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Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe'

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled 'Foundations of State Cultural Politics' will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as 'Russia is not Europe.'"

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Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 5, 2:06 PM

This article is interesting because Russia, today, now considers itself its own unique area, neither part of the East or West.  This is interesting because in the past, many Russians tried to behave like their western European counterparts (Peter the Great).  In fact, Peter changed Russian practices and made St. Petersburg in an attempt to create a more European image for the country.  However, being far removed from the rest of what people usually think of as Europe (the Western area of the continent), Russia was never perceived as an equal to its smaller idols (such as Great Britain, France, and Germany).  Today it seems as if Russia wants to distance itself from the West, because of being constantly excluded, and the Cold War Period where Eastern Europe (dominated by Russia) was far different than the west.  Yet, Russia does not want to consider itself Eastern, in my opinion, because of the fact that the nation often had conflicts with China (back when it was the USSR over differing versions of Communism).  Russia, today, wants to be thought of as its own unique region, which is fair in my opinion, the country does take up a large portion of the planet.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 5:57 PM

This makes Russia seem like little whining babies, crying because of what other peoples perceptions may or may not be pertaining to their geography.  Do they really think that if they are looked at as European, than people will think they are the same as French people, or if they are considered an Asian country that they will be confused with China? These people are idiots and should be more concerned with their perception around the world as assholes! 

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 3:27 PM

Russia has always been the red headed stepchild of Europe (Get it? Red headed....USSR....Communism? Im so freakin funny); not quite European, not quite Asian. Russia has been caught in the middle, not belonging to anyone. Russia, in its history, has tried to westernize under Catherine the Great and other rulers during the Russian Enlightenment period. Russians abandoned their traditional dress and trademark hats in favor of a more western style of dress. Eventually, with the introduction of Lenin, Stalin, and other radical not-all-there leaders, westernization fell and Russia diverged from Europe. This divergence is still seen today with Putin affirming that Russia is not a part of Europe.  

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Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style

Some Immigration Terms Are Going Out Of Style | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"In April, the Associated Press decided the word 'illegal' should only be used to describe actions, not people. It's one of several major news outlets that have been reconsidering how to refer to people who are in this country illegally."  


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Al Picozzi's comment, July 21, 2013 12:53 PM
It all goes along with the old saying, the victors write the history books. If the US lost the American Revolution it wouodl probably been called the American Insurrection. Also look at the Civil War as we mostly call it today. Many places, especially in the Southern states call this the War for Southern Independence or the War of Norther Aggression.
Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:19 PM

I thought that NPR broadcast  was perpetuating the problem we face today in news media.  They spent there time talking about certain individuals and how they used their words instead of addressing and informing us about the issue of immigration. Labeling is an easy way of separating a human being from the situation, Illegal immigrant is easier to portray negatively in the news.  An illegal sounds better then a disadvantaged Mexican refuge in search of the same American dream our founding fathers were trying to create when the agenda is to close the boarders

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 13, 2014 8:16 PM

It is interesting to see that not only the topic of Immigration is controversial,  but the terms being used for that topic is also a sensitive subject.

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Complexity in Syria

Complexity in Syria | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:19 PM

This map shows tha tthere are an overwhelimg amount of Arabs especially in centeral Syria. And then on the coast lline it is mostly mixed with pink representing the overwhlming other majority.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:11 PM

It appears from this article that Syria is a complicated country. The map shows the different ethnic and religious groups of Syria, along with other groups, all of which live within a small area. Syria, along with other countries within the Middle East have been faced with one serious issue or another. Many different people live within a very small area; those people practice different religions and are ethnically and culturally different. Unfortunately, being different in this part of the world may get you killed.   

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 2014 1:25 PM

Maps such as this one are very valuable when trying to understand conflict.  In Syria and the greater Levant area, unbalanced power and representation in politics is the result of many different religious and ethnic groups living in such close proximity each other, allowing conflict to become very invasive.