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5 products you probably buy that are quietly driving human rights abuses

5 products you probably buy that are quietly driving human rights abuses | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
These five common consumer products have demonstrated connections to serious human rights abuses. That illustrates a major point of tension between modern capitalism and human rights.
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, November 6, 2014 12:59 AM
Once again, an article which is says that human rights are being violated. Even through the restaurant chain people will find ways to make money by not following laws and policies created by the government agencies. It is really frustrating. Especially, when talking about food, and something that our nation eats daily. It is not only the question of corruption, but the health of the people as well. For example, Thai people being sold on boats, child labor, etc.
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How Homeless People Use Technology: A Photo Essay On Street Poverty And Consumer Gadgets

How Homeless People Use Technology: A Photo Essay On Street Poverty And Consumer Gadgets | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
From laptops and iPhones to 'Obama phones.'
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Linguistic Family Tree

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"When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).  Minna Sundberg, creator of the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent, a story set in a lushly imagined post-apocalyptic Nordic world, has drawn the antidote to the boring linguistic tree diagram."


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 11, 2014 3:21 AM

Linguistic Family Tree

Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, December 2, 2014 9:50 PM

Unit 3 Cultural Patterns and Processes (Language)

      The image shows how many languages are related and have many common ancestors. Languages are grouped into language families and are even more broadly categorized.

      Language is a huge part of culture and it is the way that people communicate amongst each other. There are hundreds of languages in our world, but as globalization and pop culture diffuse many languages are being lost and no longer spoken. A good example of a dead language would be Latin. Many of our common day languages trace their roots back to Latin, but no one speaks Latin anymore.

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This falls under the category of language because it shows the origin, relationship, diffusion, and geography of different religions. It can also be used to tell how specific words originated by knowing the language it branched from.

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Cracks in the atheist edifice

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THE coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion...
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Make it legal

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Another day in G.B. Road SINCE her husband walked out on her a year ago, Sumana has commuted from a rented slum house in south-eastern Delhi to sit by a busy road in...
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Dealing with the mafia: Stop that racket

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The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
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Making waves

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From currents to currency The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are. By Michael Pye. Viking; 394 pages; £25. To be published in America by Pegasus...
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Journey to the heart of Romania's sex industry

Journey to the heart of Romania's sex industry | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Romania is one of the top countries of origin for people being trafficked for sex into the UK. Paraic O'Brien meets one of the pimps - "lover boys" - who are the lynchpin of Romania's sex industry.

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Sarah O'Leary's comment, October 30, 2014 12:09 AM
I think it shocking to most people the volume of people that are bought and sold for the purpose of sex slavery. It is truly sad problem because it is not like other problems like the sale of organs on the black market in America, where that is legal in other countries. The sale and purchase of people to be sex slaves is a problem that exists not as a substitute to a more expensive necessity, it is a market developed by the true scum of the earth. It is also sad how high the rate is of the women and children that are lost within this market because of the extremes taken by the leaders of these smuggling rings. The rate of recovery and justice in these cases is minuscule in comparison to those that are lost forever.
Dana Hoffman's comment, October 30, 2014 12:26 AM
Thank you Sarah for your insight and I couldn't agree with you more. There are many different kinds of trafficking and on all levels.....I wish this was a crime that would be 100% gone and no one would have to suffer ever again.
Katrina Miller's comment, November 4, 2014 2:04 AM
This is heart wrenching. The short documentary demonstrates the dehumanization of women and children, and highlights the great demand that exists for human trafficking. Possibly the most saddening statement made by one of the pimps was when he was referencing a conversation he had with a business partner and had indicated that his "luggage" was on its way. I personally feel that this mentality is only an extension of the use of pornography.
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Grave punishment

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The number of executions is increasing  THE death penalty divides public opinion in America and has mostly ended in Europe. But around the world, the...
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America’s mid-term elections

EVERY four years, with the whole world watching, America elects a president. Less attention is paid to congressional elections, although Congress is at least as...
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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, October 27, 2014 5:02 PM

This is an important time to be involved in because the elections affect all of us dramatically and we want who is the best for our country to stand for us and our rights in the government office seats. Looking at dig a little deeper there is a night and day perspective on the Republicans v. Democrat. It looks simple to who would be best for us and has our best interest at hand and this is the Republicans for sure. We do have to learn to work together (Obama, Democrats, Republicans)  if there are going to be positive changes and I agree with this statement because we need to agree to disagree. You know who I am voting for.

 

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The Economic Impact of School Suspensions

A recent report found that African-American girls were suspended at much higher rates than their white peers, a phenomenon that leads to lower earnings and educational attainment in the long run.
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Sentencing Law and Policy: "Jury Says Castrated Sex Offender Should Be Freed"

Sentencing Law and Policy: "Jury Says Castrated Sex Offender Should Be Freed" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, October 30, 2014 1:13 AM
If there was proof that taking away a person's sex drive removed the need to sexually offend, then I might be behind the idea that someone is rehabilitated enough to re-enter society as these jurors felt from the story. However the whole idea of molesting little children has to be more than just the physical need, these people are sick, psychopaths that deserve to be tortured and killed. I don't believe they are being rehabilitated in prison and since they’re such a strain on society, corrections and finances I don't understand why we keep them alive. I realize that is harsh, but people like this don't change and are going to ruin another child’s life as soon as they get out. Having the entire sexual organ removed would be a start if these kinds of people are going to try and "fix" their problems, but unless they can get a new brain I don't see them ever really being better or cured.
Rob Duke's comment, October 30, 2014 2:12 AM
Some studies suggest that recidivism is reduced from 80% down to only 2%, but it's that 2% that is worrisome....
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Marijuana legalization — a step toward social justice

Mexican cartels, known for their gruesome violence such as mass beheadings and melting enemies in vats of acid, have been particularly hard hit as consumers move to legal markets and many farmers have given up illegal production of marijuana altogether. According to a Healthy Kids survey conducted during the first year of legalization, high school students in Colorado both used marijuana at lower rates than in previous years and at rates lower than the country as a whole. [...] legalizing mari
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Joshua Matheny's comment, October 26, 2014 11:59 PM
I happen to agree with this article. However, I feel that too often we get wrapped up in what could be a good idea without actually making sure our needs are met in the process. If we can regulate Marijuana correctly and treat it in a similar fashion to alcohol when it has to do with driving high, I could see how we would come to more positive outcomes with the war on drugs. The article places a focal point on one of my favorite parts of legalization which would be an emphasis away from lower drug crimes to more dangerous crimes that may help the crime rate go down. We should not be blinded by the good things that appear to be happening in colorado and washington. We must also scout the other side of the fence and look at the shortcomings that have happened in these areas, including what some research has shown to be increased usage among children and a disproportion in what the taxes have made to what earlier projections had said would be made. Nothing is ever perfect, and changes will need to be made over time, but I think it could be a step in the right direction.
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Iraqi TV comics make fun of Islamic State at huge risk

Iraqi TV comics make fun of Islamic State at huge risk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
So Satan marries a Jewish woman in Iraq. She lays an egg, which hatches and pops out a wild-eyed, bearded madman the proud couple names the " ISIS -ling."
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Scary Clowns Are Terrorizing France

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Teenagers in face makeup are facing off against anti-clown vigilantes in the land of the original killer mime.
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A comb worth fighting for

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AS A colleague has written in this week's print edition, Christianity in China is experiencing spectacular, but turbulent, growth; by one estimate, the number of...
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Where not to invest in Europe

Where not to invest in Europe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Doing business in Europe's periphery is hampered by slow legal systemsTHE World Bank released its annual "Doing Business" report on October 29th, ranking the world's...
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What does it take to be successful? Rule of law, checks on power (free press, religion, elections), basic education, embrace the scientific method, and universities seem to be some of the basic requirements to be successful.  However, China seems to be a case of just "good enough" rule of law.  See Francis Fukumora's 'The Origins of Political Order".

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X, XXX or XXXXX?

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WHEN doing business in today's globalised world, we are forever being advised to empathise with others' cultural sensitivities. That is clearly a sound thing, but it...
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The geography of joblessness

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IN THE OECD, a club mostly of rich countries, nearly 45m people are unemployed. Of these, 16m have been seeking work for over a year. Many put this apparently...
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Photos: Hiland prisoners prepare for re-entry

Photos: Hiland prisoners prepare for re-entry | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than 100 women who are incarcerated at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center participated in the “Success Inside and Out” program to prepare for their release.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, October 29, 2014 9:54 PM
I think programs like this are a great step in the right direction, people leaving incarceration should be talked to about their options after leaving and how to have a plan for success. One day doesn't sound like a lot of time to really think through and plan out success after incarceration, but it anything help. Ideally people like this need a month long session going through how to have real success after jail but I doubt the social services and money are there to provide something like this.
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Hanged Iranian Woman Leaves Heartbreaking Last Message

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The 26-year-old Iranian woman who was executed on Saturday for murdering a man she said tried to rape her sent a final message to her mother, asking her to make sure her organs would be donated. Reyhaneh Jabbari is largely calm in the voice message she recorded for her mother...
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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, October 27, 2014 8:35 PM

This story is so sad to me. I wish things were different in the world. This Iranian woman was very strong and loved her family. We are lucky in America when it comes to our government, although there is still corruption, we would have heard her case with due process/liberty even with poverty circumstances and the responsible  party would have been held accountable. My heart goes out to her family.

Kimberly Maddigan's comment, October 28, 2014 5:26 AM
It's extremely sad what this Iranian woman had to go through. It's amazing, that after all she has been through she wants to do something so amazing; donating her organs. She is going to die, but wants to give her organs to those who can live. It seems that in her mind she is going to die anyway, and this way she can save more than one life. For someone who has been done wrong, she still has a lot of love instead of hatred. She chose to be strong during this horrible time. This story makes me realize more how lucky I am to live in a place where this wouldn't happen to me. Although there can be corruption, I think that this woman's case would have gone through the right hoops. They would have looked at the evidence and the whole situation, and they would have held the responsible person accountable for their actions.
Sarah O'Leary's comment, October 30, 2014 12:14 AM
It is interesting to think how differently the outcome of this case would have been had she been an American citizen. That part of the world and their "justice" system can be so backwards. The fortitude shown by this woman is only another supporting factor for her case, and I think the outcome is a true mistake. She should be rewarded for defending herself and possibly others by taking a rapist off the streets. The only relief in this case for the outside observer is the fact that the man is dead and that she seemed to be at peace with her fate.
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Remorseful Robber Brings Money Back 3 Hours Later

Remorseful Robber Brings Money Back 3 Hours Later | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Cyle Warren Abbott Jr. was up early to rob a local gas station just after 6:00am Sunday morning. He ...
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Joshua Matheny's comment, October 26, 2014 11:52 PM
I kind of get sad when I see news stories like this. People often steal because they are down on their luck, or they haven't gotten what it takes to make something of themselves in a traditional manner. It's good that Cyle was remorseful for his actions, but he has to be held accountable in the end. I am sure that him turning himself in will help him a bit more in the long run, though I am unsure of the repercussions for his actions. Maybe he can get some help while he is doing time and figure out how to make a new life for himself. Some jail rehabilitation programs have actually shown a lowered recidivism rate. I am sure he probably wouldn't go away for very long, but maybe he can find a better direction for himself.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, October 28, 2014 5:31 AM
It's unfortunate that Cyle tried to start a new life in this way. While it's great that he turned himself in, he still needs to pay for his previous actions. His previous convictions may show that he is a troubled kid, who really does need a fresh start. Because he turned himself in, he may get less time or a lighter sentence. Hopefully he can be put into a treatment or rehabilitative program, and he can learn from his mistakes. The prison or treatment program may be able to help him learn from his mistakes and help him to have a job after he does his time.
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Suspect Who Shot Dead Two California Officers Was Deported Twice | General News

Suspect Who Shot Dead Two California Officers Was Deported Twice | General News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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Decriminalize and guys like this will stay in their home countries.  In my experience, he was only here acting as an enforcer for the cartel, a mule for the cartel, or as a pimp/coyote, you guessed it, for a cartel!

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Kimberly Maddigan's comment, October 28, 2014 5:41 AM
This kind of thing makes me extremely angry. Lately we have been hearing all kinds of news about illegal immigrants in the United States. This man was deported twice, yet he still made it into the U.S. with no problem. Now, he's shot two police officers. There is something extremely wrong with this picture. We are basically letting these illegal immigrants into our country, for what? So that they can kill the police officers and harm the people who live in this country? We are basically letting these illegal immigrants come into our country, and letting them destroy and run it. It's unfortunate that they are able to get into the U.S. so easily, and cause problems. Now that we are allowing undocumented immigrants into the United States Army, who knows what is going to happen. These are our jobs, yet many people in the U.S. are unemployed. They are kicking people out of the army, but allowing undocumented immigrants in? It doesn't make any sense...
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VIDEO: Quyana, the Alaska Federation of Native's night of traditional dance

VIDEO: Quyana, the Alaska Federation of Native's night of traditional dance | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For over 20 years the Alaska Federation of Natives has celebrated the many distinct Native cultures from across the state during Quyana, a night of traditional dance. 
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