I look at this article and think, "perfect timing". Within the last few decades, the United States was a destination to make dreams come true and raise a family with a healthy income. That was a time where jobs and opportunities were arising within the states, so in an immigrants perspective, why not make the trip? Now, in 2013, things are a little different. The middle class is not as affluent as before, and people tend to be struggling compared to previous years. Instead of saving for a summer vacation, it's saving to make the car payments and inevitable bills at the end of each month. Immigrants obviously recognize this and making the trip becomes less and less appealing, and then there's a curveball... The economy is improving south of the border as well as the ability to raise a family. Why risk criminal activity and especially one's life when there are opportunites right at home? Another issue to note is the severe risk when crossing the border. The United States has cracked down on it's boundaries with the advancement in technology and manpower, but that's only a problem if the extremely powerful cartels are bypassed on the Mexican side.
This is actuallty very believable considering the population growth that China has experienced. It only makes sense that the more people there are, the more meat will be consumed. It is part of their cuisine to include meat. Pork and chicken are among many of the popular proteins which are found on their dishes. There is also the expansion to go along with all of the growth. The landscape of the eastern part of the country has become more agriculturally accomodating for crops and livestock alike. Therefore to match the trend of growing population, is the need to match it with meat and other foods.
Maybe a few decades ago this would be outlandish, but United States and Cuban relations have become much less tense compared to the Cold War era. The risk they posed in the previous century is stabilized now, their alliances show little harm to the U.S., if any at all. It is also interesting to see more Americans making the trip to Cuban soil.One of them is Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel's show "No Reservations." His visit there helped show the viewers that Cuba is a country that has almost been sheltered in its own cage. His experiences show that within the nation there are genuine people and an amazing culture which foreigners can learn from as well as admire.
The article brings back memories of this past year and the Boston Marathon where the two bombers were found out to be from the Chechen region. Due to social networks and word of mouth, many people jumped to assume that the attack was because of "the Russians". Little was known about Chechnya and the people within the area, but it showed that in America at least, there was quite a bit of ignorance and assumption floating around. Even political figures and in news reports there was confusion of the exact boundaries and ethnic backgrounds that the region possessed. It shows the media gives people what they want to hear, and the listeners are seldom to do their own research to understand the truth.
Russia and its surrounding region has constantly been changing since the fall of the Soviet Union. New countries form and more ethnicities arise constantly and with all these new developments form even newer confusion. Many of these areas intertwine various languages, religions, cultures, and at times putting a barrier between them is nearly impossible. As reports unravelled, they showed actual conflict between Chechnya and those of the Russian capital, Moscow. There had been hostage situations and terrorist plots carried out by people suspected to be from the Chechen region and even the Russian president Vladimir Putin had grown angry about being apart of Chechnya. With all these events and learnings, it shows that some countries still have people and areas within its boundaries that have little known about them.
Workers at an ailing paper mill in Siberia are clinging to their jobs in the face of financial pressure and criticism from environmentalists.
The environment, industry and politics play key roles in this story of an old style Soviet mono-town on Lake Baikal. Monotowns had planned economies that revolved around one industry and today many of these are struggling in the post-Soviet era. While the particulars of the political situation are a bit dated, the overall issue is still quite relevant to understanding Russia today.
The story of this particular mono-town is very tough to "pick sides". The factory undoubtedly pollutes the air and land like most other industrial areas, but being so close to Lake Baikal gives environmentalists a stronger reason to complain. The lake is considered one of the purest and most unique in the world, yet the paper mill located on its banks raise controversy. This is where the locals and workers are stuck between a rock and hard place. Located in Siberia, such a vast and open region with little settlements compared to the western part of the country reminds the people living there that their resources are limited. Closing down the factory would almost eliminate income and economy for the mono-town. This is where the fine line is drawn; the workers surely aren't happy about the pollution and environmental hazards that go along with keeping the mill open, but at the same time the people could wither away if it wasn't up and running.
We all love chocolate. We all love diamonds and jewels. In western worlds, these items are easily come by in grocery stores and elsewhere, but what got them there was a challenge. People in poorer tropical regions around the world worked to get the raw goods of these delicate items we all enjoy. The payout difference is immense from cocoa to chocolate. It is sometimes a very crooked market where if it wasn't for the hard working people who get the raw ingredients, chocolate as we know it wouldn't be the same.
This is an incredible video because of the shocking footage of blatant disregard for worker safety. This can lead to an interesting discussion concerning how China has been able to have its economy grow. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?
This guy is crazy! This just happened to be captured on video but who knows the other stunts that workers go through in the country. The demand and speed of the jobs to be completed don't always take in the safety of the workers. The regulations that are set in place aren't enforced strongly, if at all, which is why you can see this guy dangling from a building. Yet at the end of the day, the job has to be done, and surely this man will not be going home with a bonus check even though he risked his life to keep up with the demanding pace set for the demolition job.
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