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Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway

Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway | Masada Geography |
London to New York City by car? It could happen if the head of Russian Railways has his way.

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Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, April 1, 10:28 AM

I cannot see a superhighway, as proposed here, ever coming to fruition.  There are too many countries involved, first off.  Secondly, this would take massive amounts of coordination and planning and Russia, western Europe, and the U.S. cannot agree about a little strip of land in Ukraine, never mind agreeing on specifics for a 13,000 mile long highway.  It is interesting to look at and dream of but I cannot see it happening.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 6, 11:05 PM

This is an interesting idea.  But it seems like one would be in the car for three weeks to get to London.  I wonder what kind of towns would pop up after Fairbanks.  If it's going to cost trillions, where would the return come from?  Who would get the return on the investment?  If Russia is willing to fund this then why don't they fix the areas of Russia that need help.  

Louis Mazza's curator insight, April 21, 1:13 PM

Talk about a highway connector. Russia has plans that builds a superhighway, which would be the world’s largest. This could happen if Russian Railway head, Vladimir Yakunin has his way. He wants a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link the countries eastern border with the United state of Alaska. By crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea, which separates Asia and North America geographically. Russia is calling this a “future zone” and it must focus on leading technology. And they have the right idea

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The Threat We Pose To Antarctica

The Threat We Pose To Antarctica | Masada Geography |
ROSS ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.

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The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism

The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism | Masada Geography |
Researchers are heading to Dharavi, Mumbai, to study the impact of slum tours on the residents.

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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:36 PM

I don’t find nothing right about tourist visiting the slum, I feel that the tourist are violating there privacy. They are human being not some historical landmark. If the tourist are not helping this people why are they going? If you are going to visit this places do it because you want to help them, not because you think is interesting their way of living.

Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:57 AM

Moral questions are always fun. Personally I don't think going to see slums is all that exploitative in itself, but I would make a distinction between guided tours that cost money, and self-directed tours though. In a guided tour you are paying money to walk through a community and view what life is like for those people, but in a self-directed tour you are just another person walking down the streets and viewing whatever you stumble upon. There are plenty of tours within neighborhoods of different economic value the world over, but these tours are scrutinized because the people touring are as wealthy, or less wealthy, than the people living there. I don't think that a poor community changes this dynamic in an immoral way, as the perceptions of which group is superior come from the own minds of those who feel uncomfortable with it.


Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:41 AM

This article rises in interesting question.  Are tours of slums exploitive or beneficial to the slum dwellers?  On the one hand the tours could feel like exploitation and the tourist is viewing attractions at a “zoo”, on the other hand it brings people far removed from slum life in contact with it and can change people’s point of view on the slums.  It can be beneficial if the tour guides donate money to the slums or jobs are sought by slum dwellers to become tour guides.  The question is should slums be hidden away from view or opened up to tourists so that they can see the hardships first hand.  I think that this is an issue that is not clearly black or white; there are many shades of gray involved in this issue.