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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:10 AM   #3641
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Point Roberts - another US exclave. Must be strange to live in that last house...

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&...68.07,,0,16.65
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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #3642
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Back to exciting European borders. Claimed by Slovenia, administered by Croatia (sometimes also by Slovenia ).


http://www.radiokrka.com/Novice/Novi...8/Default.aspx

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...02411&t=h&z=19
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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:50 AM   #3643
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To Penns Woods photos of the Mexico Border: your photos are exactly opposite:

on the top photo, Mexico is on the right side, USA on the left side

on the bottom photo, Mexico is on the left side, USA on the right side
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Old October 28th, 2010, 04:23 AM   #3644
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That's not me - I was pointing that out. :-)
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Old October 28th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #3645
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Please elaborate. I know little of either.
Haiti is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get on the wealth/economic activity scale and the Dominican Republic is very midrange. Haiti is grinding poverty and DR, although certainly not rich, is much less bad off.

The USA and Mexico are very different on that scale, too, but the differences are not to the extent of those between Haiti and DR, and the differences are narrowing.

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Old October 28th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #3646
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Back to exciting European borders. Claimed by Slovenia, administered by Croatia (sometimes also by Slovenia ).


http://www.radiokrka.com/Novice/Novi...8/Default.aspx

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...02411&t=h&z=19
Wasn't this situation solved with the recent agreements between Slovenia and Croatia? Who's right? I see the house is beyond Dragonja river, although it should be Slovenia, according to Google maps.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #3647
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Wasn't this situation solved with the recent agreements between Slovenia and Croatia?
Not yet, just an agreement was reached to solve the border with an arbitration. This includes maritime border in the Gulf of Piran.

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Who's right?
We'll see.

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I see the house is beyond Dragonja river, although it should be Slovenia, according to Google maps.
Google is on our side. Anyway, I just wanted to spice up presumably boring European borders.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 02:12 AM   #3648
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The border checkpoint on the Franco-Brazilian border is being built as we speak right now. It will be located on the French side of the Oyapock River. It is the first Franco-Brazilian border checkpoint ever built. Workers are working non-stop on the checkpoint, the access road, and the international bridge itself to open everything in December, just before the end of Lula's presidency, because Lula wants to inaugurate the bridge with Sarkozy before he leaves the presidency. Here are the latest pictures of the checkpoint taken 10 days ago.











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Old October 29th, 2010, 02:20 AM   #3649
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The French road authorities started to put the upper layer of pavement on the access road to the international bridge last week. Here are the pictures taken last week.





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Old October 29th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #3650
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Great pics.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:13 AM   #3651
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The border checkpoint on the Franco-Brazilian border is being built as we speak right now. It will be located on the French side of the Oyapock River. It is the first Franco-Brazilian border checkpoint ever built. Workers are working non-stop on the checkpoint, the access road, and the international bridge itself to open everything in December, just before the end of Lula's presidency, because Lula wants to inaugurate the bridge with Sarkozy before he leaves the presidency. Here are the latest pictures of the checkpoint taken 10 days ago.
And how were the people crossing the border between this two countries before?

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Old October 29th, 2010, 02:30 PM   #3652
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There was no road, so no border crossing.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #3653
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A ferry could also be a border crossing. There have to be customs somewhere, otherwise it could lead to legalized uncontrolled immigration.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #3654
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I think that I saw pics somewhere of customs on both sides and a lot of checkpoints between the border and Cayenne.

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A ferry could also be a border crossing. There have to be customs somewhere, otherwise it could lead to legalized uncontrolled immigration.
Well, if it wasn't for uncontrolled immigration, all of humanity would live in the same place.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #3655
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Language?
Well, yes, that is an obvious reason but making the EU a federal republic wouldn't fix that lol.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #3656
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A ferry could also be a border crossing. There have to be customs somewhere, otherwise it could lead to legalized uncontrolled immigration.
There was no ferry. There were mobile customs checks I believe, but no border post/border checkpoing.

The border between France and Brazil is the longest French land border, and it is the least guarded. There is lots of uncontrolled immigration going on. The French Indians in the jungle complain a lot about it. It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 40,000 illegal garimpeiros digging gold in the jungles deep inside French Guiana, polluting the rivers with mercury and other toxic products which end up in the fishes that the Indians eat. There's lots of back and forth between Brazil and French Guiana, and the Indians are in the middle of this, complaining about the lack of policing by the French state. Recently the Indians have started to attack some garimpeiros because they feel the French army does too little to protect them.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #3657
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I though that French Guiana was an independent country until I saw it on some France maps.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #3658
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Guyana and Suriname became independent though. The British and Spanish recognized the independence of many former territories around the Caribbean basin, but the French didn't as much.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:50 PM   #3659
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I though that French Guiana was an independent country until I saw it on some France maps.
It also appears on Euro banknotes, bottom-left, the first right after the "EURO" caption.

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The British and Spanish recognized the independence of many former territories around the Caribbean basin, but the French didn't as much.
Neither did the Dutch, apart from Suriname.
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It also appears on Euro banknotes, bottom-left, the first right after the "EURO" caption.
It's not at real scale though.

The real scale is this:
[img]http://i55.************/s16p0i.jpg[/img]
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