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What Sex Means for World Peace

What Sex Means for World Peace | Georgraphy World News |

"The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state's stability is how its women are treated." 


This article, based on the research derived from the Woman Stats Project ( ), outlines clearly the political significance of cultural values.  Discussion questions: Why would the levels of gender empowerment be a factor in state stability?  What connections are there between cultural and political institutions within a state?   

Via Seth Dixon, Kenny Dominguez
Courtney Burns's insight:

This article is extremely eye opening. When I think about Women's freedom in america compared to other countries in the world I feel that most countries cannot compare. Women in america have so much freedom that women in other countries don't have. However one fact in the article that I thought was shocking was that when we invaded Iraq and Afganistan we urged that women be more involved in the government because the numbers were very low. However now both of those countries exceed the percentage of women involved in the U.S. We went in arguing for something we don't even have in our own country. That is so shocking to me. However I do believe that women in other countries have it a lot worse. It is hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that in some countries it is frowned upon that women can recieve an education. In some places it is not just frowned upon, but forbidden. The women in Saudi Arabia just passed a law for some women to play sports. That is amazing! I believe that the United States sets an example of how women should be treated and for every country to get to that point will take a very long time. Thus, I'm not sure if we will ever get world peace. A lot of countries will never view women as equals, at least not in the near future. That is truly sad to think about. Again that goes back to the culture of the location that you grew up in. It's hard for countries to change their cultural beliefs. 

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 3:57 PM

It is very sad to see how women are treated in this world. Women have to work twice as hard to be recognized in this world. Many women suffer on day to day bases because they are not treated well as men are. In many countries women are not equal to everyone else. One good example is in Saudi Arabia in which women have no rights. Women now are getting little bit of freedom but that can be taken away at anytime. That is not like the United States in which women are equal. 

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This Pittsburgh restaurant only serves food from America's "enemies"

This Pittsburgh restaurant only serves food from America's "enemies" | Georgraphy World News |
Conflict Kitchen is the only restaurant in the world that serves cuisine solely from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

Via Seth Dixon
Courtney Burns's insight:

Initially I wasn't really sure what I thought about this resturant. My initial reaction was that I hated it and thought it was a bad idea. I to seemed like we were supporting another country by serving their food. However there is a cultural experience involved when we go out to eat. Many people go out to italian resturants to get the experience of italy and etc. However after really thinking about it the US is typically in conflict with another countries government, not the people who live there. By selling the food of countries we are in conflict with almost gives us an idea about what exactly the culture is there. I think it almost educates people in such a way. I think that might be the purpose on the resturant. By eating at this resturant it opens peoples eyes to what people of that particular country are consuming on a regular day basis. That experience can be good or bad, but either way it still opens up peoples eyes to the type of world other countries are living in. I think by eating there you open yourslef up to a new cultural experience, which I belive is exactly the point that the kitchen is trying to serve. Even if it is through food. 

Michael Plishka's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:36 AM

Interesting Business Model

Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:26 PM

Any Ethnic conflicts here HUGGERS?

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:06 PM

Conflict Kitchen serves foods from the countries the United States is in conflict with. They might be doing this to show Americans a little bit of how their culture is b eating their foods. 

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Puzzle: Put the Congressional Districts Back Together

Puzzle: Put the Congressional Districts Back Together | Georgraphy World News |

Gerrymandering is the practice of redrawing congressional districts after a decadal census to favor one political party over the other.

Via Seth Dixon
Courtney Burns's insight:

Personally I think Gerrymandering is unfair and should not be allowed, because it gives a political party to much of an advantage over the other. It really is of no surprise that our government finally shut down. By packing certain states and restructuring districts to create more of an advantage for your political party is corrupt. How are we supposed to run a successful government when we are altering districts and packing districts to favor a certain party? That is unfair and shouldn't be allowed. After all these years we should have some system in place to make government election as fair as possible. But by allowing parties to set different districts we will never reach that point. Gerrymandering is destorying our government, and we can see that from the most recent government shut down. There needs to be some changes made. 

Noel Magee's curator insight, April 11, 2015 8:07 PM

This short, simple depiction of gerrymandering serves a strong message. Congressional districts have literally been turned into a jigsaw puzzle. While we can all agree that it is nice to have votes in our own favor, it is unfair to allow political parties to divide up the United States unfairly. It is imperative that such an important decision be fair and justifiable. For the good or our nation, gerrymandering needs to be controlled. When it comes to elections, the United States should be divided fairly and properly. Any altering of the district lines should be considered unethical, immoral, and should be made known to the public so they can decide what should be done. This type of decision affects every single individual living in America, and this should be the least of our worries. It may be beneficial to political parties at the time, but the changing of these should be an eye opener of the type of congressional "leaders" that we look to to make executive decision regarding the rest of our lives. 


*Module 7

Alexa Earl's curator insight, May 26, 2015 6:51 PM

This showed me how unfair gerrymandering is and how it is a total false representation of what the people want. This diagram not only showed me how it works but it also showed me how it is so unfair...

Kristen Trammell's curator insight, May 26, 2015 7:36 PM

I. Gerrymandering is the practice of redrawing congressional districts after a decadal census to favor one political party over the other. In this puzzle, the user has to place the congressional districts onto the state/county. 


II. I liked this puzzle. I thought it illustrated the oddity of the redrawn districts and highlighted the unfairness of the voting system. The weird shapes of the districts showed how hard the political officials would try to get a voting area where they would be supported. The unfairness is also illustrated with the idea that the congressional districts can be put into a puzzle, where a fair district would be shaped like rectangles or equally sized squares.