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NYTimes Video: "A Man's World"

NYTimes Video: "A Man's World" | MLC Geo400 class portfolio | Scoop.it
After three decades of war, Afghanistan is one of the world's widow capitals. They are ridiculed as prostitutes when they go shopping, and many are unable to rent their own homes.

 

Women are highly criticized in this country for being widowed and walking the streets alone. We know well enough by now that they are always accompanied by men and to be alone is almost like you are a prostitute or of little worth. What then, when your husband dies and you have no where to go, with no money, and no one to take care of you from harm? These women are left alone, sometimes with children that they have to feed yet they are deprived of jobs and houses. Widows in afghanistan equal up to two million. What happens with all of them? As seen in this video, many end up in shelters while they seem to get back on track. For many it is embarassing to admit that they live in a shelter. The fact that women end up in this predicament in the first place is sad. To not be able to mourn because you are too busy trying to survive is something that no one should have to do. Marriage continues to be the way out of poverty and isolation for these women. The wars have brough heartache and pain to these widows and it seems like the solution is not near at all.


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Putin calls for 'Eurasian Union'

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin calls for the formation of a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet republics, but says it will not be like the defunct USSR.

 

--Simply put it is in a way a good idea for al these former Soviet nations to come together in order to break the barrier. It is intelligent for Putin to say that there is no possible way to recreate something that is in the past, and if it were, why do that when you can make it better by taking only the concept? Politcally and economically, the aim to have a Eurasion Union could indeed serve as a positive effect and make this continent more appealing. Being able to link all these nations together and work hand in hand with them can possibly create more jobs within this continent that will create more products to be exported and likewise strengthen their economy. The fact that other nations such as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are considering in joining shows that there is enough in this plan to have more than one country consider. There are other nations however, who seek double meaning to the intentions of a Eurasian Union and also may not want to join their government and economy into one. There is always room for doubt but if it is for the good then this could have great potential.--M. Carvajal


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:16 AM

So is this just to compete with NAFTA and the EU on an economic level?  Or is this to compete with the EU on economic, political and military level, much like the EU's EuroCorps?  Putin states thie is not a return to the USSR, but Russia has always been weary with the growing of NATO and the EU on its borders.  How about if Turkey gets int the EU right on the Russian border?  This action might move thie bloc creation even more forward and Putin might become more forceful to its creation.  No that former KGB member Putin is foreful.

Paige McClatchy's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:26 PM

It is more than understandable that former Soviet satelite states are weary of any kind of union with Russia. However, some sort of treaty could benefit the block, particularly an arangement like the one already held between Russia, Belarus, and Kahzakstan. An agreement that would ease travel between the two countries appears to have little downside.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 5:11 PM

it can hardly be considered surprising that Putin wants another version of the USSR. every other major nation has some form of organization that it is a part of, and with Russia left alone it must now desperately scrabble for some alliance or union with any other nation.