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U.S., allies marshaling African proxies for fight against terrorism

U.S., allies marshaling African proxies for fight against terrorism | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

I believe that this technique of training local forces to fight their own battles is a much better strategy than deploying U.S. troops. It is definitely an important task to eliminate Al-Qaeda from the Middle East and North Africa as they pose a threat to those who oppose their regime. The U.S. is not the only country doing this, but its allies as well. This shows how important it is to elininate the threat of terrorism.

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Putin warns of growing terror risks as Kremlin arrests opposition leader

Putin warns of growing terror risks as Kremlin arrests opposition leader | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

Disconent over Putin's basic dictatorship has led many radicals and left wingers to resort to more drastic measures. Terrorism is a real threat to Russia as its government continues to opress. Putin seems to be enforcing the law that all opponents pose a threat to the nation. His acts seem to be open violations of basic human rights, but as long as he is running the country little is going to change.

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EU says long-time aspirant Turkey not ready yet for membership in continental club

EU says long-time aspirant Turkey not ready yet for membership in continental club | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

Despite recurrent attemps at being admitted into the EU, Turkey continues to fail in its attempts. Turkey fails to ensure all their citizens with basic human rights and until they do, they will not be admitted. EU officials also agree that Turkey must become much more democratic before they will be considered for admission. Finally, Turkeys refusal to accept Cyprus as a sovereign nation lies in the way between a Turkey and EU union.

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Europe's failure to integrate Muslims

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Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.

 

It is unfortunate that Europeans and Muslims cannot manage to coexist without problems. It some cases, like the banning of the hijab in France, Europe fails to accept that Muslims wish to retain some of their cultural identity. People should be free to wear whatever they want in public. However, to play the devil's advocate, this is an example of undermining French culture. The French government likely fears that they will lose a France that is "French." As more and more Muslims come into Europe, Europeans likely will have to make concessions and be more tolerant. However, it is the job of Muslims to pay respect to the country they are living in, practicing certain customs when necessary.


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Elizabeth Allen's comment, October 3, 2012 5:49 PM
As we leearned in class, Europe has a declining population. If Europe continues to ban certain religions and culture, then obviously its population will continue to decline. It seems as though religion and poitics clash, just as they do elsewhere around the world. If women want to wear headscarves, let them. They are proud of their religion just as many of us are. Seems to me that the world is becoming more secular, restricitve and intrusive than religious.
Shayna and Kayla's curator insight, February 6, 9:29 AM

This represents the religion section because Europe is restricting islamic symbols causing controversy .

Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 10:18 AM

Religion: freedom of religion is not a law is some parts of Europe 

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US Military Assistance to Central Asia Highly ‘Opaque’ by Carey L. Biron -- Antiwar.com

In our war against terror, the United States has dramatically increased its military presence in Central Asia. The mountainous region that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and other havens for terrorists has seen a great deal of U.S. intervention in the last decade or so. As Americans begin pulling out of Afghanistan, it is imporant to not only leave beind supplies, but to also train their replacements in ways to fight terror. 

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Troubles on Russia's Lake Baikal

Troubles on Russia's Lake Baikal | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

Russia's struggle to transition from Communist to Capitalist society is being put on display on the shores of Lake Baikal. Due to the one factory towns created under Communism, Russia's economy is heavily reliant on industry. One town along the shores of the planet's last truly primordial lake struggle as environmentalists pressure their paper mill company. Due to continued environmental violations committed by the company, they recently shut their doors. This resulted in massive unemployment followed by strike due to job loss and back pay. Communism, the workers argued, at least stabilized their lives. The tumultuous times of a new era in Russia has literally left millions homeless, starving and even dead. 


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Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 20, 2013 11:43 AM

The story of this particular mono-town is very tough to "pick sides".  The factory undoubtedly pollutes the air and land like most other industrial areas, but being so close to Lake Baikal gives environmentalists a stronger reason to complain.  The lake is considered one of the purest and most unique in the world, yet the paper mill located on its banks raise controversy.  This is where the locals and workers are stuck between a rock and hard place.  Located in Siberia, such a vast and open region with little settlements compared to the western part of the country reminds the people living there that their resources are limited.  Closing down the factory would almost eliminate income and economy for the mono-town.  This is where the fine line is drawn; the workers surely aren't happy about the pollution and environmental hazards that go along with keeping the mill open, but at the same time the people could wither away if it wasn't up and running.

Ashley Raposo's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:42 PM

THough the Soviet Union has been gone since the early 90s, it's hold on Russia is still creating problems. The creations of monotowns were already flawed. But to have this one monotown on Lake Baikal has gained the attention of enviromentalists. All odds are against that monotown. Without it's paper factory they have no jobs and no need for the town. It is a fight between enviromental geography and human geography in this area of the world. These people are stuck in a time where even the Soviet Union looked a little better than the constant wondering of your finacial stability in an up and coming capitalist nation.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 9:05 AM

The Soviet Union scattered "monotowns" around their territory; these monotowns consist of a job-creating industrial institutions like factories which then allow the formation of towns around them.  They are located all around the former Soviet Union and are very isolated.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union, these towns continued to run due to the privatization of the industrial center.  Today, Russia's Lake Baikal, which is the deepest lake in the world and contains 20 percent of the Earth's fresh water, is home to one of these monotowns.  This particular town's economy is based on their paper mill which uses and deposits tons of chemicals.  Environmentalists are very concerned for the future of the lake while the citizens are only concerned with feeding their families and this is creating social unrest.  Due to the isolation and distance from Moscow, people cannot just pick up and leave.  Also, working with "cleaner" alternatives is way out of this town's budget.  Today, many citizens in these monotowns miss the support that the Soviet Union offered and people are literally stuck in a place where their only income is dirty.

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Catalonian Cultural Tourism

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It's amazing to consider that despite national boundaries that classify it as Spain, Catalonia insists that they are a separate Mediterranean country. Around the world, similar situations ensue as certain ethnic groups push for independence for one reason or another. It is my belief that in the future there will be a much greater number of countries than there are today as this trend continues. For the Catalonians, it will be a difficult struggle for independence but perhaps they will achieve it someday.


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Sean Rooney's comment, October 3, 2012 6:18 AM
How much of an impact does tourism have on the economy in Europe? The distinction from Spanish cultural identity is crucial to the historical perspective of Europe. The political distinction is also a turning point in Europe. The vast majority of museums plays a significant role and classifies the different cultural history throughout Europe.
Jorge Rubio Navarro's curator insight, February 26, 2013 10:03 PM

Interesting...

chris tobin's comment, March 22, 2013 11:07 AM
Could not access the original.....?not available
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A Map of Olympic Medals - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

A Map of Olympic Medals - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

A breakdown of medals that countries have won in Olympic Games. It's crazy to see how much the world has changed since 1896. Factors such as decolonization, war and politics have shaped who has won medals and how many! In 1896, the West dominated the games. Today, countries from Africa, South America and Asia compete and oftentimes fare very well.

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Joshua Choiniere's comment, September 7, 2012 11:07 AM
Its really cool when you take a look it this map because to see the difference every year after poltical and social reasons like the US boycott of the Russians games and then the Russian boycott of the US games really just speaks out at you. Great rescoop Derek this is a cool and intresting piece.
Seth Dixon's comment, October 1, 2012 8:46 PM
Nice start on suggesting to the class site...please add some of them here as well.