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Top 10 Controversial Territorial Disputes - Listverse

Top 10 Controversial Territorial Disputes - Listverse | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The world is divided in countless ways, by seas, cultures, languages, religions and wealth. But the most contentious divide is that of the political borders. They can be traced back to the early Egyptian Dynasties and have shaped the history that we know today. As a result of their long history, borders are ever changing and continually disputed. Some disputes end up being peacefully solved, some end in war, and some continue to this day. This list contains 10 controversial land disputes that exist to this day.
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Why Chinese don’t want more children - CNN GPS Fareed Zakaria

Why Chinese don’t want more children - CNN GPS Fareed Zakaria | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"Much has been made of how China recently eased restrictions on having children. Under the old rules, if a couple wanted to have a second child, both husband and wife needed to be the only offspring of their parents.  Under the new rules, a second child could be allowed if just one of its potential parents was an only-child. The change impacts about 20 million Chinese. You'd imagine after decades of restrictions, many of them would jump at the chance to have a second child, right?"

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Russia sanctions: Why the U.S. and Europe are not quite in step

Russia sanctions: Why the U.S. and Europe are not quite in step | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The United States and Europe have reacted against Russia's military intervention in the Crimean peninsula last week with threats of economic punishments. But their positions are slightly different. Here's why.
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China Is Launching the Most Impressive Water Pipeline Project Ever

China Is Launching the Most Impressive Water Pipeline Project Ever | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao wasn’t being dramatic in 1999 when he called the country’s water problems a threat to the “survival of the Chinese nation.”
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Some of the most populous provinces in east China, including Beijing, are experiencing an 'extreme scarcity' of fresh water and have started a project to deal with high usage and environmental conditions.

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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The old labels no longer apply. Rich countries need to learn from poor ones.
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"It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.” Forget, too, the more recent jargon about the “global south” and “global north.” It makes little sense to counterpose poor countries with “the West” when many of the biggest economic success stories in the past few decades have come from the East. All of these antiquated terms imply that any given country is “developing” toward something, and that there is only one way to get there. It’s time that we start describing the world as “fat” or “lean.”'

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Crimea, the Tinderbox

Crimea, the Tinderbox | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The West and Russia have a common interest: forestalling civil war in Ukraine.
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This is a great history of the region and a scary picture reminiscent of Hitler in 1938!

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Russian upper house approves use of military force in Ukraine

Russian upper house approves use of military force in Ukraine | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Russia's upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve the sending of Russian military forces into Ukraine, amid mounting tensions in the Crimea region.
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Are the ethnic ties just too strong for Russia not to get involved in this European crisis? Does Crimean autonomy lead to separation from Ukraine with the help of Putin despite US warnings against military intervention?  Is this the Cold War Redux?

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YouTube - Holland vs the Netherlands

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The Conflict in Ukraine: More Complex Than You Might Think

The Conflict in Ukraine: More Complex Than You Might Think | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The country's regional differences only reflect part of its ethno-linguistic mosaic.
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Spike Lee rips NYC gentrification - CNN.com Video

Filmmaker Spike Lee talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about his harsh comments on gentrification.
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China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’ | TIME.com

China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’ | TIME.com | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The pollution is threatening lives and crops
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"As the foul air intensified over the weekend, the nation’s senior climate-change official noted that “China’s pollution is at an unbearable stage.” Another scientist compared the smog blanket to living through a “nuclear winter” because the air is so impenetrable that crops are not getting enough light and becoming stunted, threatening disaster for many farmers."

 

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Satanists want a monument in Oklahoma’s capitol

Satanists want a monument in Oklahoma’s capitol | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
A state-level push to erect Christian monuments in public spaces could open the door for other groups.
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Venezuela: What's the crisis about?

Venezuela: What's the crisis about? | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Venezuelans have taken to the streets recently, leading to gruesome clashes between protesters and police. Their demands are varied, from economical to social.
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Check out this series that helps explain what the clashes in Venezuela are all about.

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, February 23, 7:58 AM

Here is another situation of upheaval, this time in South America.  Read this article for a background of the social and economic problems people are protesting about in Venezuela.  The US is also accused of butting in...

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Enclaves of the World

Enclaves of the World | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
A website that examines the geographical enclaves of the world
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List of world map changes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of world map changes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Below is a chronological list of political or geological events, which would alter the appearance of a world map. Changes usually include (but are not limited to) the alteration of borders, the creation and fall of nations, the changes of geographical names, as well as some unusually destructive natural disasters.

Allison Anthony's insight:

Ok so it's WikiPedia...but this was fun to read about how toponyms, borders and land has changed hands, sometimes several times in a few weeks and some places ceased to exist before anyone ever knew they were there in the first place!

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Crimea Plans Referendum on Joining Russia, as Obama Levies Sanctions

Crimea Plans Referendum on Joining Russia, as Obama Levies Sanctions | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Crimean members of Parliament have voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, taking the very step Ukraine's interim government has been fearing since tensions arose in the region. 
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A lesson on devolution and secession in the Ukrainian crisis.

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The New World

The New World | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
An interactive series of maps show possible new additions to the world’s list of independent nations.
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The Invention Of 'The Economy'

The Invention Of 'The Economy' | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Until the Great Depression, nobody talked about "the economy." In a sense, it hadn't been invented yet.
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Russian spy ship docked in Havana

Russian spy ship docked in Havana | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Havana (AFP) - A Russian warship was docked in Havana on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media.
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What's this about?  Any connection to the Ukraine activity and the fact that the US has strongly criticized Russia for their invasion of Ukraine?

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YouTube - How Many Countries Are There?

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Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea

Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"By the end of this year, digging could begin on a waterway that would stretch roughly 180 miles across Nicaragua to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans."


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Today, the largest of the massive cargo ships are simply too big to get through the Panama Canal and have to travel down around the tip of South America; China is strategically working on strengthening their geopolitical position in the South China Sea and all international waters.  This is one reason why a Chinese firms are planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's.  This article highlights the reasons for concern (Maps 101 readers can read more about the geographic implications of Nicaragua's plans in this article co-authored by myself and Julie Dixon or you can sign up for a free trial subscription to see what else Maps 101 has to offer). 


Tags: transportation, Nicaragua, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, February 28, 9:24 AM

This could be an economic boom for Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. However, this construction could potentially cause serious problems. The proposed canal would pass through or near nature reserves and areas inhabited by indigenous groups. Also, it would pass through Lake Nicaragua, the largest fresh water lake in Central America. This lake holds fresh drinking water for the people and is home to rare fresh water species, such as the fresh water shark, which could be effected negatively by this construction.

Although this canal could turn Nicaragua’s economy around, it could also cause negative impacts on their environment. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 3:28 PM

Although Nicaragua would benefit from this financially the whole country would be carved up because of the other nations total rule over the imports and exports in trading routes.

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The Tragedy of Venezuela

The Tragedy of Venezuela | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
The country is now the world's capital of inflation, homicide, and scarcity—but half the population is no longer willing to tolerate it.
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The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean

The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
As the state slogs through a major drought, officials look for new water sources — like desalination plants that make water from the Pacific drinkable. Opponents worry about environmental damage.
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43 killed in Nigeria in suspected Boko Haram school attack

43 killed in Nigeria in suspected Boko Haram school attack | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 43 people in an attack on secondary school students as they slept in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria's troubled northeast. Nigeria meanwhile issued an appeal to France and Abuja's Francophone neighbours, especially Cameroon, to help it in the battle against Islamists, two days before a planned visit from French President Francois Hollande. The raid at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) targeted the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state and bore the hallmarks of a similar attack last September in which 40 died.
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Another horrifying example of religious extremism in Nigeria.

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Religion in America’s states and counties, in 6 maps

Religion in America’s states and counties, in 6 maps | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
With Christmas right around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to look at the state of religion in America's states and counties.
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