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Why Did FARC Start?

Why Did FARC Start?
The reason why the FARC was formed is directly tied with Communism in Colombia. Although it started as a military wing of the Communist Party, it has since been branded as a terrorist organization by the US and the Colombian government. Beginnings The period in the late 1940s is known as La Violencia in Colombia. Over 200,000 people were killed. As the Colombian Liberal Party lost control, the military under General Gustavo Rojas seized power in 1953. Rojas offered amnesty to the warring factions if they lay down their arms. However some groups resisted, including the communists. The Colombian Communist Party set up guerrilla units in the country. They were led by Jacobo Arenas. So the main reason why the FARC was formed was to fight off Gen. Rojas and also the other factions that were fighting...

Why Did the Soviet Union Break Up?

Why Did the Soviet Union Break Up?
Many people want to know why Soviet Union collapsed, considering its past status as one of the highly influential super power in the world. As the strong successor to the Russian Empire, it conducted extensive scientific research on advanced space technology and weaponry. Furthermore, it once provided developing countries assistance, has a stable economy and strong military forces. It also became one of the most significant countries worldwide considering its contributions and roles as member of the United Nations Security Council. Why the Country Broke Up Why did the Soviet Union break up? The two reasons for this unexpected collapse were economic problems as well as an undermined political structure. U.S. President Ronald Reagan became instrumental in Saudi Arabia’s decision to sell its...

Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?

Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?
The history of the Brooklyn Bridge is more than an example of the engineering skills of people. It’s also a story of determination, of how they were able to overcome any struggles and early obstacles. Beginnings The idea of building a suspension bridge was proposed in 1857. That year the proposal to create one was sent to Congress. The goal was to construct it just over the East River. The plan was to extend it all the way to Brooklyn. However it was only in 1866 when the plans were officially given to John Roebling and Wilhelm Hildenbrand. The Congress approved of their plans. Two years later the New York Bridge Company was created and the history of the Brooklyn Bridge would properly commence. In 1869 the plan was sent to President Ulysses Grant, who approved it. Construction In 1869...

Why Was the Khmer Rouge Formed?

Why Was the Khmer Rouge Formed?
Most people are familiar with the crimes committed by Hitler and the Nazis, but a study of the history of the Khmer Rouge will reveal that its actions were almost as lethal. Under the Communist rule of Pol Pot, millions of people died in their hands. Origins The party’s beginnings can be traced back to the works of Saloth Sar, or Pol Pot. In the early 1950s he became part of the Second Congress of the KPRP. He became very influential, owing to his position as middleman between the leftist groups and Communist movement that was gaining ground. During the mid 1960s he went to North Vietnam to secure aid for an attempt to overthrow the government. Under the Communist Party of Kampuchea (the official name of the party), Pol Pot launched insurgency campaigns against the government. By the early...

Why is the Statue of Liberty Green?

Why is the Statue of Liberty Green?
Definitely one of the historic landmarks in the United States, the people of France presented the Statue of Liberty to the Americans as a gift in celebration of its centennial. More importantly, it serves as a constant reminder of the lasting friendship between the two nations, which they developed at the time of the American Revolution. Aside from these wonderful memories, this monument has many interesting physical attributes such as shape, size and color. Here is a quick take on the different important aspects of the Statue of Liberty, including the reason why it has a green color. The Physical Characteristics and Other Interesting Details of the Statue Why is the Statue of Liberty green? According to scientists and experts, this statue has a bluish-green color due to chemical reactions....