NEWS: Political Geography

NEWS via NewYorkTimes: Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help

March 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 4, 2014 At Atelier, foreigners and Cubans find food and service that had disappeared from Havana for decades. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times HAVANA — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial muscle behind them: Cuban-Americans whose families lost their previous ventures to Cuba’s Communist government. “It’s all about people not losing hope and seeing that starting a business is a way to improve their lives,” said Eduardo Mestre, 65, a Wall Street banker who returned to Cuba last year for the first time since 1960 to see the start-up training he helps finance. “Emotionally, it’s very hard not to connect with people who have all this ambition in a place where maintaining hope is very hard to [...]

NEWS via Telegraph: The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis As Russia and Ukraine come ever closer to blows over Crimea, we explain, using maps, the issues at stake 10:35AM GMT 04 Mar 2014 Ukranian and Russian Military Balance Ukraine’s regular army has only 65,000 soldiers, compared with almost 300,000 deployed in Russia’s western and southern military districts, which border Ukraine. Russia also has an established military presence inside the Ukrainian region of Crimea, centred around the Black Sea Fleet base at the port of Sevastopol. These forces have now fanned out across Crimea and seized de facto control of the territory. EU gas dependency The three pipelines that carry gas across Ukraine to Poland and Slovakia and on to the EU. Trade sanctions are unpopular among European countries, which are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas. Europe gets 40 per cent of its natural gas from Russia. Germany is particularly reluctant to get into a sanctions war since it imports more than a [...]

NEWS via National Geographic: Behind the Headlines: History and Geography Help Explain Ukraine Crisis

February 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Behind the Headlines: History and Geography Help Explain Ukraine Crisis The country rests precariously between East and West. A woman wipes away tears as she walks away from a memorial in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. PHOTOGRAPH BY DARKO BANDIC, AP Eve Conant for National Geographic PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 24, 2014 Charged with the mass killings of civilians, Ukraine’s recently ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, is now on the lam. Last November Yanukovych touched off months of deadly protests in the capital of Kiev and other cities by caving into pressure from the country’s former overlords in Moscow and shelving a landmark trade deal with the European Union. Dozens of citizens died last week in clashes with police and security forces in Kiev. On Saturday evening, the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove Yanukovych from his post as president. The new government has now issued a warrant for the president’s arrest, but his exact whereabouts are unknown. [...]

News via Wired.com: How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories

February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keywords: Boundary disputes; Toponyms (place-names); Delineate; Define; Demarcate; Metes-and-Bounds; State Shapes; Maritime Boundaries; Maps; GPS; Political Geography. (¯`·._.·(¯`·._.·(¯`·._.· Article Below ·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯) How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories BY GREG MILLER 01.24.14 6:30 AM When the United States decides to recognize a new government, or an existing country changes its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the State Department spring into action. Dillon heads the Geographical Information Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the boundaries and names on government maps reflect U.S. policy. The team also keeps an eye on border skirmishes and territorial disputes throughout the world and makes maps that are used in negotiating treaties and truces. These days, Dillon says, maritime borders are where much of the action is. (The recent political squabbling and military posturing between China and Japan over the tiny islands [...]

NEWS vía GlobalPost: Latin America: The Cost of Murder

January 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The effects that crime, violence, and the homicide rate have on Latin America is a model for the rest of the world. The loss of GDP due to a loss of a work force is starting to have an effect on countries in the form of a lost TAX BASE which can lead to decaying INFRASTRUCTURE and social programs. A increasing adult MORTALITY RATE leaves orphans without families and ultimately guidance for their futures. Coupled with political corruption, there is little hope for the trend to change any time soon. -The Human Imprint  ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅ ▃ ▅ ▅ ▄ ▅ ▇ ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅ ▃ ▅ ▅ ▄ ▅ ▇ ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ Latin America: The cost of murder Simeon Tegel, January 18, 2014 06:01 Editor’s note: Warning — this article contains graphic images. LIMA, Peru — Dreams of a better life randomly shattered forever by a stranger’s bullet. Homeless orphans sucked into violent crime. Entire neighborhoods where the [...]

NEWS via BBC News: Does the Berlin Wall still exist?

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Does the Berlin Wall still exist? By Stephen Evans BBC News, Berlin If you are wondering whether the two halves of Germany are becoming truly one nearly a quarter of a century after the country was officially unified, just have a look at the map of voting patterns in Berlin. The picture is stark: the former route of the Berlin Wall divides the city into voting choices. In the constituencies of the East, voters chose Die Linke (The Left party), descended from the old communist party. In the West, they voted for the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats (CDU), both formerly West German parties. In a few locales in the centre of Berlin, on either side of what was the Wall, the Greens came out on top – and closer examination reveals these to be areas which have been gentrified heavily, with large numbers of young, professional incomers. The map only takes account of votes in constituencies. Germans had two votes – one for a local candidate and a second for the party [...]

NEWS via CNN: New Chinese law: Visit your Parents

July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Human Imprint Synopsis: In a country where a one-child policy and an aging population prevail, the traditional family is being turned on its head. China is a rapidly developing country that is improving its economic position by sending more of their children to universities, even abroad.  However, as the money starts to come in, dependents of the “little-prince” generation are wondering if their kid will ever come back home to take care of them. Recently, the “Law of Protection of Rights and Interests of the Aged” was established in an effort to make sure that kids are not turning their back on their parents. A social necessity or infringement of human rights? What do you think? —————————- Story Via: New Chinese law: Visit your parents – CNN.com. New Chinese law: Visit your parents By Meng Meng and Katie Hunt, for CNN updated 6:36 AM EDT, Tue July 2, 2013 In China, visit parents or face jail? [...]

ORIGINALS: Electoral Geography: How Growing Majority-Minority Districts Effect Elections

June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

When talking about ELECTORAL GEOGRAPHY and the importance of analyzing the effects of a changing voting population, the 2012 U.S. Census revealed a change that probably does not shock most. ETHNIC groups are on the rise and non-white majority districts are decreasing. MAJORITY-MINORITY districts have the ability to impact REDISTRICTING of voting boundaries every ten years.  The ruling political party of the state conducts the redistricting, and if it can be proven to be done in their favor, it is known as GERRYMANDERING (illegal yet is still happens-Right…I don’t know either…). Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article that explains how highly populated ETHNIC ENCLAVES can be dealt with and used for political advantage. “So if Democrats are in charge of the redistricting process in New York in 2020, perhaps they can find a way to squeeze out another Democratic seat or two by splitting up minority voters. And if Republicans are in charge in Texas, [...]

NEWS Reblog: The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective

June 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective. The original article can be found at the blog link above. Topics: Political Geography, geopolitics, rimland theory, heartland theory The Red Badge of Geopolitics: Remembering D-Day from a Geopolitical Perspective “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island Who rules the World-Island commands the World” -MacKinder Too often, we learn of history as a narrative. History has become a subject dominated by anecdotal evidence and non sequiturs. As a result, important facts become eclipse and their significance diminishes. D-Day, too, falls victim to this historical revision. So let us take some time to discover what geopolitical lessons we can glean on the 69th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. When the Nazis seize control of Germany, they sought to acquire “living space”. They fully believed in the heartland theory. The heartland theory states [...]
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