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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Bloomberg Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target Bloomberg 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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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