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More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence

As Catalonia goes to the polls, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural sporting icons and its role in Catalan identity...

 

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent GITN.

 

Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent Geography in the News article.


Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:10 PM

As a soccer fan and a fan of FC Barcelona, Whenever I watch FC Barcelona play against Real Madrid, the commentators always describe both clubs as a symbol of independence and the symbol of political identity. Both teams are embodiments of the struggle that Spain and Catalonia are going through.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 19, 2015 3:01 PM

As a soccer fan (although of CR7 in La Liga), I know that Barca has the saying "Mes que un club" which means more than a club in the Catalan language.  FCB's colors, in fact, represent the colors of Barcelona, which is the major force in the region of Catalonia.  The club allows the ethnic people to express pride in their heritage, and allowed them in the Franco era, a freedom of expression that was not otherwise granted to them.  However, as the video discusses, FCB cannot be the main force for the region's independence, that will have to come from the people pressing the people to the Spanish Government.  However, FCB represents for the Catalans a pride in having their own unique culture, and being a unique people different than ethnic Spaniards.  Barca being more than a club is far different from the BPL team of Manchester United or the La Liga club of Real Madrid.  While these clubs may represent regions within the countries, they do not represent regions who are different than the status quo.  Followers of Man U are not very different than the Southern English (they are not their own people).  I think it is highly interesting how sports teams can mean so much to certain regions.

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

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GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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Allison Henley's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:35 PM

Very addicting even though I'm not that great at it!! haha

Matleena Laakso's curator insight, October 5, 2014 4:55 AM

Tämä on hauska, muutaman kerran on tullut "pelattua".

Alex Smiga's curator insight, September 7, 2015 4:36 PM

Cool game that drops you down somewhere random in the world on street view, then asks you to guess where in the world you are

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India's love affair with gold

"No gold, no wedding," is a saying in India, indicating the importance of gold to Indian culture and tradition. Byron Pitts reports on India's obsessio
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What's in a Flag's Design?

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A new infographic by a pair of Danish designers has everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world’s flags.

 

Tags: flag, language, culture.


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The Children's Village

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An American woman and her Tanzanian business partner have become the legal guardians of nearly 100 children in a village they refuse to call an orphanage because it's home
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An unlikely urban planner

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Shamayim Harris is a one-time school administrator who's now leading a group of mostly volunteers in the redevelopment of her Detroit-area neighborhood. Steve Hartman went "On The Road" to see what kind of progress they're making.
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The Very Great Alexander von Humboldt

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The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) is all around us. Yet he is invisible. “Alexander von Humboldt has been largely forgotten in the English-speaking world,” writes Andrea Wulf in her thrilling new biography. “It is almost as though his ideas have become so manifest that the man behind them has disappeared.” Wulf’s book is as much a history of those ideas as it is of the man. The man may be lost but his ideas have never been more alive.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 4:37 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Europe and especially Latin America for his explorations, but given that people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects ‘geography.’  Here are more articles and videos on the man that I feel geographers should publicly champion as their intellectual ancestor the way that biologists point to Darwin.   

 

Tags:  historicalbiogeography, book reviews.

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Wow Illusions! 21 Mind-Bending Urban Works of Art

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Optical illusion art brings a bit of magic to the streets, using paint, paste-ups or photographic tiles to transform urban surfaces into massive sinkholes, bizarre portals and mysterious doors offe…

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 8, 1:04 PM

OK, it's Friday and this is just for fun. I ran across this post with all of these urban works of art that are illusions. All I could say was, "Wow!" Now I want to go visit them all.

 

Have fun with these mind-benders and have a great weekend.

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Prime Minister vs. President: What's The Difference?

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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, July 15, 9:22 AM
While I find that this super-generalized comparison is somewhat lacking, this could open the door for an expanded discussion pertaining to the differences between the two types of offices. 
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Did you like GeoGuessr? You'll love this game as well. - Geoawesomeness

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Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard Do you remember GeoGuessr? It’s the most popular and addictive geo-game out there. There are quite of lot of other cool games but GeoGuessr was always ‘the one to rule them all’. Recently I came across a game that might be similarly addictive. Where in the World is …

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Why there are sea monsters lurking in early world maps

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Old world maps and atlases are chock full of history, uncharted territories and, if you look carefully, sea monsters.

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Flags of Europe Explained

Fifty minutes of flags! All the flags of Europe from the Nordics to the Balkans. All the segments are here, some with some errors fixed. Enjoy Thank you s

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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, July 5, 7:30 PM
I admit that I have not watched this in its entirety (or even its majority), but I wanted to share, because I find it fascinating, and I feel like you need to know it's there!  I look forward to watching more of it in the near future! 
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Artist Kadir Nelson's illustrations of pride and soul

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Kadir Nelson is an artist unknown to many. But you'll find his work on magazines, albums, posters and postage stamps. Then there are the children's books - more than two dozen of them. Ben Tracy meets the illustrator who counts Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth among his influences - and who explains what happens when his paintbrush starts to sing.
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​Remembering bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley

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A founding father of modern "mountain music" broke through to a wider audience with the hit soundtrack of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
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Old Mexico lives on

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On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders. The counties with the highest concentration of Mexicans (as defined by ethnicity, rather than citizenship) overlap closely with the area that belonged to Mexico before the great gringo land-grab of 1848. Some are recent arrivals; others trace their roots to long before the map was redrawn. They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them.

 

Tags: culture, demographics, North America, historical, colonialism, borders, political.


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Catch Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO!

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Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Our World by Greg Milner – review

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The story of GPS and its impact on our natural homing instinct is both fascinating and unsettling
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When Morley Safer visited a "fairy-tale kingdom"

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In 2000, 60 Minutes traveled to the tiny country of Bhutan, perched in the Himalayas, where gross national product matters less than "gross national happiness"
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Ten creepy PokeStops in Pokemon GO

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Today you're going to see 10 creepy, weird, or otherwise wonderful PokeStops from inside the game Pokemon GO. This game is built on the same engine that the
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Projected Religious Population Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

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"The total population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster pace than in any other region in the decades ahead, more than doubling from 823 million in 2010 to 1.9 billion in 2050. As a result, the two dominant religions in the region – Christianity and Islam – both are expected to have more than twice as many adherents in 2050 as in 2010."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 16, 2:58 PM

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions of the world. While the economy is growing, the rate at which poverty is falling is less than the population growth rate.  Nearly all of the population growth in Africa between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.  As the population grows, the religious dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa will change.  The share of residents practicing Christianity, the majority religion of the region, is expected to decline from 2010 to 2050 while the share of Muslims is expected to increase in the same time frame.  The changes in religious demographics is occurring alongside the region’s youth bulge (click here for a population pyramid).  Understanding religious demographics is key to understanding the challenges faced by the African people.   

 

Question to Ponder: What impact are the region’s two fastest-growing religions having on Sub-Saharan Africa’s overall fertility rate?    

 

Tagsreligionpopulation, ChristianityIslam, Africa.

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New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em all

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Where can I find Pikachu? More than one Pokémon Go map promises to help you find rare Pokémon—and they need your help. Here's our list of the best Pokémon Go maps.

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India explained in 20 maps

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The following set of 20 maps of India look into the story of this riveting country. A captivating place to both travel and read about.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 22, 2:56 PM

Some of these maps nicely highlight some regional differences within India. There are plenty of articles like this now (for example, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, and 38 Maps that explain Europe). While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Also, any list like this, it is bound to have a few clunkers, but it is worth it  to find those teaching gems.   

 

TagsIndia, South Asiamap, map archives, culturedevelopment, economicreligion.

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Watch from the air as Rio build its 2016 Summer Olympic sites

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Since Rio de Janeiro won the bid for the 2016 Olympics in 2009, various areas in the city and nationwide in Brazil have been rebuilt to accommodate the venues.

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Testing the Rule of Law in the South China Sea - NYTimes.com

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Harley-Davidsons hit the road in China

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Members of the Harley Owners Group are hog wild about their favorite motorcycle - and enthusiasm for the Harley-Davidson extends far beyond our own shores. Seth Doane has a report on the iconic American motorcycle that's tearing up the Far East.
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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dead at 87

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among officials mourning recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
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Petra, Jordan: Huge monument found 'hiding in plain sight'

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"Two archaeologists, who recently published their findings in the American Schools of Oriental Research, used Google Earth satellite images and drone photography to identify the outline of an enormous monument buried beneath sand and time at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan."  --Motherboard


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 14, 4:40 PM

When in the Mexican state of Veracruz as a grad student, I saw a startling mountain covered by the dense tropical rain forest; this mountain had a consistent slope with hard angles.  I was awestruck to realize that it was an uncovered (but not undiscovered) pyramid and I wondered just how many archeological sites are waiting to be unearthed. 

 

Why is a geographer an important member of an interdisciplinary team? This discovery shows that spatial thinking, geographic tools, and a keen eye for usually patterns in unexpected places are critical for many disciplines and fields of research.

 

Tags: spatial, remote sensing, geospatial, MiddleEast, Jordan, googleunit 1 GeoPrinciples.