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Asia - Area/Geography - Russia, China sign gas deal. Putin's Asia pivot gets huge boost.

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We chose this article for the area/geography category because it explains that recently, Russia and China have come to an agreement that Russia will now supply China with at least a quarter of Russia's annual natural gas consumption for over three decades starting in 2018. Russia will be spending $55 billion for the project and then China will be contributing another $25 billion. These spendings will go towards the construction of the pipeline and infrastructure needed to create gas fields in Eastern Siberia for the natural gasses.

EQ: In your opinion, do you think that it's a smart idea for these groups of countries to be agreeing to spend billions upon billions of dollars in order to share some of their natural gasses? Why or why not?

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Asia - Social - Social Media in Afghanistan Takes On Life of Its Own

Asia - Social - Social Media in Afghanistan Takes On Life of Its Own | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
A U.S.-financed network to connect Afghans across forbidding physical and cultural divides still survives three years after American funding ended.
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We chose this article for the social category because it describes a recent phenomenon with Afghanistan. For as long as people can remember, the Afghans have been resistant to a central authority because it is split up in so many cultural, religious, and tribal ways. But recently the United States funded a new social media network that allows millions of Afghans with cell phones to connect with each other and spread ideas that were never  before able to be spread outside of the country's capital.

EQ: Do you think this new service to the people of Afghanistan will benefit people more than hurt people? Do you think they will put it to good use to communicate with each other and the U.S., or do you think it will fall into the hands of some bad people and then they might try to use it to do harm to the U.S.? What do you think? 

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Asia - Economic - China Bad Debt Could Spark Global Growth Slump

Asia - Economic - China Bad Debt Could Spark Global Growth Slump | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Official figures look too low, and higher guesstimates hold scary implications
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We chose this article for the economic category because it explains that China's debts and bad credit scores have skyrocketed in recent years. Now, China's bad-debt levels are between 10 and 20 percent, which amounts to $1 to $1.9 trillion dollars. This has causes China's GDP rating to come to a hault.

EQ: If the United States' debt levels spiked in little time and we had to start borrowing everything from other countries, how could that possibly impact the citizens of the country and their daily lives? 

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South America - Area/Geography - South America Dryness Seen Slowing World Soy Stockpile Growth

Dry weather in South America means global stockpiles of soybeans probably will increase by a smaller amount than previously expected by the end of the season, Oil World said.
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With the recent large droughts, South America is experiencing a large drop in the number of soybeans being grown, but the same number of soybeans will be sold as in previous years. This is bad because the demand is still very high for the beans but the lack of water just isn't allowing the farmers to produce as much as people are asking for which could lead to serious problems in the near future if they don't get the water they need for the soybeans.

 

EQ: Would it be a good idea to limit the amount of soybeans that people can buy and announce that it's because of the drought for now? Or would it be better to allow people to continue to buy them until there weren't any left in the stores and tell them why? How would you approach the situation if you were in charge?

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South America - Intellectual - South America's first Apple store opens in Rio

South America - Intellectual - South America's first Apple store opens in Rio | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Some 1,700 impatient shoppers lined up for hours Saturday for the grand opening of Apple's store in Rio de Janeiro—the first official outpost in South America.
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After a lot of anticipation, the first Apple Store was opened in Rio, Brazil. The prices are still much higher than the U.S. store equivalents, but reports say that the prices will slowly drop down to correspond with the state of Brazil's economy to help sell more products.

 

EQ: Do you think the Apple Store's new opening will help South America become more mainstream with the company's set of cutting-edge products? Do you think many people will buy the products right away at the high prices or do you think they'll wait for the prices to go down first before they buy anything?

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Ally Clark/Mayse Thao's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:54 AM

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BraydenJulietteGeo's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:32 PM

cool article about social  in South America how apple is finally putting a store in rio for its costumers. People in South America have a high demand for apple products and are happy to finally get some outside company's putting store into their country

Viviana Abigail's curator insight, March 13, 2014 2:21 AM

This article falls under the intellectual category. The first official outpost in South America had their grand opening of Apple's first store in Rio de Janeiro. Although the Apple prices in Brazil continue to be very high, because of high import taxes in Brazil, they are expected to gradually come down.

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South America - Social - Brazil celebrates the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janerio

South America - Social - Brazil celebrates the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janerio | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Hundreds of revellers from around the world dressed up as Carmelite nuns to celebrate the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
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On Saturday, the city of Rio de Janeiro started celebrating the first day of the Brazilian holiday, Carnival. For almost a week, most businesses stop working entirely because everyone attends the festivals to watch the performers and listen to the music.

 

EQ: Do you think the United States should have a holiday similar to Carnival in Brazil? Do you think more or less people would want a holiday like that? Why?

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(Area/Geography: Mexico) Mexico's Robust Wind Energy Prospects Ruffle Nearby Villages in Oaxaca

(Area/Geography: Mexico) Mexico's Robust Wind Energy Prospects Ruffle Nearby Villages in Oaxaca | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
The breezes of Oaxaca, Mexico, harbor vast amounts of energy, but large wind farm projects in the region have divided residents of the small villages in their path.
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There's an idea spreading around parts of Mexico about installing wind turbines along the coast and around other places in the country to make use of the strong winds, but also to use a better form of electricity. Most citizens are for the change, but some people are against it, especially the fisherman because they believe the vibrations from the turbines will disturb the waters and make their fish go away. But besides the fisherman, everyone seems to think that it would be a really good idea, since installing the wind turbines would generate 33,000 megawatts, which is 4.5 times as powerful as the largest U.S. power plant.


EQ: Do you think all of these wind turbines would save countries money even though they would cost millions to contruct and set up? Would this amount of natural electricity make a noticable cut in money lost from other forms of electricity?

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(Intellectual: U.S.) Invention of Tupperware

(Intellectual: U.S.) Invention of Tupperware | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Fascinating facts about the invention of Tupperware by Earl Tupper in 1945.
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Tuppaware was envented by Earl Tupper in 1942. It is made from pliable, attractive, and very long-lasting synthetic polymer. It is to this day a household name. It is used everyday to preserve food. It was a revolution in food storage. 

 

 

 

EQ:  How has tupperware affected the United States since it's creation in 1942?

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(Social: Canada) National Seniors Council explores adverse effects of social isolation

(Social: Canada) National Seniors Council explores adverse effects of social isolation | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Members of the National Seniors Council (NSC) met today in Toronto with seniors' organizations, service and health providers, as well as researchers and practitioners from across Ontario, for the first of a series of cross-Canada round tables...
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The National Seniors Council (NSC) met in Toronto to discuss the big problem with social isolation in seniors and how that affects them as well as their enviroment, including their jobs, family, friends and workplaces. They interviewed many seniors and the majority of them said that they would like to participate in more "social activities". The NSC proposed some ideas, and on October 1, 2013, the government of Canada made an investment of around 2 million dollars for projects to adress and help fix the problem of seniors' social isolation in Canada.

 

EQ: Do you think seniors in Canada will be grateful for this help from the oranization to help them be less isolated? Or do you think that they will just hate the intention and feel like they're unable to do things by themselves because of this?

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Asia - Intellectual - US faults India on intellectual property theft, but seeks trade growth

Asia - Intellectual - US faults India on intellectual property theft, but seeks trade growth | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Despite strained relations, Washington is seeking a rapid expansion in two-way trade
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We chose this article for the intellectual category because it explains how the United States has been criticizing the country of India for failing to curb it's intellectual property theft. After this, a US diplomat from South Asia went to a meeting and it was decided that the U.S. wanted a two-way trade for goods and services between the U.S. and India that will pass the initial spendings and increase that money by 5 times in the next decade.

EQ: What are the pros and cons of a two-way trade of goods and services between two very large countries? Are there more pros or cons in your opinion?

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Asia - Religion - INDIA Religious violence and lies about development behind Modi's great victory - Asia News

Asia - Religion - INDIA Religious violence and lies about development behind Modi's great victory - Asia News | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it

In a careful analysis, Puniyani Ram looks at India's recent election and its Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi. The BJP's nationalism is strong wherever religious hostilities are intense. A call for change to the election system is in order.

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We chose this article for the religion category because it explains the recent lies that were told by a new political leader Narendra Modi, and it was discovered that they weren't telling the truth about religious freedoms and part of the community is now against the leader.

EQ: If a political leader in the U.S. lied about freedoms and cold, hard facts, and the public found out about it, how would you react? What would be going through your mind? 

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Asia - Political - Study: Rampant Violence Against Women in Politics in South Asia - India Real Time - WSJ

Asia - Political - Study: Rampant Violence Against Women in Politics in South Asia - India Real Time - WSJ | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
As India’s weeks-long federal election continues, the fear of violence prevents many women from participating in the political process, according to a new study.
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We chose this article for the political category because it discusses the issues women face in India when it comes to their participation in government and politics. More and more women are voting for political elections but less and less are actually running for office anymore. This is because more than 60% of women are afraid that they'll face violence if they participate in politics.

EQ: If this happened in the U.S., would you try to do something to counter it and make women feel more comfortable in the political spotlight? 

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South America - Religion - Mysterious mummy ritually sacrificed

A previously unidentified female mummy was killed in a ritual sacrifice in South America, new research has found.
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Recently, a team of scientists was able to scan and study an ancient South American mummy. It turned out to be a female that was killed in a ritual sacrifice more than 500 years ago. Her skull formation turned out to be similar to previously discovered Inca skulls from South Africa.

 

EQ: Why would a South American woman be killed in a ritual sacrifice and then preserved and mummified? What type of sacrifice would that be for?

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South America - Economic - Brazil's trade deficit soars in February: 6.3bn dollars if first two months of 2014

South America - Economic - Brazil's trade deficit soars in February: 6.3bn dollars if first two months of 2014 | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
Brazil recorded its largest February trade deficit ever, deepening a trade gap this year that underscores the lack of competitiveness from local industry. The deficit reached 2.125 billion dollars the trade ministry announced.
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In the first two months of the new year, Brazil's trade deficit has gone up to 6.3 billion dollars. Its Brazil's largest trade deficit in history, and its because of the big drop in demand for Brazilian exports. There's also been a major decrease in the amount of productivity among all the Brazilian manufacturers which isn't helping their situation. This event is causing many to worry about the worth of the Brazilian economy.

 

EQ: If we suddenly didn't need supplies from China anymore, how do you think that would effect their economy based around manufacturing? Would it end up like Brazil? Or would it go down a different path?

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South America - Political - US Vice-president Biden expected to address Venezuelan situation while in Chile

South America - Political - US Vice-president Biden expected to address Venezuelan situation while in Chile | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
US Vice President Joe Biden will hold talks with Latin American leaders about protest-hit Venezuela during his trip to Chile from Sunday for the inauguration of President Michelle Bachelet scheduled for Tuesday and which is expected to convene regional leaders.
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The United States VP is scheduled to talk with Latin American leaders in Chile about the anti-governmental protests occurring in Venezuela that has caused at least 3 deaths at this point.

 

EQ: Do you believe a government representative from another country should have to take responsibility for something that's happening in a country besides their own?

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Shayna and Kayla's curator insight, March 11, 2014 1:24 PM

This represents the political part of South America. Vice President joe Biden is expected to address Venezuelan situation while in chile. he will talks with Latin America leaders about protest hit Venezuela during His trip to chile for sunday and for successful resolution he said that they will need meditation by a third party.

Zoe and Eleanor's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:33 PM

Insight in what Vice President, Biden, plans to go over in Venezuela. He speaks about his concern about Venezuela. He hopes to discover a peaceful resolution to the conflict 

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(Religion: U.S.) Your Religion Is No Excuse for Discrimination

(Religion: U.S.) Your Religion Is No Excuse for Discrimination | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
The American marketplace should be open and free to everyone.
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A lady in the state of Washington refused to sell wedding flowers to a gay couple because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ". Now Washington has sued Stuzman, the lady who didn't sell the couple the flowers, and she's going to fight back with her own legal action. The argument of the state is that religion is something that belongs in churches and homes, not in public. They say that her religious beliefs weren't a good reason for her to deny the purchase since she shouldn't be expressing her beliefs in a public area where people are just trying to buy items.

 

EQ: Do you believe religious beliefs can be an excuse for controversies like this?

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(Economic: U.S.) October Consumer Spending Climbed Above Expectations

(Economic: U.S.) October Consumer Spending Climbed Above Expectations | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
The government’s report on retail sales should alleviate worries over spending in the holiday shopping season after the 16-day government shutdown.
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In the last few months, consumer spending has gone much higher than previously expected. Economists are saying that the government shutdown couldn't have had any impact on this boost of retail sales. They're also saying that the increasing home values and rising stock market prices are helping consumer spending a lot. Consumer spending makes up more than 70% of the economy, and history shows that increases in consumer spending gets followed up by an economic recovery.

 

EQ: If consumers spend a lot and that gets the economy back on track, why do you think the economy crashes every once in a while? What causes that if it's not because of consumers?

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(Political: Canada) New immigration rules could cost taxpayers $21B: Fraser Institute

(Political: Canada) New immigration rules could cost taxpayers $21B: Fraser Institute | North America - South America - Asia | Scoop.it
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A new program in Canada allowed 25,000 "parents and grandparents" into Canada in 2012 and 2013. The organization's program will supposedly let another 20,000 of these parents and grandparents into the country in 2014. It's a form of immigration for the elders of Canadian residence. It's a really weird process though, for the Canadians bringing their elders into the country need to prove that their elders won't need financial help from the country for at least 20 years if they want to be allowed into Canada. The kids of these parents and grandparents gain the term "sponsors" since they have to show that they can make enough money to support themselves as well as their elders for those first 20 years of them being in the country. It sounds like a good idea, but it may cost the taxpayers between $21 billion and $40 billion.

 

EQ: Is it wrong for a country to charge its residence billions of dollars in tax money so they can bring their relative into their country? Why or why not?

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