2012 Summer Olympics Recap
13 August, 2012 16:07
2012 Summer Olympics Recap
After all the glamour, pageantry, and competition of the 2012 London Olympic Games have come to a close. We've covered
- London's Preparations
- The History of Problems with the Games
- Who to Watch
- 7 Things Wrong with the USA Opening Ceremony Outfits, and
- Complaints about TV Coverage
but what are the final results? (More)
Who to Watch in the 2012 Olympics
Doesn't it feel like the Olympics have been approaching forever? You can stop waiting - they are finally here! The Opening Ceremonies kick off the competition event on July 27th. Over 200 countries have qualified at least one athlete and pride is running high for each nation.
This can be an odd situation for an expat. If you root for the home team, which place is home? Where you're from, or where you live? For serial expats, this may be an even more complex challenge. Or should you cheer on the best, the longshot, or the big personality? So...Who should you watch? Here are a few unique athletes to watch for in the Games. (More)
Emiratis v. Foreigners in UAE Malls
The United Arab Emirates is home to many foreign workers. It is to the point that only about ten percent of the 8 million people who live there Emirati citizens. Western expats, Asian, African and Middle Eastern guest workers all reside, work, and live in the country. While this has helped to make it one of the world's wealthiest nations, there are culture clashes. The latest culprit in the rising summer heat has been skimpy clothing.
What is a National Day?
A "National Day" is one of the highlights in a country's celebratory calendar as it recognizes the birth of a nation, either in history or symbolically. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal). Often a national holiday, celebrations range from fireworks to kites and dates can be fixed or movable.
A Diamond Jubilee Celebrated around the World
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (more commonly known as Queen Elizabeth II) celebrates her 60 year reign this June. This is only the second time a monarch has reached this landmark with Queen Victoria celebrating in 1897. Events have been taking place throughout the year, but will reach it's zenith over June 2nd - 5th with celebrations extending from the epicenter in London to the farthest reaches of the globe. (More)
Hollande is France's Next President
Popular opinion won out in the French presidential election. François Hollande won the second round with 51.63 percent to current president, Nicolas Sarkozy's 48.37 percent. All major polling agencies had predicted the results of Hollande winning with 51.5 percent to 53 percent, based on projections made on the vote count at select voting stations around the country. French expats voted in favour of Sarkozy with 53,05% (but it is nearly 1 point less than in the last presidential election in 2007). Around 46 million French voters participated in the vote (19,65% abstention). (More)
The Votes for Expat Brits Campaign
Currently, UK electoral law removes all voting rights from British expats who have lived outside the UK for more than fifteen years. If British citizens move abroad, they can only vote in general elections and European Union elections for up to 15 years if they are registered. (However, they cannot vote in UK local elections). The United States, Switzerland, Italy, France and many other developed countries in the world allow indefinite voting rights. (More)
In-vitro Twins of American Expat Denied Citizenship
The issue of citizenship is always a tricky one when living abroad. Countries may offer citizenship through several ways.
- Parents are citizens - If a person has one or both parents who are citizens of a given nation, then the person is generally presumed to be a citizen. This is refereed to by the Latin legal term jus sanguinis meaning "right of blood".
- Born within the nation - Many people are presumed to be citizens of a nation if they were born within the physical geographic territory of the nation. This is refereed to by the Latin legal term jus soli meaning "right of soil".
- Marriage to a citizen - Citizenship can be obtained by marrying a citizen, which is termed jure matrimonii.
- Naturalization - Citizenship can be obtained by immigrating to a nation and fulfilling its requirements for citizenship.
However, there are cases that fall out of these clear cut guidelines. The media is currently following one American mom in Israel, Ellie Lavi, who is finding it difficult to bestow American citizenship to her twins. MSNBC's Today News reported "Born to American mom, in-vitro twins denied citizenship"
"The twin babies of an American woman, born abroad through in-vitro fertilization, are being denied U.S. citizenship because there is no proof that either the egg donor or sperm donor is American. " (More)
First Round of French Elections
The first round of French Presidential elections approaches and it's not just the French that are interested. The globe is a buzz with speculations about who will win this vital election. The April 22nd election is between ten qualified candidates (they need to get the support of at least 500 elected politicians) including incumbent president, Nicolas Sarkozy. (More)
2012 London Olympic Games - A History of Problems Continues
Following the path to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, this is the second article in the series covering the Games. The first, "London's Preparations", covered the developments in the city. As the event creeps ever closer, more problems appear and locals and expats in the city examine if it's all worth it. (More)