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Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR

Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years : NPR | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Thailand has a huge fishing industry that's chronically short of workers. Human traffickers recruit desperate men from Cambodia and Myanmar, who then find themselves at sea for extended periods in miserable conditions.
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North Koreans vote in elections

North Koreans vote in elections | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
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If only this were satire. 

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Swiss narrowly back migration curbs

Swiss narrowly back migration curbs | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Swiss voters narrowly back a referendum proposal to bring back strict immigration quotas, with 50.3% giving their support.
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This one map helps explain Ukraine’s protests

This one map helps explain Ukraine’s protests | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

This map illustrates the country's deep division and why the protests might not be what you think.

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US population growth continues at near-historic lows

US population growth continues at near-historic lows | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
The Great Recession remains a drag on immigration and birth rates
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China's Copycat Towns: Why Chinese Love Knock-Offs

China's Copycat Towns: Why Chinese Love Knock-Offs | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
In China, mimicry is a form of mastery. China copies movies, cell phones, even architecture. In fact, it's home to several imitation European villages, including a fake English village called Thames Town.
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Catholic Church in Philippines Holds Mass in Malls | @pritheworld

Catholic Church in Philippines Holds Mass in Malls | @pritheworld | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
In the Philippines, many are abandoning the Catholic Church and going shopping. So the Church is going where the shoppers are. It's holding Mass at the malls. John Otis reports from Manila.
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Sometimes I feel this website should just be a link to PRI's The World. If you teach AP HG and don't listen yet,  start.

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His Holiness speaks on importance of Tibetan language learning

His Holiness speaks on importance of Tibetan language learning | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
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Be sure to read past the mere idea of the Tibetan language's suitability for Buddhist thought.  Clearly, religion, langauge, and politics are all present in urging linguistic resurgence.

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China's one-child policy increasingly being questioned

China's one-child policy increasingly being questioned | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Decades ago, China decided it had too many people and instituted a policy that allowed most couples just one child. While the policy has been loosened some, it's still largely in place.

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Avonna Swartz's curator insight, August 21, 2013 9:38 AM

Do you think it is time to revise China's One Child Policy?

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10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World

10 of the Most Dangerous Journeys to Schools Around the World | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.

The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.

In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012.Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."


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What are you willing to do to get your education?

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Kevin Cournoyer's comment, April 30, 2013 9:51 PM
This slideshow makes it painfully clear that the degree to which a country is developed makes for very different experiences when it comes to education and physically getting to a school. Less developed countries clearly present different, in many cases, more dangerous obstacles to arriving at a school than well developed countries present.
The climate and geographic features found in other countries seem to often be what creates the challenges in getting young people to schools. Economically, these countries are clearly disadvantaged, as the lack of a viable infrastructure would indicate. Due to this lack of infrastructure, the journey to school is dangerous and arduous. A certain resilience can be seen in these pictures, however. Those who take these dangerous trips to schools miles away or over dangerous terrain clearly value education, indicating a cultural emphasis on the importance of learning, many times in spite of harsh geographic factors.
Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:52 AM

It is sad what so many children must endure and go through in order to get an education.  I wonder if these bridges and structures have been fixed.  61 million children not receiving an education is 61 million too many.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 1, 11:45 AM

unit 6 economic development

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World poverty is shrinking rapidly, new index reveals

World poverty is shrinking rapidly, new index reveals | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Some of the poorest people in the world are becoming significantly less poor, according to a groundbreaking academic study which has taken a new approach to measuring deprivation. The report, by Oxford University's poverty and human development initiative, predicts that countries among the most impoverished in the world could see acute poverty eradicated within 20 years if they continue at present rates.


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As Turkey's economy booms and Greece's sputters, former enemies find themselves less inimical

As Turkey's economy booms and Greece's sputters, former enemies find themselves less inimical | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Greece is the poster child of European economic crisis. But across the Aegean Sea is Turkey, with a booming economy. The two neighbors, though, are long-time enemies.
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All-women bank to start operations from November

All-women bank to start operations from November | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
India's first all-women bank will start operations from November this year through six branches spread across the length and breadth of the country, finance minister P Chidambaram said today.
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March Madness: Make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets! - Religion News Service

March Madness: Make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets! - Religion News Service | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
More than 100 Roman Catholic cardinals will gather in the Sistine Chapel in March. One will emerge as pope. Who will it be? The "Sweet Sistine" is our guess at the top candidates from each continent.
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With more than 1billion followers, the geographic diversity of today's Catholic church is vast.  With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, questions abound as to the identity of the next pope.  The Religion News Service takes this question to the next level.  Considering the popularity of betting services around the world, the bracket concept isn't that unlikely.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 7, 2013 7:12 AM

I won't pretend to know much about Catholic sucession, but this is pretty awesome. 

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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
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AfricaMap

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Great multilayered mapping tool for visualizing diversity in Africa.

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Catalonia defies Madrid with push for independence vote

Catalonia defies Madrid with push for independence vote | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
MADRID (Reuters) - Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably...
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'Traditional cooperation' between U.S. and Egypt based on geopolitics and money

'Traditional cooperation' between U.S. and Egypt based on geopolitics and money | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama may not have directly threatened to cut aid to Egypt on Thursday, but he made clear that the status quo is no longer acceptable.
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Things are rarely as simple as they seem. If the U.S. we're to cut ties with Egypt, the political and economic consequences would be felt well beyond the borders of those two countries. "Follow the money."

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Buffalo Continues Population Slide | wgrz.com

Buffalo Continues Population Slide | wgrz.com | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
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Which is the best application of this article?  Is it deindustrialization? Urban to urban migration?  The continued growth of U.S. population in the South?

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Avonna Swartz's curator insight, August 21, 2013 9:39 AM

How does this article illustrate internal migration patterns occuring in the US?

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A Call for English Only at the EU, and 5-Word Acceptance Speeches | @pritheworld

A Call for English Only at the EU, and 5-Word Acceptance Speeches | @pritheworld | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
With 23 official languages-- rising to 24 in July-- the European Union is knee-deep in translation. Must every document be translated into Latvian and Irish? Or should the EU simplify matters by making English its working language?
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China Past Due: Facing the Consequences of Control

China Past Due: Facing the Consequences of Control | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
China’s leaders face great challenges and great expectations. Economic growth is slowing, the population is aging, and the environment is in a state of crisis. This is a tantalizing, albeit incomplete, view of China in flux, promoting consideration of how the cultural landscape has and will change as China's demographic, economic, and environmental realities clash with the political status quo and uncertain changes ahead.
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Serbia rejects EU deal on Kosovo

Serbia rejects EU deal on Kosovo | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Serbia rejects a European Union-brokered deal on normalising ties with its breakaway province of Kosovo.
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A New Beginning for the Kurdish Language in Turkey? | PRI's The World

A New Beginning for the Kurdish Language in Turkey? | PRI's The World | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
Just 10 years ago, Professor Hasan Tanriverdi could have been arrested by security forces, blindfolded and taken to an underground prison and tortured, just for doing this. Speaking Kurdish was banned under Turkish law.
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Outspoken 12-year-old in India shows country's shift role for women

Outspoken 12-year-old in India shows country's shift role for women | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it
In conservative parts of India, women were expected to be shy, and reserved -- seen, and not heard. But that's changing, as more girls become educated and aspire to independence. And 12-year-old Sarita Meena is the embodiment of that change.
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Rio police occupy slums near airport, seaport

Rio police occupy slums near airport, seaport | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

Brazilian security forces seized control of two crime-ridden slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport and seaport Sunday in a new bid to drive out drug traffickers."

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Drugs and violence seem intimately connected to rapid urbanization in developing countries. Is police presence a truly sustainable solution to the challenges facing Brazil and others in the developing world?

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After fatal gang rape, Indian women download apps to 'pin the creeps'

After fatal gang rape, Indian women download apps to 'pin the creeps' | KochAPGeography | Scoop.it

With virtual bodyguards, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang rape in New Delhi.

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Can smart technology help reduce gender violence?

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