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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.

There are striking similarities between the events in Tunisia, which triggered the Arab Spring and the situation unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of an African American teenager was the catalyst for segments of Ferguson’s population of 21,000 to move to protests, civil disobedience, and violence just as the self-immolation of a fruit vendor in 2010 caused nation-wide protests and the eventual overthrow of the Tunisian government. It is not the individual events themselves that demand attention or focus, but the underlying causes that when...

On Wednesday, a British Columbian Aboriginal Indian tribe took a stand against Imperial Metals, burning down a bridge that provides access to their Rudduck Creek zinc and lead mine. The incident by the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors is in response to an earthen tailings dam failure at the Mount Polley mine on August 4th, which resulted in 24 million cubic meters of toxic tailings and water being released into the Hazeltine Creek. This is not the first time Imperial Metals has experienced challenges from local tribes in Canada. On...

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...

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