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Written by milansova on Oct 18, 2009

The 15th Climate Change Convention under the UN, taking place in Copenhagen, is rapidly approaching, and being in the city one can feel the gathering excitement, and anxiety as the people of Denmark prepare for this crucial moment in history. The city is expecting to have 15,000 visitors for alternative climate events, which will put an incredible amount of stress on the cities infrastructure. Police matters will be put at a halt while the full force will be out on the streets looking out for illegal protests and terrorist activities, and...

Written by Seanedwardwatkins on Oct 18, 2009

Briefly, I would first like to discuss a little known issue about the production of technology. The article, “The new blood diamonds? Electronics makers are pressed to stop using 'conflict minerals' from mines controlled by armed groups in DR Congo ” by Lawrence Delevingne speaks to the growing amount of technology related minerals coming from the Congo. I would argue that most consumers do not know that the majority of the electronic products they use consist of ‘conflict minerals’. ‘Conflict minerals’ are those like Coltan (which Tantalum is extracted from)...

Written by Matiwos09 on Oct 18, 2009

What do you think of when you hear the word Ethiopia?

I’ve asked this question to many people over the last three months and I keep hearing two words in particular; drought and famine.

From August 2008 until July 2009 I lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Now when I hear the word Ethiopia I think; smiles, juice, buna (or coffee), hospitality, brain drain, family, community, injera (or Ethiopian flat bread), obedience, and shenanigans. Ethiopia means so much to me now. I went there with the intention...

Written by lrberg08 on Oct 17, 2009

As we all know, our world is not only going through an economic recession, but an environmental shift to "caring" about our planet. Although most professors seem to believe that the great mother earth will somehow outlive the human population, which is something that I certainly believe in based on how we treat our planet. But this blog won't be about our human destruction persay, but rather about a certain area of environmental studies which intriques me greatly - nonrenewable and renewable energy resources.

For those of you who haven't taken any environmental courses or pay much attention to the news, as I was before this past summer, the nonrenewable energy resources that power our electricity, fuel our cars, and provide us with heat are as follows: oil (petroleum), coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy (in the form of uranium-235). Basically we have given...

Written by steveperaza on Oct 17, 2009


Perhaps the notion of poverty has been one of the most elusive in the modern era. What exactly is it? Does it have particular characteristics? Who would one identify as poor? How does one avoid or overcome poverty? Is s/he personally to blame or are society and its structures responsible? These are only some of the questions that men and women around the world have asked and sought to answer, usually to no avail. In the following weeks I will join them, as I explore urban poverty, its history, its current manifestations, and its future.

A good entry point, then, might be a definition. Here I will cite The World Bank: Urban poverty has many dimensions and can affect millions in dynamic ways. Among the dimensions of poverty that the World Bank delineates are: income poverty; health and education poverty; personal and tenure security; and disempowerment. Each dimension can affect whether one will find a job, acquire work skills, sustain productive assets like housing, build household relations, and employ social capital. Through this multidimensional attack on asset ownership, the World Bank argues, poverty renders millions vulnerable.


Written by Acorde on Oct 17, 2009

This world is full of stereotypes. Unnecessary stereotypes. When my mom has to answer every time that mine and my sister's profession is being musicians, many ask again "but, what do they do for a living?." So it seems that musicians (and artists for that matter) are barely human beings; we are often tagged as drug addicts, alcoholics, good-for-nothing, unproductive, lazy people. What many don't realize is that looking for gigs, studying every day, auditioning for a position in orchestras, going to workshops around the world, and teaching--ALL AT THE SAME TIME!--is exhausting. It is our job, and we take it seriously. We are in charge of giving people the gift to appreciate music.



Written by Seanedwardwatkins on Oct 17, 2009

Welcome back to my blog!  I have been with The Weave on and off since its inception way back when I was an undergrad. Unfortunately, I have been on hiatus because of the pressures of grad school (first a Masters in Popular Culture and now a PhD in Media and Communication ), but luckily for you I have finally decided to set my priorities straight. The Weave is a crucial space where students and faculty alike can share their analysis of new s and/or promote under-reported stories. The Weave is a place where we should feel free to comment and be commented upon. While news is a big portion of the picture, dialogue is...

Written by Acorde on Oct 15, 2009


Freedom of speech? Being able to leave your country whenever you want? Give your opinion in public without being pinpointed as a deserter? Have contact with the outter world through the web?

All of these are not an option in Cuba. At least not for Yoani Sánchez , a prominent Cuban blogger. For your reference, recently I made available to all Weave followers a video and a short comment about blogging at the most controversial island of the world.

So, Yoani's story goes like this.

She started blogging in 2007 after realizing that what she had studied (Philology) was not fulfilling herself. She then decided to enter the concrete world of numbers...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

(Kaiteur Falls, Guyana)

Our goal was simple, prove that the cheapest way to volunteer is not through a pre-planned all-inclusive trip but rather by going to a place in need and offering your services. It was our belief that the construct of paying money to give your labor is financially preclusive to the vast majority of those who want to volunteer abroad. In this vein volunteering abroad has too often become the entertaining café story of the wealthy when it should be an opportunity for all. The dilemma then came, how can we best prove our theorem. Then we heard of a country that gets less than 5,000 visitors a year, has struggled with HIV AIDS, persistent crime, and destruction of their natural resources. A destination that happened to be the cheapest international flight out of New York. A country that the world at large has forgotten about. That country is Guyana.

    For those who are thinking Guyana is in the Southeast Asia, Africa, or perhaps a claimed territory in Micronesia, you would be horribly wrong. Guyana is a country on the North Coast of South America, however to call it a Latin American nation would be blasphemy as they have almost nothing to do with their neighbors of Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname least of all language. For all intensive purposes Guyana is part of the Caribbean, proving this point most...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

 This is an article spotlighting a free volunteer opportunity in Central America. In the midst of a global recession we cannot in good conscience ask volunteers to pay money to help. Helping should always be free.


Since the beginning of the recession, the number of volunteers globally has tripled. This is of course logical as people can not only help others with their free time but also continue to be productive, explore different career paths, and avoid the dreaded “hole” in the resume. However volunteering unfortunately costs money. It costs us money, not only in our time, but also transportation, and in some cases fees to volunteer. I starting looking into the range of fees and quickly became disgusted by the ruthless profit margins that companies were making. In Nicaragua for example there are organizations where you pay $500 a week to volunteer, when the real average cost per traveler per day is most likely under $10, including a safe place to stay. It robs the volunteer of more than just money, but also their ability to stay for any substantive period of time without draining their savings account. Then I found an organization outside Grenada, Nicaragua called Casas de Esperanza, and remembered why I wanted to volunteer.

    Casas de Esperanza is an organization working with a squatter...