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Swiss team visits Arafat grave ahead of probe

Swiss team visits Arafat grave ahead of probe | estadísticas | Scoop.it
Experts from University of Lausanne arrive in Ramallah ahead of the November 26 exhumation of Yasser Arafat's remains.
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#PHOTOS | You don't need stories. Not even words are needed. Just watch: Occupied #Palestine in Pictures (updated)

#PHOTOS | You don't need stories. Not even words are needed.  Just watch:  Occupied #Palestine in Pictures (updated) | estadísticas | Scoop.it
The News in Pictures Click the thumbnails to watch the full  albums Palestine Palestine 2010 Palestine 2009...

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Egypt president pardons political prisoners

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President pardons a number of political prisoners who were arrested during the revolution in 2011.

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Visualizing The Income Gap

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One of the focal points of the protests raging in Zuccotti Park and around the world is the sizable gap between the rich and everyone else. Yet as the below graphic shows, there are many different levels of wealth among even the richest of the rich.

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples


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Jessica L. Price's comment, July 11, 2013 10:06 AM
This made it easier for me to understand the four traditions! Thanks!
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:02 AM

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  


Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 2014 1:23 PM

Great for Unit 2: Part 1

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Seeds of A Revolution » 21st Century African Land Rush

Seeds of A Revolution » 21st Century African Land Rush | estadísticas | Scoop.it

Interesting map about farming land lending to other countries in Africa. Impossible to find the original source, but is attricuted to the Financial Times. 

 

Here is a link to the image (in low res) without political content (UN related): http://new.uneca.org/lpi/africanlandrush.aspx ;

 

Tags: Africa, agriculture, unit 5 agriculture.


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The Geography of the 47%

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Following the big Mother Jones release of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney'shidden-camera comment on the "47 percent" of Americans "who will vote for the president no matter what," my colleague at The Atlantic, David Graham, posted an article Monday looking at the real "47 percent." Using the Tax Foundation's data on 2008's income tax non-payers (people who filed a tax return but did not actually owe federal income taxes), he found that the states with the highest rates tended to be traditionally Republican states. Graham writes:

Romney's statements are a little unclear, but it appears that the 47 percent figure represents all of those who pay no income tax, rather than the Democratic base. His problem is that those people are disproportionately in red states -- that is, states that tend to vote Republican...One important note about these numbers: This measures only those Americans who filed for taxes with no liability. Millions more didn't even file; it's those millions, added to the estimated 52 million here, who combine to make that 47 percent.

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Let's ︻╦╤─ Some #Facts to debunk the #BibiBomb & Myhs!! The Israel Lobby and How It Operates

Let's ︻╦╤─ Some #Facts to debunk the #BibiBomb & Myhs!! The Israel Lobby and How It Operates | estadísticas | Scoop.it
Zionist pressure bordering on blackmail and bribery goes on every day.

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Saudia Arabia To Build Women-Only City

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In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.

 

The idea is mind-blowing to say the least.  More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities. 

Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive?  What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia? 


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UPDATE on 8/15/2012 at 3:20 pm ET: Al Arabiya English reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is not building a women-only industrial city.Contrary to reports by the Guardian, ABC News, and the Russian news agency RT, among others, Al Arabiya English writes that the new municipality will be open to both men and women.-Huffington Post

 

I am very happy to know that this city was not created. I do believe that it would have been nice to have women able to come and go as they please in Saudi Arabia (without the accompanying of a man) ,however I do not feel that this was the answer. I believe a city like this might only further the divide of genders. I understand different cultures have different beliefs however when the cost is the suppression of another living thing then there is an issue.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 2:32 AM

Like many the topic of this article can be taken two ways. First that this is a good thing as it will allow for a place for the oppressed women of Saudi Arabia to act as they wish without the gaze and guidance of men. Giving them a sense of freedom rarely found in their country. On the other hand what this does is by placing them within their own city it further marginalizes women by pushing them into their own receptive roles and accepted locations. This could very well further drive home the idea women don't quite belong in this "Man's" country.  

Kendra King's curator insight, February 27, 1:09 AM

I can see how this might sound appealing, but this isn't the right solution. On the one hand, the women would be able to enter the work force more so as to close the disparity between women who are unemployed. That gap is actually huge since the article mentioned the number of Saudi women who work is somewhere in the low teens despite the fact that "60%" of college graduates are women. At the same time, this environment might prove to be more freeing for women in regards to their movement as well. As the article mentioned women always have to be "accompanied by a male," which is just ridiculously restricting.

 

Yet all of these benefits come at the price of isolation. That whole "separate, but equal" thing played out in the US and it wasn't actually equality. Nor did it actually make for a harmonious environment. In order to actually change people's minds, the government can't just push the women workers out of site in a corner.Without men being around women workers, they will continue to treat them poorly as second class citizens. Furthermore,separating them almost makes it seem like they are second class thereby exacerbating the gender norms within the country even more. 

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Watch: An Israeli soldier spit on the Palestinian flag today in Beit Ur: (at 2:35 min)

On October 16, about 50 Palestinians joined by international activists blocked Apartheid Road 443 (known as Modi'in, which passes on West Bank lands, connect...

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West Africa: Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

"A pesar de que la esclavitud no es legal, hay millones de personas que viven en  esclavitud. Uno de los lugares e industrias que propician la mano de obra esclava está ligada a la producción del cacao". 

 

El líder mundial de producción de cacao es Costa de Marfil y el sucio secreto de la esclavitud es un lugar común en las plantaciones de cacao en este país del oeste de Africa. Los niños son pasados de contrabando desde países como Mali, Nígel y Burkina Faso y llevados a lugares remotos a plantaciones aisladas del resto del mundo. Mientras que las estadísticas son solo aproximadas, este video afirma que el 35% del chocolate del mundo está producido por mano de obra esclava (y hemos visto estimaciones aún mayores). ¿Qué es lo que nos lleva a esta horrible situación? ¿Es una cuestión geográfica? 

 

 


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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:38 AM

Its both sad and horrific to think that chocolate, such a pleasure and luxury item in the west comes as such a high cost. It's so sad that so many people are oppressed and used in situations such as this just so those living in places of plenty can enjoy resources like chocolate. Unfortunately it seems for the few to benefit many more have to suffer and endure hardships.  

John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, December 17, 2014 5:03 PM

I was not aware that slavery is still not unusual in cocoa plantation in West Africa. It sickens me because nations all around the world consume chocolate produced under slave labor. 

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Chocolate is a very known thing in first world countries and is not known for what is needed to make it. So in Africa they smuggle children from various places in Africa and force them to labor for cocoa beans and work on plantations. Many young children near there   Teen ages are taken and put through labor for most of there young lives.

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#PHOTOS | Olive Harvest in Palestine 2012

#PHOTOS | Olive Harvest in Palestine 2012 | estadísticas | Scoop.it
Oct 8, 2012 Continuous updates of new photos during the season Olive harvest season in Palestine has begun. Immediately, Israeli colonists illegally residing in the occupied territories as well as ...

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‘Forgotten Neighborhood’ Underscores Growing Poverty of Gaza

‘Forgotten Neighborhood’ Underscores Growing Poverty of Gaza | estadísticas | Scoop.it
A United Nations report cites widespread shortages of food, water, electricity, jobs, hospital beds and classrooms amid an exploding population in an area of Gaza.

 

While most slums are symptomatic of issues that would be addressed by an economic and urban geography analysis, the slums of Gaza are different.  Many slum issues are tied to city politics, but in Gaza these slums are also connected to some of the larger geopolitical issues of the region.  

 

Tags: Political, urban, squatter, poverty, MiddleEast, economic, place, unit 4 political, unit 7 cities.


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Emma Lafleur's curator insight, April 13, 2013 7:03 PM

People in the Gaza strip are already fearful Israel around them because of the fighting between the two areas. When people think of Gaza, they think of the Palestine-Israel conflict, but there is much more going on in Gaza. Israel blocks Gaza off from all forms of trade, and although they have a tunnel between them and Egypt, it is not enough. Therefore, there are slums where children do not go to school because their parents cannot afford it, people starve because they have no money to buy food, and people live in small shelters that they built out of some materials they put together and sleep on the ground. This is a squatter community, and, as the article states, there are squatter communities in worse shape, the problem here is that everyone is pointing fingers and no one is trying to fix the problem. Many state that Israel has caused this poverty because of their oppressive control of the area and others state that it is Gaza's government because they are corrupt and new and cannot or do not distribute their food well. This is a problem, but when no one takes the blame, innocent people suffer.

Jasmine GreenTea's curator insight, February 24, 2014 11:27 AM

Parents in Gaza are not sending their children to school because they have either no money for books, school fees or materials for their school. In Gaza, there is an exploding population in an area and also, people are living in slum conditions and there is a widespread of shortage of food, water, electricity, jobs, hospital beds and classrooms. The fact that the people in Gaza, slaughter lame horses and uses its meat for kebabs because they could not afford beef or lamb, extended my thinking in new directions.

The population of people who are more fortunate is definitely more than those people who are living in poverty. Therefore, I wonder why are those people who are fortunate, not willing to lend a helping hand to these people in Gaza who are living in such bad conditions.

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As the population of "The Forgotten Neighborhood" continues to grow exponentially, living conditions only continue to get worse and worse. People go without food, water, or basic services, making the conditions there practically unlivable. Due to corruption and mismanagement, much of the aid sent there to help gets used elsewhere, which causes living conditions to stay poor.

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Earth from Above

Earth from Above | estadísticas | Scoop.it

I'm a huge fan of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's artistic aerial photography.  This image of Rio de Janeiro and the favela is a striking one. I am also posting this to show the how easy the website justpaste.it is to use.  Students with no website creation training can produce sharable materials online.  Now this isn't the most professional outlet, but I envision some middle school or high school students producing a class project that can be transformed into something that reaches a bigger audience as it is shared with a broader community. 

 

Tags: remote sensing, images, art, worldwide, K12, edtech.


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Matt Mallinson's comment, September 26, 2012 10:16 AM
This is a striking image. So much poverty purposely hidden behind the mountain, away from the tourists of Rio de Janeiro. It's a shame they have to live the way they do, there is no help from them from their country.
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Los 8 pilares de la sostenibilidad

Los 8 pilares de la sostenibilidad | estadísticas | Scoop.it

1. Prohibición de las guerras. 

2. Maximizar la eficiencia y la conservación = simplicidad voluntaria. 

3. Superar el uso de combustibles fósiles. 

4. Convertirse a las energías renovables. 

5. Promover la agricultura orgánica comunitaria, urbana y hogareña. L

6. La transformación de las empresas y organizaciones. 

7. Asegurar una democracia social participativa. 

8. Potenciar el rol de la Mujer y promover el (auto)control de la natalidad. 


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