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xkcd: Map Age Guide

xkcd: Map Age Guide | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 30, 2:17 PM

I was riding my bike during Labor Day weekend and chanced upon a yard sale with an old globe going for $4 (of course I bought it and rode home one-handed).  There were some clues that it wasn't a recent globe (The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia still existed and Burkina Faso was labeled Upper Volta and Zimbabwe was listed as Rhodesia). I knew that if I wanted to know what year this globe was produced, I would need this XKCD guide. XKCD is a comic strip that deals with many intellectual issues, but it can also be a wealth of quality scientific information.  This infographic (hi-res) is amazingly useful if you are trying to find the map of an undated map, but the flow chart also is a wealth of global history and moments that 'changed the map.'

 

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Ethiopian runner makes protest sign as he crosses line in Rio

Ethiopian runner makes protest sign as he crosses line in Rio | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Feyisa Lilesa crosses his arms as he wins a silver medal - a gesture used by his Oromo people at home to protest against the government.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 9:30 AM

The Olympics can bring to interesting cultural and political issues to a larger international audience.  The Oromo people in Ethiopia are off our collective radar, but this marathoner made the world pay attention and start to ask questions about a part of the world that rarely gets global attention.  Some other examples of how you can link students' interest in the Olympics to expand their understanding about the world include:

What was your favorite 'teaching moment' from the Olympics?

Tags:  political, conflict, sport.

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xkcd: Orbiter

xkcd: Orbiter | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

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...some of the difficulties in teaching about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

 

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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, March 18, 4:07 AM

I've always enjoyed this comic strip...it highlights some of the difficulties in teaching about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

 

Tags: Israel, Palestine, political, language, toponyms, Middle East.

Leonardo Wild's curator insight, March 18, 9:10 AM

I've always enjoyed this comic strip...it highlights some of the difficulties in teaching about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

 

Tags: Israel, Palestine, political, language, toponyms, Middle East.

Jodi Esaili's curator insight, March 22, 9:39 AM

I've always enjoyed this comic strip...it highlights some of the difficulties in teaching about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

 

Tags: Israel, Palestine, political, language, toponyms, Middle East.

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Changing How We Think About Africa

Do you speak African? Well, neither do the 1 billion people on the continent.Africa is home to 54 different nations, more than 2,000 languages and four of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, but is often painted with a sweeping stroke of doom and gloom. In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan exposes popular misconceptions about the African continent.

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This short video is full of with examples and statistics that show that many of the 'doom and gloom' perspectives and ways of thinking about Africa are outdated (at best).  Here are some good facts to update how we talk about Africa. 

 

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8A Luiza 's curator insight, March 11, 11:59 AM
I really loved this video, they showed that we must stop judging someone or something based on the "first impression" or in the media, who has a huge influence in our lives. When we think about Africa, almost everyone has the bad habit of thinking immediately in a poor country, undeveloped, with a hunger crisis..
Africa is much more than that! Has Africa poverty? Yes they have, but they also have wonderful things that we have never though about. 
Even as Thailand, Brazil, United States have bad things but they also have amazing things to show to the world, I believe that everyone, including me and you, has a talent to do something to help our planet. Enter in CMIS made me start thinking "out of the box", before this I had a formed opinion about the countries and people who lived there just based on what media said to me. Now I know that everyone in the world is different, and is what makes our world amazing! We cannot judge someone because of the place where comes from or the "first impression". We must know better people or the thing (such as countries or places)  before just throw words based on what people said to us. 
The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, March 11, 6:23 PM

This short video is full of with examples and statistics that show that many of the 'doom and gloom' perspectives and ways of thinking about Africa are outdated (at best).  Here are some good facts to update how we talk about Africa. 

 

Tags: Africa, perspective.

Denise Klaves Stewardson's curator insight, March 21, 3:07 PM

This short video is full of with examples and statistics that show that many of the 'doom and gloom' perspectives and ways of thinking about Africa are outdated (at best).  Here are some good facts to update how we talk about Africa. 

 

Tags: Africa, perspective.

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Burundi says an intervention by the African Union will be an act of “invasion”

Burundi says an intervention by the African Union will be an act of “invasion” | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

Burundi has rejected the decision by the African Union (AU) to send in troops to the east African country saying the presence of such a force in the country will be perceived as an "invasion and occupation force." "We will not allow foreign troops in Burundi. We don't need them," 

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Child soldiers

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According to UNICEF, 1,750 child soldiers have been released and returned to their families in South Sudan. But around the world, the practice of using children as soldiers continues.
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The 21st-century gold rush where people work in 19th-century conditions - Quartz

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"A 21st-century gold rush in Sudan. The conflict-torn country is pinning its economic hopes on an explosion in artisanal gold mining. Peter Schwartzstein and Leyland Cecco traveled to northern Sudan to document, in words and pictures, the lives of the men who immerse themselves in pools of mercury- and cyanide-tainted water to sift out the yellow metal."

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Carte à la une : les damnés de la mer — Géoconfluences

Carte à la une : les damnés de la mer — Géoconfluences | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
En 20 ans (1993-2015), plus de 30 000 migrants sont morts ou portés disparus en essayant de rejoindre l’Union européenne. Comment la carte, en proposant une représentation schématique de l’espace, peut-elle déployer des arguments pour jouer un rôle non négligeable dans le débat public ?
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Work and social welfare for asylum-seekers and refugees: selected EU Member States

Work and social welfare for asylum-seekers and refugees: selected EU Member States | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Beneficiaries of international protection enjoy, as a general rule, the same rights as nationals of the host Member States as regards access to employment and social benefits, although some Member States apply certain labour market restrictions or free movement restrictions to those who rely on social benefits.
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Are we better off than we think?

"Despite global inequalities, most of the world is better off than you think - and better off than it has ever been before.  Watch Hans Rosling explain why."


Tags: media, models, gapminder, development, perspective.

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Crise des migrants, attaques à Paris : quel rôle pour l’UE? | Geopolis

Crise des migrants, attaques à Paris : quel rôle pour l’UE? | Geopolis | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

La crise des migrants, sur laquelle s’est greffée l’affaire des attaques terroristes à Paris, fait tanguer le bateau Europe.

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13 Of The Most Pressing Questions About Refugees Answered With Charts - Venngage

13 Of The Most Pressing Questions About Refugees Answered With Charts - Venngage | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, a lot of information has been published and shared on both traditional and social media about the movement and acceptance of refugees. Much of the information shared has not been based on facts or credible data. The purpose of this article is to answer 13 contentious and commonly posed questions about refugees in America, using data from credible sources such as the US Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and the US Department of State.
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Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech

Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Although many observers have documented a global decline in democratic rights in recent years, people around the world nonetheless embrace fundamental democratic values, including free expression.
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DR Congo election: 17 dead in anti-Kabila protests

DR Congo election: 17 dead in anti-Kabila protests | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Three police officers and 14 civilians die in Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo, during protests calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 19, 9:22 PM

The DRC is a land of great wealth but is impoverished.  This may seem strange to outsiders but the weakness of their social institutions pays a key role in keeping the economy from reaching it's potential.  Strong institutions matter more than resources for sustained economic development. The most important line in the article was the last one: "DR Congo has never had a smooth transfer of power since independence more than 55 years ago."  That is a staggering historical burden.  

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 24, 7:46 AM
DR Congo election: 17 dead in anti-Kabila protests
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Projected Religious Population Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Projected Religious Population Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

"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?    

 

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If The World Were 100 People

If the population of the world was only 100 people, what would society look like? How many people would have shelter? Clean water? Education?

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Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

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Ella Price's curator insight, March 28, 9:19 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

MsPerry's curator insight, March 31, 12:57 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

Denise Klaves Stewardson's curator insight, April 1, 4:06 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict

Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

"Sometimes when a conflict involves Muslims, Islam may not be the best category for understanding it. Omid Safi with a reflection on the current crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and why framing it as religion is not the most helpful framework."

 

In the last few days, virtually every news outlet has featured a series of stories on the rising tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The conflict by now is well-known: Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including Shi‘i cleric Nimr al-Nimr. While both Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the worst global executioners of dissidents, the sheer size of these executions was rare even by their gruesome standards. Iran retaliated through bombastic rhetoric, stating, “God’s hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi politicians.” The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations, a tension that has rippled across the region. 

 

Tags: Saudi Arabia, political, conflict, Iran, Middle East.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 9, 11:28 AM

This is a good reminder that the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not just a Persian/Arab, Sunni/Shiite issue.  This isn't just some resurgence of an ancient battle but there are many modern geopolitical issues including oil and regional rivalries.

Mr. D's Social Studies Classroom's curator insight, March 2, 5:55 PM

This is a good reminder that the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not just a Persian/Arab, Sunni/Shiite issue.  This isn't just some resurgence of an ancient battle but there are many modern geopolitical issues including oil and regional rivalries.

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Meet the Sperm Smugglers and Permaculture Farmers of the Occupied Territories

Meet the Sperm Smugglers and Permaculture Farmers of the Occupied Territories | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Photographer Tanya Habjouqa’s pictures of Palestinian life reveal a world that’s far more diverse than the news would have you believe.
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Mali: Peace from Below? - International Crisis Group

Mali: Peace from Below? - International Crisis Group | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Hesitant steps toward peace in Mali have been helped by the recent pacts signed in Anefis by pro-government armed groups and by rebel representatives. While not sufficient or without risks, they are rooted in local initiatives and tackle issues left out of June’s Bamako accord. This offers a serious opportunity to put the peace process back on track.
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The Eastern Congo

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The eastern Congo has been ravaged by foreign invasions and homegrown rebellions that have killed and displaced millions. A fragile peace process seeks to bring stability to central Africa, but its hard-won gains remain at risk.
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The Forgotten Women and Children of Iraq

The Forgotten Women and Children of Iraq | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
The devastating consequences of unregistered marriages for Iraqi women and children are leaving many Iraqis without basic state protection. The potential security implications reach far beyond Iraq’s borders.
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«L'Afrique doit bouger, le solaire est devenu moins cher que le pétrole» | Geopolis

«L'Afrique doit bouger, le solaire est devenu moins cher que le pétrole» | Geopolis | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it

La négociation sur le climat bute actuellement sur le rôle différencié des pays riches, des pays émergents et ceux en développement. 

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Financing Africa’s Cities: The Local Investment Challenge Africa’s Cities: Scaling up the Volume of Investment

The 2009 financial crisis demonstrated how closely local government finances and housing policies are intertwined with the financial systems and the economy as a whole. The ramping up of efforts to combat global warming and the prospects created by the COP 21 preliminary discussions have once again thrust local governments into the spotlight, with their growing responsibilities in the areas of adaptation and mitigation.
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Migration and asylum: a challenge for Europe - Think Tank

Migration and asylum: a challenge for Europe - Think Tank | Middle East and Africa | Scoop.it
Parliament's Press Service is holding a seminar to discuss the Commission's proposals on migration and asylum rules. The debates are set to focus on the role of the United Nations and the European institutions, Parliament's views on asylum and migration policies, and the next steps in dealing with the increase in migration. This thematic digest provides selected policy department publications prepared to support the committees in their work related to these issues.
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