Politics are the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action: the conduct of decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to governments, political behavior is also observed in corporate, academic, religious, and other institutions. Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at elections, public opinion, institutional activities (how legislatures act, the relative importance of various sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.
Ramón Emeterio Betances was a Puerto Rican nationalist. He was the primary instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution and, as such, is considered to be the father of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Betances was also the most renowned medical doctor and surgeon of his time in Puerto Rico, and one of its first social hygienists. He had established a successful surgery and ophthalmology practice. Betances was also a diplomat, public health administrator, poet and novelist. He served as representative and contact for Cuba and the Dominican Republic in Paris. A firm believer in Freemasonry, his political and social activism was deeply influenced by the group's philosophical beliefs. His personal and professional relationships (as well as the organizational structure behind the Grito de Lares, an event that, in theory, clashes with traditional Freemason beliefs) were based upon his relationships with Freemasons, their hierarchical structure, rites and signs.
Wikinews on Politics and conflicts
- May 10: Former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader dies aged 95
- May 9: Lord Falconer proposes bill to legalise assisted dying for terminal ill in UK
- May 3: President Obama renews his push to close Guantanamo detention facility
- April 28: As Italy prepares for new government, shots fired near prime minister's office
- April 19: Gun background checks a no-go in US Senate
- April 15: Nuclear weapons protest at Faslane leads to 47 arrests
- April 14: BBC to play 'four to five seconds' of Thatcher protest song
- April 13: French Senate vote in support of same-sex marriage
- April 9: Wikinews interviews Amir Abbas Fakhravar about Iranian nuclear intentions
- April 8: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87
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