So! (en) | The true size of the World

Today, I bring you an app to compare the size of the countries. “The True Size” – that’s how it’s called – is an interactive map on which you can select a country and drag it around on the World to compare its size to the rest of the territories. It is quite fascinating to see that the representation of the Earth that we are all familiar with is not as accurate as we might have expected. 

For example, with an extension of 17,098,242 km², Russia is only 1.78 times bigger than China (9,596,961 km²)

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The USA (8,080,464 km²) is only 0.21 times smaller than the whole continent of Europe (10,180,000 km²)

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On the surface of the African continent (30,200,000 km²) you can fit the size of three Canadas (9,984,670 km²). 

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So! (en) | Q2 2016 EU immigration to the UK

During the period June 2015-June 2016, net migration to the UK was (+)335.000 new citizens. In total, the country received 650.000 immigrants, 284.000 only from the EU. Particularly, during the first six months of 2016, the United Kingdom welcomed 15.000 new EU citizens.

The number of citizens from EU2 (Bulgaria and Romania) and EU14 (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) grew. Specifically, in 5.000 and 8.000 people respectively. The amount of nationals from EU8 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungry, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia), remained constant. A possible explanation for this can be that the number of immigrants and emigrants from these countries was virtually the same. 

As for June 2016, the UK had 70.000 citizens from EU2, 73.000 from EU8, and 138.000 from EU14.  

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So! (en) | Access to clean water around the world

From a global perspective, the percentage of people with access to clean water has relentlessly been increasing througout the last decades. The below World Bank’s line chart shows that our planet has seen an overall improvement of almost 15%. 

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However, the reality shows a great gap between developed countries and developing countries that still needs to be narrowed. In 2015, the difference between some countries in Africa or South East Asia and those in Europe or North America was still huge. For example, only 40% of the population in Papua New Guinea had access to clean water. Although this percentage might have increased during the last year, it’d be still low in comparison to other countries in the same region that have virtually full access to drinking water.

Nevertheless, we can find an exception to this global improvement in sanitation. In the sub-Saharan region of Africa, the number of people that cannot access clean water has increased since 1990 due to population growth and insuficient progress. 

 

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The chart below shows that Chad, Angola, Ecuatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea are the 4 countries with worst access to safe water as for 2015. 

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So! (en) | Acceptance of wife-beating across the globe

Male violence against women is a social issue that, sadly, has made it to the headlines during the first hours of 2017. In Spain, the first deadly victim of misogyny was claimed in the morning of January the 1st. However, first reports suggest she could have been murdered during New Year’s Eve. 

Women continue to suffer from male violence and discrimination on a global scale. Recently, I came across this World Map by the statistics division of the United Nations that shows the regions where women and men aged 15-49 somehow justify and accept wife-beating. Striking. 

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United Nations, 2015. Acceptance of wife-beating remains high. Accessed 2 Jan 2017 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/worldswomen.html

So! (en) | There are good anti-heroes, too

In today’s world, mainstream audience can’t find anything super in super heroes anymore. This might be a possible explanation of why the media tend to use less and less hero narratives in order to tell the story. Instead, TV shows and films are increasingly putting the spotlight on the figure of the anti-hero. So much that, in most cases, the story revolves completely around this quasi evil characters. Continue reading “So! (en) | There are good anti-heroes, too”

So! (en) |The middle ground between the poles: Soviet design V Capitalist design

In my October article for PETRIe, I wrote about Soviet design and, particularly, about Soviet consumers. They have lived the transition from nauseating shortage to disparate abundance; from an economy strictly planned by the State to the one driven by the market. Are these people enjoying the vast Continue reading “So! (en) |The middle ground between the poles: Soviet design V Capitalist design”

So! (en) | Radio piece on Colombia’s historic peace deal

The deal brought an end to a 52-year-old war with las FARC, however, the ultimate choice was on the hands of the Colombian people who rejected the deal in the referendum of October, 2nd. Will peace eventually come to Colombia?

International media  is unanimous; Colombians missed the opportunity to reunite a divided country.  The BBC compares the Colombian referendum to the Brexit one: neither the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos,  nor David Cameron expected those results. The New York Times blames, not only the content of the accord that gives FARC many privileges, but specially Juan Manuel Santo’s public governance. Probably, the most fierce critic comes from Spain. A possible explanation for this may be the activity of the terrorist band, ETA between the years 1959 –  2011, and that it is still a very sensitive issue in the country. In an opinion article, the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, celebrates the bravery of those who voted against the deal. The piece defends Colombians’ rejection, and points out that those who committed horrendous crimes shouldn’t be given such privileges.

In order to understand a bit more about the peace accord and what it represents for the country, I spoke with two Colombian friends: Natalia and Adriana. They both agree that is time for peace to come to Colombia. Because, as Natalia says, this is an opportunity to try something different, and talk about how, all together, make a better Colombia.

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