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The Territorial Dispute between Guatemala and Belize

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"...The late twentieth century saw a wave of democratic transitions in Latin America and Eastern Europe. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the former Soviet republics became independent states in their own right, while countries in Latin America began to break away from their colonial pasts, as well as from the dictatorships and civil wars that followed independence in the 19th century. While Huntington’s famous ‘third wave’ of democracy saw the emergence of democratic structures in previously autocratic regimes, unresolved territorial claims, border disputes and questions surrounding the relationship between self-determination and sovereignty continue to affect regional security in Latin America today..."


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Quebec sovereigntists prepare for battle with Ottawa over right to secede

Leaders of Quebec's sovereignty movement are gearing up for a fight with the federal government over its decision to intervene in a provincial court case challenging a law at the heart of their cause.

 

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Disputed Isles

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Competing territorial claims have led to maritime disputes off the coast of Asia. See a map of the islands at issue.

 

This is an nice interactive map that allows the reader to explore current geopolitical conflicts that are about controlling islands.  This is an good source to use when introducing Exclusive Economic Zones, which is often the key strategic importance of small, lightly populated islands.   

 

Tags: EastAsia, SouthEastAsia, political, unit 4 political, territoriality, autonomy, conflict, economic. 


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:40 PM

This interactive page gives relevant information about islands that are disputed over in southeast Asia.  I liked it because you could see the information in context with the map.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:47 PM

This is like a game of Monopoly when people try and get all the houses or businesses. Except this is real life and real isles. Whose is whose? How does Asia decide where and how the EEZ's should be divided.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 12:05 PM

considering that half of the nations involved are island nations, this is hardly surprising. every nation has issues with their neighbors. even the us and Canada dispute some territory. but these disputes can hardly end as well, when half of these nations have fought wars with each other for most of their histories.

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Scottish Sovereign And Scottish Cop (GLASGOW)

Well done to this guy and the cop!
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River Meanders: Red River: Oklahoma-Texas Boundary

River Meanders: Red River: Oklahoma-Texas Boundary: It all comes down to ... Geography.

 

This natural and physical border is examined by @josephkerski.


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 27, 2015 11:09 AM

Unit 4: natural and physical boundaries

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Chinese Government Selling 2011, 2012 Leftover Crops

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BEIJING (DTN) -- China's state-owned corn reserves have reached burdensome levels, especially when faced with the prospect of another good corn harvest this fall, a Chinese official told DTN.

 

"Corn production in China is expected to be 230 million metric tons (9.1 billion bushels) this year, an increase of 4 mmt from last year," said Qiangmin Shang, the director of China National Grain and Oil Information Center.

China's government began selling corn from the reserves in late May, which allowed it to take advantage of tightness in the cash markets since farmers have less corn on hand to sell.

The cash price in northeast China, the largest corn-producing region of the country, is $9.24 per bushel. Yet the price in Shandong province, the largest livestock-producing area located on China's east coast, is $11.47 per bushel, said Zhonghua Wang, a market analyst with Zhaoshang Futures.

"State reserves like to see a higher price, as they are trying to dump more corn to the market before the harvesting season," Wang said. "The quality of the corn stock is not good because of the poor storage facilities."

The Chinese government would like to clear out its supplies from the 2011 and 2012 reserve programs as soon as possible, he said. It needs to make space for the new crop since a new government purchase program will begin after harvest.

Government auctions have become the main source for cash corn in China, and prices keep rising. Corn sold for $8.84 per bushel in the first sale on May 22. It sold for $9.28 at the end of July.

"Rejecting imported U.S. corn supported the price," Wang said, adding that "some companies were expecting to import more from the U.S. later last year as the international price was cheaper." Those companies were forced to increase domestic purchases after the Chinese government started rejecting shipments of U.S. corn that contained traces of MIR 162, also known as Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera, a biotech trait not yet approved in China.

Since October, China's rejected more than 1.25 mmt of U.S. corn as well as shipments of DDG and soybeans that contained traces of the trait.

According to recent futures prices, imported U.S. corn would cost $6.68 per bushel at port in China, 42% less than the market price in Shandong. Lower U.S. imports helped China's reserve sell its stockpiles at higher prices than it would have been able to otherwise.

Wang said the government has discussed ending the stockpiling program for the next crop year, but it will continue for the crop that's in the ground. And with another large crop at hand, he added that China's less likely to rely on international markets to meet its corn needs.

 
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East Asia's maritime disputes

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A race for energy resources makes unresolved territorial disputes more dangerous in both North-East and South-East Asia

Tags: borders, political, conflict, water, China, Japan, East Asia.


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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:48 PM

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 1:04 PM

Oil resources in the South China Sea are fueling territorial disputes over small islands and territorial waters. China, in order to claim these oil plays for itself, is claiming islands all over the sea. Extending its EEZ will ensure these oil plays. Many of these islands are no more than coral atolls, but China is arguing that they belong to it because of its measures to develop some of these islands. One resort islands and weather stations are being constructed in order to provide some sort of legitimate claim to these places. Also, by claiming these islands and expanding the EEZ, China is trying to claim other countries' EEZs as its own. While China is the powerhouse of the region, many fear that land grabs may turn into military action. 

 

As long as the world is reliant on fossil fuels, territorial disputes will continue and possibly grow in number. Dependency on a non-renewable resource will eventually lead to more regional and global arguments. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, April 12, 2015 3:26 PM

The dispute between The north and South of asia are evident. in a global perspective this territorial battle in somewhat may affect global development as far as trading with the United states. It will affect global interests, and this is why the senator kerry as i recall has made countless trips to help resolve the issues between the two North east and the South to come into an agreement to help because they dont want to loose energy resources and disturb the security that has been provided its a very tough situation.

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Russian Navy 'forces US submarine out' of Arctic boundary waters ...

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A supposed US submarine was detected and “forced out” by the Russian anti-sub forces after it violated the country's boundary waters in the Arctic, a high-ranked source within the Russian Navy's headquarters said.
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