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20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors

20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors | Human Geography |


On 7 April 2014, Rwanda commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi. The events of 1994 continue to cast a long shadow over both Rwanda and the international community .As the world remembers along with Rwanda, it is important to reflect not only on the lessons and legacies of the genocide itself, but also the role of Western donors in supporting Rwanda’s transition to a peaceful and more prosperous future.

Aimee Knight's insight:

What happened in Rwanda 20 years ago is horrifying, but what is even more so is the lack of help provided by the rest of the world. We all turned our backs on Rwanda and sacrificed them in order to give us peace and justify our actions or, more correctly, lack thereof. As we look back to those terrible events of the past, we must also remember our shortcomings, what we could have done and how we can work to prevent this in the future. 

WalkerKyleForrest's curator insight, April 8, 2014 9:35 AM

I believe that it is great that they continue to commemorate the  horrible events that people had to undergo it is a constant reminder that will hopefully prevent future genocides from happening that would lead to the death of many. KYLE CASWELL

BandKids13-14's curator insight, April 8, 2014 7:55 PM

The genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda 20 years ago was just terrible. Many innocent people died just because of their ethnicity. The US should have intervened and helped the Tutsis, but they did not. The US just sat back and as if nothing was happening. We should no longer sit back and watch, we should take action to help prevent genocide. ~Makayla Cauley

Matthew Richmond's curator insight, November 4, 2015 7:53 PM

I wrote a paper on this country for a course I had at RIC. Rwanda, 20 years removed from genocide, is actually doing better that I expected. They have a national day of remembrance for the victims, which I thought was great. Better to acknowledge those atrocities to ensure that they never happen again, than pretend they never happened. As of 2014, 54% of the Parliament was comprised of women, who are doing a terrific job of trying to "fix" the country. This article focuses on the aide they received following the genocide.

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Emotions in More than One Language

Emotions in More than One Language | Human Geography |

When bilinguals' childhood lacks of affection, they may prefer to express emotion in their second language.

Via Stacy Drinkwine Hauser
Aimee Knight's insight:

Language is a beautiful thing. What you cannot express in one, you can in another. When we attach memories to a certain language, it either pushes us away from it or draws us in. I think that as we push for a global language, we also push for little cultural diversity and a lack in ability to express ourselves. We lose the very things that make each of us unique. Knowing another language is wonderful and has shaped the cultures we see everyday. 

WalkerKyleForrest's curator insight, March 21, 2014 10:22 AM

Many children are forced to learn a different language from what they grew up with. With this setback, many of their feeling cannot be seen, in a negative way. But as  they accomadate to their languages, they can begin to comprimise and solve problems, live happily ever after.

BandKids13-14's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:24 AM

I have met people that aren't from America that speak Spanish, and when they get mad or excited then they speak in their native language. I didn't know that some people didn't do that. It's weird that some people switch languages while they are mad or excited. My mind doesn't even work that fast on my first language. It's amazing how the human mind works.


shamlabeth's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:35 AM

In some cases when people are able to speak more than one language and they are in pain, in trouble, are sad, or are angry they some times use other languages then the one they grew up learning. Sometimes it is easier expressing yourself using a foreign language. Using a foreign language sometimes  helps expressing yourself easier .~Amanda

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The Beginning of the End for Suburban America

The Beginning of the End for Suburban America | Human Geography |
The Beginning of the End for Suburban America...


A provocative title, but are our cities and urban settlement patterns shifting?  Is sprawl going to be curtailed by cultural, environmental and economic forces?

Via Seth Dixon
Aimee Knight's insight:

Over the years, Americans have been attracted to the "big city life" and all that goes with it. They chase down this dream that they know nothing about. This seemingly overrated lifestyle has suited some, but many, as we are seeing now, have discovered that the fast-paced life is not for them. In large numbers, people are beginning to desire the simplicity of life away from the constant streams of people and traffic. This change in trend contradicts the trends of previous years. We have worked so hard to build the large cities we have now, but was it all for nothing?

The Kingdom Keepers's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:10 AM

When suburban areas starting increasing, it had several advantages- Bigger homes, better education, a yard to call your own. These advantages are beginning to be shadowed by several factors that are actually pushing people out of these suburban areas and changing the urban pattern in our cities. Will people start to swarm in the central business district, or will rural areas reign? -Brooke

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 15, 2014 1:34 PM

This article shows how trends in energy consumption and the economy can affect geographies of development. After WWII, the United States hit an unprecedented economic boom. Large amounts of cheap oil combined with economic growth spurred the development of infrastructure and cities dependent on automobiles. Since people no longer had to live in the cities to work in them, they began developed outside of the city. Today, oil is becoming more and more expensive, which could mean the end of the age of the automobile. Since cities remain to be hubs of employment and business, people can no longer afford to drive long distances for their daily commutes. People are beginning to move into cities or along public transportation lines in order to more feasibly get to work. 

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, January 29, 2015 2:39 PM

Over the past 10-15 years, the suburbs grew dramatically, and have become less popular.  In the early 2000s it thrived because the economy was doing well, and technological advances were in hyper speed.  I was a bit shocked that it's slowed and that it's being reported that suburbs are coming to an end, but then it it started to make sense.  The unemployment rate was extremely high, as were gas prices.  It only makes sense that less people would be building or buying larger home with bigger cars and more appliances.  But, it was possibly better for our environment.  Less miles being driven means less pollution by cars, less electricity being used never hurts.  But now, gas prices have dropped again, and the unemployment rate has dropped as well. But, today we have so many alternatives to gasoline run cars and common electricity, that even if suburbs made a huge comeback, they wouldn't be the same as they were before.

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Cleaning Services Leads | Janitorial Leads |

Cleaning Services Leads | Janitorial Leads | | Human Geography |
Commercial cleaning services is an industry that's all about making connections and both ways is exactly how those connections should go.

Via Pamela Delaney
Aimee Knight's insight:

When we think of the "important" services in our society, cleaning and janitorial services does not noramlly some to mind. While they seem to be insignificant and really do not matter, they are bigger than they seem. In our ever-expanding world, even the smallest of servicecs provides a network of jobs that are necessary to cater to the needs of citizens. Sometimes, the underdog can make the biggest difference. 

WalkerKyleForrest's curator insight, February 4, 2014 9:08 AM

Janitorial services are greater than many think. Without these cleaning services, many functions cannot be carried out within a school, business, or anyother public area. If a business does not have the financial ability to create there own janitorial service than they pay a janitorial based business to make more for them. There isnt a well known campus or workplace that does not have a janitorial service within it. WALKERR

BandKids13-14's curator insight, February 4, 2014 9:30 AM

It is great that the cleaning service (at least some) care about your needs and what you want. You want a cleaning service you can count on and trust to clean your buisness or home. I'm glad there are dependable reasources that you can find notable cleaning services.


Hafiz Tayub Shaheen's curator insight, May 10, 2014 12:52 PM

LMF Free Classified  is an online Pakistan Free Classified website.You can post free classified ad with out registration on LMF and buy and sale everything through LMF. LMF provides online classified jobs , as well as newspaper Jobs.

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Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target - Bloomberg

Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target - Bloomberg | Human Geography |
Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target
Most known reserves of fossil fuels will need to stay unburned to stop temperatures rising beyond a United Nations target that seeks to curb climate-change dangers.

Via Luster Class 2, The Crew
Aimee Knight's insight:

With enough global cooporation, the "Climate Target" is undoubtly a goal we can meet. I think it is wonderful that the world is being exposed to the truth that we can't last much longer at our current rate. For so long it was "okay" to waste energy, but, as the effects are beginning to show themselves, we know otherwise. In my opinion, we should be doing whatever possible to make this target a very real reality.

The Crew's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:01 AM

The ability to reach this Climate Target is very much in our reach, and the people of our nation need to exert the maximum amount of effort to achieve it. In order to minimize the burning of fossil fuels, everyone must band together to decide that this is a worthy cause and thoroughly restrict their usage of nonrenewable resources. -Hannah

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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | Human Geography |
In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.

Via Rebecca Cofield, BandKids13-14
Aimee Knight's insight:

I understand the predicament that commercial farmers find themselves in as they grow larger and larger. People who used to think about the quality of the food first have shifted their focus to the quantity of the product. With this change in mindset has come a change in the way we measure the success of a farm. We are starting to pay more attention to how fast they produce food and the income they make for it. The men and women who wish to have "all-natural" or "organic" farms are starting to see that going that route is not economically sound and begin to use pesticides and GMOs. Farmers like Mr. Thompson should be commended for looking for a way to consider the environment while ensuring that their farm is strudy financially. To answer the question, no, big farming does not always mean bad farms.

shamlabeth's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:06 AM

in my opinion big farming isint really a bad thing its just a bit over powering on some lands.but other than that it really dosent matter how big you farm as long as you arent killng the envirment or harming people in the process. some people worry about an over food supply and i just think if your so concerend give some to the people who dont have anything theres plenty to go around.-shelby

BandKids13-14's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:09 PM

Growing crops on a big farm can have its goods and bads. A bad is that you will have too much crops and area to tend to. But, a good is that you will have enough crops to make quite a few money off of and you wont have to worry about going hungry.The one thing i do not agree with in this article is growing GM foods.In the article he said that he would like his farm to be organic, but he just went with the flow and used GM seeds.If he wants it to be an organic farm, then just do it!~makayla

ethanrobert's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:24 AM

To answer the question, big farming does not mean  bad farming. Many people hold the belief that commercial farmers use GMO's in their crops that affect human health in the long run, when there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. GMO's and commercial farming are both good things, becuase commercial farming has the potential to feed the world, which ultimately leads to political power, and GMO's help the crops by preventing diseases. ~ Ethan.

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Fears of sectarian genocide in Central African Republic

Fears of sectarian genocide in Central African Republic | Human Geography |
The BBC's Paul Wood in the Central African Republic reports on fears that sectarian conflict between Muslims and Christians could result in genocide.


The UN has warned that the Central African Republic is heading toward a humanitarian disaster, as people fleeing conflict between Muslim and Christian militias pack into overcrowded camps with poor sanitation. Paul Wood in the capital, Bangui, reports on fears that sectarian violence will end in genocide.


Men armed with knives and clubs were striding down the dirt road, purposefully. They were Christians and they had discovered that one of our drivers was a Muslim.


They stole the four-wheel drive vehicle he had and started to take him away.


They were vigilantes known as the anti-balaka, or "anti-machete".

Via Ngozi Angeline Godwell
Aimee Knight's insight:

Reading this article breaks my heart for the people of the Central African Republic. I don't understand how someone can be so cruel as to lead and participate in these large-scale massacres. Genocide is something that, however evil and destructive it is, can be found nearly everywhere - either large-scale or small-scale - in some way, shape or form. We constantly talk about the ways we can prevent these atrocities, but talking is just about as far as that effort goes.

shamlabeth's curator insight, April 8, 2014 10:23 AM

It sad that genocide is still going on as we speak. That men just came up to a car and when they found out the driver was Muslim they took him out of the car and started to take him away. Also, a man just went up and punched a teenager for no reason is unacceptable.-Amanda

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Exit polls show Crimea votes for secession

Exit polls show Crimea votes for secession | Human Geography |
Russian media says exit polls show 93 percent of voters elected to join Russia, in a move the West deems illegal.

Via Seth Dixon, Rebecca Cofield
Aimee Knight's insight:

While everybody argues over whether or not the referendum complies with international laws and peace treaties, we have to ask, is it right? Does one country have the right to take control of another? We teach our children not to bully one another, and then Russia goes and bullies the people of Crimea into agreeing to secede. What are we teaching people? What messages are we sending to young people by saying that this is okay?  We are spreading the word that it is okay to threaten others into cooperation. If we allow for acts such as this to go unpunished, how can we guarantee that something much worse will not be in our foreseeable future? 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, March 16, 2014 8:16 PM

Well what does this mean.

Ukraine crisis: U.S. rejects "bogus" secession vote in Crimea, citing Russian meddling


Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, March 17, 2014 2:30 PM

Seth Dixon's insight:
The vote wasn't a surprise, but it now means there are more questions than answers about the political future of Crimea, both regionally and internationally. Also is interest is how this impacts Turkey, which feels kinship with the Crimean Tatar population. Historically they've been Black Sea rivals and Turkey was a key NATO ally during the Cold War. However since the fall of the the Soviet Union they've improved diplomatic relations and Turkey is reluctant to damage relations with Russia. We all know by now that the majority of Crimean residents speak Russian as their native language, but what's the linguistic geography of Crimea look like at a at a different scale?

BandKids13-14's curator insight, April 3, 2014 9:56 AM

Russia is just a big bully. If Crimea joins Russia will Russia want to take over other places in the Ukraine? Will they have enough power then? Why do they even want Crimea? How will they benefit if Crimea goes over to Russian power? Will the Ukraine allow Crimea to ever join Russia?


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China vows to support development of other developing countries - Global Times

China vows to support development of other developing countries - Global Times | Human Geography |

10 November 2013 | China vows to support development of other developing countries Global Times Xi said China always supports international development, and is willing to work with the UNIDO, within the framework of south-south cooperation and in the win-win...

Via Jane Coffin, BandKids13-14, Greg Hill
Aimee Knight's insight:

I think it is awesome that China is aiding in the development of other countries even while they are not totally "developed" themselves. The fact that they are not so all-consumed by their own progress to reach a helping hand to those who need it should inspire countries, such as the United States, who have reached a high point on the development scale, to see to the needs of countries who are not quite at the some level. Maybe we can all learn a lesson or two from the underestimated nation of China.

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Natural gas fuels bright outlook for further emissions reductions

Natural gas fuels bright outlook for further emissions reductions | Human Geography |
We know that burning natural gas for electricity reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60 percent compared to coal-fired power generation – that’s a major factor behind the historic drop in U.S. emissions highlighted by the U.S.

Via BandKids13-14
Aimee Knight's insight:

Well, in a world full of bad news, this is quite encouraging! The supposition that our world is beyond hope seems to be overruled by this bright outlook for our future. Knowing that we have a chance to reduce the harmful emmisions of our current factories should be the very thing that makes us strive to reach this goal. We've always been told that we cannot reverse the damage we have done with the high amount of greenhouse gases that we emitt, and maybe we can't, but we definitely can make a difference for the people of the future.

BandKids13-14's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:25 AM

The energy industry is one that we rely heavily upon to power cars, lights, phones, and other things. With that being said, we need to switch to a cleaner way to produce this neccesary energy. Natural gas produces nearly 70 percent less emmissions! Along with the fact that less fuel is needed for more efficiency, this may be just the thing the energy industry needs.~Justin

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China air pollution from space

China air pollution from space | Human Geography |
Speaks for itself, doesn't it? NASA: When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image on December 7, 2013, thick haze stretched from Beijing to Shanghai, a distance of about 1,200...

Via Thomas Faltin
Aimee Knight's insight:

Honestly, I find this apalling. How anyone could know the risk factors and continue doing something like this beats me. I understand that factories are "necessary for industry", but how far will we go clinging to that excuse? When the air gets to be so unhealthy that you can see it from a satalite in space, things need to start changing. Citizens of China more often than not walk through town wearing face masks so as not to breathe in the dangerous chemicals. This is a major problem that needs to be fixed. We cannot afford to wait until our earth reaches the point where we can never go back to the way things used to be to make a change in our habits.

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Migration in America - Forbes

Migration in America - Forbes | Human Geography |
More people left Phoenix in 2009 than came. The map above visualizes moves to and from Phoenix; counties that took more migrants than they sent are linked with red lines. Counties that sent more migrants than they took are linked with blue lines.


I've sent this link out before, but Forbes now has four articles attached to interactive mapping tool that analyze the data (including one by geographer Michael Conzen).  Also the new data has been added and the visualization has also been improved...very cool features with tremendous amounts of teaching applications. 

Via Seth Dixon
Aimee Knight's insight:

This article shows the efficiency of United States citizens in the area of finding a home based on their own needs. When a family moves from one city to another within the same country, it is normally due to financial problems or to better accomadate the family as a home. Once their hometown can no longer support them adequately, they move, and once that place goes downhill, they move again. Americans chase after the ideal life through internal migration and it seems to work.

Rachael Johns's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:21 AM

In this day and age we see more people migrating then staying. People move for numerous things, a trend that causes a lot of migration is when people retire they move to southern Florida. They get tons of sun rays and meet a lot of people their age there. Another reason people migrate is for jobs. If their job tells them they have to move across state they do which causes more migration. ~R.J~

AmandaWilhiteee's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

The map is what originally attracted me to this article, but I must admit that the actual article was very interesting. Lots of the moves were from Phoenix, Arizona. Why people moved from Phoenix was not information that was disclosed in the article, but because of that, it made me wonder and want to learn more about this topic. AW :)

Nolan Walters's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:30 AM

I've seen something like this before.  More people leaving a location than entering it.  Something may have caused them to move, Push and Pull factors are both in this.  Job opportunities or the extreme heat of Phoenix may have caused them to leave.  It shows that most people went to the Northeast, where it is cooler and has more people.