Ask this question: Which region of the world currently is the home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies? Most people (myself included) would be surprised to hear that the region is sub-Saharan Africa. While Sub-Saharan Africa is still the least economically developed region with some very significant challenges, too often Africa is only taught as a region of problems and negative patterns.
Justin Roscoe- Its Intriguing to me that a continent with such an abundance of resources has been so devastated by colonialism and civil wars for so long and is just now taking vast economic strides. While I'm pleased to see it, it should have been something that happened a long time ago for a continent so rich with resources with so much potential.
Justin Roscoe- Seeing the devastation after the fall of Soviet Union on the population was intriguing when something such as the end of communism is seen as liberating can have such a negative affect on the people. It almost forces the people to question whether the fal of the USSR is what the Soviet population really needed.
BELIZE has long been a country of immigrants. British timber-cutters imported African slaves in the 18th century, and in the 1840s Mexican Mayans fled a civil war.
Justin Roscoe-It’s interesting to see this movement of Salvadoran and Guatemalan immigrants entering into a country that is geographically so close but yet so culturally different especially in this day and age where globalization brings cultures closer together. This is most likely due to relatively poor economies in many of the Central American countries where global communication isn’t easily accessible to the general public. As the article states many of these immigrants are entering the country not having to learn the local language but in many cases forcing the local to learn their language. Service jobs are being given to those who are predominantly Spanish speaking to appeal to the growing Spanish speaking population. It is difficult to think of a nation so willing to adapt to the immigrants rather than having a sense of what Americans would call patriotism and attempt to preserve its current culture and make the new comers adapt. In Belize this more acceptable especially given there history where there country has “long been a country of immigrants.” It seems as though the people of this country have it in their blood to adapt and welcome the immigrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. This is not to say the spike in population does not come with its faults. In the article they discuss the migrants offering to work for less than that of what many of the current citizens work for. Which has increased the unemployment have almost a quarter of Belizeans saying they are currently unemployed. As this immigration movement continues it will be interesting to see what the future holds as far as whether the national language will stay English or be change and how the country’s culture, which is always changing, will adapt to the immigration.
With this depiction of each countries footpront in the world you can see the various difference in culture and how much affect our daily lives leave on the world especially in comparison to Bangladesh who judging by this depiction live a much more conservative lifestyle and dont need to comsume as much of the worlds resources as the others. It was also interesting to see that Costa Rica ranks hire than China, most likely due to the recent industrialization and the affects globalization has had on it.
After making an infographic depicting how much space would be needed to house the entire world’s population based on the densities of various global cities, Tim De Chant of Per Square Mile got to thinking about the land resources it takes to support those same cities.
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
Many of the most successful global companies or brands use highly regional variations that are attuned to local cultural norms and customs. The McAloo Tikki burger— which uses a spicy, fried potato-based patty — is the Indian McDonald's top seller.
I think its interesting how they are able to adapt to the cultures of different cultures which makes it seem like it is a completely different company than the one we are amiliar with in the U.S.
Tags: Globalization, food, culture, unit 3 culture and SouthAsia.
In the dusty triangle where Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan meet, there is more than one war going on.
Justin Roscoe- This area all be it lawless and vastly desserted is an area where some find hope of work and freedom in western europe. It is also dangerous due to preventative measures Iran has taken to deter the smugglers. I find it interesting that in this area you'll find people who are doing the only job the area offers which is smuggling. This is similiar to the pirates in Somalia where these people are simply doing what the need to do to survive.
Tags: Afghanistan, political, borders, MiddleEast, SouthAsia, Central Asia, unit 4 political.
Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.
Justin Roscoe- I find it interesting that in the U.S. we have been raised to accept all ethnicities and religion. Even though this is a belief shared by most americans and the government there are still those who are racist. It shocks me that in an area where most of these religions and ethnicities originate from cannot be accepting of one another. It surprises me that how that in the past France had its colony in Algeria and the white French people were able to coexist but in the home country they (the government included) cannot be accepting/coexist with others. This just seems too old fashioned and childish in ways.
"Even before the earthquake Haiti's environment teetered on the brink of disaster. Brent and Craig Renaud report on the country's deforestation problems."
Justin Roscoe- Seeing this video and understanding the effect the people have on the environment and that the environment has on the people/economy is an amazing sight. It is a fitting depiction of exactly what a vicious cycle is. Due to a less than poor economy the people are forced to live off of the land, unfortunately doing this affects the nation, geographically, in a negative way. Since the country is 97% deforested it makes it that much more likely for natural disasters to occur. When it rains in Haiti there is nothing to slow the rain down or to soak it up. Mudslides occur often and the flooding has devastating effects on agriculture and on roadways. Haiti is currently in an economic state that is very difficult to get out of. The land has little use left to it and one of Haiti’s only assets is tourism although the resort areas of Haiti are fenced in and are a far cry from what is really happening in Haiti. While it is inevitable that natural disasters will occur in certain places, the damage to these areas depends greatly on the affect the people have on the land with which they are occupying. The recent earthquake in Haiti was devastating mostly due to how the people were living. The number of people injured would have been much less if all the people where in proper housing and in areas deemed safe for building. Haitians are living in huts, traveling by dirt roads, living off of the little profits they receive from charcoal sales and the government does little to help increase the standard of living due to what many believe is corruption.
The High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city’s history.
I think this is an interesting article showing how perception of the high line differs between the local people and the upper middle class who believe they are helping the city creating this "touristy" park when they are in fact pushing the current occupants of the area out of their homes.
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