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Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom

Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
In one of the world's poorest countries, where many women still wear head-to-toe burqas, lavish spending and competition among brides is fueling a boom in shops selling pricey and glamorous dresses.

 

Afghans live in one of the world's poorest countries — but you wouldn't know that from their lavish wedding ceremonies. Families sell possessions and borrow money . This wedding culture is part of the reason there's been a boom in women's dress shops in my neighborhood in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

 

It's still one of the most jarring contradictions in Afghanistan: watching women wearing headscarves, or full, head-to-toe blue burkas, walking down the street past store windows full of glamorous, low-cut gowns.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 11:32 AM

The merging of traditional and popular cultures makes for some of the more jarring and unexpected portions of the cultural mosaic.  Globalization is creating more unanticipated juxtapositions.  


Tags: Afghanistan, culture, folk cultures, culture, development, poverty, gender.

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$11 Billion Later, High-Speed Rail Is Inching Along

$11 Billion Later, High-Speed Rail Is Inching Along | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Although Republican opposition and community protests have slowed efforts to upgrade passenger service, policy experts and members of both parties also blame missteps by the Obama administration.
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Why caste still matters in India

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INDIA’S general election will take place before May. The front-runner to be the next prime minister is Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party, currently chief  minister of Gujarat. A former tea-seller, he has previously attacked leaders of the ruling Congress party as elitist, corrupt and out of touch. Now he is emphasising his humble caste origins. In a speech in January he said 'high caste' Congress leaders were scared of taking on a rival from 'a backward caste'. If Mr Modi does win, he would be the first prime minister drawn from the 'other backward classes', or OBC, group. He is not the only politician to see electoral advantage in bringing up the subject: caste still matters enormously to most Indians."


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 19, 12:21 PM

This article highlights a few key points about the political and cultural geography of India. Culturally, the caste system still has ripple effects throughout the country. Especially in rural areas where caste system norms still are very much observed. For example in on rural section of the North, people are murdered for marrying outside of the caste. Politically, the caste system is now being used as a tool by politicians to solicit votes. By promising what is essentially affirmative action measures for lower caste populations politicians are able to cater to large amounts of voters playing of the fact that caste still means a lot in India's political and cultural geography. 

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 23, 12:11 PM

Caste will take more than a few generations to lose its social privilege/oppression. The verbal history passed from parent to child enforces the idea of caste, even when it has been done away with by law. This social hierarchy effects business, marriage, and politics.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 3:00 AM

While in some ways India has been quick to adapt to the 21st century such as in the technical industry and even in the loosening of ridged marriage practices this caste system has remained. This system of societal stratification has persisted and as this article explains plays a large role in the politics of India today. The castes also play a role in employment and marriage in determining who can do what work and who it is socially acceptable to marry.

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Should We Talk About The Weather? Frankenstein, Fear, and the "Year Without Summer"

Should We Talk About The Weather? Frankenstein, Fear, and the "Year Without Summer" | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Wood sees the eruption of Tambora and its devastating after-effects as a case study for rapid climate change, arguing that the years post-Tambora offer “a rare, clear window onto a world convulsed ...
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This article goes hand-in-hand with one of the questions on your reading guide.  Plus, it's got Frankenstein in it!

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The Rise of Delicious Haitian Chocolate

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Will Haiti cash in on the global chocolate boom?
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Georgina Birch's curator insight, July 28, 6:46 PM

Wonderful news!

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Not All Death Is Created Equal

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Moscow's cemeteries are beginning to be divided by ethnicity and religion, mimicking the ethnic divides happening among the city's living inhabitants.
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Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City

Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
As the sprawling Zaatari camp evolves into an informal city — with an economy and even gentrification — aid workers say camps can be potential urban incubators that benefit host countries like Jordan.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 12:03 PM

This is an intriguing article that explores the difficulties of forced migrations that arise from civil war, but it also looks at city planning as refugee camps are established to make homes for the displaced.  These camps have become into de-facto cities. The maps, videos and photographs embedded in the article show the rapid development of these insta-cities which organically have evolved to fit the needs of incoming refugees.  Size not investing in permanent infrastructure has some serious social, sanitation and financial cost, there are some efforts to add structure to the chaos, to formalize the informal.  Truly this is a fascinating case study of in urban geography as we are increasingly living on what Mike Davis refers to as a "Planet of Slums."  


Tags: refugees, migration, conflict, political, warsquatter, urban, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 cities. 

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, July 13, 11:06 AM

beautiful intriguing post telling the story of something I - personally - never considered. It pictures a new city growing, with not only basic needs, ...

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Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer

Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Far too many farms no longer function except as beautiful (and expensive) event spaces that play to false nostalgia for a romantic, rural life.
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Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq?

Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
It's coming: the imminent end of Iraq. Here's what no one has told you. A former CIA deputy director tells us the shape of things to come.
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No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart

No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Belgium’s gaffe-happy former Prime Minister Yves Leterme once famously said that the only things all Belgians have in common are “the King, the football team, some beers.” Say what you will about the pressure on Team USA heading into Tuesday’s showdown against Belgium—at least nobody’s expecting them to keep the...
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How Brazilian Soccer Players Get Their Names

How Brazilian Soccer Players Get Their Names | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has seen host-nation stars such as Hulk and Fred roam the pitch. In 2006, Nick Schulz addressed why so many Brazilians are known by single names. The article is reprinted below: The World Cup kicked off on Friday, and defending champ Brazil will take...
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San Francisco Would Be a Better City With Twice as Many People

San Francisco Would Be a Better City With Twice as Many People | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
California is an earthly paradise. Yet there is something badly broken about the Golden State. At its best, California is America’s America, where the young and adventurous go for a fresh start. The trouble is that housing in much of California has become so expensive that the young and adventurous...
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Why Detroit May Be On the Edge of a Miracle

Why Detroit May Be On the Edge of a Miracle | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Cities sometimes just die, but Detroit isn't one of them.
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Where police forces don't resemble the community

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A Washington Post analysis of police staffing shows that the vast majority of cities have a police presence that is a lot whiter than the population.

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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 19, 11:32 AM

While my students are not quite ready for this level of complexity on Day 1, this will be a nice data analysis warm-up next quarter. 

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The island looking to China for brides

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As Japan's population shrinks, remote communities such as the island of Shiraishi Jima are feeling the changes.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, July 21, 6:30 PM
Japan's population is declining. Not enough children are being born and many adults are leaving for the big cities or other countries. Who has population to spare, especially women? An unlikely neighbor.
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How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away

How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Saying "you're not welcome here"—with spikes.
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Turkish women are laughing in public because a politician told them not to

Turkish women are laughing in public because a politician told them not to | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Defiance in Turkey is alive and well.
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Marvel: New Thor is a woman | Al Jazeera America

Marvel: New Thor is a woman | Al Jazeera America | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Thor is Marvel's 8th franchise to feature a female lead protagonist
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Map - Nicaragua Approves Chinese Tycoon's $40 Billion Dream To Build A Canal Across The Country

Map - Nicaragua Approves Chinese Tycoon's $40 Billion Dream To Build A Canal Across The Country | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

A Nicaraguan committee approved a proposed route on Monday for a $40 billion shipping channel across the Central American country that would compete with the Panama Canal. The committee of government officials, businessmen, and academics approved a 172-mile route from the mouth of the Brito river on the Pacific side to the Punto Gorda river on the Caribbean that was proposed by executives from the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group). The Hong Kong-based HKND group, which is funding the project, is headed by Chinese lawyer Wang Jing, who also heads Chinese company Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group. The idea is ridiculously ambitious. The waterway would be more than three times as long as the 48-mile Panama Canal, and one of the largest infrastructure projects ever.


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Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic

Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Want disease-free grapes? Add a silkworm gene. How about vitamin-enhanced rice? While technology promises new ways to help feed the world, some see risks to the land and to human health.
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The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven

The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The importance ISIS places on the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement about the Middle East may seem puzzling. But jihadist groups have long drawn on a fertile historical imagination, and on old grievances about the West in particular.
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Borders matter.

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World War I's lasting bootprint

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One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world.
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