By: Kayce Champion | May 4, 2017
An outdoor park in Armenia called Yell Extreme Park held a press conference on May 3. The purpose of the conference was to discuss a crowdfunding campaign to build the world’s longest zip-line. The Park is located in Yenokavan village in the Tavush region, South of Yerevan, the Capital of Armenia. The population of community is 612 people. Most are employed with cattle and agriculture. Zarmine Zeytuntsyan, Chairperson of the State Committee of Tourism of Armenia and Tigran Chibukhchyan, founder of Yell Extreme Park have presented the idea of the world’s largest zip-line as a way to boost Armenia’s tourist industry. They say that the project will help create job opportunities for the local communities. According to Yell Extreme Park over the last 10 years, stable tourism growth has been recorded in the community, which has led to the improved of social conditions in the villagers. Zeytuntsyan says the main purpose of the project is to raise international public awareness for Armenian tourism.
The length of the zip-line flight will be about 3 minutes in duration. The maximum speed of the zip-line will be 120 km/h (75 miles/h). The Yell zip-line will be 2680 meters (8,800 feet) in length and will be high 200-300 meters (650-1,000 feet). This will beat the longest zip-line \in the Guinness Book located in Puerto Rico, and the actually longest zip-line is in Mexico with length of 2545 meters. The idea of building the world’s longest zip-line has been a goal of the “Yell Extreme Park” team since its inception. The funding of the project has almost reached $4,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Eastern European Countries React to Anti-Gay Issue within Eastern Europe
By: Natalie Smith
The Republic of Chechnya has been receiving tons of backlash throughout the world regarding anti-gay actions. The Republic of Chechnya is a federal subject of Russia. There has been clear evidence of gay men being detained and violently attacked within Chechnya even murder. There has also been many claims of humiliation and tons of discrimination of gay men with strong evidence to support these claims. People have been responding to the events in Chechnya across the globe. People have spoken out about the events from San Francisco to Amsterdam. Only a few Eastern European countries have responded to the events occurring in Russia. Poland has spoken to Russian adversaries regarding the issue trying to take in refugees from Chechnya into Poland. Lithuania on the other hand is responding differently than Poland. Lithuania is a part of the European Union yet they are completely silent on the issue going on in Chechnya. The country of Georgia has not clearly came out in defense of the people being discriminated against in Chechnya; however, there has been many human rights activist standing up for the people in Chechnya. The human rights activist in Georgia have been helping refugees escape from discrimination in Chechnya and come to Georgia. The human rights activist in Georgia have been the most active in working to stand against the issue in Russia. All in all Eastern Europe as a whole have been very silent regarding the issue for political reasons. Only time can tell what will happen in Chechnya, but it is a pressing issue in Eastern Europe.
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By: Kayce Champion | April 21, 2017
Major Protest Breakout in Slovakia
By: Natalie Smith
Major protest have broken out within Slovakia with a focus on protesting against corruption. Thousands of Slovakian citizens have flocked to the streets of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. 5,000 people marched in the capital streets on April 19th of 2017. This protest was the largest protest seen in the capital in seven years. The protestors ranged from students to celebrities. The citizens of the country are angry with officials of the Slovakian government. There are many citizens who feel that corruption is limiting the growth and prosperity of the Eastern European country. Corruption is behavior that is fraudulent. Corruption can cause a country to be limited due to government officials seeking personal goals and not seeking what is in the best entrance of the country. The protestors are also looking for government officials to step down, change their morals, and possibly receive punishment. The protest in Slovakia are not the only protest going on in Eastern Europe regarding corruption. The protest in Slovakia in many ways are similar to the protest going on in Romania and Hungary. Corruption is a major issue in several eastern European countries. The Slovakia protest is also in many ways a response to the similar protest in the Eastern European region. The citizens of Slovakia are standing strong on their platforms, and they clearly want to see change. The protest in Slovakia have already taken a strong stance in expressing their negative feelings against corruption, but they just have begun. The protestors appear not to be backing down, and they will continue to fight against corruption just as other countries in their region are doing.
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Poland’s economy is a mixed economy that includes private freedoms and also central planning and government regulation. Poland was once communist, but after the 1989 free elections Poland has moved towards a more free-market economy. Being a mixed economy means that Poland uses aspects of both capitalism and socialism. In a capitalist economy there is little to no government regulation on business. The factors of production are controlled by owners of the businesses and their end goal is to make a profit. Under socialism there is heavy centralized government planning. The factors of production are controlled by the state and their end goal is to try to take care of as many peoples’ needs as possible. The aim of the Polish economy is to allow people to make profit in private industry but also provide for people in need. Since Poland is a mixed economy, it pulls aspects from both capitalism and socialism. While most businesses in Poland are private, there are state owned enterprises that compete in the economy. This means that while the factors of production are mostly controlled by private entities, some factors are controlled by the state. Because Poland is a market economy but with social programs, the type of capitalism with the most influence on Poland is welfare capitalism. Government also invests in economic infrastructure and certain crops are subsidized by the EU. Poland’s economy has strong ties with Germany’s economy, so Poland will often mimic German Policies. Poland has also become more ingrained in the EU economy as a result of their economy policies and close economic relationship with Germany. Poland was also the only EU country to avoid the recession in 2008. Polish economy has performed well in recent years, growth slowed in 2013 and then picked back up in 2014. Poland’s right of center Law and Justice government plans to create economic policies to help with long-term growth, but social programs are expected to increased deficit spending. Poland also faces several challenges, such as weak road and rail infrastructure, strict labor code, government red tape, and heavy taxes, especially for entrepreneurs and businesses. If Poland can confront these Problems, they could very well become a major European economic power.
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By: Kayce Champion | March 9, 2017
Ukrainian Economic System
By: Natalie Smith
The Ukrainian economy is currently a mixed system. The economy pulls the strongest parts of both capitalism and socialism in order to articulate an economy that works most efficiently for the Ukraine. The mixed economic system of the Ukraine was once a communist economic system. Once the Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union, the Ukraine’s economy changed from a communist economic system to a mixed system. A mixed system incorporates both socialist and capitalist concepts. Capitalism is a type of economic system where the government plays little to no role at all. The factors of production are owned by businessmen and investors in a capitalist economy. Socialism is a type of economic system where the government does play a significant role in the economy. In a mixed system the factors of production are owned by individuals, but the government does have some level of involvement. The mixed system economy in the Ukraine consist of a market economy with regulations and social programs. The market economy in the Ukraine allows individuals to own and develop private businesses without the government limiting them. The government however does place healthy regulations on businesses in order to protect consumers. The Ukraine also has many social programs such as social and survivor pension. These programs use the economy to benefit the citizens of the Ukraine and socially aide them. This is a socialistic idea, but it is mixed with the ideas of a capitalist economy. A major ramification of the mixed economic system within the Ukraine is trade. Trade is 108% of the Ukrainian GDP, and it is largely important to the country collectively. Prior to the independence of the Ukraine, the government in the Ukraine owned factories within the country. The communist idea of the government owning factors of production led to the failure of many factories causing the economic system to transform. The goal of the Ukrainian economy today appears to be to allow businesses and the economy to flourish while still protecting individuals socially within the country. The Ukrainian economy has had moments of weakness, but it has so much potential for growth. The landscape of the Ukraine is filled with natural resources and power resources that have the potential to drive the economy forward. The Ukraine has also been taking steps to receive more foreign investors. Foreign investors could potentially benefit the economy as well. The mixed economic system in the Ukraine appears to be a strong balance between capitalism and socialism. The Ukraine has built an economy around its strengths, and the Ukrainian economy in my opinion will continue to grow under a mixed system.
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By: Kayce Champion | February 21, 2017