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Lego Racism? Muslim Turks complain about Jabba the Hut

Lego Racism? Muslim Turks complain about Jabba the Hut | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Lego racism? Turks in Austria say Lego's Jabba's Palace set looks like a mosque. And Lego's Star Wars villian Jabba the Hut perpetuates racism and prejudice toward Muslims among children who play with Legos.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 27, 2013 3:30 PM

While there are certainly culturally insensitive elements in popular culture (especially movies), I think that this one is coincidence.  Star Wars has plenty of more overtly offensive caracatures (think the Trade Federation or Jar-Jar Binks), not all similarities are deliberate. 

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More of China's Infrastructure Falls Into the Center of the Earth

More of China's Infrastructure Falls Into the Center of the Earth | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
A sinkhole in Guangzhou has eaten six shops, a sidewalk and several trees.

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The invisible world of domestic work: Report documents abuses

The invisible world of domestic work: Report documents abuses | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) -- Anna worked seven days a week as a nanny for the family of a Fortune 500 company executive. She lived with them in their 5th Avenue apartment in Midtown Manhattan.
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Is water set to become the central factor in global geopolitics? | Green Futures Magazine

Is water set to become the central factor in global geopolitics? | Green Futures Magazine | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future.

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A barrier to peace

A barrier to peace | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Why would they want to pull down these walls?” asks William Boyd mildly as he offers me a cup of tea in his home at Cluan Place, a predominantly Loyalist area of east Belfast.

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Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language.

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Woman forced to remarry the husband who threw acid in her face after she divorced him for being unfaithful

Woman forced to remarry the husband who threw acid in her face after she divorced him for being unfaithful | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Nurbanu, 36 (pictured), was cooking at her home in Bangladesh when her ex-husband arrived and doused her with acid.

 

I'm at a loss for words to express my sadness at this culturally institutionalized injustice. 


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The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income

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Overview Residential segregation by income has increased during the past three decades across the United States and in 27 of the nation’s 30 largest major...
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The refugee map of the world

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There were 800,000 new refugees in the world in 2011.

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Think American Politicians Say Crazy Things About Rape? Then You Haven't Been to India.

Think American Politicians Say Crazy Things About Rape? Then You Haven't Been to India. | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

Earlier this fall, what can only be described as a raping spree broke out across the north Indian state of Haryana, claiming nearly 20 young women and girls, including a 6-year-old and a mentally handicapped 13-year-old, as victims in separate...


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We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the cata...

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The Conflict in Syria

The Conflict in Syria | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

Brown University's Choices Program has many excellent resources for social studies teachers including "Teaching with the News."  Many teachers are seeing the importance of Syria, but might lack the regional expertise to put it in context or to the time to link it with the curriculum.  If that is the case (and even if it is not), this is the perfect place to find lesson plans on the ongoing Syrian conflict. 

 

Tags: political, MiddleEast, conflict, war.


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Unnatural Landscapes

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In a world where photoshop has made the unreal seem ordinary, these unearthly seemingly landscapes might seem likely fakes.  The world can be that extraordinary.  Pictured above is the "Door to Hell" in Turkmenistan.  Rich with natural gas, Soviets were drilling in 1971 when the drilling rig collapsed and left a huge (230 feet wide) hole.  In an attempt to stop gas leaks they hoped a fire would burn off any discharge, but it is still burning today.  Enjoy this gallery of 25 'unnatural' images.   


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 1, 10:08 PM

There are some beautiful photographs in this article.  The "Door to Hell" is an interestingly peculiar description.  

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 6:52 PM

Some of these pictures are amazing. Im lucky enough to have been able to experience a few of these in my life.  The fire in Turkmenistan is unreal. I cant believe that fire has been burning since 1971. It really does seem like the "Door to Hell".

Louis Mazza's curator insight, March 12, 4:58 PM

Unnatural landscapes. Amongst all the new technology and graphics, the world still holds phenomena’s that can leave any persons jaw dropped. This article on buzzfeed shows 25 images that can amaze you. In Mt. Roraima, Venezuela there is a slab of land that seems to be suspended in the clouds. The Metro in Stockholm, Sweden resembles a space station in the rocks. The tunnel of love in the Ukraine looks like a path carved out of bush and also a romantic place for a date. The tulip Fields in Lisse, Netherlands looks like a grounded rainbow. Lapland, Finland is home to massive natural snow creatures. The mountains of Zhangye, China resembles the colors and look of Zebra stripe gum. Lake Rebta in Senegal looks like your floating in tomato soup.

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Get a Bird's-Eye View of America's Housing Patterns

Get a Bird's-Eye View of America's Housing Patterns | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
See the big picture of how suburban developments are changing the country's landscape, with aerial photos and ideas for the future

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Jane Ellingson's curator insight, January 30, 2013 8:55 AM

Wonderful examples of Urban Sprawl!

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Is China good or bad for Africa?

Is China good or bad for Africa? | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
By Peter Eigen, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Peter Eigen is a member of the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan.
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Russians dance to Irish beat

St. Patrick never made it to Russia, but don't tell that to the Russians -- especially to members of the Moscow-based Irish Dance School.Igor Denisov started the school two years ago after he saw...

 

JG: This article from CNN may be 10 years old, but it is a perfect example of how cultures continue to collide. Thanks to the television, Igor Denisov, a Russian dancer was exposed to Irish dancing and he helped spark the interest in Irish dancing among other Russian dancers. I just found the idea of one culture being influenced by a country of opposite culture very communal.


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Election Day was Historic

Election Day was Historic | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

More women than ever have been elected to both the House and Senate. 


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Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State?

Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State? | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Millions of American citizens on the island have spoken. Now, Washington must act.

 

After the Nov. 6th referendum, the question of Puerto Rico's political status vis-a-vis the United States for the future is actually murkier than it was before.  The Puerto Rican voters have spoken, but the meanings of the plebiscite results are still being debated. 


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 25, 2014 11:21 AM

(Central America topic 5)

To me it seems like Puerto Ricans are fighting an identity issue more so than a political one. Regardless of what the island is referred to in a strictly-political sense, it seems like the main concern is the preservation of their unique cultural identity. In other words, although many disagree on what type of term should be associated with Puerto Rico, but most do agree that currently they are overlooked or under-acknowledged. I see how this can be related to inhabitants of Hawaii and Alaska; they don't necessarily mind being strongly associated with the United States, but they would like some distinction to make their culture and history better known. In this way political maps don't serve full justice to their desires, but perhaps those with cultural and historical statistics may better symbolize what lies at the root of such struggles.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 28, 2014 5:35 PM

The author of this article provided a unique insight about what it meant to be from Puerto Rico when she recalled her memory from her fourth grade class. People clearly recognize themselves as Puerto Rican and not American although the President is considered their head of state.  It is understandable why national identity would be be confusing.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 5, 2:20 PM

I found the article very interesting.  It makes sense that the Republican party would not want 4 million Hispanic voters.  It is interesting that the island is "colonial" in nature.  I guess in a way it is being kept like that.  I don't see the US giving it up or "selling" it as the 4th grader suggested because of pure vanity.  The island would have to sink for the US to give it up.  

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What American English sounds like to non-English speakers

"Prisecolinensinenciousol, a parody by Adriano Celentano for the Italian TV programme Mileluci is sung entirely in gibberish designed to sound like American E..."

JF: Only tangently related to geography, but I found this really interesting.


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Opinion: Just say no to ‘playing Indian’

Opinion: Just say no to ‘playing Indian’ | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Jenni Monet is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who writes and makes films about Native and indigenous issues.  She is a frequent contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network  and a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna. ...
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Global Trends Report: 800,000 new refugees in 2011, highest this century

Over 10 years, growing numbers affected by displacement. Some 7 million refugees of concern to UNHCR have been in exile for at least five years.

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When Your City Is Killing You

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In Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, author Kurt Hollander explores the way a city's air, food, and diseases actually affect us.

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L.A. Moves Forward With Its Own Immigration Reform

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The nation's second-largest city has approved ID cards aimed at helping the otherwise undocumented.

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A Sense of Place

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THERE WAS SOMETHING odd about the black car at the junction of Sutter and Hyde Streets. It was an ordinary saloon. Its windows were clear, and it looked in good...

 

Technologies today have allowed us to be digitally connected from anywhere.  This impacts geographic patterns from outsourcing to local businesses that rely on interpersonal communications to connect potential demand with resources.  Some may see this as geography becoming less of a barrier, and consequently, less relevant.  This article in the Economist argues that as these technologies have rendered location more important than ever since they rely on geospatial technologies.  "The reports of the death of distance have been much exaggerated." 

 

Tags: technology, globalization, location, place.


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