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Aug 08 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

1. UN-Habitat: Sustainable Urban Development Network

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-HABITAT, is the organization’s agency for human settlements. The group’s main objective is to “promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.” More specifically, the Sustainable Urban Development Network, or SUD-NET, works to reduce poverty and encourage the creation and development of “livable, productive and inclusive cities.” Those interested in globalization and urban development worldwide will find much of interest here, including the group’s key activities, thematic focus areas, partnerships, and reports. “Cities and Climate Change Initiative,” a 2009 report, is currently featured on the website, and is available for download as a PDF.

2. Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society provides this online exhibit on the abolitionist movement in Boston, both prior to and during the Civil War. The website includes seven distinct sections, each highlighting manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. One section touches on William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator, an important antislavery newspaper; visitors can read the entire first issue of the newspaper, which was published in 1831. In addition, the Historical Society has provided a number of scans of pamphlets, broadsides, signage, and other ephemera, which are both historically and visually interesting. This collection would be useful for anyone interested in the abolitionist movement or Massachusetts history.

 

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 30, July 26, 2013]

 

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Apr 05 2013

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source

Feature
Health Outcomes of Mexican Immigrant Women in the United States
According to the National Population Council of Mexico, only 15 percent of Mexican immigrant women in the United States were enrolled in public health programs in 2012. Much of what is known about the Mexican immigrant population’s access to health care in the United States is based on combined data for both sexes. However, in terms of health, women have different experiences and needs, and it is therefore important to deepen knowledge of health determinants, access to and use of health services, and health status of this group in particular. This article provides a comparative analysis of health outcomes of Mexican immigrant women in the United States, assessing the results against what is known as the immigrant paradox — the idea that these women enjoy a better state of health overall than might be expected, given their socioeconomic status and very limited health insurance coverage.

Country Profile
Guatemalan Migration in Times of Civil War and Post-War Challenges
Since 1990, the number of Central American immigrants in the United States has nearly tripled. This immigrant population grew faster than any other region-of-origin population from Latin America between 2000 and 2010. This article focuses on a wide range of characteristics of Central American immigrants residing in the United States, including the population’s size, geographic distribution, admission categories, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

Going to the Back of the Line: A Primer on Lines, Visa Categories, and Wait Times - By Claire Bergeron
Contrary to popular belief, there is not one “line” that leads to lawful permanent residence; current immigration law provides multiple paths to permanent residency. This brief, the first in a new series of issue briefs related to the ongoing comprehensive immigration reform debate, examines who is in the “line,” what are the various visa categories involved in family- and employment-based immigration, wait times, countries most affected by the backlogs, and more. The brief, and MPI’s extensive research and data offerings that are directly on point to the current debate, can be found at a new online resource.

[Source: Migration Information Source]

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Mar 01 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  • Digital Scholarship Lab
  • Based at the University of Richmond, the Digital Scholarship Lab develops “innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond.” On the website, visitors can learn about ongoing projects, publications, and the Lab’s team of dedicated professionals. The Projects section is quite remarkable, as it contains seven unique projects, including Visualizing Emancipation, Hidden Patterns of the Civil War, and Mining the Dispatch. This last project is fantastic, exploring “the dramatic and often traumatic changes in the social and political life of Civil War Richmond” through the articles of the Richmond Daily Dispatch. There are also several Mini-Projects, which include a meditati on on Pac-Man and the fascinating Americans in Paris. The Publications and Presentations area includes links to presentations given by staff members, along with commentaries and the like. The site is rounded out by the News area and an About area which provides details on the staff.

  • NOAA: Images, Visualizing Data, Marine Geology & Geophysics Division
  • The National Geophysical Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a wide range of educational materials designed for oceanographers, private industry partners, and a range of other users. This particular corner of the site brings together dozens of resources that deal with seafloor topography, sediment thickness, natural hazards, and unique animated dives to ocean floor features. This last collection is quite remarkable, as it allows visitors to dive into the Mariana and Puerto Rico Trenches in a way that would be impossible without some rather expensive equipment. Moving along, t he Crustal Age of the Ocean Floor area is an absolute wonder, featuring high-quality images of the earth’s tectonic plates. Additionally, the Globes and Global Relief Images area includes short videos of rotating relief globes, along with a very cool global relief origami piece that can be printed out as a type of decoration or class project. The site is rounded out by a link to the Natural Hazards Image Database, which contains thousands of photographs documenting the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 8, February 22, 2013]

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Feb 07 2013

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Live, from Beirut…
  2. Mali Is Not a Stan
  3. A Maritime Balkans of the 21st Century?
  4. The Contagion Effect
  5. Secretary of Schlep
  6. On the Warpath with France’s Avant-Garde
  7. Think Again: Immigration

[Source: Foreign Policy, 29th - 31st January 2013]

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Dec 06 2011

Top 10 Migration Issues of 2011

  1. Arab Spring and Fear of Migrant Surge Expose Rift in EU Immigration Policy Circles
  2. Economic Malaise Makes Immigrants a Target for Restrictive Legislation, Public Backlash
  3. Immigration in United States and Parts of Europe Gives Way to Increased Emigration
  4. Highly Skilled Migrants Seek New Destinations as Global Growth Shifts to Emerging Economies
  5. Substantial Investments to Court Diaspora Entrepreneurs for Development Gains
  6. Heading into the 2012 Elections, Republican Presidential Candidates Walk the Immigration Policy Tightrope
  7. Immigrant Detention under Scrutiny in Australia, United Kingdom, and United States
  8. The Arab Spring and Other Crises in Africa Displace More Than 1 Million People
  9. A Decade after 9/11, Enforcement Focus Prevails in the United States; Broader Immigration Reforms Remain Stalled
  10. Caught between Two Migration Realities, Mexico Passes New Immigration Legislation

 

[Source: Migration Policy Institute]

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Sep 19 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. A Dictator’s Handbook for the President
  2. Think Again: The Two-State Solution
  3. Rebel Rupture
  4. The Land of Gas and Honey
  5. Victory Lap
  6. How do you post bail to the Iranian government?
  7. Asia’s New Silk Road

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 13th-15th September 2011]

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Sep 14 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Does Obama Have His Eye on the Right Economic Crisis?
  2. The 9/11 Anniversary Reader
  3. Mission Accomplished. Finally.
  4. Reading Shakespeare in Kandahar
  5. What War Looks Like
  6. The Future of Money
  7. Return of the Renditioned
  8. 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the War on Terror

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 6th-8th September 2011]

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Aug 25 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Life After Debt
  2. Planning for Libya 2.0
  3. The Empire at Dusk
  4. Days of Freedom
  5. How the West Was Drilled
  6. Big Screen Bullies
  7. Vicious Cycle

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th-18th August 2011]

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Jun 09 2009

Sustainable Development Headlines From Global Issues

  1. Economy-Us: One in Five Children Sinking Into Poverty
  2. Population: Developing Countries Must Focus on ‘Positive Ageing’
  3. Uganda: ‘‘Idi Amin, Civil War and AIDS Scaring Tourists Away’’
  4. Zambia: Opposition to Chinese Firm Running Copper Mine
  5. Us-Cuba: Obama Still Moving Cautiously Toward Normalisation
  6. Energy: South African Government Edging Towards Renewable Sources
  7. Development-Vietnam: Govt Bauxite Plan Stirs Public Worries
  8. Economy: ‘‘Africa Should Seize Control of its Development’’

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