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Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections

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Eritrea's soccer players regularly use overseas matches to flee their country
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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home' | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
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Caution: Elves

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Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire

Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Russian youth have no memory of the Soviet Union, but some feel nostalgic for the days of empire
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France's flaws

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What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

There's been a lot of talk about the millions of Latinos who changed their racial identification during the last census. But researchers said Latinos were not the only ones switching and it's not new.


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Argentina's Falklands Banner Sparks Anger Ahead Of World Cup

Argentina's Falklands Banner Sparks Anger Ahead Of World Cup | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Argentina and England are unlikely to meet at the World Cup finals, however their rivalry was reignited at the weekend when the Argentine national side posed behind a banner claiming the Falkland Islands belong to the South American country. Ahead of their warm-up match with Slovenia in Buenos Aires, the team displayed the message in support of the country's claims over the sovereignty of the islands in the South Atlantic, which are a British Overseas Territory.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 10, 3:25 PM

The World Cup can make things interesting when nationalistic fervor becomes politicized and moves to issues off the pitch.  Are they the Falklands or Las Malvinas?  It's not just a simple linguistic translation but also a statement of territoriality and geopolitical recognition.  Like Gibraltar, the Falklands are British Oversees Territories, ones that Margaret Thatcher was willing to fight Agrentina to maintain;  Argentina still claims Las Malvinas as their territory.  For a great teaching resource on this issue, see the second slideshow in this series of  AP Human Geography talks that was given at NCGE 2013 (sign up to attend NCGE 2014 here).  


Tags: Argentinasport, bordersgeopolitics, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 9:17 PM

Sempre a geopolítica...  Malvinas.

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China Building Dubai-Style Fake Islands in South China Sea

China Building Dubai-Style Fake Islands in South China Sea | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Sand, cement, wood and steel are the latest tools in China’s territorial arsenal as it seeks to literally reshape the South China Sea.
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Lego to launch female scientists series after online campaign

Lego to launch female scientists series after online campaign | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Science-themed project was submitted to Lego Ideas by Dr Ellen Kooijman, who recognized a gender gap in toy sets
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Declassified U.N. Cables Reveal Turning Point in Rwanda Crisis of 1994

Declassified U.N. Cables Reveal Turning Point in Rwanda Crisis of 1994 | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Nearly 300 documents capture the reluctance of the United Nations Security Council to respond to the deepening crisis.
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Video - Neill deGrasse Tyson breaks down the difference between weather and climate

Video - Neill deGrasse Tyson breaks down the difference between weather and climate | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the differences between weather and climate change.


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Panama's Canal Divides A Country Into Haves And Have Nots

Panama's Canal Divides A Country Into Haves And Have Nots | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Panama City's skyline is full of gleaming office towers and the economy is the fastest growing in Latin America thanks to the canal. But the country still suffers from glaring social inequalities.

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How To Farm a Better Fish

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Can the blue revolution solve the world's food puzzle?

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Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

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Eritrea is the least technologically connected country on earth
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Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News

Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The number of people displaced by bloody conflict and persecution has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the post-World War II era — a vast populat...
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Why Does China Even Care About Scottish Independence?

Why Does China Even Care About Scottish Independence? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
China is well-known for
cracking down on areas seeking self-rule at home. The breakaway regions of
Tibet and Xinjiang have become perpetual objects of Beijing's displeasure. That
opposition to regional autonomy is now making itself felt abroad. On Tuesday,
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang scolded Scots seeking independence from
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The rise and fall of Australian slang

The rise and fall of Australian slang | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
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Notice all of the different factors that contribute to the development of slang!

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Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious - NYTimes.com

Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious - NYTimes.com | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

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Infographic - South China Sea face off

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China has accused Vietnam of ramming its ships more than 1,000 times in a part of the sea and said while it wanted good relations with its neighbor, it would not abandon principles to achieve that.


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40 maps that explain food in America

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"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 9:41 PM

Nós somos aquilo que comemos ...

Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, June 25, 8:41 AM

With some drinking thrown in for good measure."

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 26, 12:26 PM

WOW!  Talk about contrast and compare.  So now is contrast, compare and ... uh? ... conquer??  From farming and enjoying the harvest - which could be interpreted as healthy eating back in the day - TO sugary sweet soda pops and fatty burgers - which some might be calling junk food, convenience food, fast food, comfort food you don't have to cook yourself, the cause of obesity, a politician's guide to a potential source of additional revenue from taxes, etc.

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Tyson Foods wins Hillshire, eyes breakfast growth

Tyson Foods wins Hillshire, eyes breakfast growth | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Tyson Foods Inc. won the bidding battle for Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co., agreeing to pay $7.8 billion in a deal that it believes will bolster its efforts in the rapidly growing breakfast segment.
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What impact will this have on the poultry and pork industries?  Think commodity chains...

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The Tiananmen Massacre: 25 Years Later, Three Students Tell What They Saw

The Tiananmen Massacre: 25 Years Later, Three Students Tell What They Saw | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Jonathan Chan, Kenneth Lam and Liane Lee were eyewitnesses to the bloody events of June 4, 1989. Now a quarter-century later, the former Hong Kong activists and student supporters of the Tiananmen protests share their painful memories
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Places have meaning.  Would this have happened anywhere else in China?

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Russian youth group says no to Coke

Russian youth group says no to Coke | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Russian youth group calls for boycott of US fast-food.
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What does this article show us about economics, politics and culture?  What about nationalism?

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China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

 

He says there's a debate about the long-term consequences of China's push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism?


Tags: Africa, development, China, industry, economic, podcast.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 30, 11:50 PM

This is an excellent podcast with many geographic strands running through it. 

Eli Levine's curator insight, May 31, 12:47 PM

Personally, I'm a little resentful that our money is being used to finance Chinese firms.  I'm also not happy that the Chinese aren't using local labor, which would boost economic activity in African societies.  I'm surprised if that's not more of a sore point for the people who live in these societies.

 

But anyway.

 

If we weren't so committed to spreading our political "religion" of democracy and Liberal values, we may have a shot at securing Africa for ourselves.  A pity that we're not as competitive a country as China.  However, if China wants to play international empire, I say let them.  They'll either do a better job than we've done or they'll be as corrupt and exploitative as we were and, thus, end their tenure on "top".  So long as we're able to defend ourselves over here, I see no reason to challenge the artificial empire of China.  That's just my interpretation of history.  Take from it what you will.

 

Think about it.

Bob Manning's curator insight, June 1, 11:43 AM

For Africa to develop, they need a better infrastructure.  China's investment in this area is allowing them access to the huge reserves of resources and growing labor pool.  Is this a repeat of colonialism?  Is there a way to do this in a sustainable manner that is mutually beneficial to both the Chinese and the African countries?

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Heavy Industry in the Mississippi 'Prairie': Why Are These Factories Here?

Heavy Industry in the Mississippi 'Prairie': Why Are These Factories Here? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
"Live every second as if your ASS is on fire," and other words of wisdom.

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Jane Ellingson's curator insight, June 1, 10:14 AM

Weber?Agglomeration? SEZ?