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Will Europe need Russian gas?

Will Europe need Russian gas? | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director at the IEA, says EU demand for Russian gas could pick up in the long term after falling for a number of years due to the global economic crisis and the availability of cheap coal.
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Lives shattered by Typhoon Bopha

Lives shattered by Typhoon Bopha | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
The BBC's Kate McGeown visits the devastated province of Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines, after Typhoon Bopha left a trail of destruction and human tragedy.

 

 

S.R. Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines with over 600 people dead and 800 missing.  This is a perfect example of how the physical geography can have a significant effect on life in a country or region.  People are still searching for missing family members and elaborate on the stench from the dead bodies.  They also lost contact with many fishermen at sea.  The typhoon affects the economy in the Philippines along with the terrain and physical geography.  A large natural disaster sets the country back and diminishes the economic, social, and political aspects.

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Drone 'killed al-Qaeda commander'

Drone 'killed al-Qaeda commander' | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
A Kuwaiti militant who was one of al-Qaeda's top commanders, Khaled bin Abdul Rahman, was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan last week, sources say.\

 

S.R. Drone strikes have increases since President Obama took office in 2009.  The strikes are dangerous and currently cause a social uprising in Pakistan.  The president has a crucial impact and makes the decisions to veto or approve the strikes.  An Al Qaeda military commander was killed in the latest strike.  Even though the U.S. has not confirmed the death, the strikes cause various conflicts.  Are these strikes the most efficient way to target enemies?  Should the U.S. consult other options in Pakistan?  The violence will intensify as these conflicts occur.  

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Superstorm Sandy's toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents

Superstorm Sandy's toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore last night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. Thirty-three people are known to have died in the U.S. and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67.

 

S.R. Hurricane Sandy had a significant impact on the northeast and is a perfect example of the dominant aspects of physical geography.  Social media also played a key role during the storm.  It is unbelievable to watch the constant flow of information from the news to twitter.  The local authorities worked hard to clear streets and keep families safe in New England.  Which hurricane had a more significant impact Sandy or Irene?  We can compare the aftermath and physical geography of both storms.  

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War of billions: Afghanistan now

War of billions: Afghanistan now | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
A look at key indicators over decade which followed the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001.

 

S.R.  It is interesting to look at the change and progress in Afghanistan since U.S. operation to remove the Taliban in 2001.  The increase in education has resulted in female attendance as well as male attendance.  On the other hand, the death toll is currently extremely high in Afghanistan.  Could the increase of education occurred without the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan?

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Euro crisis turns German-speaking Italians against Rome

Euro crisis turns German-speaking Italians against Rome | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
South Tyrol is Italy's richest province, a largely German-speaking part of the country that has autonomous status, but now the euro crisis means the Italian government wants to cash in.

 

S.R. In regards to the lecture on Europe, this article portrays the different cultural differences and tension between the Germans and Italians.  Is Separatism the asnwer to this conflict?

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Manhunt after Mexico jailbreak

Manhunt after Mexico jailbreak | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
More than 130 prisoners are on the run in Mexico after a mass breakout from a jail close to the US border.

 

In regards to the Mexico lecture illegal Mexican immigrats are significant  problem due to the unstable economy.  I found this article interesting due to the jailbreak.  Now the U.S. had to worry about criminals trying to flee to the U.S.

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9/11 Memorial: Keep the tributes, we must honor the dead with the truth

9/11 Memorial:  Keep the tributes, we must honor the dead with the truth | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it

We need to uncover the truth about 9/11 so we can honor them, give some meaning to their deaths, and bring healing to our nation.

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Seth Dixon's comment, October 2, 2012 12:14 AM
You've done well suggesting things to the class page...please include them here as well.
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Moderate growth for Australian economy

Moderate growth for Australian economy | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
Australia's latest gross domestic product figures show that economic growth is slowing but remains stronger than in most advanced economies.

 

S.R. Gross domestic product rose 3.1% in the third quarter, compared to the same time a year earlier but has slowed to 0.5% in the last quarter.

The Australian Federal Reserve Bank is forecasting consistent GDP growth of around 3% for 2013, far higher than in most advanced economies.

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Chinese octuplets spark debate

Chinese octuplets spark debate | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
A debate on surrogacy and equality has arisen in China after it emerged that a wealthy couple in Guangdong are being investigated for having eight babies - five by surrogate mothers.

 

S.R.Surrogacy and equality has stimulated an ongoing debate in China.  Families are forced to adhere to the one child policies.  As mentioned in class, the rich and elite families can pay an extensive tax in order to have multiple kids.  Therefore anti surrogacy law also create debates in China.  Agencies still operate online.  Are these policies justified or do they need to be revised?  What impact do more children have I China?  These policies play a key role in China and impact families on a regular basis.   

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Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa trade

Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa trade | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
As more Africans settle in the UAE there are business opportunities to cater for this influx and trade with their homelands.

 

S.R. Sub-Saharan Africa is currently becoming a dominant area for long term trade.  There are over eight hundred million people who stimulate trade and revenue due to small independent businesses or large companies.  The GDP reflects the five percent increase and success.  The major dilemma consists of long term economic stability in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Will the government support and fund small business?  Are there enough serious opportunities to help the low unemployment rate?  Will dominant countries like India support or get in the way of Sub-Saharan trade and economy?

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Youth unemployment in the Arab world

Youth unemployment in the Arab world | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
BBC Arabic spoke to a group of young men and women from different Arab countries about the challenges they face in the job search.

 

SR The unemployment rate is significantly low in the Middle East.  Some college graduates can't even get an interview for the career that they are looking for.  The poor job market in the Middle East is a result of the poor economy.  Most countries are members of OPEC and rely on oil to stimulate their economy.  Most college graduates are looking abroad for careers and considering graduate school as a possibility.  Most people don't even get a chance to get a college degree due to the poverty rate in the Middle East.  They are forced to start working at a young age in order to support their families.  Even college graduates do not have the funding to start their own small business.  On Monday we talked about the OPEC countries that dominate in the Middle East.  Leaders are greedy and economic reform is needed across the Middle East.

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Europe's failure to integrate Muslims

Europe's failure to integrate Muslims | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.

 

The various cultural differences currently results in a clash between religious views throughout Europe. Muslims feel that they are deprived of religious views based on the laws passed that restrict religious symbols. As a result, the law stimulated a conflict within the Muslim community. I believe that this is due to the political instablity throughout Europe. Different religious groups need to be accepted and integrated to the communty. The governemnt should not interfere with and religious customs. The crucial problem is that Euopean governments do not tolerate diversity among the countries. Reform is necessary in order to promote religious freedom throught Europe.


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Geography Jordan & Danielle's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:18 PM

Religion: freedom of religion is not a law is some parts of Europe 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 2014 8:59 PM

The Muslim community was never really accepted in Europe looking back in history. Now more and emigrating and in mass numbers in certain areas.  While the European Union is a stronghold keeping Europe together, the argument can be made that the countries are falling apart in terms of identity, economy and production. A new wave of immigrants will not help increase their national identity and strength.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:58 PM

I feel that the rejection of any attempt to integrate Islam into European society is, at least in part, a reaction to the declining native population of most of the major Western European nations. They are attempting to keep anyone they cant assimilate out, while insuring that any Muslims that they can assimilate are dressing and acting close enough to the existing culture so as to blend into their native population.

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IPS – Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Brazil’s Favelas | Inter Press Service

IPS – Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Brazil’s Favelas | Inter Press Service | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Brazil’s Favelas - Organic agriculture is a growing trend in big cities around the world, including Latin America, and no...

 

In regards to the lecure on Latin America favelas have a crucial impact on the economy in Brazil.  It is interesting to look at the impact urban agriculture in Brazil.  Will this sector help stimulate Brazil's economy?

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Hetch Valley Measure Pits Bay Area Against Environmentalists

Hetch Valley Measure Pits Bay Area Against Environmentalists | Sean Rooney Geography | Scoop.it
San Franciscans will vote on a measure that could lead to the draining and restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley, and force the city to look elsewhere for most of its water.
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