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Just when you thought it was safe…

Just when you thought it was safe… | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
EVEN by the standards of European policymaking, the past week has been a disaster. In the early hours of March 16th, nine months after Cyprus first requested a...
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The latest news on Cypress.......

 

      From reading this article there are many options, but which one is best???          Going after depositors,  well,  I do not feel this is a good option -  but what do I know about finances!   One of the suggestions from economist.com is for a long term deal with Turkish Cyprians to re-unify the island and to boost tourism.  They also mention how the Russians have alot of money there and question if this will be a viable option in the crisis.  Mr. Putin has been approached to contribute.

 

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NYTimes video: Sweden's Immigrant Identity

NYTimes video: Sweden's Immigrant Identity | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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. 


Via Seth Dixon
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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. 

  

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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. 

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Living Geography: Seth Dixon's blog

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Suffolk Geography Conference - TBC 3: Norwich School: Independent Schools Cluster Group Meeting. 8: City of London Academy, Southwark - TBC. 10: GA NQT Conference - Manchester. 11: Regional Conference, Scottish ...

 


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Finland, Germany and Norway Announce Pledges to the FCPF - Climate Change Policy & Practice

Finland, Germany and Norway Announce Pledges to the FCPF - Climate Change Policy & Practice | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) was granted US$180 million to scale up REDD+ until 2020.
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FCPF Forest Carbon Partnership Facility supports REDD and the Carbon Fund for ecology, forest preservation and addresses global warming.

 

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Race and Identity in the Dominican Republic: A Complex Topic (Hannah Loppnow) | Global Knights. Local Daze.

Race and Identity in the Dominican Republic: A Complex Topic (Hannah Loppnow) | Global Knights. Local Daze. | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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I was not aware of recording skin tone on ID cards in the DR (?Haitian?Dominican?) or the dictatorship of Trujillo (1930-1961) " whitening" of the DR.

Informative information on the blog showing effects of colonialism, the people  and the government.

 

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The geography of the papal electorate, in one map - Washington Post (blog)

The geography of the papal electorate, in one map - Washington Post (blog) | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The geography of the papal electorate, in one map
Washington Post (blog)
Cardinals from around the world gathered in Vatican City on Tuesday to kick off the process of selecting a new pope. Which means an election is underway.
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Great video from Busted halo website for young Catholics.
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Extension to tram network opens

Extension to tram network opens | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
An extension of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram network linking Rochdale with Manchester opens.
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Rochdale extension to the tram is 4.6 miles and provides better commuter service along with rail service connections.  Plans to connect to new lines to the airport are underway.  Fare increases will be bout 4%.  This is part of a larger plan to be completed by 2016 to improve transportation infrastructure and improve tourism and the economy and allows better accessability for business people and tourists.

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London Trams

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Trams run in parts of South London between Wimbledon, Croydon and Beckenham. The services are frequent and accessible
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The London Tram in South London (year 2000 origin) is a great way to travel but new plans are in the making for upgrading London transportation infrastructure since many are leaving due to the housing crisis and the need for better transportation.

 

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MigrationWatchUK

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MigrationwatchUK is an independent and non-political body established in October 2001.
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London has 20% estimated foreign nationals (born outside the country) in social housing.  25% of London housing is social housing with 25% stock owned by Council in four London council areas that do not report nationality to the central government, with a small percentage rented to British born citizens (more people are rented or subletted, or own by foreign nationals) and over 380,000 people on the wait list in 2012. 

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EU horse meat scandal exposes dangers of globalism

EU horse meat scandal exposes dangers of globalism | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
When horse meat was discovered in beef hamburgers in Ireland last month, governments, corporations and regulators assured a panicked public that it was complete

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, unit 5 agriculture, globalization, agribusiness.


Via Seth Dixon
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Horsemeat showed up in London and the media interviewed many people who were appalled and wondering "how safe IS our meat?"

We now have to 'backtrack' to see where in the marketing loop  in between countries this actually is occurring, and also to see how regulations fell through the 'cracks'.

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 28, 2013 3:44 PM
Yes the industry is all about money. The US needs to change their ways, especially in the beef and poultry business. Its mass production, inhumane to animals, and unhealthy .
Adrian Bahan (MNPS)'s curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:12 PM

What trends in agribusiness are conveyed in this map?

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:30 PM

Why would someone want to do that to a horse? Horses are a great addition to the world because they can come in handy when it comes to pulling cargo and other objects also. Horses are having helped people for hundreds of years. I would go crazy if I found out I was eating horse meet. I am very surprised that those people from Ireland did not find out. There should really be an organization that checks the meet before it goes to supermarkets and other places. 

 

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Mexico unveils new strategy in war on drugs and for preventing crime

Mexico unveils new strategy in war on drugs and for preventing crime | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
President Peña Nieto says his government will spend billions on social programmes in the most violent areas of the country
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A $9.2 bn national program to fight against crime amidst continued violence, crime, kidnapping and murder has been launched in Mexico along with a national anti-hunger campaign to help over 7 million people in Mexico.

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Favela Images

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I love these favela images by Fernando Alan.


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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 1, 2015 6:48 AM

These images of the favelas are both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Breathtaking in the sense that these aerial images show the scale of the entire neighborhood. You begin to get an appreciation for how large these favelas actually are. The amount of people living in this area is remarkable. The image is also extremely heartbreaking. I can only imagine the everyday problems and issue that the residents of these slums face. In the nations so called festive city, I see little reason for these people to celebrate. These are the forgotten people of the brazilin economic boom. They are the ones who the government would not like anyone to know about. Sadness and aw some up my reaction to this photo.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 7, 2015 11:57 AM
Just seeing images like this make me feel sad that there are people out there living the way they do. Favelas can be defined as the "slums" or ghettos. Favelas are built on hillsides and they tend to have very poor history with the police. Since the favelas are considered to be the slum area, the government provides very little assistance, and if you were to visit the favelas, you could find for example some very poor and dangerous wiring from the local people wire-tapping.
Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 14, 2015 11:42 PM

This is an incredible favela village in South America. It shows how densely the population of slums are and how they are built up on the hillside. Most favelas are built on the side if the hills which are the most unstable portions because they can't afford to have a better place in the valley and away from the mudslide and avalanche areas. Great depiction of the slums.

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National Geographic Traveler

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This is a very good article from National Geographic.  I feel the tourist guides exploit the poor in the slums as a way to make money.  Tourists 'gawk' at the people in the slums, talk with them and tour the area.  Do the people in the slums benefit from this in any way?  Tourists gain knowledge of the slums and the people share stories with them, but do the people actually benefit by this or gain anything other than letting the tourists know how they really live?

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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

Devolution: A Beginner's Guide | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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, 2015 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, 2015 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.

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Undiscovered Possibilities – Google Earth

Undiscovered Possibilities – Google Earth | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest.  With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. A growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters, it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself." 

 

Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions.  In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology. 


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Boreal Forests of the World - FINLAND - FORESTS AND FORESTRY

Boreal Forests of the World - FINLAND - FORESTS AND FORESTRY | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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90% of forests here are managed commercial forests with about 60% privately owned and managed , with 9% of land area being national parks and reserves.  Forestry contributes greatly to the economy and most have been handed down over generations.

 

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Russia Is Keeping its Elites on a Shorter Leash

Russia Is Keeping its Elites on a Shorter Leash | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Putin is fighting corruption, but only to ensure loyalty among the country's oligarchs.
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Mr. Putin has added a new law that government officials cannot use anti-corruption comments in public or any slang associated with anti-corruption, cannot hold foreign bank accounts or real estate.  He is holding a tighter grip to maintain control.

 

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Anti-Putin protests in Moscow turn violent – in pictures

Anti-Putin protests in Moscow turn violent –  in pictures | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Protesters clashed with riot police in Moscow on Sunday on the eve of Vladimir Putin return to the presidency
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This shows some graphic pictures of the protests against Mr. Putin in the past.  Recent UK Guardian articles tell of how Putin is banning government officials from using anti-corruption slogans and sayings when in public, cannot use foreign bank accounts and how citizens pay exhorbatent bribes to tax officials and police.....and .Mr. Putin has a new female head of the Monetary System.......I can't wait to see what's next in the news there.

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Focus on London - Poverty | London DataStore

Focus on London - Poverty | London DataStore | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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This website offers interactive data charts and information on the longstanding poverty issues in London.  The very affluent and rich are often right next to the very poor, and metropolitan areas but also exist in the outskirts away from the center.

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Proposed City Tram

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Information on proposed City Tram LONDON

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This upgrade in the London tram system is underway and interconnects trams providing better connections to the city and outskirts along with the proposed Olympics site. The building plans do not include trenching which saves London time and money along with quicker completion times. It is part of a bigger transportation infrastructural development plan and economic recovery.

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Planning reforms will create “new bureaucracy”, boroughs warn

Planning reforms will create “new bureaucracy”, boroughs warn | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
London Councils
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The decisions being made will affect those British born people who are still experiencing a housing crisis and will affect Londons population and economy.  Many young professionals moved away due to the housing crisis which many have said has landed in the hands of immigrants who own and buy up much of the properties, receive financial mortgages incentives, and sublet for profits.  Noteably, Council in four London areas are 1/4 stock owned with underreporting of foreign nationality.

 

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London's housing shortage surpasses transport as biggest barrier to growth

London's housing shortage surpasses transport as biggest barrier to growth | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
London’s chronic housing shortage has leaped past its unreliable transport as a threat to its future growth for the first time.
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Housing shortages and rising rents price-out young professionals out of London and remains the biggest obstacle to their economic success and adds to London's diminished global edge.  The London Mayor is increasing affordable housing and improving transportation nfrastructure.  This is just another example of how the city must attract more young professionals to promote the economy and increase business that is needed - or they will go elsewhere.

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MEXICO CITY: Mexico pledges hunt for disappeared - Americas Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Mexico says it will work with the International Red Cross on the search for thousands of people who have disappeared during the country's six-year war on drug cartels.
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The Red Cross will help in Mexico's plan to locate the missing and disappeared during the war with drug cartels.  They will use a genetic data base for identification.

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Mexico security forces abducted dozens in drug war: rights group

Mexico security forces abducted dozens in drug war: rights group | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
IGUALA, Mexico (Reuters) - Dozens of people were abducted and murdered by Mexican security forces over the past six years during a gruesome war with drug cartels, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday,...
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This article Reuters:  The drug cartel/enforced disappearances in Mexico has initiated a push for reform and creating a national database for the missing with Mexican Pena Nieto who has focused on reducing crime but needs to take on the drug cartel.

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Rio’s shantytowns are finding a place on city maps

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Look at most maps of Rio de Janeiro. The beaches are easy to spot, as are the iconic ocean-front neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema. In the middle is a vast forest.

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Being left off the map is ludicrous.  It should be surprising how many there are,what they pick for addresses, and population statistics. Hopefully this will also help them to get aid for poverty relief.

 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:40 AM

A nonprofit organization run by current and former favela residents called Redes da Mare has started the first mapping program to systematically chart out the favelas for municipal governments.  We take for granted what having an address on a named street means in a modern society; it is a portal to public utilities, recognition with businesses and countless other social benefits.  Being left 'off the map' is synonymous with being left behind.  By finding their way on the city maps they are removing some of the social stigma that sought to treat them as if they did not exist.  


Tags: Brazil, urban, squatter, mapping

Caterin Victor's comment, January 26, 2013 2:06 PM
Even the shanty-towns are beautiful in Brazil