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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

Europe's failure to integrate Muslims | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it
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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Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:18 PM

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

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 2014 8:59 PM

The Muslim community was never really accepted in Europe looking back in history. Now more and emigrating and in mass numbers in certain areas.  While the European Union is a stronghold keeping Europe together, the argument can be made that the countries are falling apart in terms of identity, economy and production. A new wave of immigrants will not help increase their national identity and strength.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:58 PM

I feel that the rejection of any attempt to integrate Islam into European society is, at least in part, a reaction to the declining native population of most of the major Western European nations. They are attempting to keep anyone they cant assimilate out, while insuring that any Muslims that they can assimilate are dressing and acting close enough to the existing culture so as to blend into their native population.

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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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Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, November 25, 2015 2:31 PM

This mill on Lake Biakal was created in the soviet era. This was created and made a increasing well place to work with the promise of a bright future for its workers. Instead when it comes to the post soviet era its a failing community. Not because of the workers but because of the era that they live in. The age of environmentalists. because of this the mill and its workers are suffering. Many of the people that had moved there to work in the mill in the 60's with a promise of a bright future. However today the people who originally moved there and the descendents are paying the price for the soviet promise. If the mill were to forever close then the people of the area would basically have no life and future. They wouldnt even have enough money to move out of look for jobs.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 1:28 PM

Seeing this video and the lack of human development in this small town is astounding. They are destroying a lake and the environment about them, they do not care though. Unfortunately, they have to not care about the environment, they are so desperate for work to make money to live and support themselves and family, that they are willing to do what it takes to keep their jobs at the mill. The workers and citizens of the area know about the consequences of the pollution, they know it needs to be taken care of, but with the depravity they have, they have to. They are faced with a situation no one want to be in... work and destroy the environment so they have money to live, or be without life necessities. 

Louis Helyes's curator insight, October 10, 2016 2:12 PM

This video talks about a paper mill in Russia. It is saying that environmentalists are pressuring the mill to close down due to the environmental impact that the paper mill is doing to the surrounding area, such as killing the crops, trees and plants. It also talks about them losing their jobs because they may be unable to find other jobs in their area.

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Catalonian Cultural Tourism

Catalonian Cultural Tourism | Geography 400 Blog | Scoop.it

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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Jorge Rubio Navarro's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:03 AM

Interesting...

chris tobin's comment, March 22, 2013 2:07 PM
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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:38 AM

Catalonia is not Spain. A region that can draw tourism on its own merits that is distinctly Catalonian and not Spanish. These people have strong cultural ties to Catalonia that makes it distinguishable from Spain.

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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 2:07 PM
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 11:46 PM
Nice start on suggesting to the class site...please add some of them here as well.