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"Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 570 AD. His birthday is marked in way ways is different Muslim countries."
This is a great photo gallery, but I wanted to make a special note of this image. The caption for this picture says, "Egyptians watch as Muslims march on the street to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed in Cairo, Jan 13, 2014." Is this a representative group of Egyptians? What demographic group would we expect to see in the second story balcony? What does the architecture tell us about the cultural norms of the society?
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Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.
The uses of geospatial technologies are NOT limited to studying geography, but it is the bedrock of many research projects that involve spatial thinking (as demonstrated in this TED talk). Geographic principles and geographers can be very important components of interdisciplinary research teams.
Tags: spatial, remote sensing, geospatial, Egypt, historical.
I love the iconic opening of this video clip with the Indiana Jones movie clip which I actually saw at a drive in, yes I'm that old. Great how we can use technology to find these area that might have gone undiscovered. As a history guy the implications of using this technology in finding out about the pass is exciting with limitless possibilities.
Archaelogist Sarah Parcak has been using satellite technology to find ancient Egyptian pyramids, palaces, and settlements. With the use of that technology, in 2011, they were to locate 17 pyramids, 1000 tombs, and 3100 ancient settlements. They were able to find out throught this technology that patterns of site looting have increased between 500 to 1000 percent since then the spring in the arab areas. People were stealing things from tombs 5000 years right when people got buried.
DR Sarah Parcak a archeologist is passionate about finding ancient settlements under the sands. She uses a satellite technology as a resource to find these ancient settlements. It can be either pyramids, temples, or just statues.
TED Talks In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
The uses of geospatial technologies is NOT limited to studying geography, but it is the bedrock of many research projects that involve spatial thinking (as demonstrated in this TED talk). Geographic principles and geographers can be very important members of interdisciplinary teams.
Tags: spatial, remote sensing, geospatial, TED, MiddleEast, historical.
This sounds really intruging to me; I have heard of astroarchiology before in the aplication of finding undiscovered large objects (cities, towns sttlements) by using satellites to map deviations in teh earths surface accurately enough to distingush structures like a building foundation. I just find this sort of thing fascinating. I am still in awe that this dort of thing is possible.
The Choices Program asks Brown University's Political Scientist Melani Cammett to briefly explain the Arab Spring. This is a great primer to teach young students who don't follow international news to understand the beginnings of the Arab Spring. For more videos by the Choices Program in their "Scholars Online" series, see:
Tensions rise in Cairo as Egyptian forces raided the offices of human rights and pro-democracy groups.
When there is a new political regime, what impact does it have on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating within that country? While many NGOs attempt to stay out of partisan politicals so as not to compromise the future of their organization or cause, sometimes the cause is in direct conflict with the policies of the regime.
Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 17 human rights and pro-democracy groups across the country causing harsh critism and threats toward Egypt from the US that they would freeze aid.
A rare snow storm hit the Middle East last week, producing record snows and extreme conditions for Syrian refugees.
Jerusalem recorded 15-20 inched of snow, while Cairo received it's first snow in 112 years. Just because something is rare or unlikely doesn't mean that it can't happen. See this snowstorm as documented by satellite imagery.
Yes anything can happen, even snow in the Middle East.
Not so "rare" for Jerusalem, the more beautiful in white and shining bright !!!
There are a few people in the US who have never seen snow, but I'd venture a lot of people in the cities of the Middle East never have, save the tops of mountains. The mixing of snow and sand is an interesting site in itself, but the fact that this is a first in 112 years for Egypt is sure to have some impacts. It's interesting how it no longer looks like the Middle East we're familiar with from the media. Different clothes are brought out and that coupled with the snow-covered architecture reminds me more of Europe. This demonstrates how climate can be used to identify areas, and how they're tied in with the popular image of cultures and regions.
A steep slope and unstable ground in this picture from Egypt results in mass wasting and the 'flow' of the sand down the slope. Sand dunes are often formed more by aeolian (wind) processes, making this image especially noteworthy.
Tags: physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.
Protesters upset over an American-made video denouncing Islam attacked the United States Consulate in Libya, while Egyptian demonstrators stormed over the walls of the United States Embassy in Cairo.
The idea of anti-U.S. protests in the Middle East and Northa Africa on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 was initially quite shocking. As always, a greater understanding of the cultural context and timing helps explain (not necessarily justify) the situation. The video produced by "Sam Bacile" that has sparked the controversy is truly reprehensible and as cultural insensitive as it gets. Still, the protests, by blindly lashing out at the United States embassy, only exacerbate the cultural problems.
UPDATE: This public gathering of Libyan's in Benghazi to apologize for the death of Chris Stevens is quite poignant.
Questions to Ponder: How does one single YouTube video impact geopolitics? Culturally speaking, what makes this such a powerfully charged issue? Will this issue become fodder for the election?
Tags: MiddleEast, political, culture, Islam, religion.
Protestors were upset over an American made video denouncing Islam and attacked the United States Consulate in Libya and demonstrators stromed over walls of the United States Embassy in Cario. The video was insensitive and sparked anger throughout many. With the way the internet reaches and how social media works many more people in far reach areas are able to view these videos and create problems like this.
On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th in the United States, anti-U.S. protestors attacked Benghazi due to their anger toward an American-made YouTube video that denounced Islam. It is amazing to see the impact that one single Internet creation can have. It shows the power that particular media and social outlets such as YouTube and Facebook have.
A year the first protests in Tahrir Square, young Egyptians look back at the promise of the Arab Spring as well as the reality many revolutionaries failed to foresee.
The young revolutionary voices of Egypt are hardly united in their political aims and social goals. This video chronicles the disparate voices that are a part of the shaping the revolution, but also voices that are impacted by the unfinished nature of the revolution.
A case study for our World Development text book...
How useful was digital technology, particularly social networking sites, to democracy protesters in Tunisia and Egypt? How important are the democracy protests in the Middle East and North Africa to world development? Social media has fundamentally changed the cultural and political paradigms.
Social networking sites and digital technology is useful for news gathering, connecting and co-ordinating groups and individuals. Mobile phones can take pictures of what is going on and share them in a second and tv for the reporting of events around the world.
The role of social networking through media is crucial in the Arab Spring. Social networking through media brings people from all areas of the world together. It spreads a variety of thoughts, ideas, and questions. It also acts as a major news source. People in the United States can click a button and see what is happening on the other side of the world at any particular moment, and vice versa.