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Mexico City's government is trying to transform one of the world's largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks and monuments buried beneath a sea of honking cars, street hawkers, billboards and grime following decades of dizzying urban growth.
December 14, 2013 — Thousands of people gathered in Bogota's main square on Friday night to support the Colombian capital's leftist mayor Gustavo Petro, who was ousted this week for trying to fire private contractors.
Petro, a former member of the M-19 rebel movement, has also been barred from elected office for 15 years by Colombia's inspector-general, a conservative ally of former President Alvaro Uribe.
What do you think? How have the people exercised their right to protest the government? Did it work? Why or why not?
December 22, 2013 — Since the early 2000s, the CIA has been secretly helping the far-right Colombian government torture, spy on, and kill at least two dozen members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a covert program with a "multibillion dollar black budget" approved by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to aWashington Post investigative report published Saturday.
Why do you think this is happening? If you lived in Colombia right now, how would you feel? How could this impact you and your family?
"In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called 'gendercide' or femicide."
The article and video clearly speaks for itself. How would such a tragedy impact you, your family, and your friends? Why do you think this is happening? Why do you think it continues or will continue to happen in places throughout the world?
Nice visual on differences in income, with associated paper. No stats needed here; a simple exploratory/observational curiosity is all you need. A great starter for classroom discussions/lab activities. Start with this primer where you can see the distinct difference.
This is a VERY interesting article that correlates with what we learned about Spatial Inequality/Income Gap in Latin America. In your summary take note of the drastic differences in the neighborhoods. If you lived in those areas what would life be like for you, how would you adapt, how would this impact you and your family.
How long do Mexicans live? The 20th century brought dramatic increases in longevity. From under 30 years at the beginning of the century it rose to 38 by 1930.
From there it went up to 50 by 1950 and reached 62 by 1970. By 2000 it was 72, almost double the 1930 value. Women live longer than men. Life expectancy for Mexican women is about 78; that for men is roughly 73 years. In the future Mexican longevity is expected to increase at about 2.5 years per decade. This is not as rapid as in the past but still significant.
What does Mexico's growth in life expectancy and decline in infant mortality say about the country's infrastructure or lack thereof? How has it changed over the years? Do you think it will continue to increase or decrease? Why?
December 16, 2013 — The online periodical El Faro today published a collection of 48 photos of San Salvador and surrounding municipalities taken from the air.
As you view the images of San Salvador, use what you learned in Human Geography to explain what their life is like. I should only see terminology from our unit on Human Geography (i.e. overcrowded, formal region, functional region, overpopulation, life expectancy, population pyramid, etc.)
Read the article and review the GIF image data. Think of these as non-gender specific population pyramids. How would you explain the growth in our older population age ranges 50+? Why such a growth in older people and a decline in younger people?
"For city dwellers, it may seem like the world is packed full with people. But not everywhere is so densely populated; in fact, many places in the world are seemingly void of life.There are over 7 billion people on the planet, a massive number that paints an image of human life sprawling densely over the planet...humans are unevenly distributed across the planet, leaving some areas that are densely populated and others that are largely void of life."
As you review the resource map noting the locations of the emptiest and most crowded places on Earth, take note on where these places are located. What do you see? Why do you think they are crowded or uninhabitable? What are your thoughts? What amazed you?
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