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Why South African whites are coming home

Why South African whites are coming home | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Hundreds of thousands of whites left South Africa following the ANC's landslide election victory in 1994. Twenty years on, the exodus shows signs of slowing, even reversing. Jane Flanagan spoke to some of those who have returned."

 

The exodus has steadily slowed however and there is evidence that many of those that left - whether for careers, over safety fears or political instability - are returning. Homecoming Revolution estimates that some 340,000 have come home in the last decade.

The idea that the "pale male" is not welcome in the South Africa, in the wake of a widespread implementation of affirmative action, is misplaced, Ms Jones says.

There is "no shortage" of opportunities for returning skilled professionals with international experience, particularly in finance and IT, she says.  But settling back into life in South Africa often takes time and some cannot put aside their original motivations for going. Around one in six returnees end up leaving again.


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5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe

5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily. In recent decades, the Muslim share of the population throughout Europe grew about 1 percentage point a decade, from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010.
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unit 2,3,and 4!  How does the concepts of multi nation states, multi state nations, ethnonationalism, terrorism, immigration, religion, culture apply to this current event? 

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Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates

Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"A former student of mine drew my attention to a recent article in Slate written by Alyssa Pelish and titled 'The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World'."


Tags:  language, culture, diffusion.


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11 Signs Your Hood Is Being Gentrified

11 Signs Your Hood Is Being Gentrified | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A Washington, D.C., resident describes the changes and privilege that have moved into her longtime neighborhood.


Tags: neighborhood, gentrification, urban, place, culture, economic, Washington DC.


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-stan by your land

Central Asia is full of lands whose names end in -stan. A certain powerful North American country has a related name. How? It's not your standard explanation...

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Beatrice J. P. Vasconcelos's curator insight, January 8, 4:39 PM

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Chris Plummer's curator insight, January 21, 7:21 AM

Summary- In this video, it explains way so many easter countries end in -stan. Pakistan, Turkistan, and Kyrgyzstan are all examples of this. Turns our, -stan is the persian word for country. Thats why all the countries neighboring Iran have all been influenced by this, with -stan as the last part of the country name. Iran also havs -stans within its borders as well. There are also places ending is -stan which aren't part of the origin 7 -stans. Independence movements, historical regions, and administrative regions and in -stan as well. 

 

Insight - In unit 3, one of the the main things we study is why are places named what they are and why do languages diffuse. In this case, all these places are named what they are because of the ethnic group living in that area is defying their territory as a state(country). I saw the -stan diffusion as a form of contagious diffusion. It kept spreading outward from Iran to a lot of states north east of it. 

Tyler Anson's curator insight, January 21, 10:15 AM

This video goes to explain why so many countries in the middle east end in the root -stan. It goes back to show how the root diffused from proto-indo-european root, 'to stand'. -stan simply means 'a place where one stays' and is Persian. Therefore, the nations in the Middle East were given their names by Persian geographers with the ending   -stan in the same way that the nations in Europe were given names by English Geographers using the root -land (Finland, Poland, etc)

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In an Ideal World...

In an Ideal World... | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Tags: art, fun.


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, January 26, 8:45 PM

I am absolutely fascinated by Earth's Physical Environments. What I like specifically about this map and most maps for that matter is that you won't find a lot of comfortable environments that introduce you to many environmental areas in real life. As long as I have the survival skills, I would love to live in a place where I can know what are Earth's Physical Environments.

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35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Take a tour through America's immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming

 

American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves "a nation of immigrants": a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of "inferior" races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave.

But while the reality of America's immigrant heritage is more complicated than the myth, it's still a fundamental truth of the country's history. It's impossible to understand the country today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

 

Tags: migration, map.


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As a former New Yorker myself, I find map 34 to be interesting. It's unusual how Staten Island doesn't have any Italian immigrants being that Staten Island contains a town called little Italy. I'm not surprised that many immigrants are all sorts of different races because New York City is right overseas from Europe and Western Asia. However, I don't understand why there are a lot of Chinese immigrants in New York, New York because if China were to go overseas to the United States, their closet state would be California. One map that I thought was pretty accurate was the first map. I thought it was accurate because most foreign immigrants were not scattered around the United States. For example, the most of the Mexican immigrants were mostly in the southwestern region of the United States obviously because Mexico is southwest of the United States. Also, many African-American immigrants were in the southeastern area of the United States and it makes sense because I did some research on Georgia and I found out that Georgia has many different ethnic groups. The most popular ethnic group would be African-Americans.

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The Most Complex International Borders in the World - Part 2 - YouTube

Yet more complex international borders in this sequel. In this video I look at even more enclaves and exclaves: the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Th...
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Here Is The Most Disproportionately Popular Cuisine In Each State

Here Is The Most Disproportionately Popular Cuisine In Each State | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Utah is crazy about Hawaiian food, apparently....
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Map: Literally every goat in the United States

Map: Literally every goat in the United States | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The geography of goats.
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unit one--how could I ignore this map?

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You Can Be King

Everyone dreams of staking a claim to a deserted island, but few pull it off. Former British Army Maj. Paddy Roy Bates was a bit more proactive; he created his own country back in 1967, and the tiny state is still going strong.

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Nepal, India to begin 'field work' to settle border disputes

Nepal, India to begin 'field work' to settle border disputes
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This stunning map shows tens of thousands of people have disappeared in Mexico since 2007

Disappearances have increased following the country's renewed war on drugs.
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Unit 2 (immigration), Unit 5 agriculture-drug trade), Unit 5 Economic development. These statistics are astounding and this map makes them visually standout.  While Nigerian school children abductions and Pakistani school terror attacks are definitely news worthy headlines, I think we have somewhat become numb to how almost normal disappearances are for our neighbors to the south. 

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Fake UNICEF video game 'pitch' leads to walkout

Fake UNICEF video game 'pitch' leads to walkout | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
UN experiment with South Sudan video game idea receives criticism from gamers.
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Unit 2/Unit 6  Many were outraged by UNICEFs methods to seek awareness for refugees in South Sudan. But the reality does exist in South Sudan and maybe the sensationalism will elicit the discussion that they wanted? 

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Jeff Cherry's curator insight, January 12, 9:06 AM

This operation is in Indiana where I'm from.  Farming is big time here!

Brian Wilk's curator insight, January 22, 6:38 PM

I work for PepsiCo and Coca-Cola needed to do this to stay competitive with us. We distribute Muscle Milk and have had a head start on this growing beverage segment for the consumer looking for protein. Hopefully KO can generate a successful product and challenge their main rivals to come up with a better product so that the consumer can win. Our product is also shelf stable and could be a viable alternative to help with the war on hunger in less developed countries. Here's hoping for KO to be in the game and for PEP to rise to the challenge!

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7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014

7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014 | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Sadly, there was plenty of mayhem and violence that didn't make newspaper frontpages. Here are some awful conflicts that merited more attention.


Tags: conflict,  Libya, Yemen, Assam (India), the Sudans, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya. 


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Current events, course resource, could be applied to just about every unit!

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HarperCollins omits Israel from maps for Mideast schools, citing ‘local preferences’

HarperCollins omits Israel from maps for Mideast schools, citing ‘local preferences’ | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"For months, publishing giant HarperCollins has been selling an atlas it says was developed specifically for schools in the Middle East. It trumpets the work as providing students an 'in-depth coverage of the region and its issues.  Its stated goals include helping kids understand the 'relationship between the social and physical environment, the region’s challenges [and] its socio-economic development.' Nice goals. But there’s one problem: Israel is missing."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 6, 9:41 AM

In other words, Israel got eliminated from this atlas that was designed to cater to Middle Eastern countries that take umbrage with the fact that Israel...exists.  Making maps always has political overtones and the company is now realizing that you can't please everyone with different versions for distinct audiences.  Now, HarperCollins has pulled the book and will pulp all remaining versions of the atlas.  


Tags: Israel, social media, political, mapping, cartography.

Sabah's curator insight, January 8, 10:36 AM

I think that this interesting, and it reminds of how in map head it said that google earth puts borders in different places for different countries to avoid contreversy

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Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates

Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"A former student of mine drew my attention to a recent article in Slate written by Alyssa Pelish and titled 'The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World'."


Tags:  language, culture, diffusion.


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10 American English Words and Phrases British Expats Eventually Adopt

10 American English Words and Phrases British Expats Eventually Adopt | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As a British expat who has lived and worked in the U.S. for over five years, I remain very much in favor of embracing the various wonderful nuances this country has to offer. However, there was one aspect of my move that—during the initial settling-in period—I secretly feared: the gradual Americanization of my vocabulary.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 4:21 PM

While this list was created for English speakers in the UK, I will invert the list to show some terms that Americans rarely use, even if we understand their meaning: rubbish, mobile, motorway, petrol, car park, you lot, maths, pavement, football and fizzy drink.  If this interests you so will this list of 10 British insults that American don't understand


Tags: language, culture, English, UK.

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Venezuela should be rich. But its government has destroyed its economy.

Venezuela should be rich. But its government has destroyed its economy. | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Falling oil prices have made Venezuela's supermarkets even more empty than usual, all because of the government's wrongheaded policies.
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White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier - NYTimes.com

White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier - NYTimes.com | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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The Butcher of Congo: King Leopold II of Belgium. - Andre C James - Digital Journal

The Butcher of Congo: King Leopold II of Belgium. - Andre C James - Digital Journal | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
King Leopold II of Belgium was responsible for the deaths and mutilation of 10 million Congolese Africans during the late 1800’s. The spoils of modern day Belgium owes much to the people of the Congo River Basin. In a testament to the hideous...
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Tanzania bans witchdoctors over albino attacks

Tanzania bans witchdoctors over albino attacks | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Tanzania outlaws witchdoctors in a move intended to stop the killing of albino people for their body parts.
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Will 2015 Be A Turning Point For Putin And His Regime?

Will 2015 Be A Turning Point For Putin And His Regime? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Russian people are coming to better understand the huge social and economic costs of Putin's Ukraine venture. Putin has violated his pledge of growth and prosperity. He has lost Ukraine and has turned Russia into a rogue state. The sanctions combined with low oil prices have created a perfect storm of declining living standards and double digit inflation that is draining Russia of its reserves.
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Interesting editorial comparing Putin's philosophy to Hitler's lebensraum.  If you need a further explanation of the concept:

 

http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/aa110899.htm

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Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planet

Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planet | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
From deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far future
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What is human geography?  Anthropocene, the role humans play in shaping the Earth's environment, can easily be connected as an introduction or conclusion to the course :)

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Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses
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Unit 3 we discussed how religion, politics and culture can create conflict the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan has a longstanding history of conflict.  This sadly has come to fruition in dramatic violent fashion.

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