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Kissing Vladimir Putin, on film - CNN.com

Kissing Vladimir Putin, on film - CNN.com | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Opening in select U.S. theaters next week, the documentary "Putin's Kiss" tells the story of a Russian teenager who became famous in the mid-2000s when she was shown on TV giving President Vladimir Putin a kiss on the cheek.
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Iran says it captured Israel-backed ‘terrorist team’

Iran says it captured Israel-backed ‘terrorist team’ | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Intelligence Ministry said security forces arrested an Israeli-backed “terrorist team” days before nuclear talks with world powers.
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In Russia, a lack of men forces women to settle for less

In Russia, a lack of men forces women to settle for less | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
When Russia and China vote together on UN Resolutions (such as their recent veto of the UN Resolution on Syria), I always think to myself that in the two countries’ collective unconscious they realize that they are going to have...

 

Demographic facts: 1) China has more men than women. 2) Russian has more women than men. While these two facts are rather straightforward, their impact on society, gender roles, politics, economics and culture are quite complicated. This article chronicles how this 'shortage' of men in Russia has led to an imbalance of power in heterosexual relationships, altering cultural gender norms.


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Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 18, 2014 10:02 PM

When hearing of Russia's imbalance of men vs. women I did not think further into how much this fact could affect not only hetero relationships, but the relationships amongst the sexes themselves as well.  Morality is altered in this society where men are so scarce and are "shared" by the women.  It is known that Putin, a married man is married and has had a long term affair, and child with another  women.  The article states "no one really cares."  With our fair share of presidential affairs both in the far past and fairly recent, we see how unacceptable society finds such behavior.  But would the game change if all of sudden men were so scarce?  It is also disheartening that the female population is not united due to the lack of men.  

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 12:14 PM

This is a great example of population geography shifting cultural geography. The altering of gender norms in Russia due to the shortage of men shows how all types of geography are intertwined and cultural and population are related deeply. This is a contemporary example of that.

Tanya Townsend's curator insight, November 20, 2015 3:38 PM

Russia: where the men are men. And too many women are nervous wrecks

A great article about how huge an impact unequal gender proportions can have on society norms. With Russia's male population outnumbering women 100 to 40 men have a monopoly. This has increased male infidelity, domestic violence against women, and problems with female friendships.

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Mexicans try two wheels to beat car culture

Mexicans try two wheels to beat car culture | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Hey, honey, let’s go bicycling with the kids through downtown Mexico City! Just a few years ago, these would have been the words of a lone madman.
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Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site'

Iran 'blocks 2012 Olympics site' | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Iranian internet users report that they can no longer access the official London 2012 Olympics website.
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50 Pictures Of Chernobyl 25 Years After The Nuclear Disaster

50 Pictures Of Chernobyl 25 Years After The Nuclear Disaster | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
50 Pictures Of Chernobyl 25 Years After The Nuclear Disaster: Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. ...

 

A haunting gallery that displays the effects of environmental and political mismanagement. 


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Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:03 PM

The pictures are breathtaking.  What was once a modern and prosperous area is now completely devestated and basically irreparable for hundreds of years to come.  In some of the pictures it is possible to see the haste and desertion of buildings and rooms which gives a sense of fear and panic that the people experienced.  There is surely still so much that can be explored, but the radiation limits people and the danger of the area is hard for civilians to be within the boundaries of Chernobyl.  Places like this show how drastic the rise and fall of the Soviet Union really was.  Similar to mono-towns in Siberia, these areas were set up for people to flourish and become successful, but as history went on and disasters ensued, the great empire came crashing down.

Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:51 AM

These photo's are rather gripping.  Many of the images seen here are of objects that have not moved or been touched in 25 years.  The entire population of Pripyat had to pack their bags and leave all in an instant. The chaos that must have ensued after the nuclear meltdown must have been haunting. Pripyat will remain like this for years to come, and one can imagine what it will look like in 25 more years.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 5:06 PM

this is a haunting reminder that we must always try to prevent the horrifying failures that result from mismanagement. that this was an event that had impacts as far away as France is often forgotten, and the thoughts of what may happen if something larger happens is even more horrifying.

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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

Devolution: A Beginner's Guide | Comparative Government and Politics | 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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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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UK schools 'segregated by class'

UK schools 'segregated by class' | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Schools in the UK are segregated along class lines, creating a "toxic" effect for the poor, a teachers' leaders says.
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China turns off Ai Weiwei webcams

China turns off Ai Weiwei webcams | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says he was forced to shut the webcams in his Beijing home, following orders from the Chinese authorities.
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Cameron vows 'flat-out' vote push

Cameron vows 'flat-out' vote push | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The Conservatives are concerned about the "long-term good" of the country, not "short-term popularity", David Cameron will say in a campaign speech on Thursday.
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Putin ally seeking top economic post is accused of massive corruption

Putin ally seeking top economic post is accused of massive corruption | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Russia's top anti-corruption blogger has singled out Kremlin official Igor Shuvalov as an example of official corruption that has jumped sharply in the past four years.
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Mayor’s race in Russia an opportunity for the opposition

Mayor’s race in Russia an opportunity for the opposition | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
An anti-corruption candidate in Yaroslavl is an early test of an effort by Russia’s opposition to turn its attention to local politics.
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All hail... TAXI!

All hail... TAXI! | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
BEGGARS, it is said, cannot be choosers. Beijing’s taxi drivers, however, appear to have achieved that rare combination.
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Sizing up campaign ads in Mexico's presidential election [Video]

Friday marks the official start of Mexico's presidential election campaign, but television ads from the three main candidates are already spreading through social media, an advertising deluge that will continue until election day on July 1.
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Over 27 and unmarried? In China, you’re an old maid

Over 27 and unmarried? In China, you’re an old maid | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.

 

Gender roles in cultural norms change from country to country.  What also needs to be understood is how the demographic situation of a given country influences these patterns. 


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Marissa Roy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 1:32 PM

It is interesting to see this as in American culture, marrying in your 20s is not a necessity anymore, it's almost unexpected. With so many men to choose from, these girls have time to find a man. The culture is going to shift as these ladies get married later in life.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:13 PM

Being 27 years old and unmarried in China considers you to be an old maid? I had to do a double take when I saw this. In the United States, 27 years old is around the average age a couple decides to get married. In China, Valentine's day is a really well liked holiday. Therefore, you would think that there would be excessive amounts of marriages, especially around this time. However, we know about the one child policy put into place at China. I can imagine that this might play a role because of the gender imbalances. As horrible as this sounds, in China, they call the women who are thirty and single "leftovers". During the season of the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day, the "leftovers" just get questioned about their relationship status or go to matchmaking parties. However, the "leftovers" are said to have three good things; good career, good education and good looks. This is interesting because if they had all these good qualities, why would they still be single at 30 years old? As the article continues, we talk about true love and believe it or not, some "leftovers" still believe in true love and that they may experience that one day.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, December 15, 2014 4:14 PM

The fact that success relatively young women are seen as leftovers in China is a completely foreign idea to me.  n the United States we are seeing that more and more women are marrying later in life after they have received an education, higher education and have been established in a career.  Emily Liang is an extremely successful women who should be proud of her accomplishments, yet has to declare herself as "divorced" in order for men to think something isn't "wrong" with her.  It is extremely obvious that the role and view of women in China is significantly distorted. 

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Shanghai: 1990 vs. 2010

Shanghai: 1990 vs. 2010 | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Globalization has hit...hard and fast. 


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Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 14, 2015 4:19 PM

Shanghai China, a global transportatio hub has grown tremendously into a megaity within 20 years. This is due to the high imports and the location on the river. This created a high import rate and a low wage rate. Because of this they were able to build this city into a megacity.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 8:22 PM
Wow! All I can say is Wow! Shanghai overall in every way is highly indistinguishable from what it was in 1990. On the far side it is minimally developed and on the close side it has what looks to be a fairly modern city for the 90s. Take a jump twenty years and it is as if it was built the way it looks currently Even the side closest that was developed in the 90s, looks like it was scrapped and rebuilt to be even more modern, a mega city. Because of its strategic location and has a river for transportation, it is a transportation hub, which is why it has the money to do what it does.
Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:46 AM

These two images are perhaps a goo example of how globalization has developed over Shanghai in just 20 years. The images show how once greener and more spacious the region looked before in 1990, and the other image shows how technology has developed and become an important priority to the people. There are huge tall buildings located in the area and the other natural source seen is the body of water surrounding some of the tallest buildings in the area. There is no longer any trees which is also a sign of how un-important or how simple to was for the Shanghai to knock them down to simply make more buildings. The concept shows how business has developed in the region but also shows the potentially jobs located here as well. Overall, this part of Shanghai is very economically stable but it is also important to see outside of the heart of the buildings. 

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China's Communist Party, fearing Bo's following, shows support for his ouster

China's Communist Party, fearing Bo's following, shows support for his ouster | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
BEIJING — China’s Communist machine on Wednesday launched a coordinated chorus of approval of the decision to oust fallen top official Bo Xilai and arrest his wife in a murder probe, likely an effort to stave off criticism from the disgraced...
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A glass half-full

A glass half-full | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
WHICH way will African politics go? The way of Senegal, where the president conceded electoral defeat on March 25th to a younger rival, extending a democratic tradition unbroken since independence in 1960?
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China dissident Fang Lizhi 'dies'

China dissident Fang Lizhi 'dies' | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi, whose speeches helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, has died aged 76, says a fellow activist.
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Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy

Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Russia has traditionally been conceptualised as a single entity, albeit divided into many regions, but is this approach appropriate given the country's stratified population? Natalia Zubarevich argues that for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going we need to think not geographically, but arithmetically.


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Russia: Politics begins at home

Russia: Politics begins at home | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
ONE month after Vladimir Putin was again elected Russian president, Moscow betrays few signs of drama. The protests that erupted in December have become sporadic, and the troops that were hauled in on election night are back in their barracks.
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Mexico sends drug kingpin to US

Mexico sends drug kingpin to US | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Mexico extradites one of the country's biggest drug lords, Jesus Zambada, to the US to face charges.
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The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world

The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
A different perspective on the state of the world: four major areas where mankind's long-term progress is striking.
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China issues new rules to limit foreign television shows

China issues new rules to limit foreign television shows | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
State media regulator rules that no imported series can be shown during primetime hours in bid to rein in outside influence...
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Putin’s Regime Won’t End Without an Opposing Vision

Putin’s Regime Won’t End Without an Opposing Vision | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin’s return to the Russian presidency represents much more than a setback for the country’s protest movement. It is a major defeat.

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