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S. AMERICA - Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design

S. AMERICA - Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it

S. "Is favelization a patronizing and opportunistic way of portraying the reality of a certain segment of the Brazilian population, fetishizing a space and its inhabitants, to brand products as Brazilian?"...

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Intellect/Arts - The article investigates the views and commentary in Adriana Kertzer's book, "Favelization" on the trend of favelization and how it shapes Brazilian society. Kertzer believes that the branding of "Brazilian" is peculiar. She thinks it is not wholly accurate to portray favelas as they are in the media She wants to address the difference between the meanings attached to favelas in Brazil and the marketing departments of high-end companies.

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S. AMERICA - SANTIAGO, Chile: Bachelet sworn in as Chilean president, pledges 'fairer' society | McClatchy Tribune News Service | The Bellingham Herald

S. AMERICA - SANTIAGO, Chile: Bachelet sworn in as Chilean president, pledges 'fairer' society | McClatchy Tribune News Service | The Bellingham Herald | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Michelle Bachelet pledged to make Chile "different and fairer" after being sworn in as president Tuesday in a ceremony rich with symbolism.
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Society - This article provides insight into Chilean political parties and how they have shaped society in the past, but will also in the future. Bachelet promises to provide reforms in terms of social justice. Moves like the ones she proposes will bring Chile closer to other western countries in terms of policy on a social, political and economical level, as she tries to move her country forward.

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S. AMERICA - South America's first Apple store opens in Rio

S. AMERICA - South America's first Apple store opens in Rio | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Some 1,700 impatient shoppers lined up for hours Saturday for the grand opening of Apple's store in Rio de Janeiro -- the first official outpost in South America.
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Economy - This article represents the inflation American products experience in the South American market. Nearly 1,700 people waited in line for the opening, which demonstrates the increasing demand for technology and similar product markets in Brazil as it emerges as an economy. Robust economic growth over the past decade has allowed more than 40 million people to exit poverty and join the ranks of the middle class.

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Religion in Europe, also in crisis

Religion in Europe, also in crisis | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
European leaders reach out to religion, but churches struggle with waning numbers.

Via Barry W. Bussey, Kiann and Kenneth
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Religion- I chose this article because it talks about the dramatic decrease in believers of God in the European Union.

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Olga Varlamov's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:20 AM

Religion

Ethan and Alex's curator insight, February 6, 2014 12:21 PM

This shows Religion in Europe. It talks about how the church's are beginning to struggle.

Rebecca!Morgan Geography's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:06 PM

This article falls under the religion section-it explains the sudden decrease of religious faith and church attendance in Europe.

~Morgan

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Science and technology skills key to tackling EU youth unemployment: theparliament.com

gibraltar is attempting to rise above spain's official complaints and border discrimination and calls on the eu to uphold the rule of law, writes fabian picardo
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Intellectual/Arts - This article explains how an emphasis on higher education and STEM studies may be the solution the European unemployment.

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Why has Europe's economy done worse than the US?

Why has Europe's economy done worse than the US? | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Mark Weisbrot: The eurozone experience shows what can happen when people lose control over their government's economic policies
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Economic - This article analyzes and compares the performance of the Eurozone and the United States.

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Canada seen exporting more wheat to U.S. in 2013-14

Canada is expected to export more wheat to the U.S. this year than in 2012-13, Alex Bos of Louis Dreyfus Commodities said during a presentation at the Cereals North America global grain conference in Winnipeg.

"We only have about two months of data for the current marketing year, but we're already trending higher for wheat exports from Canada into the U.S.," said Bos.

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's supply and demand report from Oct. 16, Canada exported a total of 19.44 million tonnes of wheat in 2012-13. AAFC estimated 20.5 million tonnes would be exported in 2013-14.

Canada may also be able to increase its exports into Southern Hemisphere countries, including Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and others that would normally buy from the U.S., Bos added.

The U.S. spreadsheet looks tight due to increased feed use in the country because of tight corn supplies last year and strong export demand. The U.S. won't likely be able to take on much more export demand because of this, Bos added, and Canada could step in and absorb some of the extra demand.

Canada may also be able to enter the markets that would traditionally be buyers of U.S. hard red winter wheat because of a recent downturn in spring wheat prices making the Canadian product more attractive, he said.

He added that because of the huge Canadian wheat production seen this year (33.03 million tonnes, according to Statistics Canada), futures prices on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) have lost their premium over Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) wheat futures prices. Therefore, some buyers who have traditionally bought through KCBT are now looking at MGEX wheat.

The MGEX December wheat contract settled Wednesday at US$7.1225 per bushel, which compares with the December contract on the KCBT, which closed at US$7.165/bu.

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Canada:Economic- I chose this article because it talks about the wheat production occurring in Canada, and how they are exporting their products. 

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Religion vs. Evolution

Links to articles on how evolution is perceived in Christianity, other religions, and legislation in the United States.

Via Heather Carmichael Scoville
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United States:Religion- I chose this article because it talks about how our largest religion,  Christianity,  shape up evolution and affects our legislation and laws.

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Overview: Family law - by Menaka Ratnayake - Helium

Family law is an area of law which covers all the legal matters related to a family including marriages, divorces, child custody, adaptation and civil unions.

Thus, the family courts of United States hear the issues related families in verities of social and economic classes. However, most cases heard in United States family courts are related to child custody and visitation rights.

 

 

 

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I chose this  article because it talks about the family laws in the u.s, such as child custody, marriage,  divorce,  and e.t.c.

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S. AMERICA - Got Science? Momentum Building for Deforestation-Free Palm Oil

S. AMERICA - Got Science? Momentum Building for Deforestation-Free Palm Oil | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
You need to know that palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a sought-after ingredient for thousands of products from snack foods to shampoo. Its versatility and low cost have made it the most widely used vegetable oil in the world...
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Area/Geography - This article details the connection between palm oil and large corporations, including how they contribute to the state of climate change and deforestation in South America. It details how steam is picking up behind large corporations like Kellogg's and Hershey's using deforestation-free palm oil. The stakes are high when it comes to fighting deforestation, and there may be a solution: numerous scientific studies have shown that producers can substantially increase production without further damaging tropical forests and peat lands.

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S. AMERICA - Brazil 2014, bringing religion into play

S. AMERICA - Brazil 2014, bringing religion into play | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Players at the World Cup in Brazil in June and July 2014 will be allowed to wear religious headgear, if they wish. After years of debate and contr...
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Religion - This article displays Brazil's tolerance regarding religious freedom in the past and moving into the future. FIFA has finally lifted the ban on wearing religious symbols during matches, including hijabs, kippahs and turbans. However, the headgear will have to meet specific technical requirements.

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US Indicates Support for Regime Change in Venezuela; Once Again, South America Says No

US Indicates Support for Regime Change in Venezuela; Once Again, South America Says No | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it

ingluWhen is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the U.S. government says it is. Not surprisingly, that's not the way Latin American governments generall...

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Political - This article reflects America's great influence in international affairs, especially those of unstable or struggling governments, like Venezuela. Allegedly, the US is fueling the overthrowing of the controversial government in Venezuela. When the US began to impose on the happenings of Venezuela, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela) essentially denied the movement. Despite the US' great power, when united, other countries can also have a say.

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Women, Gender Relations and Families in the Construction of European History - European University Institute

Women, Gender Relations and Families in the Construction of European History - European University Institute | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it

Via BraydenJulietteGeo
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Social- I chose this article because it talks about how European society(ethnicity, relationships, gender roles, e.t.c.) is based off of its history and what region you are from.

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BraydenJulietteGeo's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:52 PM

Cool article coming from a European university outlining the family and the roles of gender in the European social classes. SOCIAL

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Freezing Sochi: how Russia turned a subtropical beach into a Winter Olympics wonderland

Freezing Sochi: how Russia turned a subtropical beach into a Winter Olympics wonderland | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
The Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea. ( Wikipedia)
Sochi is not the most obvious place to host the Winter Olympics.
The Russian resort, on the eastern shore of the...
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Area/Geography - This article describes the physical challenges that Sochi has in hosting the Olympics due to its subtropical climate and location on the Black Sea. 

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Merkel backs Juncker to lead conservatives in EU elections

Merkel backs Juncker to lead conservatives in EU elections | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday as the leading conservative candidate in May's European Parliament elections, a potential
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Political - This article provides insight into the state of politics in the European Union and German chancellor, Angela Merkel's great influence.

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Frida Kahlo - The complete works

Frida Kahlo - The complete works | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Frida Kahlo - Homepage. The complete works, large resolution images, ecard, rating, slideshow and more! One of the largest Frida Kahlo resource on the web!
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Intellect/Arts - Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist whose artwork reflects Mexican and European influences. They tend to have a focus on symbolism, and in many of her works she expresses some aspect of herself. Her painting, "The Two Fridas" is one of her most popular works.

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Missing sea ice data found in crusty Canadian algae

Missing sea ice data found in crusty Canadian algae | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
New Canadian-led research has filled a longstanding gap in climate data, with the help of an unusual rock-like organism.
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Area/Geography - Canada has territory in he Arctic circle. This article details how Canadian scientists have been able to gain information about the cycles of Arctic sea ice through testing Arctic algae. 

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Afghanistan’s Big-Tent Politics: TIME Explains the ‘Loya Jirga’ | TIME.com

Afghanistan’s Big-Tent Politics: TIME Explains the ‘Loya Jirga’ | TIME.com | Europe, North America and South America | Scoop.it
Thousands of tribal elders will gather in Kabul to decide the future of foreign forces stationed in Afghanistan
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Political - This article demonstrates the effect that the United States has had on Afghanistan, and other countries in general, as America's actions have forced a political meeting in Afghanistan. 

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