The Arab world has the highest rate of unemployment among youth. This is costing Arab countries a lot of money. It is sad to hear that even though people graduated and have degrees, they cannot find any jobs due to the economi crisis. They say that with a degree, it will always bring you far. Well, at the moment, it isn't bringing the graduates anywhere. Nice article; I could feel what the graduates were feeling. Stephanie Cordeiro
After seeing this video, I am surprised that not many Mexicans are coming into the United States. I guess it does make sense however because the U.S border has become a lot more strict, making it impossible for Mexicans to come. It was nice to see the smiles on the children's faces. These people want to do well for them and their families; they are hard workers. Stephanie Cordeiro
This is awesome; I find it interesting that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Hawaii are monitoring when that mass will reach the U.S. West Coast and where it will go. It amazes me how even though this happened over a year ago, the debris is still in progress.
They said that the debris can break up and sink to the bottom of the ocean, so they will never be sure if that debris came from the tsunami or elsewhere; that’s the down part to it.
Living in Jakarta definitely would not work for me. I can't stand traffic for twenty minutes, and traffic in Jakarta can last an hour or more!! I can only imagine how aggravating it must be for the people in Jakarta.
I can understand that people would obviously think of other ways to beat the traffic, and if it means having to get money illegally, then that's what they'll do. If the government does not do something to improve this, it can only get worse.
Although this is terrible for that one shark, I must say, this picture is awesome. To be able to catch this. This left me in shock. Whether this is the first published photograph of a wobbegong swallowing another shark or not, this is the first I've ever seen! All the diverse wildlife in the ocean interest me. Every single species is awesome and reading this article was very interesting!! Stephanie Cordeiro
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I love how Israel is the odd flag in the Middle East!! All of the other flags have similar colors to one another, and Israel is the odd ball. It looks as if Israel was like, "Hey, look everyone, there's another color in the world that we don't know about." Hahaha.
It was good to learn about the colors in class and what it symbolized!!
This article was funny to read; if a woman in China is over twenty-seven and she is single, then she is an old maid. That is amusing, but yet, tragic that they see it this way. As I was reading this article, I could sort of relate it to my aunt. My aunt is 32 and is not married; however, she has a fiancé. It is still the same thing though; I have a few family members who ask her all the time when is the wedding going to be and what’s taking so long. But when she was 27, she didn’t have anyone in particular, and the questions just kept coming and coming. I’ve always heard about China having the one-child policy and how that affects everything. But, females shouldn’t be pressured into marrying; that’s how I feel it is. They are centered on getting married and if they don’t by the time they’re a certain age, they are considered, “leftovers.” I find that tragic; like leave the females alone! In the article, there was a female and her mother kept bugging her about getting married. Well, you won’t find that from my parents!! My father would rather me not get married if he had it his way. My mother is less strict however; she wants me to finish school before thinking of marriage. I agree with that; if I don’t get married now, that’s fine. I certainly won’t go crazy if I’m over 30 and not married. It just isn't fair for women. Men are looked upon so differently and it amazes me how gender affects everything.
I could relate myself to a female in the article. She wanted true love; she didn’t care about money. Men always try and impress females with money and cars. That isn’t everything to some females and it certainly isn’t everything to me. If I thought like that, then my current relationship would be a fail. Anyhow, it’s good to know that there are some females out there who think like me. Overall, this article was interesting for me and I could relate to a couple of things that were in it!
These pictures were interesing to look at. The most innocent acts that I would think of would basically be a law in Chechnya. This place is so strict; that is just how the culure is. For example, if a Chechen girl was caught smoking, she would be arrested. If that were like this in America, boy would there be a lot of angry females!! Chechnya is becoming more and more Islamic and the government is doing all it can to enforce this.
Women in Chechnya have it rough (in my opinion). Any rule that they break will lead to consequences. I can't even imagine how i would feel to live in Chechnya. I'm so used to having choices (not that I make bad choices), but I would like to have my own choice rather than to have such strict rules. In my personal opinion, if you aren't able to do something, chances are, you would most likely rebel. I'm not saying Chechen women will rebel, but maybe just a few would try to or something. I can't say that I feel sorry for Chechen women because maybe they all enjoy their culture and it doesn't really bother them, but I wouldn't be suprised if some did rebel. Overall, this is their culture and this is how they are expected to live. I find this to be interesting! I also enjoyed looking through all of the photos!!
Venice, by virtue of its geographic situation will always be sinking as a course of nature. A research team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the UCSD has recently concluded that Venice is sinking 2 millimeters per year...not catastrophic on a single year basis, but threatens the long-term viability and sustainability of the location.
This is very interesting and surprising. I never really knew that about Venice!! It's kind of scary to think about it as well. Well, if I wanted to see Venice, guess I should get my ticket fast. I feel sorry for them. I would like to picture how it would be if it happened to us and we were in that situation, yikes!! It is sinking because of natural causes, and there isn't anything that they can do about it. The major part of these natural causes are the plate tectonics. The Adriatic plate includes Venice, and it is causing Venice to drop in elevation. Also, floods are increasing in Venice making it difficult for people to even walk. I believe that Venice will just sink because as I said, it is because of natural causes, no matter what they try, they will just be competing in something that they already lost since the beginning.
The third picture with all of the Muslims offering prayers next to parked cars is amazing. When I saw this picture, I was shocked. These were beautiful pictures. I've always enjoyed other religions and liked learning what they were all about. It was always just words that O'd read however; so these pictures helped me visually see how Muslims are during Ramadan. Stephanie Cordeiro
Seeing this video was great. I am glad that people took action in helping rebuild Haiti. One of them who wanted to help was named Kathleen, who was born in Haiti. With creativeness and cooperation, Haiti will be slowly rebuilt. All the Haitians are asking for is opportunities. If they are given an opportunity to have resources, they will do for themselves. I am glad that a lot of Americans pitched in; if we all just work together, things will get better. Stephanie Cordeiro
This is ridiculous; there is no worker safety. They are risking their lives to demolish part of this building. This is almost impossible to see. One false move, and the guy hanging on the crane would have been done for!! This just isn't worth the tiny paycheck, but that's what Beijing workers have to do. It just shows me that they are willing to risk their lives for little money and terrible living. I also have a question, what good will the helmet on the guy's head do??!! Like seriously??!! Stephanie Cordeiro
This is kind of scary to think about. The pirates really didn't have a choice but to have turned to piracy. This may be wrong, but that's not what they're worrying about; they are making money out of it! The government says that the pirates are an embarrassment. Somalia has been a poor country, but the pirates bring money to certain people, such as a hair-dresser who has worked for them. The pirates will end their career if certain things are met. They want the government to form a coast guard and to create jobs. They want to end the toxic wastes. They aren’t asking for much; they will be happy with anything else, but the situation that they are in!
This video was interesting to see. It showed me that these people will do anything to earn a living. It's amusing that these people can outsmart the government with the tunnels that they build. Watching the process of how they build the tunnels was interesting. It is sad however to see that in order for them to make a living, they have to risk their lives in these tunnels. They have to build these tunnels in order to smuggle certain goods within the walls of Gaza. It goes to show me what people will do in places in order to survive. Having 1,000 tunnels built, Israel having their government get rid of them whenever found would be nothing. This video makes us understand how the goods are being transferred and how it has become a problem, and that these people are doing such dangerous tasks in order to survive.
Watching this video just makes me think about my back. I have back problems and I'm only in my twenties! This video goes to show us how important rice is in Thailand; it is the staple crop. They have to do what they have to do; if it means having to break their backs, then so be it.
I can't even sweep the steps in my house for ten minutes because my back begins to hurt like crazy, so I give credit to these women for the work they do!!
When I learned this in class, it was amusing. I just had to rescoop this! Before 1947, the country that is Pakistan once was a British colony! How the name Pakistan came about was from a group of college students. They came up with the name Pakistan because they took the first letters of their homelands and put it together. But get this, the last homeland was Balochistan. Obviously, this homeland does not begin with the letter "N." So, what they did was take the last letter from Balochistan, which is the letter "N." That was how they came up with the name, "Pakistan." Pakistan means the land of the Paks. This was interesting to learn how the name came about and what it means!!
This article was very interesting! It is nice to learn things about other countries. For example, if we have a hurricane here in the U.S., and people start talking about power outages, everyone, if not everyone, then most people begin to panic and buy supplies as if it will be extremely chaotic. I never go that crazy; sure I’ll worry, but it won’t be chaotic for me. Whatever happens, happens; that’s how I live. These people in India think the same. They were born and raised with inconvenience. They don’t find that power outages are a crisis, they just find that it is annoying. Sometimes I wish people thought more like the people in India because you just need to let things happen; things will fall into place whether you panic or not; so why panic? That’s how I look at it. Anyhow, awesome article, I enjoyed reading it!!
I loved reading this article. I enjoyed reading the captions about their cultural customs. Even though I am not Muslim, I like to learn about others and how they live their lives. I liked looking through all of these photos.
I’ve always known that Muslims had to attend the hajj because it is one of the pillars for Islamic faith. It was always a question of mine about what would happen if any could not attend the hajj due to certain reasons. My question was answered in class; at least one family member could go attend the hajj, and when they would arrive back home, they would tell their families the stories about what happened and how it was. They would explain everything in depth so that the family members could sense and feel it as if they too went to the hajj.
What I found to be a downer is that if you aren’t Muslim, you cannot go. The hajj is only open to those who are Muslim. This isn’t the faith I practice, but it would have been a cool experience if I were ever able to go, just to see how it all went. Another downer is that I’m claustrophobic; I’d never be able to go there anyways even if I were able to go. So it’s all just ironic for me. Anyhow, I love hearing things about this faith. Nice photos!!
I am amazed that Sharbat Gula did not know that a lot of people have seen her picture before, which is a different story itself, but anyhow. She was such an important icon and it is wonderful that Steve McCurry had finally found her.
I never knew about Sharbat. I was so amazed by seeing her picture at the refugee camp in Pakistan, and her current picture, that I had to just engage my brother in the topic. Sharbat was a refugee and she did not deserve to live the life that she did; but that is how life just is for some people. Life isn't easy for everyone.
What really intrigues me is the fact that the current picture of her, it is twenty years after her picture at the refugee camp. When I was asked how old she was in the second picture, I knew it was a trick question, but when I found out that it was just twenty years after her first picture, I was shocked. This was such an interesting article to read!!!