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Historic and current events in places in the world I either have traveled to, will travel to, or hope to travel to one day. OR... I just thought the piece was interesting and am using this page to compile information I will continue to want to access. If these items appeal to you, feel free to scoop 'em.
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Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World

Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Americans eat pizza the way it was intended, by picking up a slice with their hands. In other countries they daintily eat pizza the wrong way, (I grew up in New York so yes, I can be harshly judgmental about this,) with a knife and fork.
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What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies? | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
A 93-year-old who spoke only Chickasaw, one of about 65 fluent Chickasaw speakers, died last week.
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South Korean Fisherman’s Escape From North Is Confirmed

South Korean Fisherman’s Escape From North Is Confirmed | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Chun Wook-pyo escaped from North Korea last month, more than four decades after his abduction at sea.
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China Mulls Expanded Two-Child Policy

China Mulls Expanded Two-Child Policy | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
China may be about to propose a major reform to its one-child policy.
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Iconic protests: Remembering the brave

Iconic protests: Remembering the brave | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
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"Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Social protests surfaced around the world frequently over the last few years, from the Arab Spring to Zuccotti Park in New York, and more recently, Gezi Park in Istanbul and cities across Brazil. This photo essay recalls iconic moments of protest from decades ago through today."

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Archaeologists Discover “Lost City” in Cambodian Jungle

Archaeologists Discover “Lost City” in Cambodian Jungle | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Using state-of-the-art laser technology, a team of Australian archaeologists have uncovered a 1,200-year-old city hidden in the depths of the Cambodian jungle.
Arlis Groves's insight:

That's what I love about this business (teaching history).  There are constant "game-changers"; new discoveries, revelations, mysteries solved, and new mysteries presented.

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Arlis Groves's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:09 PM

That's what I love about this business (teaching history).  There are constant "game-changers"; new discoveries, revelations, mysteries solved, and new mysteries presented.

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Tying the knot the traditional way

Tying the knot the traditional way | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Like many other women, Kim So-jeong dreamed of walking down the aisle in a pearl-white silk dress with a sparkling tiara...
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Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover

Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
"To me, the cover says perseverance, and the cover says unity," the magazines editor said in an interview Thursday morning. Here's how the staff tracked down and photographed all those shoes.
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Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover

Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
"To me, the cover says perseverance, and the cover says unity," the magazines editor said in an interview Thursday morning. Here's how the staff tracked down and photographed all those shoes.
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A way to remember and honor the people affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon this year.

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HIV 'cure' in toddler offers 'global hope'

HIV 'cure' in toddler offers 'global hope' | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
The case of the first toddler ever to be "functionally cured" of HIV could have wide-ranging effects on the global fight to end the AIDS epidemic.
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In true North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles (and men only get ten!)

In true North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles (and men only get ten!) | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
The bizarre campaign exhorts women to choose from one of 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles approved by officials eager to clamp down on western influences.
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Ah, not a world event, but interesting.

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The Resting Place of Indonesian Great Diponegoro | The Jakarta Globe

The Resting Place of Indonesian Great Diponegoro | The Jakarta Globe | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Semarang in Central Java has rightfully earned the unofficial title of the city of Diponegoro, one of the Indonesia’s greatest national heroes.
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In Indonesia, Envisioning a Larger Role for Religion at School

In Indonesia, Envisioning a Larger Role for Religion at School | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
The government is weighing a curriculum overhaul that would merge science and social studies with other classes so more time can be devoted to religion.
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What?  No social science?  No science?  In my limited experience observing classrooms in Indonesia, religious instruction was well-represented.

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From the text: "Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country with a secular government that recognizes the rights of six different faiths, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism.

Religion is taught to students according to their own faiths, meaning that Muslim students are instructed in Islam, while Christian students study Christianity in separate classes. Reflecting the country’s demographics, most religious instruction is Islamic.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs, which advises the Education Ministry, is proposing that religious education be increased to four hours a week from two. It will remain a compulsory subject, along with mathematics, arts and crafts, physical education, Indonesian language and civics."
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Telling the African Story: Komla Dumor at TEDxEuston - YouTube

http://www.tedxeuston.com Komla Dumor is one of the most recognised faces voices at the British Broadcasting Corporation. After a successful career in journa... (Telling the African story: #KomlaDumor's talk at TEDxEuston.

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Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today's global economy.  As stated in that...
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Scooped from teaching colleague, K. Kelly and Seth Dixon, this TED Talk video exposes the often unknown or ignored modern-day existence of slavery and its economic connection to us.  Watch to see if there is any impact we, as individuals can have.

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Ghost Cities Draw Neither Jobs Nor People

Ghost Cities Draw Neither Jobs Nor People | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
China plans to move tens of millions to cities in a drive to boost domestic incomes and consumption, but some newly built cities are luring few employers or residents.
Arlis Groves's insight:

On China watch.  I heard a lot about the effort to move rural families to big cities as an economic development strategy.  I also saw, last month, many high rise apartment dwellings all prepared for the population boom expected in cities, however, at least 90% of them appeared to be vacant. 

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Life in a Toxic Country

Life in a Toxic Country | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
My wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.
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Having just returned from China, I can verify that the air quality is poor in most bigger cities on the mainland.  I'll be watching to see how the Chinese government will balance it's feverishly rapid industrial and urban growth with environmental concerns.


"Statistics released Wednesday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that air quality in Beijing was deemed unsafe for more than 60 percent of the days in the first half of 2013."

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India's Last Telegram Will Be Sent in July

India's Last Telegram Will Be Sent in July | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
The transformative technology will come to, yes, a FULL STOP.
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China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
A 12-year plan to move hundreds of millions of rural residents into cities is intended to spur economic growth, but could have unintended consequences, skeptics warn.
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Hitler's Food Taster Tells of Poisoning Fears

Hitler's Food Taster Tells of Poisoning Fears | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
She's 95 and only now telling her story. She was one of Hitler's food tasters during the war. The shame and fear of persecution forced her to keep it secret all these years. But now, according to the story on WTOP's page, she's spilling the beans.

Via Carla Saunders
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Students - What stories do your grandparents and great-grandparents still have to tell you?

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Can cashews reduce Senegal poverty?

Can cashews reduce Senegal poverty? | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Could the humble cashew nut hold the key to eradicating poverty in Senegal's Casamance region?
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Agricultural processes I observed when I visited Senegal in 2010 were largely carried out by hand.  Senegal is working on developing methods to produce enough food for its population.  This video indicates that cashews may be part of the key to increasing its economic growth. 

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World graffiti artists gather in Dakar

World graffiti artists gather in Dakar | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
In Senegal's capital, Dakar, artists from around the world have gathered for Festigraff, a graffiti festival. Focus on Africa's Laeila Adjovi went along to have a look.
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Youssou N'Dour: Shakin' the Tree | Sound Tracks | PBS

Youssou N'Dour: Shakin' the Tree | Sound Tracks | PBS | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Youssou N'Dour has been called the voice of Africa, the continent's best known living singer.>
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My visit to Senegal in 2010 through a Fulbright-Hays fellowship included an introduction to Senegal's efforts to secure a democracy free of corruption and one that champions human rights.  This episode of Sound Tracks addresses their progress and the 2012 election.  A part of me will always feel invested in Senegal's future.

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To view this segment only, start the playback at 17:00 into the program.
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Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning : NPR

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning  : NPR | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
Citing his age (85) and diminished strength, the pontiff plans to step down effective Feb. 28. It's likely that a conclave to elect a new pope will be held by mid-March. A pope hasn't stepped down this way since 1415.
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Economics of Happiness: local initiatives heal global ills

Economics of Happiness: local initiatives heal global ills | Historic and Current Global Events | Scoop.it
The Economics of Happiness urges us to go local to solve environmental, economic and human problems caused by globalization. Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page direct. Labor of love Diverse, multicultural views abound here.
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Globalizing or localizing.  An interesting article/video.  Food for thought.

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