly may only be in power for a short time but still may try and delay some of the crucial upcoming elections, such as the transitional Assembly, the referendum on a constitution, and the ratification of the constitution.

Annotation 7

McMahon, Colin. "Iraq Assembly Names Speaker, Raising Hopes for Government".
"Chicago Tribune" Apr. 3, 2005 n.p.

This article was written by Colin McMahon for the "Chicago Tribune". The intended audience for this article is the general public. This article reviews the appointing of Hajem al-Hassani as the Speaker for Iraqi's. The author explains al-Hassani's point of views and the approach he is going to use to try and unite Iraq again. It also explains how this is a major step in democratizing Iraq. The author goes on to explain the obstacles that needed to be dealt with in order to have the constitution approved at the intense and life threatening voting that occurred during the voting. Finally, the author concludes by quoting al-Hassani by saying that he will not see Iraq in sections. He will only see Iraq as a whole.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation 6

LaFranchi Howard. "The Christian Science Monitor". Boston, Mass.: Apr 20, 2007. 1

This article is written by Howard LaFranchi for "The Christian Science Monitor". The target audience is the general public. This article is about the Iraqi government working too slowly and not succeeding to do anything. The government is moving at a snails pace and has yet to accomplish a goal in the steps toward democracy. The article also discusses the controversy between people opinions on how the U.S. should be helping. Some say that America should be forcefully encouraging the government to hit "benchmarks". Others say America should focus on the civilian rights and such realted topics.

Annotation 5

Reed, Stanley in London. "Is Democracy Possible?"
"Business Week". Mar. 3, 2003 Iss. 3822 pg 34.

This article was written by Stanley Reed in London for "Business Week". The target audience for this article is Business Persons, Economists, and the general public. In this article the author discusses how even after the U.S. kicks out Saddam, Iraq still might be unmanageable. It begins to talk about Iraq's falling economy and the falling GDP. It also describes the terrible conditions of Iraq's oil fields and the role America gets to play in order to decide how to fix these problems. It also discusses how Saddam has supporters to follow him up even if he falls. This will leave America with drastic problems of corruption in both politics and economics. The author finally concludes that the problem will cost America money and men.

Annotation 4

Hegland, Corine. "Democracy Funds Shortchanged".
"National Journal" Vol. 39 Iss. 7 pg60-61 2bw.

This article was written by Corine Hegland for the "National Journal". The target audience for this article would be those who are concerned with current events. This article discussed the numerous budget cuts which ultimately will hurt the strengthening of democracy in Iraq. In this article the author discusses how the budget cuts to numerous organizations, such as the "NED Family", will cause them to to significantly cut back on the support for government in Iraq. She also discusses how the Bush Administration would like to stay in Iraq and help to develop more projects but is lacking the funds to do so. However, the exact budget is not final as of now and most of the decisions will be opinionated by Tim Carney.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotation 3

Barnard, Anne. "Constitution Passes amid Sunni Opposition."
"Knight Ridder Tribune Business News". Oct. 26, 2005 pp.1+.

This article was written for the "Knight Ridder Tribune Business News" by Anne Barnard. This article's target audience would include business person's and those who are concerned on current events. This article discusses the passing of the new constitution for Iraq. It also discusses the obstacles it needed to overcome in order to be passed. Many people risked their lives to vote for freedom. Another topic in this article is the opposition it faced during its passing. Many Kurds and Shiites were in conflict with the Sunnies during this voting time. The Sunnies also claimed that there was a corrupt vote counting committee because of the 55% veto in Ninevah. This caused the Sunnies to lose the 2/3 veto.