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China vows to champion African interests - Channel NewsAsia

China vows to champion African interests - Channel NewsAsia | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed on Friday that his country would "always be a champion" of African causes as he began a two-day trip to Senegal.
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This article reguards recent Chinese support of African interests. In past weeks, China's foreign minister launched a campaign in support of African interests. This is no doubt tied to the fact that Africa's economy grew 7.6% last year. My take: China is trying to make friends with all of Africa, they could supply vital resources to Chinese businesses.

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Geography in the News: Wolf Controversies

Geography in the News: Wolf Controversies | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Who’s Crying, “Wolf?” Wolves remain one of the American West’s most controversial species.
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As you may know, the wolf is a topic of hot debate in the west. In the mid 1900's, the wolf was hunted almost to extinction, until it was placed on the endangered species list in the 70's. I am not as interested in the animal itself as the human interacions on the wolf and their location. Farmers and others with livestock wished to eradicate the wolves, while others found them vital to their ecosystem. This is how the plethora of legeslature came about that attracted my attention.

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US regions exhibit distinct personalities, research reveals - The Almagest

US regions exhibit distinct personalities, research reveals - The Almagest | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Almagest US regions exhibit distinct personalities, research reveals The Almagest “This analysis challenges the standard methods of dividing up the country on the basis of economic factors, voting patterns, cultural stereotypes or geography...
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This article discusses how the different regions of the US are home to many different distinct personalitites, and people with similar personalities may subconciously move toward eachother. In the study, they surveyed almost 1.5 million americans and ran their feedback through criteria discerning one's personality. They found 3 distinct geographic areas where similar personalities seemed to clump together. The article did not give specifics on locations of the three areas, but did give great explanation and information behind their study. I find this study pretty cool, that many of us subconciously make decesions to move to areas with people of similar personality.

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Satanists want statue next to 10 Commandments

Satanists want statue next to 10 Commandments | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor


(CNN) -- Lots of lawmakers have been accused of devilish behavior, but Oklahoma's state capitol may become the first to actually have a monument to Satan.
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This article discusses the dilema in seperating religion from state. In the Oklahoma state capital, officials have raised a plaque stating the Ten Comandments. Members of the Temple of Satan, or Satanists, demand a similar representation, theirs being a statue of satan. The constitution states that "the government cannot endorse a specific religion", so if one religion gets a statue, the other party must  be able to errect one as well. I'm sure what to think of the whole ordeal, though it is obviously a way to sieze publicity. I'm just not sure why the Oklahoma government would sanction the construction of the 10 Commandment's monument, knowing full well the ramifications.

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Nelson Mandela: LGBT rights champion - Washington Post (blog)

Nelson Mandela: LGBT rights champion - Washington Post (blog) | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Nelson Mandela: LGBT rights champion Washington Post (blog) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic...
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Yesterday, we were saddened by the news of the passing of the great Nelson Mandela. This Article explains about the rough past of Africa, and how Nelson overcomes all odds to become the president of South Africa and eliminate Partides that so harshly discriminated and segregated by "sex, race, disabilities, marital status, age, etc... This article emphasizes the inclusion of non-discrimination even in ways of sexual orientation, a bold move not many leaders had taken in such a developing nation.

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Record cold doesn't disprove global warming

Record cold doesn't disprove global warming | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel says fluctuations in weather patterns can bring extreme cold but that doesn't invalidate the long term warming trend
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This may be an article that many of us can relate to, reguarding last weeks subzero temperatures. Some were very quick to say that with weather this cold, there can't be global warming. This article disproves this statements with some simple reasearch. Basically, fluxuations in weather can go extreme, but does not disprove the constant warming trend.

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India turns its back on Gay Rights - DESIblitz

India turns its back on Gay Rights - DESIblitz | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
India turns its back on Gay Rights DESIblitz From the Naz Project, an NGO that provides sexual health support to ethnic minorities, Asif Quraishi said: “This is a civil matter, if two consensual people are having a relationship, in the privacy of...
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As I was shocked to see,  the Supreme Court of India recently criminalized same sex relations. In 2009, the Supreme court legalized this behavior, but now they repealed this law. Many are saying that India has "turned its back on gays". Gay Rights activists ar protesting everywhere in India, saying that now "we are legal one day, then criminals the next". I'm not sure what to think of this, the Supreme Court gives no real reasoning in the article, but I supose there must have been for a decesion this large.

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France urged to end ban on Muslim headscarves in schools amid fears over growing racism

France urged to end ban on Muslim headscarves in schools amid fears over growing racism | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The report recommends emphasizing the 'Arab-Oriental' dimension of French identity by having less focus in history books on 'white, male, heterosexual' figures
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This article focuses mainly on how France is getting harsh critizism over its policy of no headscarves, and its bans on naming streets after foreign individuals. Many critics say this ban is a way of trying to force Muslim population out of France, some flat out call it racism. On the other hand, many native conservatives feel that aboloshing this ban would be abandoning the culture of the nation and its secular policies. It is a very interesting debate, and I would like to see how it is settled. I believe that the ban should be lifted in order to teach acceptance in France until officials are given a legitimate reason to ban it.

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Dead Sea neighbours agree to pipeline to pump water from Red Sea

Dead Sea neighbours agree to pipeline to pump water from Red Sea | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Project would help slow shrinking of Dead Sea, but critics say it is playing with nature and fails to address root causes
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As many of you may know, countries bordering the Dead Sea are observing water levels in the Sea drop at alarming rates, about a meter each year. This great drop is also tied in with severe fresh water shortages in the area. In order to counteract this problem, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine have all signed an agreement allowing water from the Red Sea to be pumped into the Dead Sea. Much of the water from the Red Sea will be pumped in to the Dead Sea, while the remaining desalinated water will be transported to cities for human consumption. Obviously, many are skeptical on this very ambitious move by the three countries. Some say that it could have catastrophic effects on the Dead Sea's ecosystem, which could severely damage tourism to the area. Other's say that it is fruitless considering the measures are  not near enough to stabilize the water level.

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