opolitics - Why china is directly involved in militay action in AfricaChina is swapping its reserved diplomacy for a hands-on approach to help resolve a more than five-month-old rebellion in South Sudan that threatens Beijing’s oil investments.
Scott Langston's insight:
China in Action in Africa - the other face of geopolitics and globalisation
In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.
He says there's a debate about the long-term consequences of China's push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism?
"About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialization and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations."
by Connor Cox in Cities+Limits Suburban sprawl is unwise, particularly when it destroys a desert. Phoenix, USA epitomizes this form of development. Lying in a vast valley in Arizona’s Sonoran desert,...
Water Scarcity to Be Reduced 'Significantly' AllAfrica.com Dodoma — THE Deputy Minister for Water, Mr Amos Makalla, has said that the availability of water services in all major cities in the country with an exception of Dar es Salaam and newly...
The American government is stepping in to help farmers in Central America battle a disease that is devastating coffee crops in several important coffee-producing countries. The disease is a fungus known as "coffee rust," it sounds absolutely terrifying, and it could be enabled by climate change.
"More than a billion people around the world subsist on a dollar a day, or less. The reasons differ but the day-to-day hardship of their lives are very similar. A book by Thomas A Nazario, founder of the International Organisation, documents the circumstances of those living in extreme poverty across the globe, accompanied by photographs from Pulitzer prizewinner Renée C Byer. Living On A Dollar a Day is published by Quantuck Lane."
"When the Minute 319 'pulse flow' began in March 2014, it was not clear whether the effort would be enough to reconnect the Colorado River with the Sea of Cortez. Some hydrologists thought there might be just enough water; others were less optimistic. It turns out the optimists were right, though just barely. For the first time in sixteen years, the Colorado River was reunited with the Sea of Cortez on May 15, 2014."
AoKs/WoKs: Language, human sciences KQs: Do foreign words damage the integrity of local cultures? To what extent can we prevent language from evolving on its own? How important is language in defining a society’s identity? Description: The phenomenon of "zero translation" - English abbreviations and acronyms appearing without any translations in the press - has sparked a fierce debate in China, with the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper People's Daily the latest to join the fray.
CBS Local Census Bureau: Detroit's Population Continues To Fall CBS Local DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - New numbers from the Census Bureau say Detroit's population continues to fall, despite pockets of growth in areas such as downtown and Midtown.