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The Religions of South Asia

The Religions of South Asia | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Essay introduces the complex and important role of religion in South Asia, from the earliest civilizations to present.
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The Indus was the center of the earliest complex urban culture of which we have evidence in the region, the Indus Valley or Harappan culture (ca. 2800-1500 B.C.E.) Some scholars postulate continuities between elements of the culture, such as possible goddess or fertility worship, and later religious developments in South Asia, such as the growth of the cult of the goddess in Hinduism.  

 

How has the religions of Asia affected its people?

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Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
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Historical mistrust among states in the region has the potential to explode long dormant rivalries into conflict, while at the same time the proliferation of cooperative multilateral mechanisms offers new opportunities for peace.                       How do you think this affects Asian states? 
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Social and welfare issues - OECD

Social and welfare issues - OECD | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Data and research on social and welfare issues including families and children, gender equality, GINI coefficient, well-being, poverty reduction, human capital and inequality., The forces driving Asia’s rapid growth–new technology, globalisation, and market-oriented reform–are also fuelling rising inequality. Some income divergence is inevitable in times of fast economic development, but that shouldn’t make for complacency, especially in the face of rising inequality in people’s opportunities to develop their human capital and income-earning capacity.
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Social Summary:  Asia is facing many social issues as it struggles to claw its way out of poverty.

 

Essential Question:  How might Asia find a way to further reduce its poverty problems?

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Adama Paris to fashion industry: 'Stop discrimination, black is beautiful'

Adama Paris to fashion industry: 'Stop discrimination, black is beautiful' | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
"I am sick and tired of seeing only skinny blonde girls and no black women in the runway," says Senegalese designer Adama Paris, Black Fashion Week creator.
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Africa intellectual: Adama Paris has created her own fashion label and is in charge of integrating black designers and models more soundly into the fashion business.

Question: Do you think Paris' work has done anything for the melding of black models and designers into the business?

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900-year-old stone kingdom: The breathtaking ruins of Great Zimbabwe

900-year-old stone kingdom: The breathtaking ruins of Great Zimbabwe | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
In a landscape of giant boulders is the ruined town of Great Zimbabwe. It's part of a kingdom that flourished almost 1,000 years ago, and a bridge to the past.
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Africa Area/Geography: These ruins in Zimbabwe are a large tourist destination and a big part of the local tribe's life. 

Question: What tribe lives in the area and how do the ruins affect their life?

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Chunky knitwear, tasteful v-necks: South Africa's Xhosa get a style makeover

Chunky knitwear, tasteful v-necks: South Africa's Xhosa get a style makeover | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
A South African designer is making sure that when Xhosa boys come of age, they're dressed to the nines.
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Africa Social:  These Xhosa boys must go through an initiation rite to become men and must wear western style clothes for six months. Unhappy with the unusual and untraditional styles, a local designer puts a new, stylish, traditional look into his clothes.

Question:  Does America have any traditonal initiation rites?

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Intellectual Property Protection And The Pharmaceutical Industry | Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier and Neustadt, L.L.P.

Intellectual Property Protection And The Pharmaceutical Industry | Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier and Neustadt, L.L.P. | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY For the health of the industry and the people it serves, it is critical that all nations recognize the validity and importance of patent protection for the products of this industry.
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North Americas area of expertise mainly consists of research-intensive pharmaceutical industry. How do you think other industries that arent as protected and precise affect their industry negatively?

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Religion and Culture in North America, 1600–1700 | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Religion and Culture in North America, 1600–1700 | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
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Religion in the north american part of the world was mostly catholic because they didnt believe in religious freedom till  much later. What was the reason of immigration to most people who came there? Why do you think so?

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Mexico's Independence Day - September 16

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Mexico celebrates their independence day on September 16. They won their independence from Spain after 11 years of fighting.

Compare and contrast Mexico and the USA's independences.

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Closer allies

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FOR the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, it was a milestone. On May 15th a panel published its long-awaited report recommending that the country’s “self-defence...
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Despite these doubts, the prospect of Japan exercising the right of collective self-defence has given energy to the revision of the bilateral defence guidelines.                                                        Do you think Asia is going to benefit from this?
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50 Famous Asian Inventions

50 Famous Asian Inventions | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
List of 50 amazing Asian inventions, from 10,000 BCE to 2000 CE, along with descriptions of the Asian inventors who thought of them (where known).
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Intellectual Summary:  This article lists 50 of Asias best and most famous inventions.

 

Essential Question:  In your opinion which invention is the best and most useful? Why?

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Comparing urbanization in China and India | McKinsey & Company

Comparing urbanization in China and India | McKinsey & Company | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
China and India are both urbanizing rapidly, but China has embraced and shaped the process, while India is still waking up to its urban realities and opportunities. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Area and Geography Summary:  India and China are both developing at a rapid pace and the effects of urbanization are affecting everyone, from business owners to children.

 

Essential Question:  In the next 20 years, how might urbanization further affect the area?

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Religion in Africa

Religion in Africa | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
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"Africans are notoriously religious, and each people [society in Africa] has its own religious system with a set of beliefs and practices. Religion permeates into all the departments of life so it is not easy or possible to isolate it [from other aspects of African society and culture.] A study of these religious systems is, therefore a study of the peoples themselves in all the complexities of traditional and modern life." What is the reason for many different religions in Africa?
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Africa's Economic Boom | Foreign Affairs

Africa's Economic Boom | Foreign Affairs | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Foreign Affairs — The leading magazine for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics and global affairs.
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Africa GDP has grown rapidly, averaging almost five percent a year since 2000, and is expected to rise even faster in the years ahead. What do you think Africa did to achieve this?
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African Politics Now | African Arguments

African Politics Now | African Arguments | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Politics Now will analyse and report on the latest developments in the African political sphere. Taking a continental rather than country-specific or thematic focus, this blog will tackle developments as and when they happen, using our contacts in journalism, business and academia to host the most knowledgeable commentators on political life in the region.
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The Somaliland community group is extremely well-engaged with 2 local MPs, Paul Bloomfield and Clive Betts, who are both members of the Somaliland All Party Parliamentary Group and, according to Yusuf, are “well-informed” on issues related to the territory. How do you think this impacts their society?
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North America: Physical Geography

North America: Physical Geography | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Encyclopedic entry. North America, the third-largest continent, extends from the tiny Aleutian Islands in the northwest to the Isthmus of Panama in the south.
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The geography of north america ranges from mountanious slopes to peacefull caribeans. The biomes of this region vary from scorching deserts to frigid tundras. Compare and contrast North Americas region to the United States.

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Arts and Crafts in Mexico | VisitMexico

Arts and Crafts in Mexico | VisitMexico | North America Africa Asia | Scoop.it
Mexican imagination is reflected with the materials used to create world famous handicraft pieces made out of mud, wrought iron, metal, wood, ceramic and talavera, among others.
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Mexico's arts are based off of their more tradittional beliefs.

How does Mexican arts influence the arts in the rest of North America?

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NAFTA: CONCEPT, PROBLEMS, PROMISE

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The trade between North Americam has its pros and cons. 

Do you believe NAFTA is a good thing or a bad thing for North America's economies. 

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