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The contents of this blog highlight geopolitical, ethno-religious, and socio-cultural issues from around the world. Contributions are made by ENODO Global, Inc. and its strategic partners.

Anyone who has traveled abroad will understand, the United States is thought by many around the world to be an omnipotent power that controls most anything it wants. The United States is held up as something to be revered in a sense, but it is also not always thought to be a benevolent overseer.  The confluence of these conflicting thought processes can create interesting outcomes, and the way the United States is referred to when speaking with some people is both comical and concerning. This holds...

Social movements and protests reveal the sociocultural identity layers that move beneath the surface of geopolitical outcomes. And just like the currents that drive the ebb and flow of waves, it is people’s ideologies that ultimately determines the fate of the state. “Human geography forms the foundation of society and thus the systems that govern it.” In countries where governments are fragile due to economic or political turmoil, the societies influence is profound. “Even if we regard the state as the highest level of global...

Tensions between Kenyan local authorities and its central government over oil and mining exploration taxes could lead to instability for potential investors in Kenyan mining and oil futures – and for the Kenyan government itself. Several counties along Kenya’s coast are proposing exploration taxes to generate revenue for infrastructure projects, improved services, and job creation. A bill has been presented for vote next week that would increase charges for land use and new permits to companies operating in these areas. If the legislation is passed...

Smoke billowed from a government building in Chilpancingo, Mexico, while hundreds of student and teachers smashed windows and set fires to the capitol building on Monday. The violence is in response to three recent incidents: the disappearance of 43 students who went missing on Sept 26th, believed to be abducted by local police linked to a drug cartel; an attack by police in Iguala, who opened fire on teachers and college students, killing at least six and detaining dozens that have not been returned; and...

For many multi-national corporations, integrating cultural understanding into business operations has become an important part of modern corporate philosophy. Companies make significant contributions to social development funds, environmental protection initiatives, and corporate social responsibility programs to mitigate their risk and protect their reputations. They publicize their efforts on websites and in annual reports to demonstrate how they are attuned to the cultures, customs, and traditions of the societies where they operate. Although some companies have an altruistic objective, most efforts are driven by profit and...

In the village of Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Villagers are feeling the negative effects of black granite mining.  Mining has created huge open pits that have killed people and livestock, damaged homes due to blasting, caused environmental damage, eroded grazing lands, and showed a total disregard for ancestral land rights. At the same time roads, schools and hospitals remain in poor condition, with no investment by the companies extracting the granite in the area. The Mines and Minerals Act of 1961 governs mining activities in regard to the...