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Recovery after Hurricane Sandy

01 November, 2012 10:41  Erin Erin

Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy provided scenes of devastation and awe all along the east coast of North America. The massive storm, also referred to as Superstorm Sandy and Frankenstorm, is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km). Power outages now stand at more than 5.6 million homes and businesses (down from a peak of 8.5 million). Early calculations put the damages at a minimum of $20 to $25 billion. This would place it as one of the top five most destructive hurricanes on record. The storm killed at least 74 people in the United States. (More)


The Strange New Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

13 October, 2012 16:41  Erin Erin

European Union FlagThe Nobel Peace Prize is an illustrious achievement, awarded annually to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". It is one of the five Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature) bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Per Alfred Nobel's will, the recipient is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a 5-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway. Due to its political nature, the Nobel Peace Prize is often controversial.

Such is the case with this years winner: The European Union. The choice seems to be a universal surprise, much like US President Obama's 2009 unexpected win. (More)


2012 Summer Olympics Recap

13 August, 2012 16:07  Erin Erin

London Olympic logo 2012After all the glamour, pageantry, and competition of the 2012 London Olympic Games have come to a close. We've covered 

but what are the final results?  (More)


Who to Watch in the 2012 Olympics

26 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

London Olympic logo 2012Doesn'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

06 July, 2012 18:30  Erin Erin

abaya emiratis 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?

04 July, 2012 20:59  Erin Erin

The World Each Nation National flags © Aania -

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

30 May, 2012 11:14  Erin Erin

A nursery celebrating the Queen's Jubilee in London, decorated with flags.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

07 May, 2012 15:30  Erin Erin

urne de vote République Française sur une carte du monde - Élection des députés des français de l'étranger 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

04 May, 2012 11:28  Erin Erin

british passport © mark yuill - Fotolia.comCurrently, 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

20 April, 2012 09:06  Erin Erin

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)


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