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Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Here are some other disheartening facts about the upcoming Winter Olympics

 

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the balmy seaside city of Sochi. And with more than $50 billion spent on them, they will be the most expensive Olympics ever. With the opening ceremony just under three weeks away, here’s a quick rundown on the Florida of Russia.


Via Seth Dixon
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"A 37-hour train ride from Moscow, it’s located in Russia’s Deep South, on the  Black Sea, and boasts palm trees, pebble beaches and sulfur hot springs..."    ". . .   710,000 cu m of  snow taken from the mountains last winter and kept in storage."

". . . close proximity to the restive North Caucasus region, where bitter insurgencies  in Chechnya and the republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia have led to armed  rebellion and terrorist attacks in the Russian interior."

 

"According to Reuters, the Winter Games in Sochi will coincide with the 150th  anniversary of the expulsion of Muslim Circassians from the Black Sea coast that  resulted in the estimated deaths of 1.5 million people. Circassians living in  the U.S. have staged  demonstrations to protest the International Olympic Committee’s decision to  host the games in Sochi."

 

"With less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Games  commences, there are still 300,000 tickets still available."

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Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 2014 11:44 AM

I was aware of the fact it didn't snow in Sochi, but it really makes me wonder why that location was chosen, especially since it's so close to the conflict zone in the Northern Caucus mountains. One would imagine that Russia would have locations better suited for the winter games.

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Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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Navalny: Change Russia, Start With Moscow - And That Goes For The Economy, Too

Navalny: Change Russia, Start With Moscow - And That Goes For The Economy, Too | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Alexei Navalny, lawyer, blogger, and opposition activist, has a simple slogan for his campaign to become mayor of Moscow: "Change Russia, start with Moscow." His program urges a broad spectrum of changes to legal, p...
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Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden: 'Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and the rest of our internet titans must ask themselves why they aren't fighting for our interests the same way'
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Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow

Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Alexei Navalny returned to the Russian capital after his surprise release from jail following his embezzlement conviction on Thursday.
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Russians rally for release of protesters

Russians rally for release of protesters | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
One year after demonstrations against President Putin's inauguration, many activists remain in jail.
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Russian lawmakers pass anti-gay bill in 436-0 vote

Russian lawmakers pass anti-gay bill in 436-0 vote | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian lawmakers have said gays should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment or be exiled.
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Pussy Riot band member starts hunger strike in protest

Pussy Riot band member starts hunger strike in protest | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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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Grist - Beats Shoveling Bird Droppings on Nauru - NYTimes.com

Grist - Beats Shoveling Bird Droppings on Nauru - NYTimes.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Did Russia agree to pay $50 million to the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru in exchange for formally recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
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Russia and China: Cementing ties

Russia and China: Cementing ties | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
As China's Xi Jinping chooses Moscow for his inaugural state visit, we look at the ties that bind the two countries.
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Russia is of course the world's largest energy producer and China the biggest consumer. The two countries are in discussion about a gas pipeline that could eventually deliver 38bn cubic metres of Russian gas a year to China(quote from article)

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Russia, Syria and the US – parsing Uncle Vlad

Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in The New York Times reassuring Americans that he is on their side. Its attempted cuddliness brought to mind the west’s wartime image of another Russian leader. I am surprised this one did not sign the piece Uncle Vlad.
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'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action

'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution
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Russian officials board Greenpeace vessel

Russian officials board Greenpeace vessel | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian authorities boarded ship run by environmental group Greenpeace in the Arctic Ocean to protest against oil drilling off western Siberia.
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Navalny rallies supporters in Moscow

Navalny rallies supporters in Moscow | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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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Demonstration in Belfast

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Demonstration in Belfast on world hunger.  . . depicting world figures

 

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June 17, 2013: People dressed as the leaders of the G8 countries take part in a photo op to raise awareness about the global hunger crisis in front of the Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 16, ahead of the G8 Summit. Leaders of the G8 countries will meet at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit on June 17 & 18. The leaders they are dressed as are (from left) U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain Prime Minister David Cameron, France President Francois Hollande, Russia President Vladimir Putin and Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper. ...less (MSN.com)

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Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

Where in the world is Edward Snowden? | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The leaker of the NSA surveillance story, missing since Monday, has been located in Hong Kong.
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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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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Russia Criticized for Mock Attack on Sweden - World News Report

The most comprehensive geo-political news service available on the Internet, covering over 263 countries and regions, all U.S. States and Industries.  (www.scotsman.com via EIN news online source)

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Poland spotted Russian bombers and  aircraft 24 miles from Sweden . Russia claims Nato forces have moved near the Russian border. 

Russia and Belaruse carried out military maneuvers on Poland's easern border and Moscow states they will station air force jets in Belarus.

 

REMINDERS OF THE COLD WAR ?

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Take Action: Russia/China | Cultural Survival

Take Action: Russia/China | Cultural Survival | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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Please help save this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE      CLICK ON THE WEBSITE AND SEND A PLEA TO SAVE IT

 

THANK YOU

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