Amazing Ted Talk by Chimamanda Adichie about the danger of only hearing one story, in her case as a child growing up in Nigeria and being presented with literature that told stories of a foreign world to her; caucasian women main characters, snow and ginger beer. A great talk discussing the danger of this “one-world” view, and how misrepresentation and misinterpretation of cultures is an important issue and how it can be overcome.
Check out Impact Magazine which is supported by PSI (Population Services International). The blog/magazine contains interesting articles about health around the world. Click photo below to be redirected to the magazine:
Without a Country:
L.A Times series on the lives of Mexican illegal immigrants in the U.S, and what happens when they are swept into the current of reverse migration. The articles explore the lives of children who are born in the U.S, only to be sent back to Mexico where they struggle to adjust to a life that their parents escaped from. Other articles include gang violence in Mexico against deportees. Read about the stories here
Ted Talks: Vinay Venkatraman “Technology crafts for the digitally undeserved”
“Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in “technology crafts,” through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage.”
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Wow, in the past 2 days we have received incredible response from amazing people with great ideas and support for our project. We are so excited for the future of our blog/zine and cannot wait to start getting these ideas and opinions compiled and published. Yesterday alone we received views from the United States, the U.K, Belgium, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Israel, Argentina and today we had two view from Japan! The ideas that we share cross borders and gives meaning to what it means to be a Global Citizen. As idealistic as that may sound, it is really cool to have so many voices from different corners of the globe and we can’t wait to get this ball rolling. You guys rock.
Here are some things that the internet threw our way today:
1. John Franklin Stephens
After this tweet from Ann Coulter, a gentleman by the name of John Franklin Stephens fired back at her use of the R-word. You can read his open letter to her here via the specialolympicsblog. A well written and thought provoking letter. And for fun check out Ann Coulters other posts re: the election. How people can even take her words/twitter seriously are beyond me.
2. Federal Government Changes to Environmental & Water Protection
The federal government has declared changes to water protection laws in Canada. You can read about the changes here. Immediate changes seem to already have taken place on the federal governments website with the removal of the word “environment” via winnipeg free press.
The effects of these changes could potentially devastate many regions of Canada’s currently protected bodies of water. And as always, the role that the government plays in dictating the future of land and waterways hits communities hardest among First Nations populations. Please write to us if you would like to cover a story on this!!
3. Investment in Haiti
Investment is being encouraged in Haiti by Bill and Hillary Clinton as they inaugurated a new industrial park outside of Port-au-Prince.
“We had learned that supporting long-term prosperity in Haiti meant more than providing aid,” [Hillary] said. “It required investments in infrastructure and the economy that would help the Haitian people achieve their own dreams.”
This project has the potential to create jobs and income to the region, something that Haiti is in need of after the 2010 earthquake. You can read more here. With criticism of aid to the region this seems like a step in the right direction. What do you think?
Tonight at 10 pm AST, the final Presidential Debate will be aired live. Catch the live stream here. The focus of tonights debate is foreign policy. According to Politico, the segments of tonights debate will surround such issues:
America’s role in the world
Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
Red Lines – Israel and Iran
The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World
Thought-provoking video by waterislife.com