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.
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?
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.
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...
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
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.
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?
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?
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.
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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