Gabriel: Research

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello Friends,

I found a great book called Reagan’s Lebanon Policy: Trial and Error. I will book looking for more books about this time period of 1982-84 in Lebanon regarding U.S.  Foreign Policy. I found a good section of material in Moffit Library.  The book is filled with great in site of understanding the political, social and communal life of Lebanese people. The Lebanese were anticipating the French , Syrians , and Israelis to solve the problems. The Arab nations wanted peace so they turned to the United States to fill in this void. However I see this as the U.S. playing as the world peace keeper and an analogy I was thinking of was as referee but I will take it a step further and say more as an NBA commissioner.

Also the book gave a greater understanding of the role of the U.S. Marines, their duty was to play a role as part of the multinational peace keeping force to evacuate PLO forces out of Beruit. I also learned  how the death of Bashir Gameyel was assassinated. I will reasearch further into the assassination. Reagan’s foreign Policy in the region was to create Peace, they


didn’t see Lebanon as an Allied inLebanon-4[1]to the future. Three points the book brought up were A change of priorities, A Shift of emphasis, and A change of focus. These are three points that are going to help me better focus my Thesis.

Thank you,

Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel: Special Collection

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello Friends,

I was able to explore the Institute of Government Studies in Moses Hall. The library is one of the nation’s major collections in public administration, public affairs, and public policy. The library holds more than 400,000 volumes and is a depository for California local government documents.

Special collections include California Reapportionment Archives and California Election Campaign Ephemera. Pamphlets and unbound reports from a broad range of public interest organizations, research institutes and government agencies are the heart of the collection, which dates from 1921.

The library’s Ballot Measure Guides help scholars and voters to understand California’s initiative process, its digital collections bring local government documents to your desktop, and the library’s reference service provides assistance to the Cal community and to members of the public who have questions regarding public policy and politics.

I library is in a great location to study and access computers. The librarians are very helpful, the library has a nice section to read the latest newspapers and Journals to view. Also they have a printer, it’s a great study environment.

Here is the Link.

This is the schedule for the Library.

Summer hours (May 20 – August 28):

1pm – 5pm, weekdays

Regular hours:

9am – 5pm, weekdays

closed weekends

Reference Service: 11am – 5pm and by appointment

Location: 109 Moses Hall

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Thank you,

Gabriel Gonzalez


Gabriel: Media Research center

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello Class,


I was able to investigate the Media Resource Center. It is very calm in the mornings, but the student worker told me it gets extremely busy during video reports for film classes during Thursdays and Fridays. They had computers in the lobby and I was able to use them and I began to search for films on Lebanon during the civil war period from 1976-1990. I found some very interesting movies on this topic. One was called Lebanon I dream of, From Beruit to Bosnia, Gates of the East: DVD.8951  this is about the different religions in Lebanon

War of Lebanon: DVD.1597  THis one covers the civil war between Maronite and Shia groups during 1979-1990

This will help give me a better understanding of the religious views and political struggles in Lebanon. I’m thinking my Thesis will be about sectarianism in the middle east or maybe Bosnia, also maybe discuss a little about the Syrian Civil War. I feel more prepared, finding more of these resources here at Berkeley.

Thank you,

Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel: in search for Maps

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello, Class I was looking for maps through and went to libraries and collections. This is where they have all websites for all majors. I looked in geography and found some really good links to online maps. Also it sent me to oskiecat, but did not give me digital pictures it gave me CallNumbers to find the books that have the maps. I also looked at ethnic studies library it didn’t have anything beneficial to my reasearch. But on the Geography I selected Historical maps, and then clicked on David Rumsey map collections. This was beneficial i found some excellent maps on Israel and Palestine. This is real beneficial to my research because it provides me a greater sense and an ability to understand the geopolitical borders. I especially was drawn to the 1967 border lines because the borders were changed during the Yum Kippur War and 6 day war. This is also when the United States intervened and had political talks with Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. I’m going to further Israel_shaded[1]468px-Golan_heights_rel89A[1]investigate the Henry Kissinger role in the border lines during the year of 1967.

From Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel: Sources for Tilo.

March 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

Whats up Tilo,

I know your talking about rockers from the 1980’s from LA, SF, and Berkeley.
There are a couple of documentaries one called “Rockin The Wall” about how rock music during the Cold War. You can find it on YOUTUBE. It was made by PBS.
Another source is latin music in the USA it was made by PBS. because it gives good background knowledge of and origins, about the struggles bands had to go through to get on their feet. They talk about fredy fender, Cris Montez, and Santana.

I also found a website called.
The 1980’s: A Rock N’ Roll Era Never Forgotten – Home Page

Its pretty good insight.

THis is another website I found.

Ronald Reagan – The father of American hardcore/punk

Hope this is helpful Tilo, I’m not an expert but I just want to help bro. Have a good break.

Gabriel Gonzalez

A Marines journey from 9/11 to his military service in Iraq

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment


Hello friends,

I interviewed a former Marine and where he was on 9/11 and how he was led to joined the United States Marine Core. Carlos Molles woke up that Tuesday morning at 7 pm, his mother called him over to the radio to hear the news being broadcasted. He assumed it was an accident, but ten minutes after his comment a second plane crashed into the second world trade center building. He felt a second plane hitting the tower was to weird and when a third plane hit the pentagon he knew his nation was under attack.

When 9/11 occurred he was 18 year attending college, he immediately wanted to join the military but waited because he still wanted to focus on his education. In 2005 became disgruntled with School and joined the Marine Core. I asked him why the Marines. He said his grandfather always spoke of the Marines and his great uncles, and great-grandfather. Served in the battle of the Pacific in World War 2 at US Marines. Also Carlos mentioned that the recruiting line was shorter to join Marines, he laughed when he mentioned that.

He arrived in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006 a year right after boot camp. His se over seas changed his perspective on life and challenged his physical and mental capacity to survive in a war-torn nation. When he arrived back he worked part-time construction and began to work security. He is now currently married with four children and his wife of 4 years.

I began to ask him about his service in Iraq and if it was worth it, he spoke of three things, there was just some components of WMD’s, Saddam a dictator who murdered his millions of his own people and gassed the Kurds, and how the U.S. Armed forces where responsible for killing 60,000 terrorist that came to Iraq to fight Americans. He told me it was worth it, and has a lot of respect for the men and woman who didn’t make it home to their families.

Being able to have the opportunity to interview a veteran gave me a greater perspective and empathy on how families are affected by foreign policy that the U.S. makes. The questions I asked were simple and I let Carlos talk and give his opnion. Also I was not nervous and I was not contradicted by any of his stories or opinions.

Thank you,
Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel: October 23, 1983 A day that changed Foreign Policy

March 11, 2013 § 1 Comment


Hello friends,

I was able to explore the newspapers and Microfilm library. I searched for a newspaper article that had to do  with the Marine barrack bombing in Lebanon in 1983. I narrowed my search by looking for a newspaper that covers international issues and foreign policy. The Washington Post.



The article was very eye opening , it gave crusicial detail about policy and defense in the Middle East . The story was front page for Monday, October 24, 1983. The article gave captured the mode of washington and foreign policy experts. The article that captured my attention was an interview that took place with former Sectary of State Henry Kissinger. I learned about “Vietnamize”  + having a passive military over seas in a combat zone and how this increases the casualty rate. The US was involved in a civil war and this would turn into a war of attrition because the US was using the Marines as a peace keeping force. I also learned how Iran and the ayatollahs were financing Hezbula and Amal Shiite groups that drove the truck into the Marine barrack. I also learned how Kissinger said what is your purpose? when your talking about foreign policy, coordination between  allies, circumstances of the situation, and the threat of a nation to have a force sitting passively in a conflict zone.  I’m glad I learned this new resource.