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Globalization: Intertwined Economies & Environments

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The technology in smartphones and laptops includes minerals mined in areas of Africa riven by warfare. But fighting back does not mean giving up technology, reports Kate Dailey.

 

This article, titled, "How to offset your 'conflict mineral' guilt," drives home the interconnectedness of the modern globalized world.  While no one would be in favor of slave labor in mines that support African warlords, the production process to make cell phones, laptops and just about any portable electronic device are dependent of the raw material coming out of mines in Eastern Congo under these conditions.  

 

So what is a consumer to do?  This article outlines some ideas for people to be social advocates to change the geographies of their commodities without completely separating themselves from the modern world.  For more on the U.S. law for corporate disclosure of 'conflict minerals' in their products, see: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/new-us-law-requires-electronics-makers-to-disclose-conflict-mineral-use.html


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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 9:09 AM
This article brought to life of where all these devices come from and the effects of our technology on the world.  We don't see it first hand here in America.  We need to find balance in how we are utilizing our planet.
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China's Urban Population Now Exceeds 50% of Population

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China's Urban Population Now Exceeds 50% of Population.

 

China has historically been a predominantly rural country; a major part of the economic growth of the last few decades has been driven my a push towards urbanization.   Now that China is predominantly an urban population, what will that been for resource consumption, development and global economics? 


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Sabrina Gam's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:00 AM

China & its population is something that we as geographers must be aware of; this ever growing population of people will play a large part to our human geogrpahy. 

Rachael Johns's curator insight, September 9, 2014 6:15 PM

The population in China is still exceeding in spite of the safety regulations that they've set to limit their population growth. With their population being 20% of the worlds population China is the most populous country in the world. One in five people is a resident of China, but with recent studies statistics show that by 2040 India will exceed 1.52 billion. ~R.J~

MissPatel's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:26 AM

We constantly talk about the one child policy - this is also another near future concern in China.  

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Zetas Mexico's 'biggest cartel'

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The Zetas are now the largest cartel in Mexico, overtaking their bitter rival, the Sinaloa cartel, a report by US security firm Stratfor suggests. 

 

When the Sinaloa cartel was the 'big dog,' they had a tacit understanding with the government and the government would target other drug syndicates and basically leave the important members of 'La Federacion' alone.  The Sinaloans operate primarily through bribery and corruption while the Zetas specialize in horrific brutality.  Now that the Zetas have muscled their way into more turf and more influential networks, how will that reshape the geopolitical paradigm?  What with the effect be for Mexican citizens and for those on both sides of the border?   This is not a good turn of events.


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 12:21 PM

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It seems to me that as Mexico's economy evolves, so do its drug cartels. Just as businesses expand and take monopoly over smaller ones, it looks like the same process is occurring with cartels. My educated guess would be that this is not just a coincidence, but rather the two are strongly correlated and interconnected. Though I  am not an expect on the topic and there is surely much to be researched, I believe that advances in infrastructure such as the Internet, telecom, and freeways (to name just a few) benefit both the legal economy and illegal cartels by being utilized and exploited in the same manner.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 1, 2015 7:16 PM

I've often wondered why the government can't get things under control in Mexico.  These cartels are awful!  Mexico will never get better till the Zetas are put out of operation.  Its also come down to supply and demand.  Until we stop demanding drugs then I guess they will keep supplying them to the US.  Legalizing pot has to put some sort of crimp into the supply/demand of it in the US.  I wonder what the dollar amount is?  The news out of Mexico about the brutality of the cartels scares me into not visiting Mexico.  It has to have some impact on tourism.  

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 6:14 PM

After reading the article and learning that just one cartel alone runs in more than half of Mexico is astounding. For one cartel to place it's mark like that must mean something bad in this case. They also seem to be much more brutal because the article says that violence gives them advantage over a rival gang Sinaloa who uses bribery. That is probably how they gained so much advantage over others. They probably get their violence because they are mostly ex- spec ops soldiers. With expansion into South America, middlemen are eliminated, which in turn makes more profit for the two prominent cartels. Also, because of our stepping up on border enforcement, the cartels have expanded to overseas where the market is more open. 

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Syrian forces clash with defectors as aid worker killed - World - CBC News

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A top aid worker was shot dead in Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, as activists reported deadly clashes elsewhere between government forces and army defectors.
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ExxonMobil says workers accounted for in PNG landslide - World (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The company behind the $15.7 billion LNG project near where the landslide occurred says it's too early to determine the cause, but also says it can account for all of its workers.
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'Berserk' India driver kills nine

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A bus driver smashes into traffic and pedestrians at high speed in the western Indian city of Pune, killing nine and wounding 27.
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At least 15 killed in fishing boat attacks - UPI.com

Gunmen fired on three fishing boats in the Philippines' troubled southern region, killing at least 15 fishermen, army officials said.
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AFRICA: Miracle Tree is Like a Supermarket

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When a food crisis hits the continent, African countries tend to look to the
international donor community to mobilise aid.

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Today's Agriculture and Food Security News - Global Food for Thought

Today's Agriculture and Food Security News - Global Food for Thought | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Today's top stories on global agricultural development and food security issues. ... Rice is currently the staple foodstuff for more half the world's population, with more than 1 billion people depending on rice farming for their...
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The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

A pint-sized Darth Vader uses the Force when he discovers the all-new 2012 Passat in the driveway. This award-winning commercial first aired during the 2011 Big Game.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip - a love story not unlike Kate and William

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With Queen Elizabeth getting ready to celebrate her 60th year on the throne, it’s a good time for a romantic look back at the beginning of the young (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip - a love story not unlike Kate and William
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EU agrees Iranian oil embargo

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Foreign ministers' deal in Brussels could lead to soaring fuel prices and Iran closing the strait of Hormuz (EU agrees Iranian oil embargo | World news | The Guardian http://t.co/dPZ2Xad9...)...
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Does democracy stifle economic growth?

TED Talks Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth -- leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back?

 

This compelling TedTalk explores the links between economic development and governmental style, oversight and influence.  While the speaker mainly discusses politics and economics in the context of China and India, Pakistan, Russia, North and South Korea are all mentioned.      


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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 21, 2012 11:11 AM
Democracy can stifle economic growth. War will definitely stifle economic growth. North Korea doesn't look like they're going to stop fighting South Korea, if only they would combine their lands, they would probably be a much better nation as one.
Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 2:17 PM

For Americans the idea that democracy can be anything but sunshine and rainbows is a hard pill to swallow. There is evidence that supports the contrary. Although democracy has the moral high ground, authoritative governments can grow at a faster rate because it does not have to address resistance where democracy fosters debate and dissent. In India, millions of people will not agree on everything and therefore progress can be slow going. 

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Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class

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Apple once bragged that its products were made in America. But it has since shifted its immense manufacturing work overseas, posing questions about what corporate America owes Americans.

 

The economics of globalization are at the core of this article, Apple just happens to be the case-study.  Why are iPhones not produced in the United States?  While it would be easy to simply cite cheap labor, it is more complicated than that.  Unfortunately for those hoping to rekindle American industry, the problems run deeper than that.  The ability to recruit sufficient highly-trained engineers, flexibility and speed in production are all factors that are decisively in China's corner at the moment.  Big picture, how are these economic factors reshaping the world we live in? 


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Harbin Internat'l Ice and Snow Festival 2012

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The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has been held since 1963, interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985. Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province, in northeastern China. 

 

Captured in this photoessay are grandiose, yet ephemeral landscapes.  Why construct these monumental landscapes?  Like the fleeting World Fair landscapes, how do they transform space and place? 


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Just in case you've never seen it, this is my favorite "horrible dancing" video.  Filmed in over 40 countries, the dancing is just a silly prop for the realy unfolding drama.  The gorgeous cultural and physical landscapes literally take center stage in this production.  The cultural icons, environmental settings and social context within which these images are spliced make this more than just "fluff" piece to distract the students.  It's a clip that can instill a desire to travel the world over to gain more geographic knowledge. 


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Lanastasiou's comment, January 30, 2012 2:13 PM
very funny video and it was interesting to see how each culture has their unique style of dancing!
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World News - UN rights chief: Charge or release Gitmo detainees

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The United States is still flouting international law at Guantanamo Bay, despite President Barack Obama's election pledge to shut the facility, the United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday.
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Police under attack in Bahrain

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Angry Shia youth attack police after cleric's sermon (RT @ceoDanya: RT @TariqAlGargawi: " @Absology: Police under attack in #Bahrain http://t.co/gcPioetz"...)...
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'US raid' frees Somalia hostages

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Two foreign aid workers kidnapped by suspected pirates in Somalia last October are freed in a US military raid, officials say.
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SMS Gaming in Africa (Mobile Entertainment Africa Conference)

SMS Gaming in Africa is growing at a huge rate across the continent.

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Human Trafficking Around the World: The Global Reach of Modern-Day Slavery! - Caribbean Media Vision

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Human Trafficking Around the World: The Global Reach of Modern-Day Slavery!Caribbean Media VisionHowever, with this growth, negligence in social issues has also increased with rapid speed.
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Mexican strike on Sinaloa cartel

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Soldiers in Mexico arrest alleged members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and kill one of its regional leaders, Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia.
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Huge solar storm to shower Earth with radioactive particles - CNN.com

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The largest solar storm for seven years is expected to send a shower of radioactive solar particles racing towards Earth at almost 1,400 miles a second this week, according to NASA.
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The Thinker, one of the most famous works of art in the world, comes home to Stanford's Cantor Arts Center

The Thinker, one of the most famous works of art in the world, comes home to Stanford's Cantor Arts Center | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Auguste Rodin's The Thinker returns to the Stanford campus after a two-year loan to the North Carolina Museum of Art.
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