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High ideals: 6Greenpeace women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO)

High ideals:  6Greenpeace  women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO) | Chris' Regional Geography |

 Whoever says that no one cares enough to protest anymore? Even as we type, six Greenpeace activists are scaling the tallest building in Western Europe, London's 1,016-foot Shard tower.


Sabine Huyghe from Belgium, Sandra Lamborn from Sweden, Canadian Victoria Henry, Ali Garrigan from the UK, Wiola Smul from Poland and Liesbeth Debbens from the Netherlands.

Codenamed operation "Iceclimb," the stunt is intended to raise the alarm about Shell's activities in the Artic, where the oil company has expensive plans to drill. Will the protesters make it up — and down again? Will police arrest them if they do? Follow their progress live, here.


And also:


Impressive photos here


"Ali Garrigan even found time, and a free hand, to tweet updates during her ascent."

"The demonstrators are live-streaming the climb from helmet cameras, with birds-eye views of their ascent being broadcast live at


They said if they do hang the Arctic artwork it will be the highest successful installation an art project since Philippe Petit tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974."


"One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning: 'We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic."


Billed as the #Iceclimb, Facebook users and followers of other social media were invited to follow their progress live here.

Rock stars, celebrities and even the police tweet about #iceclimbAnnie Lennox@AnnieLennoxHere's an example of risking life and limb for a cause you believe in…Show your support by sharing #iceclimb 


BREAKING: Look up London. We’re attempting to scale the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper. More soon on #iceclimb 


Metropolitan Police*@MetPoliceEventDon't worry London, they don't know it yet but we're preparing a kettle for @GreenpeaceUK when they reach the top of the Shard. #iceclimb





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Russian activist claims trial will prove him innocent

Russian activist claims trial will prove him innocent | Chris' Regional Geography |
Alexei Navalny, who led protests against President Vladimir Putin and exposed alleged corruption in his government, is accused of embezzling $500,000 worth of timber from a state-owned company.
chris tobin's comment, April 26, 2013 7:22 PM
The above site is his own , with explanations and feelings which tell quite a story..
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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.  ( 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.



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NYTimes video: Sweden's Immigrant Identity

NYTimes video: Sweden's Immigrant Identity | Chris' Regional Geography |
One out of four Swedes are immigrants or have a parent with an immigrant background.


Demographic shifts leading to political and cultural tensions.   Europe, which historically has been a source of migrants, is relatively new to be a destination for migrants and that has heightened some of the conflicts. 

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     This is an interesting video where second generation immigrants help one another by sharing their problems and aspirations with each other. Immigrants started out as visiting immigrants working in factories.  Later in time, they stayed and started families.   These successive second and third generations now are culturally challenged.  They have started their own support groups to help one another with the challenges and tensions they face within Sweden that is now their home.

    American, UK, London, Czechoslavakia, Slovakia and other countries have been experiencing these problems for a long time.  Decreased jobs, increased government aid, mixed cultures, affordable housing and housing shortages, changing community, cultural, religious and economic populations are some of the major problems people face and creates much tension.

They maintain their own cultural identity while melting into a mixed society with rising tensions within the population amidst job competition in a changing economy.

     Cultures tend to segregate themselves to maintain autonomy within this environment and to develop a support system within their group to cope. 

They see themselves as people who are from generations who moved to attain a better way of life, away from political, religious and economic turmoil.  As successive generations follow, they continue to form their own identities and try to 'gel' or fit into their perspective communities as a whole. 


Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 2014 6:29 PM

This video is shows the changing demographics of Sweden. Sweden and several other wealthier countries of Europe are now destinations for immigrants where they were once the origin of them. The change is difficult for these nations as they are somewhat unprepared economically and politically for significant immigration.


The immigrants end up feeling unwanted in their new country and their old. This feeling of being unwanted is possibly worse than it would be in the United States, a country more accustomed to immigration.

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, March 29, 2014 8:07 PM

This growingly intense immigration situation parallels that of our own here in the U.S. and in many other countries throughout the world. World citizens, refugees, don't feel at home in their birth country nor do they feel welcomed in their current home or host country. This puts a lot of stress and pressure on these already punished populations. That's not to say that the host countries concerned citizens don't have a reason to be worried, but are their responses appropriate or productive?  

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:29 AM

Europe is a place that makes traveling to different countries relatively easy. This makes sense that their would be migration that is inter-european.