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Oil Pirates and the Mystery Ship

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"Forget Somalia, the world's new epicenter of piracy is on the other side of Africa."

 

Some experts believe that the uptick in the number and geographical reach of pirate attacks is due in part precisely to the 2009 government amnesty for the Nigerian militants in the Niger Delta who had justified their attacks on oil infrastructure and their widespread theft of crude oil as a political protest. "With the political pretense lost, there is no longer any need for oil thieves to limit themselves to targets in the Delta," a United Nations study said.


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Shiva Prakash's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:20 PM

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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 10:08 AM

This article points to the little known problem of piracy off the western coast of Africa.  When one thinks of African piracy, one thinks of the Somali pirates it is important to know that piracy is not just limited to eastern Africa.

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Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

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Analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Syria.Consider the role of the U.S. public, the president, and Congress in the decision of whether to use military force.Work cooperatively within groups to integrate the arguments and beliefs of the options into a persuasive, coherent presentation.Explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:49 PM

You want resources for teaching the most important geopolitical issue right now?  This set of resources from the Choices Program is just what you are looking for. 


Tags: SyriaMiddleEast, conflict, political.

Poppen Report's curator insight, September 6, 2013 11:51 PM

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1031273

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Navalny rallies supporters in Moscow

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Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, who received a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday (July 18), rouses his supporters in Moscow after being freed on bail. Lily Grimes reports.
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Letter from Boston Mayor Menino to Rolling Stone Magazine

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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for an irreverent protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, is in a hospital at her prison colony in Mordovia in western Russia.
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23 Brazil Police Jailed 156 Years - World News Report

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This occurred in 1992,,, and it took this long to get justice in Brazil

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The Golan Heights

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In early November 2012, three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Golan Heights. The move by Syria is the first violation of the zone in 40 years and concerns countries of the region. Since then some of the Syrian rebels have also been reported operating in Golan Heights.


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The Golan Heights is a major source of the Jordan River.  Its mountains border along Lebanon and Syria and provide rain and snowmelt to feed the river to provide a vital water source (strategic area and vital water source).  Israel took it in 1967 - and the DMZ was entered by war torn Syria in November 2012 .

The DMZ was entered by Syria and Israel reported this to the UN ....so, as civil war in Syria threatens its neighbors , there is a fear of retaliation that may occur in the Gaza Strip as well.

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Louis Culotta's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:35 PM

Heres some info on how poeple have been living in regards to a troubled area of the world.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:08 AM

This article stresses the importance of geography when discussing political situation with neighboring countries.  The fact that the heights are such a strategic advantage to whoever owns them explains why they are so contested.  As long as these two countries are not friendly nations this disagreement over the strategic point will continue.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 29, 2014 5:13 PM

To say the area of the Golan Heights is futile would be a drastic understatement. This area of land bordering Syria and northern Israel is of great importance to both of these sets of people. Over 40 years ago Israel claimed this land for their citizens because of it's high elevation and prime access to water supplies.Now in modern times Syria is making drastic moves to claim the land ,which they believe belongs to it's citizens. It is in the persistence of both of these sets of people that turmoil is being created. This is an important ares to both of these groups of people.If Syria is persistent in their attempts to claim this region it is fearful that Israel may need to fight back at some point. With these two countries at odds with each other it is possible more countries may also get involved.

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Pope In Rome Message On Chemical Attack In Syria Proclaims Saturday Sept 7 Global Prayer and Fasting

At the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 1 September, Pope Francis spoke out strongly against the violence that is escalating in Syria, with an urgent plea to all parties involved as well as all Christians throughout the world asking them to work "in whatever way they can" for peace. To this end, Saturday, 7 September, has been proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer for the universal Church. The following is the English text of the Holy Father's appeal, which was given in Italian.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected. There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming. I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people. May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid. What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, [1963], 301-302). All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity! I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace. To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. On 7 September, in Saint Peter's Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God's great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention. Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
After the Angelus the Pope said:
Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us! Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Dear brothers and sisters, Vladimir Ghika, a diocesan priest, was beatified yesterday in Bucharest. He was born in Istanbul and died a martyr in Bucharest in 1954. In Messina instead the beatification of Antonio Franco will take place tomorrow. This Prelate Ordinary of Santa Lucia del Mela lived between the 16th and 17th centuries. Let us give thanks to God for these exemplary Gospel witnesses! The Day for the Custody of creation is being celebrated today in Italy. It is sponsored by the [Italian] Episcopal Conference. The theme this year is very beautiful: "Let the family teach the custody of creation".  The Lord makes us feel his tenderness through Mary! Today, on the 60th anniversary of the tears shed by Our Lady, let us be united with all the faithful of Syracuse. I greet with affection all the Romans and pilgrims present, and in particular the young people from so many of the world's countries: work hard, work hard to get to know each other, to face each other, to put projects into practice together! This will build a future of peace! And today let us go home with this desire to pray for peace. I expect you next Saturday at seven 0'clock in the evening! I wish you all a good Sunday and a good lunch. Goodbye! According to the New York Times on 3 September, the flow of refugees out of Syria now exceeds 2 million - close to 5,000 Syrians leaving every day. The Holy Father has not turned his attention away from this situation since his appeal at the Angelus on 1 September. In three days he has posted the following five tweets: "Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts"; "War never again! Never again war!"; "We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace"; "How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake"; "We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!" As of 4 September, the Holy Father has over 9 million followers in 9 languages.

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Nelson Mandela's 20 best quotes for his 95th birthday

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With the world celebrating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, enjoy some of the South African hero's most inspiring words of wisdom.
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Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow

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Alexei Navalny returned to the Russian capital after his surprise release from jail following his embezzlement conviction on Thursday.
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Pussy Riot band member starts hunger strike in protest

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A Pussy Riot band member, in prison for hooliganism, has announced a hunger strike to draw attention to a violation of her rights.
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Map: How the world voted on a UN resolution for political transition in Syria - Washington Post (blog)

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Times of India Map: How the world voted on a UN resolution for political transition in Syria Washington Post (blog) The “yes” votes included the entire Western world and most of the Middle East: Algeria abstained and Iraq did not vote, but Syria...
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Navalny case: The offline effect of online activism in Russia

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Blogger Navalny uses open access to information around the world to find illegal properties of Russian politicians.
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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

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What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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Here is an article March 2013 updating the latest in Wales

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-21683771

 

"Silk Commission:  Mixed Reaction Over Devolution Power" 3/16/2013 BBC

 

     Since 1997 there have been many changes in the devolution processes Westminster still holds the most governing decisions but it seems that the UK taxpayers do not want their money to go to other countries for public services. 

Railing is a big issue since there have been alot of plans for improving infrastructure in transportation to build up the economy.  This will be particularly interesting to follow in the news.

     Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams stated a need for a new model of devolution  with clear definitions and the Conservative Lib. Dem. coalition's 114 page document to the Silk Commission states policing, broadcasting, and energy projects should remain under Westminster but to devolve teachers pay and rail franchises.

 

 

 

    

    

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:44 AM

The parliament in London is shifting more power to Scotland and other areas in what is called devolution.  This reflects a push for more independence of countries in the UK that are not England. In order to keep the UK together concessions must be made, this devolution is the British Parliament's efforts to keep the UK intact.

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 11, 9:30 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This picture explains how devolution works and provides a specific example with the breaking down of power of the imperialist England and it's control into an equally represented United Kingdom. This is an example of devolution at it's best.

This picture relates to unit 4 because it shows how devolution, which is a major part of unit 4, works. It explains it's parts and gives specific geographic examples as in the U.K. this overall relates to unit 4.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 22, 4:04 PM

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central government to more regional power, in this case, the UK. The UK devolved its powers to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These countries have had independent parliaments since 1997. Some "reserved powers" have not been devolved from the UK such as foreign affairs, military defense, international and  economic policies. This change of power has stirred questions on public spending and tax policies, and is still a debate and event to keep your eye on.

 

I feel that devolution has many benefits that outweigh the negative consequences such as money spending. Countries can function in a more independent manner and govern themselves within their defined boundaries in a more efficient way. This topic and article gives greater insight to our political unit and provides great insight for each country's respective parliament.