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Bangladesh: Facing the Challenge

Global warming does not impact all areas equally, and in the future the less environmentally resilient countries will be at increasingly at risk.  Bangladesh, as a flat area prone to flooding, is especially vulnerable to anthropogenic climate change.  However, Bangladesh has implemented many changes in the cultural ecology to make sure that they are using the land differently to strengthen their environmental resilience.     

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Crissy Borton's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:08 PM

When I think of innovation Bangladesh is not a place I think of. Yet they are coming up with innovative ways to deal with the global climate change. It is sad they are so effected by something they did not cause. 

Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:29 PM

It was inspiring to see people in Bangladesh use ingenuity to adapt to climate change. Considering the nation's vulnerability to the effect of climate change, the introduction of solar panels, rain water harvesting and other techniques is essential. Maybe if other countries had the same sense of urgency, we would be making greater progress in terms of reversing climate change.

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An African Trader And The Perils Of Business In China

African traders have congregated around the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in recent years. For one trader, success came quickly — but it was followed by a rude awakening as he negotiated his deals.

 

This NPR podcast provides a glimpse into the inner working of how the global market is spurring interregional interactions. 

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Planting Rice

Thailand...

Feel free to mute the commentary...this video demonstrates the truly 'back-breaking' work that is a part of paddy rice farming. 

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Donald Dane's comment, December 10, 2013 7:20 AM
this video of Thailand shows just how different life styles are throughout the world. Americans for instance wouldn't be found dead doing this type of labor work. that goes to show just how shallow americans are and how incredible these people are for doing labor of this nature. planting rice is not only a life style they pick to do it is a life style they must do. with rice being Thailand's prime export and an ideal location for rice paddys this "job" isn't actually a job its a must do. these women spend hundreds of hours a week doing this.
Brett Sinica's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:11 PM

When you look at Thailand from satellite imagery, it looks as though much of the country has a tannish color which you would think is dry and has less vegetation compared to neighboring countries.  The country actual has quite a bit of rainfall, and the suspect for all the dry-looking areas is farming fields for things such as rice.  This is serious manual labor with constant bending and speedy methods.  Though in a culture, and broader surrounding region that uses rice so frequently in their meals, having these type of farms is necessary to everyday life.

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:03 AM

Just watching them work makes my back hurt. I feel terribel for them, but it is their job. I wonder if there are any machines or tools that they can use to get their job done more uickly and easier. Agriculture started off just like this. It was only people planting and doing all the work, but now in there are machines used for this new generation of agriculture. It's just sad that many countries still can't afford all these tools or machines. So unfortunately, people do have to physically hurt themselves or go through some sort of pain just to get things done. But this video makes me appreicate more where my food is coming from, because the foods that I buy does come from all over the world.

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Burma: Motorcades and Dictator Disneyland

Burma: Motorcades and Dictator Disneyland | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Neil MacFarquhar, The Times's United Nations bureau chief, shares his ambivalence about covering the exotic global travels and diplomatic efforts of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, particularly in closed nations like Myanmar.

 

Times as April 2012 as seen the military junta of Myanmar open up towards representative form of governance, paving the way for the country to one day become Burma once again.  This video provides insights into the isolated make-believe world of the military junta.  Why would moving the capital to the interior to Naypyidaw be significant?  

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Violence rages in Sudan-South Sudan conflict

Violence rages in Sudan-South Sudan conflict | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Fighting continues along the border of Sudan and South Sudan this week. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan said the latest attacks amounted to a declaration of war after more bombs were dropped on his country. 

 

This is a poignant photoessay from the Boston Globe. 

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Tsunami of Change Hitting Burma!

Sometimes the news can be good news! The historic April 1st election in Burma that saw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy win 43/45 parliamentary seats is being hailed as the first free and fair elections for 50 years!

 

This is a current perspective on the many changes transforming Myanmar back into Burma.  For more by John Boyer, see: http://www.plaidavenger.com/

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Crissy Borton's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:52 PM

Wow I think this guy may have drank way to much coffee before making this video J  He is very excited about the changes in Burma although he should be it sounds as though this country is pretty much changing overnight

Al Picozzi's curator insight, November 26, 2013 8:02 AM

It is amazing to see the kind of changes he has mentioned especially after military rule for about 50 years.  But you have to be careful as in all things.  Look at this article from BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12990563 Even though the changes have been made the military still holds some significant power.  It holds the most powerful ministires in the country and well as having 25%of the seats of both chambers of the parliament reserved for themselves.  In time if these restricitions are removed I think that sanctions could be removed a little at a time.

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Doctor Outlines West's Role in India's 'Brain Drain'

Fitzhugh Mullan, a professor of health policy and pediatrics at George Washington University, says the West undertrains doctors and nurses, creating a vacuum — "an irresistibly appealing vacuum to ambitious, well-trained people in the developing...

 

The best educated Indians are incredibly well-suited to migrate to other countries for better-paying jobs in other regions.  What are the interregional impacts of this process? 

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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:19 PM

This must be a challenging issue for India to address. More people from the country are being educated at top medical universities, but they are not returning to the country to live and work there. This affects India's ability to advance its economy but also the health of its citizens. In a way, it reminds me of Rhode Island, where many well-educated and talented young people leave for jobs in other states after going to college in Providence.

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Healthcare Problems in Developing Countries

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At least 20 tools that might help you curate something

At least 20 tools that might help you curate something | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

If you are looking for a deeper look into curating, it can be found. I want to build a curation tool, so I am working my way though my backlog of pinboard links about curation. Here I have a list of all the tools I can find that would be considered curation tools.  Curating, blogging and critiquing can be excellent forms of student projects. 

 

Curating Tools (My personal favorites):

 Storify : http://storify.com/

 Scoop It : http://www.scoop.it/

 

Blogging Tools (My personal favorites):

Blogger: http://www.blogger.com

Wordpress: http://www.wordpress.com

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com

Posterous: http://www.posterous.com

 

 Additional Curating Tools:

Stellar : http://stellar.io/

Bundlr : http://gobundlr.com/

Curated By : http://www.curated.by/

Thoora : http://thoora.com/

Postpost : http://postpo.st/

Snipi : http://www.snipi.com/

trap!t : http://trap.it/

scrible : http://www.scrible.com/

faveous : http://www.faveous.com/

memonic : http://www.memonic.com/home

Bag The Web : http://bagtheweb.com/

 

And more at Rumproarious : http://goo.gl/TxQSn


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Seth Dixon's comment, February 8, 2012 9:56 AM
I was just telling my students to find digital resources to curate news for a semester long project...glad to find this.
Karen du Toit's comment, February 9, 2012 4:17 AM
Thanks!!
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@Seth Dixon, Ph.D.

Glad that it is helpful for You and your students. So students can also use different tools and later compare...
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Daily Show: America's Problem with UNESCO

John Oliver tries to understand why America has cut funding for UNESCO.

 

While the Daily Show is hardly "typical" news reporting with it's humorous, biting critique (warning: some strong language).  This video very effectively highlights the hypocrisy of the United States' decision to cut on funding for UNESCO (after UNESCO voted to admit Palestine as a member state).  To see part two of the video: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-15-2012/march-15--2012---pt--4 ;

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The promise of Russia’s urban middle class

The promise of Russia’s urban middle class | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
New generation rejects Kremlin corruption.

 

This op-ed by Condolezza Rice points to the importance of the emerging young urban Russian demographic as the key to increasing democracy and reducing political corruption in Russia.  

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White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton

Up to one third of Uzbekistan's workforce is made to labour on cotton farms; denied ownership of the land they work, and forced to labour without reasonable ...

 

The environmental impact of the Uzbekistan cotton production is high.  For more information on the problematic nature of the cotton industry in Uzbeistan, see: http://www.ejfoundation.org/pdf/white_gold_the_true_cost_of_cotton.pdf

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France makes it harder to become French

France makes it harder to become French | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
France will be making it harder for foreigners to seek French citizenship as of January. Critics say the new requirements, which include tough language tests and allegiance to “French values”, are an electoral ploy that panders to the far right.

 

Tighter immigration policies often correspond to the election year cycles as politicians recognize that the changing cultural profile during economic struggles has political currency.   

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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, March 16, 2013 7:23 PM

This seems unsettling after reading the article "NYTimes-No Babies? - Declining Population in Europe." It seems like some countries are paying for certain ethnic groups to have babies while telling others to "get out." Borderline ethnic cleansing-esque?

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6 hours in Jakarta

Sure it's a camera commercial,but it provides a stunning look into life in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. 


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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:52 PM

This commercial is a beautiful and authentic look at Jakarta. I love the detail you gather from the piece-- from the bicycles to the fish market to the man selling watches. It gives you a sense of the people who inhabit the city as well as the culture, economy and infrastructure of Jakarta.

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Environmental Concerns and Local Responses

These photos and text document the plastic pollution on Damon Slough Beach and the air and water purification efforts by Urban Biofilter.
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Myanmar's Isolation Gives Way To A Flood Of Visitors

The rapid pace of political change in Myanmar in the past year — capped by the recent election of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament — has tourists and foreign investors rushing to the country.

 

So many tourists want to see the change come to the democratic institutions of Myanmar to become a politically just Burma.  And yet, they also nostalgically want to keep Myanmar in a non-globalized state.  In what can be called the paradox of progress, many westerners want an idealized pre-modern state. 

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Elizabeth Allen's comment, December 6, 2012 10:05 PM
What a transition. Burma is now free. After suffocating under military rule, Myanmar now has the chance of progressing politically and economically.
Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 5:40 PM

This article touches on something I've always thought about when considering tourism and development. Many of the cities and places I like to visit I go to because of there charm and lack of robust tourism culture. This is a bit of a dual edged sword. Cities and countries stand to gain considerable wealth from the expansion of their tourism industry. But, part of me wonders if something else is also lost. 

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 5:03 PM

Due to rapid pace of political change in the last year tourists and foriegn investors are flooding into Myanmar. The country went through 50 years of brutal military rule and isolation that has left them stuck in time. What has been so heartbreaking for the people of Myanmar has is they same thing that makes it attractive and appealing to tourists and brings them now pouring in. Many of the tourists like it there because it hasnt been "ruined" by corporations and fast food chains yet.  

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Boxing in the Shadow of Pacquiao

Boxing in the Shadow of Pacquiao | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Young men in the Philippines, inspired by the light welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, are training to escape poverty, boxing for a few dollars more than they make as subsistence farmers.

 

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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 28, 2012 7:38 AM
It's going to be hard to get noticed after a great boxer Manny Pacquiao already made it. Boxing is a tough sport and it's growing to be less and less popular over the decades. I understand what the men are doing to make money, but I don't know if getting hit in the head for a living would be a great career choice.
Brett Sinica's curator insight, December 10, 2013 12:51 PM

This guy is super quick, he has seen his day but he is surely a legend especially in the Philippines.  When it is hard for people in poverty to have in interest in something, due to lack accessibility or other reasons, it is good to have someone to look up to.  Pacquiao can act as role model to not only people in poverty, but for anyone who is willing to work hard to succeed.  I have always believed that sport can bring anyone together, but resources such as a ball or equipment may be hard to come by.  Boxing is great in this situation, all you essentially need is your body and something to hit.

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Canada & India in Images

Canada & India in Images | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
I'm participating in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. Here's 7 photographs I've taken on my travels that make me think, dream, laugh and more.Thank you for reading. Please visit Breathedreamgo or stop by my Facebook page at Breathedreamgo.

 

These are some great cross-regional images.

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Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 8:14 AM

The picture of  Kangchenjunga mountain in this has to be seen in person to be fully understood. Cameras haven't been able to do a good job of capturing the sheer scale of mountains in my experience. I'm reminded of how large the mountains in Crete seemed to be, to the point where I often mistook them for clouds on the horizon. Those mountains were hills compared to Kangchenjunga.

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“India: A Sacred Geography” and “India Becoming”

“India: A Sacred Geography” and “India Becoming” | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
“India: A Sacred Geography” by Diana Eck and “India Becoming” by Akash KapurWashington PostIt's most unusual to see geography as primarily a construct of the human imagination, but that is precisely what the scholar of Hinduism Diana Eck attempts...

 

India is both an ancient place steeped in tradition and a place poised on the cusp of modernization and development. 


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Epidemiology and geography of Schistosoma mansoni in Uganda

Climate, terrain and sanitation all play a role in the distribution of this disease.  This is a link to a scholarly article that aims to use geography to inform preventative policies to create a healthier population.    

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RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has sh...

 

How can empathy lead to environmental, political and sociological improvements within the context of globalization and technological advancements?  Can we extend our empathy from our family and nation to all of humanity and the physical environment that we inhabit?     


Some have argued that technology was created a generation that is less empathetic, more selfish and less emotionally connected as they are increasingly technologically connected.  See: http://chronicle.com/article/Generation-Me-on-Trial/131305/

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Life inside the den of Somali pirates

Somali pirates seek haven in Eyl, the capital of Puntland, where support for piracy is widespread. But who exactly is benefitting from the million dollar ran...

 

What is life like in a village that is a haven for pirates?  The cultural, political and economic situation is dramatically different from where most of us live. 

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Matt Mallinson's comment, October 31, 2012 9:16 AM
After watching this video it seems there is no quick end to all the piracy. They are much stronger because of the amount of guns they have, and all of them are very capable of using them.
Brett Sinica's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:52 PM

It's sad to see the lifestyle in the areas plagued by pirates.  There are even videos of young kids being interviewed with questions such as "what do you want to be when you grow up?"  They respond with "a pirate".  The lifestyle is almost recognized as a rebellious hero in some aspects; you ride around on boats, with big guns, and get to do some very risky things to get rich and powerful.  Sounds like an interesting action movie, but in reality it is an extremely illegal and dangerous lifestyle.  These people put their lives on the line to not just be powerful or rich, but to survive.  In some cases it is a way out of the poverty and jobless way of life, yet when people need to survive, they can do some not-so-friendly things.

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In Uganda, Kony Is Not the Only Problem

In Uganda, Kony Is Not the Only Problem | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

While the evil methods of men like Mr. Kony are easily understood by millions, the politics so crucial to sustaining their brutal campaigns are harder to grasp. Mr. Kony sees himself as a liberator and he’s always had allies in unlikely places.


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Fighting for Iraq: A regional powerplay

Fighting for Iraq: A regional powerplay | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Learn more about the ethnic, religious and political powerplays in and around Iraq during a virtual tour of the region led by NBC’s Richard Engel.

 

This is an incredibly well-put together, video/slideshow about the complex geography of within Iraq that has lead to so many difficulties in the post-Saddam Hussein era.  The ethnic patterns, religious divisions, spatial arrangements of resources as well as the larger regional context all play roles in creating the a contentious political environment.

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Elizabeth Allen's comment, December 6, 2012 8:35 PM
I have always felt that Iraq is very complex. And it is. However the videos shed some light on clarifying what most of the turmoil is about.
Crissy Borton's curator insight, December 11, 2012 5:33 PM

I enjoyed this video. I never really understood why these groups were fighting. It was an easy video to understand and I learned that the fighting is not just about religious but cultural differences as well. 

Stacey Jackson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:03 PM

Although I try to keep up with world events, Iraq has puzzled me. This was spectacularly helpful, although I still don't feel like I have the full picture. For instance, I understand that three ethnic groups were forced in to a new country, Iraq, after World War I and that the country has been in turmoil ever since. However, these ethnic groups were all a part of the Ottoman Empire before there was an Iraq, so why did the trouble start after the formation of Iraq?

 

These ethnic groups had their own provinces within the Ottoman Empire. I'm assuming these groups thought they'd establish their own separate nations after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, but were not given the chance to decide for themselves since Iraq was a product of "European powers." If this is accurate, then European nations have a horrible track record when it comes to dictating foreign boundaries that lead to unrest abroad. 

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Canada: As immigration booms, ethnic enclaves swell and segregate | News | National Post

Canada: As immigration booms, ethnic enclaves swell and segregate | News | National Post | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
More than 600 newcomers per day have arrived in Canada since 2006, and many of them have settled in neighbourhoods like Richmond, B.C.

 

Globalization has changed North American ethnic patterns as fewer European immigrants are migrating to Canada, and more are coming for Asia.  Not surprisingly, the urban areas are the regions were this pattern is most pronounced. 

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 9, 2013 8:36 AM

This is what is happening in the U.S. also.  As globalization continues more immigrants from non-European countries are heading to the US.  The old ethic neighboors, the little Italy for example, are still there but there are not many Italians left.  Most left the inner cities for the suburbs, much like in Canada.  Amazing to see similar patterns in different countries.

Cam E's curator insight, January 29, 10:39 AM

The idea of ethnic enclaves themselves have an interesting commentary of sorts on the current political climate. It's been said time and time again in recent years that diversity is to be celebrated and encouraged, but we can see very clearly that some people do not wish to live in diverse neighborhoods and would rather live with people very similar to themselves. Even the capital of Rhode Island, Providence, is segregated in this sort of way.

 

Maria Lopez's curator insight, February 6, 12:08 AM

As mentioned above, I am not surprised that many of the migrants coming into Canada are flocking towards the urban areas. Not only is the rent cheaper but it can also represent a social hub for migrants to get together and socialize. The biggest surprise to me was the ethnic makeup of the migrants. I would have not imagined that such a large population of Asians would be migrating to Canada because I know that many United States corporations are leaving overseas to find cheaper laborer. Apparently, employment is not the only factor that determines whether a person is willing to stay in a country or not. The chance of a new life, better working conditions, etc. are strong motivational factors for a person to start over. While their reception might not be so welcome, they are adding to the economy and to the diversity of Canada.