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Globalization: Intertwined Economies & Environments

Globalization: Intertwined Economies & Environments | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
The technology in smartphones and laptops includes minerals mined in areas of Africa riven by warfare. But fighting back does not mean giving up technology, reports Kate Dailey.

 

This article, titled, "How to offset your 'conflict mineral' guilt," drives home the interconnectedness of the modern globalized world.  While no one would be in favor of slave labor in mines that support African warlords, the production process to make cell phones, laptops and just about any portable electronic device are dependent of the raw material coming out of mines in Eastern Congo under these conditions.  

 

So what is a consumer to do?  This article outlines some ideas for people to be social advocates to change the geographies of their commodities without completely separating themselves from the modern world.  For more on the U.S. law for corporate disclosure of 'conflict minerals' in their products, see: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/new-us-law-requires-electronics-makers-to-disclose-conflict-mineral-use.html


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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:09 AM
This article brought to life of where all these devices come from and the effects of our technology on the world.  We don't see it first hand here in America.  We need to find balance in how we are utilizing our planet.
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Carpathian Melodies

Andrei Pidkivka on folk flutes from the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Solomiya Gorokhivska on violin.
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3 TED Talks that explore what it means to be human

3 TED Talks that explore what it means to be human | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Fascinating, insightful talks on what it means to be human and live a good life.

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Why are we building new walls to divide us?

Why are we building new walls to divide us? | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
We chart the routes of, and reasons for, the barriers which are once again dividing populations
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Why Ukraine Matters

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Keep an eye on how the events unfold in Ukraine, because it will be a bellwether in the years to come.
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What A Table Full Of Foreigners Taught Me About Thanksgiving

What A Table Full Of Foreigners Taught Me About Thanksgiving | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Ask your friends who live outside the U.S. what they think about Thanksgiving, and you may be shocked by the answers you get.
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Why China’s middle class supports the Communist Party

Why China’s middle class supports the Communist Party | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Those in the West commonly believe that economic growth and a burgeoning middle class in China will lead to democratic reform.
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12 traditional dances from around the world

12 traditional dances from around the world | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Whether you're synchronized in Mongolia or twirling in Turkey, Gloria Estefan's words still ring true: The rhythm is gonna get you
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Arlis Groves's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:54 AM

I love traveling.  Learning about people around the world makes me feel more connected to my global community.  These photographs are virtual mini-tour.  Enjoy.

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Nairobi Westgate Mall Terror Attack, And The Folly Of 'Otherness' - What Al-Shabaab Revealed About Us

Nairobi Westgate Mall Terror Attack, And The Folly Of 'Otherness'  - What Al-Shabaab Revealed About Us | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
AROUND noon on Saturday September 21, a group of terrorists believed to number 10 to 18 stormed the Westgate Mall in western Nairobi. By the third day, 69 had been killed during the attack, or died...
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Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest

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"Muslim women from six countries defy western beauty ideals, emphasize spirituality.  Organizers of the event said they wanted to show Muslim women there is an alternative to the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant. They also stress that opposition to the pageant can be expressed non-violently." 


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Rawr_adventuretime's comment, October 3, 2013 1:27 PM
This is social because the gender relations is women defying ideas of beauty and expressing beauty through spirit instead of body and looks c:
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Hannah Hitchcock's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:54 PM

This article is a really good example on how beauty is a cultural perception. American pleople have a skewed idea of beauty, those shown above not being in that category. In other countries, these women might be extreamly beautiful, but the American perception doesn't believe the same things.  

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Yes, the first question is
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The Little Germans: Alienation Still Divides East from West - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Little Germans: Alienation Still Divides East from West - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Almost 25 years after the Berlin Wall fell, a profound sense of otherness endures between residents on both sides of the former divide. Rather than trying to change or ignore this, both sides should simply accept it.
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The World's 25 Busiest Airports

The World's 25 Busiest Airports | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
More than 1.4 billion airline passengers departed, landed, or connected through these massive facilities in 2012. Viewing them from above gives a sense of their gargantuan scale and global significance.
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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Yes, the first question is "What is Ukraine?"
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USSR established — History.com This Day in History — 12/30/1922

USSR established — History.com This Day in History — 12/30/1922 | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Discover what happened today in history. Read about major past events that happened today including special entries on crime, entertainment, and more.
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Missing Girls...

"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."


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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, December 2, 2014 9:52 PM

Unit 3 Cultural Processes and Patterns

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, December 15, 2014 3:45 PM

This femicide is extremely disappointing.  Genocide is expected in third world, war torn countries.  The fact that it's 2014 and female babies are murdered for being girls, and parents are scared for their  children's lives, show how much power the government has over the people's lives. It is sad to think the government has the power to dictate how many children families can have and what gender.  On the flip side, these are countries that are extremely overpopulated.  The one child policy in China is what China is currently using (along with this femicide) as population control.  This is an important issue because there needs to be some sort of population control, but to what extent? This is taking away someone's basic human right - to procreate. Parents do not have control over what gender they produce and if they produce a female, their child may be taken and murdered from them. The state takes away what you created, your offspring and there is nothing they can do about it. 

Taylor Doonan's curator insight, March 30, 5:24 PM
This video addresses the problems with having a girl versus having a boy baby. It talks about families killing babies if they are girls, aborting them, all so they can go on to have a son. According to the video 200 million girls are missing throughout the world. Many of these missing girls are daughters that were aborted or killed so their families could go onto have a son. 
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Battle for Ukraine

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THUGS and thieves always prefer to act in the early hours of the morning. So did Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s president.Less than 24 hours after he ruined the...
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Modern Slavery

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"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy.  As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.”  This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2014 5:04 PM

MOdern Slavery is a huge problem throughtout the world and especially in Africa and surrounding sister countries. For example, in Africa this map shows us that the slave rate is more than .75 this indicates that there is a small percentage of the country that is not enslaved in some way. This is outrageous for the modern society to think of in todays world especially because as Americans we think of the slave trade and slavery being something that happened many years ago and then slavery was abloished and now nothing bad happens anymore well we couldn't be more WRONG! AMericans are mostly ingornat to the fact that although slavery is not announced in surronding counintents and countries does not mean that it doesn't exist. Another example of this is the Somali blood diamonds and how the children become toy-soldiers and are turned into rebels because if they dont they will be killed so this is the type of society where it is kill or me killed. These CHILDREN are trained to kill anyone and everyone who gets in their way; taken away from their families at a young age and then brainwashed into using their ignorance as bliss.

Logan Haller's curator insight, May 25, 2015 9:51 PM

This article has to do with unit 6 because it deals with development.This article explains how 30 million people work as forced labors, forced child soldiers,  forced brides and many other forced things. The map illustrates spatial patterns on economic and cultural factors on where the people enslaved are. The map shows that India is 1.1% enslaved.People say that fair trade and not free trade will lead to sustainable economic growth and lower social injustice. Two questions asked by the article is what realistically can we do to lessen slavery in the world today, and how our our own spending habits part of the system. The article also includes a video on some of the ways the slaves are treated poorly .

8A JonathanS's curator insight, February 9, 2017 7:19 AM

https://geographyeducation.org/courses/regional-geography-geog-400/modern-slavery/

 

This article describes when people in Africa are victims of modern day slavery. It tells us how people are forced into working long long hours a day with no breaks, barely any food or water and a very unsafe working environment. Some examples of what these poor people are forced into working as are laborers, prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides. Many people are also forced into marriages and illegal mining and smuggling of goods across borders . There are currently about 30 million modern day slaves all over the world. Their mostly in large parts of Africa and most of India. There's also some in Europe and in the U.S. One of the most unsafe working environment these slaves are forced into working in are the illegal mining projects. Their forced to work long hours in a mine that could collapse any second with nothing but a cheap flashlight tied to their head and a shovel or spade. 

 

I think this article connects to what were working on in class about modern slavery and Africa. I think this is very sad because I think everybody has the right to do what they feel like and deserve their freedom just like most people. This is extremely unfair and I think that more people should try and do something about it. Of course there are already loads of people trying to prevent this issue from spreading and I think it's a very kind and respectful thing to do. I did learn a lot from this article tho and the TED talk. One thing I learned was that this problem mostly appears in Africa. I honestly though that Asia and more parts of South America would have this issue as well. So yes, I learned quite a lot from this and I think that it was a good article with lots of useful information and I got a lot of emotional feelings from seeing the video.

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The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World - Imgur

Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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How Much Is That Second Baby Worth In Yuan?

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Nineteen Chinese provincial governments collected $2.7 billion in baby fines last year.
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North Korea Then And Now: In The Hermit Kingdom, 18 Years After My Parents

North Korea Then And Now: In The Hermit Kingdom, 18 Years After My Parents | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Two decades after my mom and dad went to the world's most reclusive nation, I set off on a similar journey, and re-created their photos.
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The shadow of Ypres

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“CLEARLY,” wrote an exasperated Winston Churchill in the summer of 1944, “I cannot make head against the parsons and the warriors at the same time.” Through...
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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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The Global Economy: Minutes Of Minimum-Wage Work To Buy A Big Mac

The Global Economy: Minutes Of Minimum-Wage Work To Buy A Big Mac | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Just 18 minutes of minimum-wage work in Australia earns you a Big Mac, but in Afghanistan and India it takes around 6 hours.
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Germany Fights Population Drop

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As German towns work to hide the emptiness, demographers say a similar fate awaits other European countries, with frightening implications for the economy.
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