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Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” | political geography | Scoop.it
Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging 

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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:23 PM

This video was insightful because it can be really challenging to classify a region in certain parts of the world. Having a simple eastern and western Europe made a tiny amount of sense at the time of WWII but it hasn't made any sense since then.  The boundaries in the southeastern part of Europe have changed on more than one occasion over the past 70 years and there are still border disputes between religious and ethnic groups that could result in new countries any day.  I found the narrator's ideas funny but still better than the traditional region that already exist.  

I personally group regions by the types of people that live in them and share very similar characteristics. Grouping parts of Europe is very hard because of the major cultural differences all over and because I am not highly educated on all of them.  I find it hard to consider Greece a part of Europe at times but it is also hard to consider it a part of anywhere else.  The countries that border Russia all seem similar to me because I don't have extensive knowledge of their cultures, although it is unfair that they are assumed to be completely impoverished countries. 

With the constantly shifting boundaries and movement of people, Europe is very hard to group into regions and that is okay because regions do not have huge effects on the way the world is run, they only make it easier to break down into pieces.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 8:46 AM

This video makes a good point about where we arbitrarily draw lines on a map.  He uses different groupings to show how silly this can be.  His point is that Eastern Europe no longer really exists and we should no longer use the term.  He then suggests a few different terms to use to group countries in Europe.  My favorite was the grouping called Scared of Russia.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 4:17 AM

This video shows how difficult it is to categorize and group regions together. We tend categorize Eastern Europe as a group due to former political affiliations with the Soviet Union, but this is unfair as these nations are varied ethnically, economically, and politically. Plus, most, if not all, of these nations resented Soviet rule and grouping them due to it is somewhat insulting. Other groupings are not as neat on a map. For example, grouping Europe economically shows a couple Eastern European countries in the upper half and a number of Western European countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece in the lower half.

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Equal Pay Day 2013: 10 Resources on Gender Wage Inequality

Equal Pay Day 2013: 10 Resources on Gender Wage Inequality | political geography | Scoop.it

"Rosie The Riveter" by Norman Rockwell (1943 oil on cavas)Created by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, Equal Pay Day is a public awarene (10 Resources on Gender Wage Inequality


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Why invest in Gender Equality in Europe and Central Asia

Why invest in Gender Equality in Europe and Central Asia | political geography | Scoop.it
Why invest in Gender Equality in Europe and Central Asia?
Women are under-represented in decision making and have unequal economic opportunities.

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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | political geography | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.

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Ireland Is Building a Fake Town (With Government Money) to Show the World ... - The Atlantic

Ireland Is Building a Fake Town (With Government Money) to Show the World ... - The Atlantic | political geography | Scoop.it
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That's basically what policymakers have been doing since 2010 anyways -- and it's what the Irish government decided to do too.
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The Information Revolution Gets Political by Joseph S. Nye - Project Syndicate

The Information Revolution Gets Political by Joseph S. Nye - Project Syndicate | political geography | Scoop.it
As computing power has become cheaper and computers have shrunk to the size of a cellphone, the decentralizing effects have been dramatic.

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US gun crime map: interactive

US gun crime map: interactive | political geography | Scoop.it
What do the latest US crime figures tell us about gun crime in America? Which states have the most firearms murders, robberies and assaults?

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:48 AM

This goes along very well with our thematic mapping assignment (in fact, the data we use came from the same source). You can look at data in several different ways on the map, and it shows that the way we present data can change the message of a map.

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South Sudan: The World’s Newest Country

South Sudan: The World’s Newest Country | political geography | Scoop.it

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WOW! such interesting visuals to help understand the formation of this new political state.

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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 2:08 PM

South Sudan recently gained its independence from Sudan. South Sudan is now home to 10-12 million people and is the 193rd member of the United Nations. However, just because South Sudan became independent from Sudan does not mean it does not no longer carry some of the remaining issues.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 25, 10:26 AM

This infographic gives an idea of why South Sudan seceded from the rest of the country. Decades of civil war preceded the secession, and it is clear the cultural differences between the two areas were a contributing factor. South Sudan is a part of the fertile Sahel, with the majority of its people Christian, while Sudan is mostly desert, with the majority of its people Muslims. South Sudan, as a new nation, faces a number of difficulties. Its new government needed to remain stable to focus on nation building, but war has broken out between the government and a rebel faction. South Sudan, should it become stable again, should work to improve the education of its people, as the infographic explains, since the vote to secede needed symbols rather than words due to only 15% of its people being literate.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 1:05 PM

South Sudan has separated itself two years ago from the rest of Sudan. Its powers have become acknowledged by other countries and its messages to the outside world are ones of peace.

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Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” | political geography | Scoop.it
Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging 

Via Seth Dixon, Marc Crawford , Mankato East High School
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Watch this! 

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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:23 PM

This video was insightful because it can be really challenging to classify a region in certain parts of the world. Having a simple eastern and western Europe made a tiny amount of sense at the time of WWII but it hasn't made any sense since then.  The boundaries in the southeastern part of Europe have changed on more than one occasion over the past 70 years and there are still border disputes between religious and ethnic groups that could result in new countries any day.  I found the narrator's ideas funny but still better than the traditional region that already exist.  

I personally group regions by the types of people that live in them and share very similar characteristics. Grouping parts of Europe is very hard because of the major cultural differences all over and because I am not highly educated on all of them.  I find it hard to consider Greece a part of Europe at times but it is also hard to consider it a part of anywhere else.  The countries that border Russia all seem similar to me because I don't have extensive knowledge of their cultures, although it is unfair that they are assumed to be completely impoverished countries. 

With the constantly shifting boundaries and movement of people, Europe is very hard to group into regions and that is okay because regions do not have huge effects on the way the world is run, they only make it easier to break down into pieces.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 8:46 AM

This video makes a good point about where we arbitrarily draw lines on a map.  He uses different groupings to show how silly this can be.  His point is that Eastern Europe no longer really exists and we should no longer use the term.  He then suggests a few different terms to use to group countries in Europe.  My favorite was the grouping called Scared of Russia.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 4:17 AM

This video shows how difficult it is to categorize and group regions together. We tend categorize Eastern Europe as a group due to former political affiliations with the Soviet Union, but this is unfair as these nations are varied ethnically, economically, and politically. Plus, most, if not all, of these nations resented Soviet rule and grouping them due to it is somewhat insulting. Other groupings are not as neat on a map. For example, grouping Europe economically shows a couple Eastern European countries in the upper half and a number of Western European countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece in the lower half.

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21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous

21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous | political geography | Scoop.it
This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things.

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This is an important visual article that will aid in understanding how the social, political, and economic values of societies (esp. the USA) intersect. How will this impact us in the furture? How is level of development of a society impacted by this for the USA?

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:15 AM

I have a high deduct. What is astounding is the approved $ for services rendered. In other words the charges are ludicrous& we pay the approved- huge difference

 

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Survey shows Scots want own government at EU top table

Survey shows Scots want own government at EU top table | political geography | Scoop.it

A new opinion poll shows that a majority of people want to see Scotland represented in the EU by the Scottish Government rather than Westminster.


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Has Devolution backfired???

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US Department of Energy hit by a sophisticated cyber attack

US Department of Energy hit by a sophisticated cyber attack | political geography | Scoop.it
It seems that suddenly US have discovered to be victim of a serious of cyber espionage campaigns that are targeting every sector from media to military and every time seems that is a must to blame ...

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How will government services evolve in the next ten years?: Connected Citizen

On January 22nd and 23rd, join us for a global conversation about how new civic technologies could transform the relationship between citizens and government...

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What new services do you want the government to provide in the 21st Century; a century of innovation and unimaginable technological advancement?

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Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say

Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say | political geography | Scoop.it
An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according to computer scientists and lawyers working to safeguard voting security.

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Women's Political Rights

Women's Political Rights | political geography | Scoop.it
International Women's Day: political rights around the world mapped

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:19 PM

The UN Millenium Goals include gender equity and gender empowerment. The  goals are set to be achieved by 2015.

Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:04 PM

This map is interesting because it shows several rights that were historically denied women except in modern times. Based on the information on the map, most countries only gave women these rights in the 20th century, usually within the last 50 years. This is shocking because it shows just how recently women were granted rights that men have had for millenia. In fact, Saudi Arabia and the UAE still don't grant women the right to vote in the 21st century.  In the last century, we have gone to the moon, we have created weapons that can level countries, and we have planned to go to Mars, but some people still do not have the right to choose their leaders. 

Dandavikranth Reddy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:02 PM

This article is about women having their political and personal rights such as freedom from oppression, abuse, and other things. Also, this article is about how people are trying to spread women's political rights throughout the world but it is just too hard. This article is on this page because it relates to how women are struggling to get their freedom while some countries have gotten it easily. This article benefits people who are motivated to help those in dire need or support, people who will continue to stand uo for these women, and people who can start a movement to end this madness once and for all. This article is related to the book Half the sky because most of the developed countries around the world have freedom for their women, but some countries are still fighting the horrors of rape, genital mutilation, prostitution, bridal and honor killings, and many more. 

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Pakistan better than India on UNDP gender inequality index – The ...

Pakistan better than India on UNDP gender inequality index – The ... | political geography | Scoop.it
Pakistan's overall rank a low 146 out of 185 countries on the Human Development Index.

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Jake Hamilton's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:39 AM

This shows that India, where the girl was kidnapped in, is ranked a low 130 out of 185 countries. It's showing that they really need to work on their gender inequality. It is not a good place to live if you are a woman. 

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Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home | political geography | Scoop.it
The number is on the rise.

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Kenneth Jordan's comment, September 3, 2013 8:21 PM
This shows how culturally diverse we are as a country. with more than 60 million people speaking another language besides English is in my opinion, interesting. It also means that these people will be able to share their culture with the ones around them.
Rainer Emily's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:37 AM

Intellectual/arts?

 

This article is on intellectual and arts because its about how people aren't speaking English at home. The article is talking about how people wont speak English and stuff and thats intellectual. 

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Syria: Assad says government is to receive missiles from Russia

Syria: Assad says government is to receive missiles from Russia | political geography | Scoop.it
President's claim raises tensions after indication by senior Israeli figures that delivery may prompt pre-emptive attack

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Enrique Ferro's curator insight, May 30, 2013 3:43 PM

Assad won't renounce to his country's sovereignty. And it is perfectly legal that he acquires defensive weapons.

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Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election

Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election | political geography | Scoop.it
A map compiled by Floating Sheep shows the shocking demographics of racist 'hate tweets,' many of them collected from states that were won by Romney.

 

Not shocking, but still discouraging. 


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Jeff F's comment, November 11, 2012 12:31 PM
That band going through the deep south. It looks awfully famillar.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AUQ9LCi0BI8/UJs5XDWsD0I/AAAAAAAAb_g/fsOFBR_vkJs/s1600/2012-Election-Results-by-County-NYTimes_11.07.2012.JPG
Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 1:59 PM
Well, I would like to say is that is a great President to this country and I don't think that it's a good idea for people to make racist remarks about Obama's re-election. Even though people the right to Freedom of Speech in this country but however, racism is against the law in the United States.
Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 1:59 PM
I mean that Barack Obama is a great President to this country.
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A Statistical Portrait of U.S. Hispanics

A Statistical Portrait of U.S. Hispanics | political geography | Scoop.it

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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 4, 2013 7:00 AM

This video does have a political bent that may or may not reflect your views, but it nicely lays out data that graphically represents the economic differences that we see in the United States today.  Our perception is as skewed as what is and what we think it should be.  

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, March 6, 2013 11:36 AM

Des Amériques: les Etats Unis. 

Jennifer S. Hong's curator insight, December 27, 2013 12:39 PM

"In a country well governed, poverty is somehing to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of." -Confucius.

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A National Security Pipe Dream, Part 1 - Huffington Post

A National Security Pipe Dream, Part 1 - Huffington Post | political geography | Scoop.it
A National Security Pipe Dream, Part 1
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Would the Keystone XL pipeline make America more secure or less? What contribution would it make, if any, to stabilizing our energy supplies or keeping us out of messes elsewhere in the world?

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An important article in how our government interacts with our environment. What are the furture implications? Does the Keystone Pipeline really make sense? Or is it a short-term project that has drastic implications for our environmental security?

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Breaking the Health Care Cost Trend with Innovative Service Delivery.

Breaking the Health Care Cost Trend with Innovative Service Delivery. | political geography | Scoop.it

No country spends money on health care like the US—national health care expenditures amounted to almost 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009.


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SRI LANKA BRIEF: Sri Lanka: Overwhelming evidence shows that the government has encouraged an increasing sense of lawlessness in which abduction, arbitrary arrest and intimidation is commonplace - ...

SRI LANKA BRIEF: Sri Lanka: Overwhelming evidence shows that the government has encouraged an increasing sense of lawlessness in which abduction, arbitrary arrest and intimidation is commonplace - ... | political geography | Scoop.it

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Funding open government

The Knight Foundation recently announced it is launching a news challenge beginning February 12 that will allocate $5 million in funding to innovative open government projects.

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There are wonderful opportunities in this one, waiting to be discovered. Those that want to act may find this useful in crossing over from political thinker to political "activist" (not to be thought of in the traditional sense).

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Big Data Opens Governments And Fosters Innovation

Big Data Opens Governments And Fosters Innovation | political geography | Scoop.it
One good thing about taxes is that they get citizens invested in government -- literally. Taxpayers want to be sure that the government spends their money sensibly, but first they must know how their hard-earned cash gets spent.

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Totally interesting perspective on government can actually work for you. Joining our government with the way we use technology is the wave of the future!

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