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Russia, Syria and the US – parsing Uncle Vlad

Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in The New York Times reassuring Americans that he is on their side. Its attempted cuddliness brought to mind the west’s wartime image of another Russian leader. I am surprised this one did not sign the piece Uncle Vlad.
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The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart

The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate."


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BandKids13-14's comment, August 28, 2013 9:50 AM
Did anyone else notice that both Al Qaeda and the U.S. are FOR syria rebels, and against Assad?
Avonna Swartz's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:13 AM

Interesting and (as it says) terrifying.

Todd Parsons's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:06 AM

So we should have peace in the Middle East in maybe 7.59 billion years when the sun goes all red giant and we all burn up anyway. However, in the meantime...check out this cool chart of friends and foes. It all makes sense now, yah?

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Debating the U.S. Response to Syria

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Students will:

Analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Syria.Consider the role of the U.S. public, the president, and Congress in the decision of whether to use military force.Work cooperatively within groups to integrate the arguments and beliefs of the options into a persuasive, coherent presentation.Explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:49 PM

You want resources for teaching the most important geopolitical issue right now?  This set of resources from the Choices Program is just what you are looking for. 


Tags: SyriaMiddleEast, conflict, political.

Poppen Report's curator insight, September 6, 2013 11:51 PM

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1031273

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Syria: US secretary of state John Kerry calls chemical attack 'cowardly crime' - as it happened

Syria: US secretary of state John Kerry calls chemical attack 'cowardly crime' - as it happened | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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More than 2m have fled Syria - UN

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The UN's refugee agency says two million Syrians are now refugees, as the US and France push for military action over chemical weapons claims.
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Syria attack killed 1,429 - Kerry

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John Kerry says the US has evidence that the Syrian government killed 1,429 people in last week's poison-gas attack in Damascus.
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Map: How the world voted on a UN resolution for political transition in Syria - Washington Post (blog)

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Times of India Map: How the world voted on a UN resolution for political transition in Syria Washington Post (blog) The “yes” votes included the entire Western world and most of the Middle East: Algeria abstained and Iraq did not vote, but Syria...
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We are broke, U.N. says as Syria refugee funds dry up

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GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations gave its starkest warning yet on Friday that it would soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan and other neighboring countries.The...
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This news story is a very real situation.  No Food or Water and and increasing iflux of refugees into Jordan.  US and China are aiding these people but Russia has not......surprised?  Ulterior motives?   Meanwhile, these poor refugees ( women and many children) are in great need of food water shelter clothing medical aid,......

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The Golan Heights

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In early November 2012, three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Golan Heights. The move by Syria is the first violation of the zone in 40 years and concerns countries of the region. Since then some of the Syrian rebels have also been reported operating in Golan Heights.


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The Golan Heights is a major source of the Jordan River.  Its mountains border along Lebanon and Syria and provide rain and snowmelt to feed the river to provide a vital water source (strategic area and vital water source).  Israel took it in 1967 - and the DMZ was entered by war torn Syria in November 2012 .

The DMZ was entered by Syria and Israel reported this to the UN ....so, as civil war in Syria threatens its neighbors , there is a fear of retaliation that may occur in the Gaza Strip as well.

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Louis Culotta's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:35 PM

Heres some info on how poeple have been living in regards to a troubled area of the world.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:08 AM

This article stresses the importance of geography when discussing political situation with neighboring countries.  The fact that the heights are such a strategic advantage to whoever owns them explains why they are so contested.  As long as these two countries are not friendly nations this disagreement over the strategic point will continue.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 29, 2014 5:13 PM

To say the area of the Golan Heights is futile would be a drastic understatement. This area of land bordering Syria and northern Israel is of great importance to both of these sets of people. Over 40 years ago Israel claimed this land for their citizens because of it's high elevation and prime access to water supplies.Now in modern times Syria is making drastic moves to claim the land ,which they believe belongs to it's citizens. It is in the persistence of both of these sets of people that turmoil is being created. This is an important ares to both of these groups of people.If Syria is persistent in their attempts to claim this region it is fearful that Israel may need to fight back at some point. With these two countries at odds with each other it is possible more countries may also get involved.

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Pope In Rome Message On Chemical Attack In Syria Proclaims Saturday Sept 7 Global Prayer and Fasting

At the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 1 September, Pope Francis spoke out strongly against the violence that is escalating in Syria, with an urgent plea to all parties involved as well as all Christians throughout the world asking them to work "in whatever way they can" for peace. To this end, Saturday, 7 September, has been proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer for the universal Church. The following is the English text of the Holy Father's appeal, which was given in Italian.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected. There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming. I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence. With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people. May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid. What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, [1963], 301-302). All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity! I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace. To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. On 7 September, in Saint Peter's Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God's great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention. Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
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Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us! Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Dear brothers and sisters, Vladimir Ghika, a diocesan priest, was beatified yesterday in Bucharest. He was born in Istanbul and died a martyr in Bucharest in 1954. In Messina instead the beatification of Antonio Franco will take place tomorrow. This Prelate Ordinary of Santa Lucia del Mela lived between the 16th and 17th centuries. Let us give thanks to God for these exemplary Gospel witnesses! The Day for the Custody of creation is being celebrated today in Italy. It is sponsored by the [Italian] Episcopal Conference. The theme this year is very beautiful: "Let the family teach the custody of creation".  The Lord makes us feel his tenderness through Mary! Today, on the 60th anniversary of the tears shed by Our Lady, let us be united with all the faithful of Syracuse. I greet with affection all the Romans and pilgrims present, and in particular the young people from so many of the world's countries: work hard, work hard to get to know each other, to face each other, to put projects into practice together! This will build a future of peace! And today let us go home with this desire to pray for peace. I expect you next Saturday at seven 0'clock in the evening! I wish you all a good Sunday and a good lunch. Goodbye! According to the New York Times on 3 September, the flow of refugees out of Syria now exceeds 2 million - close to 5,000 Syrians leaving every day. The Holy Father has not turned his attention away from this situation since his appeal at the Angelus on 1 September. In three days he has posted the following five tweets: "Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts"; "War never again! Never again war!"; "We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace"; "How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake"; "We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!" As of 4 September, the Holy Father has over 9 million followers in 9 languages.

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Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 31, 2013 6:03 PM

You know that you should know more about the current events in Syria; so read this article to get started.


Mrs. B's curator insight, September 3, 2013 8:09 PM

Summary of article goes here. A nice, juicy paragraph or so. Just read the article and tell someone what it was about conversationally. 

 

Connection goes here. How does this extremely relevant article relate to the Nature and Perspectives of Geography? This would be a great time to drop some APHUG vocab.Here are some examples: globalization, spatial distribution, 5 themes ofgeography, perception of places, patterns, distribution, scale, location(absolute and relative), environmental determinism, cultural landscape, senseof place, built environment, possibilism, place, centrality, GIS, diffusion(expansion, contagious, hierarchical, stimulus, relocation), cultural barrier,time-distance decay, mental maps, remote sensing, regions (functional, formal,perceptual), mental maps, sequent occupance, hearths, independent invention. 

This is where you get CREATIVE. 


I hope your post gets comments!

Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 8, 2013 9:19 AM

Nice small and quick article the will make the reader see the basics of what is happening in Syria.  It is a great place to start and has some references of where to look if you want to do more.  This area was formed much like Africa.  Random boundaries drawn on the map by colonial powers.  And just like Africa this area has many issues.  Interesting thought??!!

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'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action

'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution
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Distrustful of U.S. Motives, Many in the Arab World Oppose Syria Military Strike - PBS NewsHour

Distrustful of U.S. Motives, Many in the Arab World Oppose Syria Military Strike - PBS NewsHour | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Distrustful of U.S. Motives, Many in the Arab World Oppose Syria Military Strike
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Margaret Warner reports from Cairo, where she has been gathering reaction from Egyptians and from around the Mideast on the crisis in Syria.
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Analysts: Geography, Constraints Driving Syrian Regime Decision-Making - The Tower

The Tower Analysts: Geography, Constraints Driving Syrian Regime Decision-Making The Tower As the West gears up for near-certain strikes against Syrian military infrastructure, analysts are moving to unpack what might have motivated the Bashar...
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Syrian opposition says West must rid President Assad and bring him to trial before the International Criminal Court. - Al Jazeera Blogs

Syrian opposition says West must rid President Assad and bring him to trial before the International Criminal Court.  - Al Jazeera Blogs | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Syrian opposition says West must rid President Assad and bring him to trial before the International Criminal Court.
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One Million Syrian Refugees

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Snapshots of the crisis as the number of civilians fleeing Syria reaches landmark total. The number of refugees fleeing Syria passed one million on Wednesday.
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.there is a picture of children waiting in line who looked scared half to death.....

.the photographer captured the fear in their eyes and faces. ( I tried to upload it above but was unable to do so.)

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BRICS: Take Concrete Steps to Help Syria’s People | Human Rights Watch

BRICS: Take Concrete Steps to Help Syria’s People | Human Rights Watch | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
(Johannesburg) – The BRICS countries should call for an end to indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian-populated areas in Syria, and insist that cluster munitions and incendiary weapons should not be used.
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Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit March 26 and 27,2013 called for immediate end to indiscriminate attacks on civilians, ballistic missiles, cluster munitions, incediary weapons, summary executions, enforced disappearances and torture and mandate Syria to allow humananitarian aid from all borders and allow cross border transfers with security guarantees.  Over 3.6 million people have been displaced.  They also are pushing for Russia to suspend all military sales and assistance to Syria.

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