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Russia warns of 'fratricidal war' in Ukraine

Russia warns of 'fratricidal war' in Ukraine | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Foreign minister calls for end to military action following fierce fighting in Donetsk airport that left about 50 dead.
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Over the past year, Russia and Ukraine have been in a brutal conflict in regards to territory, as Russian president Vladimir Putin believes Crimea and additional areas of Ukraine belong to his nation. This has resulted in uprising from Ukrainian rebels, who wish to protect their country from invasion to the greatest extent possible. This is a more extreme example of political organization of space, as something as simple as a political boundary can result in fighting and widespread death.

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Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 10, 2015 5:09 PM

Unit 4 political geography 

This article explains how Russia and Ukraine are in civil conflict over disputed land. They have been conflict for many months now and the Ukrainians want it to stop. But with the Russian foreign minister on the edge of declaring full on war that may not happen.

This article relates to unit 4 because it shows how people can create political conflict with only the urge for more land. This shoes how boundaries are disputed when they are without a buffer zone. The political processes can be in jeopardy when the situations are inhospitable.

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Connecticut Allows Medical Marijuana, but Sellers Encounter Hurdles

Connecticut Allows Medical Marijuana, but Sellers Encounter Hurdles | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
The state passed a law approving the sale of marijuana for medical purposes in 2012, but applicants for dispensaries are having a hard time persuading localities to let them set up shop.
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The marijuana dispensaries and manufacturers have been having issues establishing storefronts in Connecticut. A recent law has been passed in the state which allows the production and sale of medical marijuana, but zoning laws and opposing parties have prevented the drug to be widely available. Many people are worried that too many shops selling marijuana would encourage children to try it as well as cause a longer wait for people that are genuinely sick. This article involving zoning regulations takes a toll on those who require the drug, but prevent to some extent the widespread use of marijuana in the state.

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Pope Lays Wreath at Tomb of Zionism’s Founder

Pope Lays Wreath at Tomb of Zionism’s Founder | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Francis’ visit to the grave of Theodor Herzl came after several symbolic signals the day before that lent a spiritual lift to Palestinian aspirations for sovereignty.
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Zionism--or the belief that the Jewish people should have a set homeland--has been both a symbol of pride for the group as well as a controversial one. The Israeli Jews have been occupying the Palestinian territories within the Gaze Strip and West Bank causing distress for the Palestinians. However, with the visit of the pope to Jerusalem on Monday the 26th, glimmers of hope have been given to the Israeli ethnic groups that aspire for a sovereign state. This relates to political organization of space as borders play a huge role in the lives of individuals across Israel as well as the world.

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Dear Boris ... Letters to mayors show what architects really think of cities

Dear Boris ... Letters to mayors show what architects really think of cities | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
New York exhibition is a timely reminder of the ethical and political dimensions of an architect’s role in city life
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This article displays various excerpts from architects all over the world who seem quite fed up with the way the mayor directs city planning. Many of the individuals are concerned that building for function rather than form is not only harmful for place-making, it is also harmful for culture. This is an example of location as it not only matters what you build within an area, but where you build as well.

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Brooklyn Tenants Battle Gentrification on Many Fronts

Brooklyn Tenants Battle Gentrification on Many Fronts | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
You can debate whether gentrification is good or bad for neighborhoods. But it's clear that many low-income tenants aren't simply sitting and waiting to be pushed out of their homes.
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Tenants in New York City have been protesting possible gentrifying of their homes, as they do not have high incomes and are considered by the government to be easily movable. The gentrification is seen as necessary if the city is to expand further, however the displacing of homes is seen by many to be unconstitutional and unjust. This article reveals the consequences to urban development, and provides a real-life case of individuals most affected by it.

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China's Ascent in World Transport | Newgeography.com

China's Ascent in World Transport | Newgeography.com | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
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Since 2003, China has been expanding its roadway network in order to further connect cities throughout the nation. The government's increased interest in transportation success has resulted in various complex freeways which slow travel time and boost the economy. Recently, it was announced that China had built more miles of roads that the United States, further making the country's endeavors known. This connects to location and how regions can be connected with something as simple as a road. Urban land use is also expanding due to the interconnections of the state.

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Is Something Wrong With Chicago’s Suburbs? | Newgeography.com

Is Something Wrong With Chicago’s Suburbs? | Newgeography.com | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
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In the past few years, businesses have been moving out of Chicago, Illinois into more suburb-centered locations such as Austin and Salt Lake City. This transfer of job opportunities has resulted in Chicago becoming less of an attractive place to live and more of a large, corporate mega-city. The arrival of large scale businesses and fleeing of smaller companies has resulted in the suburbs becoming a poor place to live, as more attention is focused within the CBD. This is an example of migration and movement from region to region in search of better housing, jobs, etc.

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Destroying in Order to Build

Destroying in Order to Build | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
As the populations of many former industrial cities dwindle, buildings are being razed rather than raised to better position the cities for growth.
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Former industrial-based structures have been being torn down in the past few years in order to make room for more urban buildings, resulting in loss of the unique landscape that existed in most cities just a few decades ago. This destruction is resulting in a few pros, such as more land available for building, but also several cons which include higher unemployment rate and housing costs. This relates to people-place interaction and reveals how humans change their environment in order to better suit their needs.

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Dollar near 8-week highs as easing talk weighs euro

Dollar near 8-week highs as easing talk weighs euro | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Dollar near 8-week highs as easing talk weighs euro..
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In the past week or so, the euro has weakened .11%, resulting in the opportunity for more power to be acquitted to the dollar. Thus, resulting in an boost for the United States economy. This article relates to movement and the flow of currency across oceans and land masses for the purpose of exchanging monetarily.

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Austin, Oklahoma City have lowest unemployment rate of big cities

Austin, Oklahoma City have lowest unemployment rate of big cities | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
The area around Austin, Texas and Oklahoma City had the lowest unemployment rate in April of the 49 metropolitan areas with 1 million or more people, according to Labor Department data released Wednesday.
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According to new data collected by economists, Austin, TX and Oklahoma City have the lowest unemployment rate of big cities as being 4% or below. This is great news for those seeking a new job, and will hopefully continue to positively impact Austin in the future. this connects to location and situation as the state of each of these cities is dependent on the economic connections to places around them.

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Home prices jump in March: S&P/Case-Shiller

Home prices jump in March: S&P/Case-Shiller | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
U.S. single-family home prices rose in March, a key survey said on Tuesday, as the housing market extended its fragile recovery.
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Home prices for single-family homes had rose considerably in March, due to loss in profits in the past few years. This rise has been upsetting for some, but is not expected to last. As more houses are purchased within the next few years the prices will go back to normal, thus boosting the economy. This connects to geographic theme of movement, as people will travel to different parts of the country looking for better prices. 

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Russia, China sign important gas deal

Russia, China sign important gas deal | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Russia and China have just signed a massive natural gas deal that will see Russia export gas to China for 30 years.
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A deal signed last Wednesday between Russian and Chinese leaders has stated that Russia will provide natural gas to China for the next 30 years providing China agrees to all regulations. This is a monumental economic achievement between the two nations, as both will benefit greatly due to their cooperation and conveniently close locations.

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China's rapid industrialization fuels more public protests

China's rapid industrialization fuels more public protests | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
As China keeps up its fast pace of industrialization, more protests are inevitable as the country continues to deny public participation.
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Citizens in China have been protesting the government's rapid expansion throughout the country, as the people believe that the growing use of factories and other industrialized establishments have been polluting the nation's water supply and natural resources. This connects to the themes that people want freedoms and will protest against their leaders in order to get what they want.

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How Houston gets along without zoning - BusinessWeek

How Houston gets along without zoning - BusinessWeek | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Stay up-to-date on Canadian housing markets, American housing markets & foreclosure news. Learn the best and worst real estate markets & read mortgage market trends.
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Houston is a bustling, populous city in Texas which seems to be doing quite well, despite the use of zoning laws. This lack of regulation seems to imply that buildings such as salvage yars or oil refineries could be built next to houses and churches. However this is not the case, businesses have continued to build their establishments within the CBD in order maximize profit and accessability. This article relates to political organization of space and reveals how certain laws are not always necassary in order to create a successful North American city.

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De Blasio’s Pick for Planning Puts Focus on Housing

De Blasio’s Pick for Planning Puts Focus on Housing | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Carl Weisbrod, who led the transformations of Times Square and Lower Manhattan, will be the director of the Planning Department.
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Carl Weisbrod, planner of zoning laws within New York City, has recently stated that he wishes to save space for 200,000 affordable homes that have been established or are to be built in the future. He believes that creating more zones for businesses and large corporations are the cause of the increasing gentrification of houses and apartments, causing distress to thousands of Americans. This article relates to how zoning laws affect everyday US citizens, and how political organization of space can not always be a good thing.

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Rural life riskier than city life? Study says 'yes'

Rural life riskier than city life? Study says 'yes' | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Contrary to what many believe, the risk of dying from an injury is far less in the city than in the country, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Although homicides in cities far...
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Although cities typically house greater crime rates due to the sheer amount of people living within close proximity, the chance of dying in an accident or other destructive event. Additionally, the distance from rural towns to hospitals can sometimes be great, resulting in higher chance of early death among the population 920% greater than cities). This is an example of human-environment interaction, as the greater are can sometimes result in carelessness and disregard to certain dangers.

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Quentin Sylvester's curator insight, March 17, 2015 12:10 AM

Contrary to the belief of many, though crime rates in cities are historically much higher than those in rural communities, the more rural of a place one lives in, the more dangerous it is. One of the key reasons this is true is due to the fact that access to medical facilities such as hospitals in large cities is much more plentiful than in rural communities, where it often can take up to an hour to get to a medical center. Overall, this helps to show that while increased human contact in cities may seem more dangerous, the fact that humans have used cities as hubs of technology and access makes it no surprise that they are safer.

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Russia’s suburbs lack charm ... which may be why they're creative hotspots

Russia’s suburbs lack charm ... which may be why they're creative hotspots | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
How did the anonymous high-rise block become the landscape of
inspiration for contemporary Russian visual culture?
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Russia has always been known for its stunning architecture as well as other visual and auditory works. This agglomeration of talent within the world's largest nation appears to be stirring within Russia's suburbs, which are often considered dreary and unappealing. The lack of stimuli has resulted in a creative explosion, as many seek to add talent and passion to their lives. This is an example of human-environment interaction, where the environment plays a role on the lives of people rather than the other way around.

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How Big Is Too Big For New York City? - CityLimits.org

How Big Is Too Big For New York City? - CityLimits.org | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
New York City is supposed to grow by more than 600,000 people between now and 2030, and it could grow more after that. Is there a point when the Big Apple will be too big?
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Due to the ever-expanding situation of New York City, NY, many geographers, economists, and politicians are worried that the city may become too big to the point where businesses shrink and housing space as well. Ideas including one that involves a continue building along former zoned areas for the purpose of housing has occurred, yet many are worried that there will still be far too many people to hold within the small Manhattan boundaries. This contains themes of both location as well as human-environment interaction for the purpose of creating a more comfortable living space within one of the largest cities in the world.

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Rio Among the Most Dangerous Cities? | Newgeography.com

Rio Among the Most Dangerous Cities? | Newgeography.com | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
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This article contains a list of the most dangerous cities to visit, based on overall crime rate. A few that are mentioned are countries in both Latin and South America, possibly reflecting the state of the government of each respective nation listed. This is an example of how people play a role in the overall state of an urban environment, and how individuals can turn to crime when the laws do not protect the state's people.

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Up on the Roof, a Real-Life Farmville

Up on the Roof, a Real-Life Farmville | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Rooftop farms in some of the world’s most crowded cities, including Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, are adding a bit of green to the gray. They are reconnecting city dwellers with nature, teaching consumers about homegrown food and offering a glimpse, perhaps, of a more secure and sustainable food supply.
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People around the world have begun implementing a revolutionary idea into their everyday lives in order to conserve space, produce food, and ultimately become friendly to the environment. Citizens of large cities have placed small gardens on their rooftops and have benefited greatly from them, which may give birth to even greater designs in future years. This is a textbook example of human-environment interaction and is essential if we are to maintain a sustainable planet.

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Wealth Reporter - The Golden Truth

Wealth Reporter - The Golden Truth | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
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This article contains a video which explains how new Capital controls will negatively affect the US economy by adding more regulations involving currency and its exchanges. New laws that are to be set July 1st, 2014 are of significant concern, as they may result in another economic plummet. This relates to movement of money, policies, and overall impact the government has on its people.

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Agriculture minister likely to follow Gujarat model

Agriculture minister likely to follow Gujarat model | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Radha Mohan Singh, the newly-appointed Agriculture minister is a 5-time MP from Bihar who has never held any central ministry before...
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This economic-related article contains a video which pertains to the plans newly-elected minister of agriculture in Bihar, India; who states that he will help boost crop production and encourage the nation's agricultural growth. This election has provided many Indians with hope in an even brighter future, and will continue to place India on an increasingly higher stage in the world. This topic relates to the idea that politics can affect the lives of various individuals within their country, either directly or indirectly.

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Too Much Deficit and Debt Reduction Too Soon Will Wreck the Recovery - US News

Too Much Deficit and Debt Reduction Too Soon Will Wreck the Recovery - US News | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Too much deficit reduction too soon would slow the recovery.
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This article contains various fact-based opinions on the state of the US economy and the future of its success and or failure The writer states how the economy, in fact, will not recover but will plummet due too the large deficit and debt reduction caused by new bills. This connects to the movement of money across the US and also provides insight into how politics shapes our lives.

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Warning: Stocks Will Collapse by 50% in 2014

Warning: Stocks Will Collapse by 50% in 2014 | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
With a possible recession looming, Sean Hyman reveals a crash alert system that allows investors to know when a stock market crash is imminent.
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(Video in link) Sean Hyman provides various signs that the stock market will drop drastically within the year, despite substantial proof. However, the evidence he does have for his case seems plausible. This connects to the movement of money across the US and various nations around the world, as it reveals how the global stock market plays a tremendous role in the flow of currency.

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Michigan raises minimum wage to $9.25

Michigan raises minimum wage to $9.25 | APHUG Units 4-7 | Scoop.it
Michigan's Republican governor said he would sign a bill increasing the minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018 Tuesday night.
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With the minimum wage being raised over a dollar that it previously was in Michigan, it will provide an increased income for millions of people throughout the state. As this one key factor in the US economy develops further, we can expect to see the rest of the states follow suit within the next ten years. This may be a future example of hierarchical diffusion, as this tactic spreads from one state to another.

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