International News

London Riots: is it only about looting or shall we look for the reasons behind it?

09 August, 2011 16:18  Erin Erin

The world looks on as media outlets report that London is burning. Rioting and looting that took place over the weekend have continued and spread out from the poorer sections of London to as far away as Birmingham, Liverpool, & Bristol.

What Happened

The event appears to have started after the shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, who was fatally shot last Thursday night in North London's Tottenham Hale section. It appears Duggan was a passenger in a minicab that was stopped as part of an initiative to recover illegal guns in the area. Details remain vague, but it appears an illegal firearm was found at the scene and shots rang out, though The Guardian asserts that ballistic reports now show that all of the gunfire came from police. A peaceful protest was planned for Friday evening with the family wanting to meet with police officials to get answers, but the protester's pleas were unanswered. It was at this point that frustrations boiled over and the protests turned violent. This is the worst outbreak of social unrest in Britain in 25 years since the Broadwater Farm riots.



Summer Olympic Series: London Preparations

24 May, 2011 19:27  Erin Erin

London Olympic logo 2012Though still a year away, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is fast approaching. The Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place from July 27th to August 12th and will be the 30th modern Olympic Games. London is the first city to host the games a record three times.

Around 17,000 athletes are expected to participate representing over 200 countries. An estimated 500,000 visitors will descend on the event to watch the competitions live. Over 63,000 peoples are involved in the process to make the event successful. As always, the Olympics are a world event with the eyes of many nations already upon London. (More)


Royal Wedding: Kate and William

26 April, 2011 03:16  Erin Erin

"The Royal Wedding Approaches! The Royal Wedding Approaches!"

Royal wedding flag © Nicemonkey - FotoliaThe news is hard to avoid, even if you want to. Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married. Every aspect of the wedding is being broadcast to every corner of the world. Some British expats feel the pull back to lady England, while some expats in London would like nothing better than to never hear the words "royal" and "wedding" in the same sentence again.



Japan, the Disaster, and the Expats

23 March, 2011 12:50  Erin Erin

The world has watched in horror as Japan struggles to stabilize after the catastrophic disasters of a 9.0 earthquake, massive tsunami, and possible nuclear meltdown. Japan's preparation has insulated the country from some damage, but on any scale, the 2011 To-hoku earthquake and tsunami are a diaster of mammoth proportions.  (More)


Expatriates in Egypt

10 February, 2011 09:41  Erin Erin

Egypt. Shaded relief map © Arid Ocean - FotoliaExpats look forward to an exotic life of excitement and surprise. Unfortunately, expats in Egypt are getting more than they bargained for. As the people of Egypt struggle for greater independence, some expats have chosen to stay, some have left, and some have been removed by their companies.

What happened?

Egypt has long been known as one of the most stable nations in a volatile corner of the world. That does not mean that everything has been perfect. Ruler Hosni Mubarak has enjoyed his 30-year rule, while many of Egypt's people have not. Mubarak and the National Democratic Party has been accused using manipulation, intimidation, and rigged elections to keep the party in power for over 30 years.

Resistance had been growing with groups using Facebook groups and Twitter accounts to rally supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was officially banned, was partly responsible for motivating the people in this revolution.  (More)


Eyjafjallajokull: summary of a volcanic ash cloud story

16 June, 2010 20:21  Erin Erin

What is it?

Volcanic ash consists of small tephra (particles of rock and glass smaller than 2 mm). This ash can be spewed into the air during eruptions. Volcanic ash can be hazardous as it can affect breathing and cause malfunctions in machinery.

Iceland - Google mapEyjafjallajokull's Eruption in Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Iceland of Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) is believed to have started on March 20th, and led to a worldwide transportation disaster. The ash cloud hovered over the Atlantic Ocean and caused a week-long suspension of air traffic in Europe. Ash turned the sky hazy and tinted it a dirty yellow. Volcanic ash particles cans stay in the troposphere for weeks, and the finest tephra particles remain in the stratosphere for months. This suspended material can create spectacular sunsets. At its greatest height, the plume reached 33,000 ft (about 11 km) into the air. The controlled airspace of many countries was closed to instrument flight rules traffic resulting in the largest air traffic shut-down since World War II. (More)


Apartheid in Europe? How Belgium is divising

04 April, 2008 18:28  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Europe was founded on principles of tolerance and freedom of movement for the population and the business. Brussels was lobbying the European Community to become the host of most of the European institutions and is now broadly seen as the capital of Europe. Therefore, it is awkward to see that it is actually in the country symbol of Europe (one of the sixth founders), and mainly in the neighbourhood of the main city, that we observe now all the signs of communitarian and racism. (More)


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