"Afghan youth have very limited options for sports and recreation. An Australian man is trying to change that." Issues of ethnicity, class and gender are right on the surface. Globalization, cultural values and shifting norms make this a good discussion piece.
Skateistan is an inspiring effort to give children in Afghanistan something to do other than work, give the girls some freedom before they come of age, and have cultures and classes come together to understand equality, even on such a small scale. The culture clash of skateboarding and traditional Afghan raised youth sounds corky at first but turns out to be a great project that challenges race, class, and gender.
Chechnya isn't the only part of the Eurasian plate wanting to be their own country. But sadly, due to horrible circumstances, the Chechans have come to terrorist actions. Constant warfare is their way to fight against their Russian rule.Although the tensions seem to be a bit calmer, nationalism in this part of the world is still on high. These tensions though could just be the reason for not only deaths in Chchnya but also in other parts of the world. Chechnya's location is beneficial to Russia and they most likely won't let that ethnic territory get away.
Like America, Western Europe is facing the troubles of immigration for jobs. COuntries in Europe, such as Eastern countries of Bulgaria and the P.I.G.S. are moving to core countries in search of work that the cannot find in their own land. The problem becomes a matter of the core country citizens not having jobs for themselves as their economy joins other in slowing down. Racial tensions are rising because of this. Ironically, the video generalizes the anti-immigration as just anti-immigrants but as images in the video would suggest, much of the sentiments are towards Muslim immigrants.
ESPN Video: With the FIFA World Cup two years away, will Brazil be ready to host soccers premiere event?
This short sports documentary (12 minutes) looks at some of the socioeconomic and urban planning issues that are a part of the logistics for a country to prepare for a sporting event on the magnitude of the World Cup. The discussion of demolitions in the favelas (squatter settlements) is especially intriguing. Major sporting events of this magnitude that last for two weeks can reshape local geographic patterns for decades.
The World Cup is getting closer and all eyes are on Brazil. The Favelas are seeing the worst of it. To improve their country for it's soon to be influx of tourists, the Favelas are going through practically forced renovations. Not to mention safety hazards in Brazil are being pushed to the limits with the building anf remidelling of the soccer stadiums. Just last month 2 construction workers part of the rebuilding were killed by an accident. The question is especially true. Will Brazil be ready? Soccer fans around the globe sure hope so.
Brazilian legend Romario launches another attack against FIFA and officials Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke Romario launches another attack against FIFA, Brazilian officials
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Romario expresses the thoughts of many Brazilians and thier aggitation with the upcoming FIFA world cup and the corruption of the game. This also shows some political tensions within Brazil and with the FIFA organization. The World Cup is a huge event that is taking it's toll on Brasil's people and economics. Romario, a former Brazilian nation team player, who once played in the world cup, has seen the glory of the game and the event, but now also sees the corruption and distress the beautiful game brings to the nation hosting it.
This short video shows the new era of less and less Mexicans illegally going to the USA. The Mexicans now staying at home find opportunities aren't found in the US anymore. The people seem happier to be with their families and raising their children in the Mexican identity.
We're suddenly not feeling quite so proud to be British.
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pretty cool map showing what each country leads. Sadly shows some of the effects of the Sahel (Pirates, inflation, illiteracy,) But also shows some entertaining things. My personal is the slight low blow for Germany's National Soccer game). Some interesting things for each country, and a couple surprising. Gives me a different feel for the world.
Computor programming was thought to be a woman's job, just like making your home work you can make a computer work. But when Men of the time saw this area of careers controlled by women they made it so tests for this career were targeted for men to pass. Now it is a science far from being it's once woman oriented path. Gender inequality is very simple to see in the eyes of a computer programmer.
These differences in Canada about the freedom to demonstrate and celebrate your religion is one America has met and still meets today. The two countries face similar problems in this category, the problem of separation of church and state and the freedom of religious expression. Ontario looks to be on the track of a future with religious acceptance, while Quebec may just vote to restrict even wearing a sign of faith.
Robin Thicke's rape culture anthem has been spurring constant reaction. Not just from those of us just plain old disgusted by the misogynist display of a married man with children and his friends having naked women parade around them, but this song is a trigger for many women (and men) who have to hear the words their rapists said to them.
This article shows photos of victims and the words they are reminded of constantly.
Nothing like a top rated song to make us females feel like we're not human beings.
Workers at an ailing paper mill in Siberia are clinging to their jobs in the face of financial pressure and criticism from environmentalists.
The environment, industry and politics play key roles in this story of an old style Soviet mono-town on Lake Baikal. Monotowns had planned economies that revolved around one industry and today many of these are struggling in the post-Soviet era. While the particulars of the political situation are a bit dated, the overall issue is still quite relevant to understanding Russia today.
THough the Soviet Union has been gone since the early 90s, it's hold on Russia is still creating problems. The creations of monotowns were already flawed. But to have this one monotown on Lake Baikal has gained the attention of enviromentalists. All odds are against that monotown. Without it's paper factory they have no jobs and no need for the town. It is a fight between enviromental geography and human geography in this area of the world. These people are stuck in a time where even the Soviet Union looked a little better than the constant wondering of your finacial stability in an up and coming capitalist nation.
More than 1 million flag-draped and face-painted Catalans held hands and formed a 250-mile human chain across the northeastern Spanish region Wednesday in a demonstration of their desires for independence.
Catalonia struggles for it's independence from Spain. The wealthy region of Spain angers for becoming it's own country, with sentiments of not getting what they deserve from Spain, such as government services. Spain urges Catalonia to not make such a fuss and head Spain into another civil war. But Catalonia wants to be autonomous at least. Their independence parade is to show Spain they won't back down.
"Germany and France spent decades at each others' throats. Now, bound by a common currency, they're working together to save the euro zone. It's a story that's begging for a musical number — which, as it happens, we have right here."
A catchy little tune that shows the simple comincal version of how the European Union came to be and turned out. Amazing how a cute little tune shows the troubles of a huge organization such as the European Union.
Boliva is a country that would rather keep their traditions and culture instead of sitting in a fastfood joint eating food made in under 2 minutes. It's a part of their trade process. It's not just about the pay out in trade, it's about the actual trading off crops. It's a good influence on countries who love fastfood chains of deep fried everything. A healthier lifestyle of simple grown crops bought straight from the vendor.
"Even before the earthquake Haiti's environment teetered on the brink of disaster. Brent and Craig Renaud report on the country's deforestation problems."
What about a disaster is 'natural' and what about the disaster is attributable to how people live on the land? This video highlights the poverty, architectural and environmental factors that exacerbated the problems in the Haitian Earthquake of 2010. This is a merging of both the physical geography and human geography.
Haiti had had it's fill of problems before the earthquake,in 2010: poverty, deforestations, flooding and mudslides, a negectful government, and illnesses. It's easy to see that until a solution for the basic economy can be found for Haiti her people's dependancy on one product will be their enviromental and living downfall.
When thinking about immigration and the United States, the constant talk about all the illegal Mexican immigration is prominent. But lately, the facts are changing. Interesting to see the variety of reasons for this population change (smaller families, more education opportunities, jobs).
Há uns tempos tive oportunidade de visitar o museu de imigração “Ellis Island Immigration Museun” em Nova Iorque, nos Estados Unidos. O museu representa, de forma particularmente ...
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The Azores has always had their people leaving and immirating to other nations, such as America and Canada, because of multiple reasons -overpopultation, a slow economy, natrual disasters. But from the 2010 census there shows a growing popultation of immigrants TO the Azores. What effects do these other nationalities and cultures have on the Azorean culture? Also what economic future will the Azores have with these peoples coming in?
It's interesting to see that the MLS isn't just USA players, but also incorporates players from all over the worlds, such as other club leagues around the world. Truly this is a show of the true meaning of the sport that FIFA leads, the proof of many cultures working together for a common goal. Hopefully Soccer will become as big in USA as it is in other countries around the world. Perhaps soon another World Cup housed in the US?
What I'm going to say sounds ridiculous, but once upon a time it wasn't ridiculous at all. You could wake up one morning in North America and decide to walk to Morocco, have breakfast, and a few hours later, there you are — in Africa.
This article shows today's political bondaries set up like the ancient Pangea. It's an interesting look at how the climate and landscape would be very different in comparrison to today and the entertaining new possiblities of travelling to far away places -not being far away in those times-. Wouldn't mind hopping in my car and driving about an hour and be in Morocco.
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