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Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers

Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Report details deaths of 964 workers from Nepal, India and Bangladesh from cardiac arrests, falls and suicide

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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 1:03 PM

Do migrant workers have the same rights as native workers? This continuing set of issues from Qatar brings that question to the forefront as they prepare to host the 2022 World Cup.

Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 28, 7:05 PM

Migrant workers often represent the minority group in a particular country, such as Qatar (in this example). As such, migrant workers often have little rights or worker securities that most often accompany other workers and protect their rights; however, with the current immigrant explosion in Qatar as a result of the booming oil industry, it is easy for these migrant workers to be exploited and unaccounted for. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 1:48 PM

While places like Qatar enjoy huge economic growth and are undertaking equally huge developments, worker exploitation has also risen. Of the nearly 1000 migrant worker deaths over a two year period, the fact that most of them were from either "sudden illnesses", falls, or suicide suggests that working conditions are abysmal. The article also outlines how the entire structure of recruiting and employing migrant workers has allowed these deaths to occur.

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Aerial housing photographs show stark division between rich and poor in Mexico

Aerial housing photographs show stark division between rich and poor in Mexico | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
A new advertising campaign is seeking to draw attention to the gap between the wealthy and the poverty-stricken in Mexico by showing how they co-exist in disturbingly close proximity.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 3, 1:21 PM

The pictures show the deep divide between rich and poor in Mexico. These settlements are built to the point where luxurious condos share a wall with decaying slum housing. The roads do not connect the areas, showing how these places were constructed separately by to distinctly different communities. While the proximity between sections shows that sights, sounds, and smells most likely carry across the two sections, the rich area looks as if it has no idea what lies directly beyond their walls. The fact that the rich areas are literally walled off from the rest of the surrounding area says a lot about the deep economic divides found around the world today.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, October 5, 9:42 AM

This photo is amazing! Not only does it show the great differance between the rich and the poor but it also shows how Mexicos social class exists. It looks like a before and after! The grass really is greener on the otherside.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 9:02 AM

Right away from looking at this picture, you can tell which side is which. I didn't even have to read the article yet to find out where the wealthier people lived and where the not so wealthy lived. The colors stood out the most to me. In the picture on the left, it is clear that this is the not so wealthy part in Mexico. The color is just filled with dark and gloominess, mostly shown in gray. The houses are also pushed very closely together. On the right side, it appears that this is the richer side of Mexico. Although the houses are closer together like the picture on the left, they are colorful. They have firm built roofs and appear to be built and taken care of much better. Something else that gives you the sense of which community is more rich is the cars. There is a whole line of cars in the right picture while in the left picture we see a few here and there. The right picture also illustrates lawns. We slightly see some grass in the left, but it is clearly not as well taken care of as the lawns in the right picture. This picture was done as an advertisement to draw attention to the gap between the two different communities. The campaign goes by the name "Erase the Differences" and hopes to get people to realize the differences in poverty that are right in front of them.

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'Neo-Andean' architecture sprouts in Bolivia

'Neo-Andean' architecture sprouts in Bolivia | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

"Brash, baroque and steeped in native Andean symbols, the mini-mansions are a striking sight on the caked-dirt streets of El Alto, the inexorably expanding sister city of Bolivia's capital."


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Miroslav Sopko's curator insight, May 27, 9:10 AM

Nový architektonický štýl?

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 27, 12:34 PM

The resurgence of old-style architecture in developed places is shown in this article. The New-Andean style of architecture showcases bright colors and traditional patterns of the natives in South America is gaining popularity once again. Old styles of living and architecture had been fading for many years, but are now coming back into popularity after many Native groups have revived their traditional cultures and ways of life. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 23, 11:29 AM

As indigenous Bolivians moved from rural areas to the larger cities, they were able to establish themselves and become successful and eventually wealthy. They are now using their wealth to build opulent mansions that reflect their cultural heritage. Their new manors are blend of modern with traditional Aymara culture, symbolizing the Aymara's economic and political rise. 

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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 2, 7:45 PM

Not really primary geography but so interesting!

Woodstock School's curator insight, June 4, 6:05 AM

A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 9:38 PM

Geografia Cultural

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Collective amnesia prevails in China 25 years after Tiananmen Square

Collective amnesia prevails in China 25 years after Tiananmen Square | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Hu Jia is under house arrest again in Bobo Freedom City, his Beijing apartment complex, as he often is come late spring.
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French Lingua Franca

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The world's most commonly spoken language in 2050 might not be Mandarin Chinese, English or Spanish. Parlez-vous Français?
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World War I's lasting bootprint

World War I's lasting bootprint | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world.
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Craze for hamster bottoms hits Japan

Craze for hamster bottoms hits Japan | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
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What does this say about Japanese cultural beliefs, language, and norms?  Why does this happen in Japan and not in Brazil?

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‘Chasing Down Death’: India Seeks Answers on Premature Mortality

‘Chasing Down Death’: India Seeks Answers on Premature Mortality | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
For the Million Death Study, researchers are interviewing families that lost loved ones at an untimely age to look for explanations.
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23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life.

During their time with these people, they asked them to pose for photographs with their daily diets in front of them. The craziest part about the entire project is the caloric intake difference between people of different walks of life.

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What Are the Biggest Immigrant Groups in Your State?

What Are the Biggest Immigrant Groups in Your State? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Last month, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 super-simple maps of my own creation. As a follow-up, I’ve written up a bunch of short items on some of those maps, walking through how I created them and how they succumb...
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Day 1: A Shared Journey

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Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration.
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What Language Does Your State Speak?

What Language Does Your State Speak? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Last month, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 super-simple maps of my own creation. As a follow-up, I’m writing up short items on some of those maps, walking through how I created them and how they succumb to (and hopefully...
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What interesting discussions we can have based on these maps!

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America’s most gerrymandered congressional districts

America’s most gerrymandered congressional districts | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
A brief overview of crimes against geography in the 113th Congress.

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Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 29, 10:04 AM

This concept is used to favor certain political parties in certain areas. There are rules like the ditrict has to be all connected but they can manipulate the redrawing to make it that a certain party still wins that district.

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 12:29 PM

A showing of the gerrymandering districts of the most absurd kind.

Gerrymandering bases itself off the place of the districts in an attempt to sway voting in favor of one party or another or even for the most equal by dealing with similar human characteristics.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 30, 3:15 PM

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The Ship-Breakers

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In Bangladesh men desperate for work perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.

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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 20, 1:32 PM

I'm not even really sure what to say about this besides the fact that is very unfortunate.  Well off countries send their old cargo, tanker and other large ships to poorer countries to be broken down for a lot cheaper than it costs them to have it done in their home country.  Since safety doesn't take priority in countries such as Bangladesh the cost to have a ship pulled apart is a lot cheaper.  These people have an extremely dangerous job, the falling steel, the gas buildup causing fires and other general unsafe working conditions lead these workers to have the potential to die every day.  There job is basically to take apart a ship that was meant to be indestructible.  Doing this is extremely dangerous.  The problem seems to be that these people in Bangladesh need the jobs so bad that they can't so much worry about the possibility of death, as long as they get their check at the end of the week.  Not only are there unsafe working conditions for these workers but the toxic chemicals that are used in the construction of these vessels are getting into the environment and creating more problems for Bangladeshi's down the road. 

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 6:18 PM

Ship scrapping is a very symbolic business. Desperate countries pick at the leftovers of an incredibly lucrative globalized business, scavenging what money that they can from an industry that would otherwise have nothing to do with them. Bangladesh's ship scrapping business is incredibly dangerous and the workers make an incredibly small portion of the profits. Some of the poorest people in the country take part in ship-breaking and they risk catching on fire, falling, getting crushed, or suffering in the long run from the different pollutants involved with the industry. These large ships are unable to be processed in an efficient manner, which is another reason why the hard work is left to those that absolutely have no other option. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 5:17 PM

Little government oversight into working conditions in Bangladesh attracts many companies who use the country to perform dangerous jobs for a low price. The local workers are exposed to dangerous work environments for little pay, and safety concerns are ignored and downplayed to avoid attracting attention to the situation. This lack of concern for workers also led to the collapse of a garment factory last year.

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NAFTA an empty basket for farmers in southern Mexico

NAFTA an empty basket for farmers in southern Mexico | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

"When the agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect in 1994, it removed nearly all trade barriers between the countries. Among the industries affected was agriculture, forcing small Mexican farmers into direct competition with big American agribusiness. Cheap American corn – heavily subsidized, mechanized and genetically modified – soon flooded the Mexican market to the detriment of local farmers.  As U.S. farmers exported their subsidized corn to Mexico, local producer prices plummeted and small farmers could no longer earn enough to live on."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 28, 9:06 AM

International trade agreements are usually discussed at the national level.  "NAFTA benefits Mexico" is a commonly heard saying because trade with the United States and Canada strengthens the manufacturing sector in Mexico.  Even if there is an overall benefit to a country, there are always winners and losers for different regions, economic sectors and many other demographic groups.   Farmers in southern Mexico were certainly a sector that struggled mightily under NAFTA.


Tags: Mexicosupranationalism, industry, place, agriculture, food production,

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 29, 11:44 AM

The American agricultural industry has been highly subsidized by the government to create interest in farming and food production. This causes problems for America's neighboring countries' resident farmers. The Mexican corn farmers are struggling mightily with the influx of cheap American corn into Mexico due to the open trade policies created by NAFTA. Some tariffs or new economic regulations must be created to protect Mexican corn farmers and regulate the amount of cheap American corn that is flooding Mexican markets. 

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, September 29, 12:44 PM

With all the good we thought NAFTA did for the three countries involved, I feel that sometimes we overlook the bad.  Southern Mexico has felt all negative affects from NAFTA.  While the northern states in Mexico are able to keep up with the advanced agricultural processes that America has, the south is unable to.  The old techniques and lack of machinery prevents the south from having any possible competition with the north as well as America leaving the south to become extremely impoverished and potentially unsuitable for any living.

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China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

 

He says there's a debate about the long-term consequences of China's push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism?


Tags: Africa, development, China, industry, economic, podcast.


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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 3, 12:55 PM

The Chinese are leaving China and venturing to foreign lands for work and to get away from the Chinese people.  In Africa the Chinese have been going to work on jobs, a lot involving infrastructure in countries.  These assignments are usually short, a year or two, but many of the Chinese are deciding to just stay in Africa instead of going back to China after their working term is up.  They note that in China they can create and sell something then a few days later you have ten other people selling the same exact thing that you just created, and that doesn't seem to be happening in Africa, giving them a fairer advantage to what they are selling.  Africa however isn't too sure about the Chinese coming with their business.  They want a better relationship with China and for China to follow the rules that they have laid out about conducting business in their countries.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 10:40 AM

Is good that China decided to make business outside of its territories. With this plan, they are helping they own economic, but also improving other people lives with the airport and highway.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 4:05 PM

Though the age of European Imperialism has long since ended, China is beginning to realize the benefits involved with economic expansion into other countries. "More than a million Chinese citizens have permanently moved to Africa, buying land, starting businesses and settling among local populations." Many are worried that this push into Africa could lead to extreme exploitation and disparity among native Africans while China solely benefits. If you compare this scenario with what is occurring in Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia, it would seem that China is there specifically for its own benefit. 

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World Cup 2014: Bosnia 'ladybirds' carry nation's hopes to Brazil after new tragedy strikes - Telegraph

World Cup 2014: Bosnia 'ladybirds' carry nation's hopes to Brazil after new tragedy strikes - Telegraph | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Twenty years after football school was founded during Yugoslav civil war its pupils are preparing for first World Cup and helping country deal with new disaster
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For Black Kids in America, a Degree Is No Guarantee

For Black Kids in America, a Degree Is No Guarantee | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
A new study shows that African-American college graduates face unemployment rates nearly twice as high as others with the same education.
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Does race matter in America?

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As if Catastrophic Flooding Wasn't Bad Enough…

As if Catastrophic Flooding Wasn't Bad Enough… | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The waters drowning Bosnia have unearthed thousands of land mines.
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An outstanding examination of how conflict, ethnicity, and politics complicate the clean up from this devastating natural disaster.

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E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts; hummus, dips, walnuts recalled

E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts; hummus, dips, walnuts recalled | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Several cases of E. coli infection linked to raw clover sprouts have been reported, the CDC said Thursday.
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How does commercial agriculture increase the potential for widespread contamination?  Food for thought...

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Five Cities, Five Solutions

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Forget the megacities. When it comes to innovation, small- and medium-sized cities might be our civic labs for the future.
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Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too 'Happy in Tehran'

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Six young Iranians were arrested and forced to repent on state television Tuesday for the grievous offense of proclaiming themselves to be “Happy in Tehran,” in a homemade music video they posted on YouTube.
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An interesting intersection of pop culture, religion, politics, and media...

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Meet Australia's Muslim Power Couple

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Susan Carland and Waleed Aly are both public figures in the Muslim Australian world and individually fight to break down stereotypes. Oh, and they are also young, married and pretty fabulous.
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Into Africa: China’s Wild Rush

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Africans are asking just what China’s billions in investment mean for their daily lives and political rights.
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