Scientists model where and when the debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami will be. The likelihood that the debris (not radioactive) will reach the U.S. west coast is increasingly likely. Look at the great video attached to the article.
It will be very interesting to see if this floating pile of junk actually reaches the west coast of the United States. It seems possible that it could, but some of the scientists and other experts believe that it could also break up and sink before it reaches us. One of my questions going in was whehter or not the wreckage was radioactive? Luckily it is not radioactive and that should not be a concern for anyone.
This is an incredible video because of the shocking footage of blatant disregard for worker safety. This can lead to an interesting discussion concerning how China has been able to have its economy grow. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?
This video was certainly disturbing to say the least. There appears to be absolutely no worker safety whatsoever in China. This has resulted of course in their economy soaring to new heights. They don't have to pay these workers anything and they have virtually no safety codes to have them follow. I am not sure this type of direction can last forever but it has certainly stood up for sometime.
The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. It is also home to one of the largest free eateries in the world.
This two-minute video clip is an effective portal to alternative religious traditions on the South Asian subcontinent. While students might not at first relate to the theologies of diverse religious traditions, they connect with the underlying ethics of many world religions. This video is an effective tool to help them gain greater cultural understanding and demystify unfamiliar cultural practices.
I was impressed by the fact that the people of the Sikh religion are very accepting of people who remain outside their system of beliefs. They acknowledge the fact that there are other religions and don't see any reason to treat them with anything but respect. These people are most definitely good people.
I think that these tunnels show the willpower of the Palestinians. They are risking their lives on a daily basis in order to smuggle goods that Palestine could not obtain through normal means. I think this video really shows the dangers that present themselves in these tunnels. Israel has the right to monitor these tunnels and can very easily have them destroyed if they feel as though guns are being moved through them. The people who move through these tunnels every day are quite brave.
It bothers me that this is being over looked by our government. If they are going to stand up and back the resurgance in Syria and Egypt then why are we not doing it here to? All it would take would take is a backing from our government, but due to the ties that the have with the West, we are not stepping in. This shows complete hypocrisy on our part.
The economic and social turmoil after the fall of the Soviet Union was profound enough to be seen in the demographic statistics. Birth rates dropped as the death rates went up. Typically when birth rates drop it is presented as an indicator of social development, but it clearly is not in this instance. What explains these statistics?
This certainly says a lot about the state of the nation. It is clear that the collapse of the old government may have been to the disadvantage of the population. I'm not sure if this has to do with the change from an authoritarian regime to a more capitalistic system, but it certainly could. The numbers do speak for themselves. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union deaths have risen while births and natural growth have dropped off considerably. Undoubtedly, social developement is playing a role in the drop off. The switch in regimes should have been the beginning a a large social developement.
It's interesting that a government seems willing to demolish a neighborhood in the hopes of creating more space for the world cup and the olympic games. I understand what the government is doing. Brazil feels like they are a growing nation, whose hosting of both major events will boost their place on a global scale. Does this mean then, that the government is right to simply push aside almost 4,000 people in one section of Rio simply to create more space? I certainly do not believe that. Imagine if New York were hosting the games, and wished for a large section of long island to clear out in order to create more space. Would the citizens of New York have a problem with it? They absolutely would. Hosting the olympic games at the expense of your people's lives is utterly ridiculous.
I found this article to be quite disturbing mainly due to the fact that I know my government is allowing it. Is this pink stuff even meat that I should be eating. This is certainly not something that should be taken very lightly by anyone as this is food that undoubtedly everyone has consumed.
Martin Luther King Jr. represented an end to violence and oppression. So I too would like to know why his name is being placed on street signs in violent neighborhoods. I understand that he was an African American who pushed for the rights of people like him, but this seems to be the opposite of what he stood for.
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Many companies have moved their customer service lines to Manila to take advantage of workers who speak lightly accented English and are familiar with American culture.
The geography of globalization is epitomized by relentless change and marked by continual turnover. Cultural and economic factors play significant roles in creating potential advantages for receiving outsourced jobs (whether that is beneficially long-term is another discussion).
I liked this article simply because I could relate it to my own personal experiences speaking with someone at a call center. I guess it is kind of interesting that the Phillippines has overtaken India in terms of number of call centers. What was reallly interesting though was how familiar those at the call centers were of Americans.
A few things really stood out to me in this video. First off, the idea that people are moving into Dhaka for a better life, when in reality they are moving into slum life with no electricity or running water is very alarming. It begs the question of whether or not moving to this megacity is really worth it. The second thing that I was a bit surprised by was the fact that the mayor has pretty much no control over the city. The city is overseen by the national government. To think that urbanization has gained so much ground and continues to gain more ground is astounding.
The new African country, founded in part to escape from the northern government's violence, is showing some hostility of its own.
Independence for ethnic/religious groups, while culturally satisfying, does not necessarily solve all the problems within a region. South Sudan's 1-year anniversary shows that even though they have a short history, it has been marked by ineffective governance and social instability.
One of the problems going on between Sudan and South Sudan is the same problem that other countries in Africa are suffereing from. Sudan contained various different ethnic groups that all warred with each other for years. When the powers of Europe divided up Africa they did not take the many different ethnic groups into consideration. This caused many different ethnic groups to clash. Despite South Sudan gaining its independence, it has not slowed down the conflicting beliefs of the various ethnic groups.
While the picture may be famous, she still represents depressing life that the women of her generation live. I found it interesting that she had no idea that her photo was so iconic. To have a photo taken of you that was used in for a variety of different things, all while not knowing about it is quite shocking. As famous as the photo is however, it should not cloud the symbolism that the photo stands for.
The European country where Skype was born made a conscious decision to embrace the web after shaking off Soviet shackles Eesti keel | Estonian language version...
Can you imagine walking over 100 miles without losing your internet connection? Estonia has done it by making internet access a public service along the lines of water and electricity. The impacts and effects or profound considering that 9 in 10 Estonians have a computerized ID card that they can use to vote, transfer money and access all the information the state has on them. Although this may sound very dystopian and authoritarian to many, Estonians argue that it actually empowers citizens to keep the state in check.
I actually like the idea of the computerized ID card. Yes, undoubtedly from the outside looking in this does appear to have some big brother qualities but I think it's brilliant. The card allows people to transfer money and vote. It's also nice to see a country that doesn't just treat their internet use like a toy. They use it to benefit their society, making it accessible to everyone in the country and not just those who can afford it.
Scotland plans to hold a divorce referendum in 2014 to decide whether or not they wish to stay within the united kingdom or not. Some say that this will have a profound effect on the British Currency Union. While the seperatists of Scotland who wish to see this divorce take place are plenty, they certainly are not the majority. According to a poll, only about 30% of the country wants this divorce to take place. Because of this low percentage, it is unlikely that this divorce will take place, however it certainly raises questions regarding whether or not other countries will consider this same referendum in regards to staying in the European Union.
Photographer Anthony Suau documents the surging influence of the drug cartels in Northern Mexico and the efforts by police to maintain law and order...
The mexican drug trade is something that I have found fascinating particularly because of how it pertains to the United States. I recently saw a program on TV regarding how the Mexican drug Cartels of Tijuana have dealings with American gangs in the neighboring city of San Diego. Some people don't see the Cartels as an issue because they reside in Mexico. I think this shows how close to home they actually are.
I was finishing up my recent vacation to Finland , with one day in Helsinki visiting friends, when a novel thought for many Americans occurred to me: Look at a map.
This article explains the importance of geography education, and how a lack of geographic understanding limits students and professionals. While this is nothing new to this particular audience; however it is another tool to use to convince administrators and politicians that geography education needs to be stregthened in this era of increased global connectivity.