Sunday, December 31, 2006

I am having some trouble loading pictures onto blogger so I dumped a lot of pics in a web album

(from Wikipedia)

Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country in West Middle Africa, one of the smallest in continental Africa. It is bordered by Cameroon on the north, Gabon on the south and east, and the Gulf of Guinea on the west, where the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe lie to its southwest. Formerly the Spanish colony of Spanish Guinea, the country's territory (continentally known as Río Muni) includes a number of islands, including the sizable island of Bioko where the capital, Malabo (formerly Santa Isabel), is located. Its post-independence name is suggestive of its location near both the equator and the Gulf of Guinea. It is the only country in mainland Africa where Spanish is an official language, excluding the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Equatorial Guinea is the smallest country, in terms of population, in continental Africa (Seychelles and São Tomé and Príncipe are smaller). It is also the smallest United Nations member from continental Africa, and the smallest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The discovery of sizeable oil reserves changed the history of the country in recent years.


Equatorial Guinea is a small country at the west coast of Central Africa. Despite a per capita GDP (PPP) of more than US$30,000 [1] (CIA Factbook $50,200[2]) which is as of 2006 the sixth highest in the world, Equatorial Guinea ranks 121st out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index.

What does this fact mean? How can this be possible?

This is a problem that many 3rd world countries face. Follow the links into wikipedia to do a bit of research and earn 10 points if you can explain the meaning of this fact and how it can be possible. Write a short explanatory paragraph as a comment. Earn 2 points when you make a comment of a comment already posted by one of your peers about this topic. Do not post as Annonymous because then I cannot give you credit for your work.


Dayle said...

Heyy Mrs.Ragatz,
I was wondering if it is at all possiable to earn some extra credit by writing up a mini-paper on the Gerald R. Ford memorial service that I attended yesterday. Just e-mail me back at the previous e-mail I have given you. Thanks!

Dayle said...

This fact means that even though they had the 6th highest GDP, they are still on the bottome of the Human Development Index. This is because very few improvments have been made to the living standards of the people. Also, the bank that handled most of Equatorial Guinea had been siphoned by Obiang, his family, and senior officals of his regime. The bank had done the same thing to Chile's Augusto Pinochet. The bank paid $9 million dollars back to Chile's Augusto Pinochet. However, they did not give any money back to Equatorial Guinea. Thus, not allowing the country to improve their living conditions. Since the living conditions could not be improved, that puts them at the bottom of the Human Development Index.

Pilar said...

Thomas and I looked at the pictures on the other page and that's a sweet picture of coke from saudi arabia. The pictures of the guy climbing that huge tree was crazy, I'd probably pass out half way up there and pass out.