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Natural resources and economic development

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When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?

 

Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       


Via Seth Dixon
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This article is discussing the issue of natural resources that is having a negative effect on Sierra Leone. Several years ago, business people were going there for the diamonds but now they are going there for the timber. The country's forest are at risk of being completely wiped out.

it is very sad the situation that Sierra Leone are facing in regards to their natural resources. 

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

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Philippines: Fears of 10,000 dead after typhoon | BBC News Asia

Philippines: Fears of 10,000 dead after typhoon | BBC News Asia | THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES & MALALA YOUSAFZAI | Scoop.it

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.

 

One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.

 

Neighbouring Samar island was also badly affected, with reports of 300 people dead and 2,000 missing.

 

The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the deaths of 151 people throughout the country, but hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

 

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports that the scene in Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province, is one of utter devastation.

 

Houses in Tacloban have been flattened by the massive storm surge that accompanied Typhoon Haiyan.

 

There's no clean water, no electricity and very little food.

City officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.

 

In some areas, the dead are being buried in mass graves.

Our correspondent says hundreds of people are at the airport, itself badly damaged, trying to get on a flight out of Tacloban.

 

The typhoon is now bearing down on Vietnam. More than 600,000 people have been evacuated in northern provinces.

 

At least four people were reported killed there, apparently while trying to escape the storm.

 

The BBC Weather Centre says the typhoon is expected to make landfall south of Hanoi on Monday afternoon local time (between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT), although it will have decreased markedly in strength.

 

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The Other Final - La otra final (part 1)

Very special football (soccer) game: Bhutan VS Monserrat. Un partido de fútbol muy singular entre Bhutan y Monserrat
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I enjoyed watching this documentary film. I didn't know Monserrat was a country until I watched this film. It made me realise that a simple game of soccer can unite so many people together. 

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The Daily Show: Extended Interview: Malala Yousafzai

In this exclusive, unedited interview, "I Am Malala" author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown and discusses he...
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Malala's interview with Jon Stewart. I think it's incredible that a such young she has written her own boook 'I am Malala'age and has been nominated for the nobel peace prize. It's fantastic to see how passionate Malala is about education and how powerful she believes education to be.

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Natural resources and economic development

Natural resources and economic development | THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES & MALALA YOUSAFZAI | Scoop.it
When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?

 

Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       


Via Seth Dixon
Irini Kassidis's insight:

This article is discussing the issue of natural resources that is having a negative effect on Sierra Leone. Several years ago, business people were going there for the diamonds but now they are going there for the timber. The country's forest are at risk of being completely wiped out.

it is very sad the situation that Sierra Leone are facing in regards to their natural resources. 

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

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Southeast Asia still worst for pirates despite high-profile Somali attacks

Southeast Asia still worst for pirates despite high-profile Somali attacks | THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES & MALALA YOUSAFZAI | Scoop.it
SOMALI pirates are in the news again.
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After watching Captain Phillips the film, it made me want to learn more about pirates boarding ships.  I didn't realise how big of an issue piracy is.

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Malala Yousafzai: 'Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons'

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Malala Yousafzai: Malala delivered this address on education to the United Nations Youth Assembly on 'Malala Day', her 16th birthday (RT @mitaliperkins: 'Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons' | Malala Yousafzai...


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A very inspiring and beautiful speech from Malala Yousafzai.  I agree with her 100% that "our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons!"

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Malala Inspires Advocacy Curriculum

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WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The 16-year-old Pakistani teen targeted for a Taliban assassination because she championed education for girls has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy.

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Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration.  It's amazing the positive impact she is having around the world.

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Rev Themi Adams TV Interview on George Negus 6.30PM 22/09/2011

Sex drugs and rock n' roll the man who gave it up all for God! This man use to make all the girls faint, now for a very different reason! Rev Themi, Rock Sta...
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This YouTube clip is about Rev Themi Adams who in his younger/ earlier days was in a rock band and how he left the fame and glory to became a Greek Orthodox priest who is helping the people in Sierra Leone. Father Themi is doing a fantastic job! 

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