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Venezuelan youth could decide if Chavez remains in power

Venezuelan youth could decide if Chavez remains in power | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faces his toughest challenge since his first
successful run in 1998.


DE: Though the older generation seems to have vehemently supported Chavez, a new day has emerged as the younger generation grows tired of crime and poverty. The Venezuelan dictator has ruled for far too long as far as they are concerned. However, the President is a brilliant orator and still draws support from poorer communities. They believe that his nationalization of the oil industry and spending money on social programs gives them more hope than they would have had otherwise. Either way, it appears that this election will be much closer than 2006 when Chavez won by 26%.

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There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like.

There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like. | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Demographics, money, and voting representation for something that will never happen.
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In addition to this Washington Post article, this NPR article also shows some of the ramifications of this proposal.  While it's impossible, the idea brings up fascinating "what ifs." 

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50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to t...
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Because nothing beats seeing the world.  I've been to 9 of these cities and am eager to see many more.  How many have you been to?  What cities would you add to this list? 

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MReese Geo's curator insight, July 10, 7:17 AM

Only been to one city on this list and it was Las Vegas but would LOVE to vist pretty much all of these cities.

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California severe drought intensifying as Napa wildfire rages on

California severe drought intensifying as Napa wildfire rages on | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Map released by US Drought Monitor classified nearly 80% of California as in 'extreme' drought, the second highest category
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The Islamic State: Why mainstream media didn't see it coming

The Islamic State: Why mainstream media didn't see it coming | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Islamic State has been quick to exploit the gap in mainstream media reporting on the violence in Iraq.
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Anti-immigrant sentiment is down in the United States — way down

Anti-immigrant sentiment is down in the United States — way down | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Today's poll aside, Americans are quickly becoming more and more pro-immigrant.
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How North Africa's Geopolitics Have Changed Since The Arab Spring

How North Africa's Geopolitics Have Changed Since The Arab Spring | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Three years have elapsed since a Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, triggered the biggest social and political upheaval of modern times in the Arab world by setting himself on fire. This turmoil, which would afterwards be called the “Arab Spring,” brought many promises to the people of the region. However, if it did help score some progress with regard to freedom of speech, it failed to deliver on peace, stability, and most of all on democracy.


The first dynamic is the return of the traditional “elites”, composed of the military in Egypt and Libya, and of technocrats in Tunisia.  Overall, the new face of North Africa’s geopolitics may well serve individual countries’ agendas, but it is clearly hurting regional integration, which is the key to speeding up global development of the Maghreb.

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The New Map of the Middle East

The New Map of the Middle East | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Why should we fight the inevitable break-up of Iraq?
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Ukraine Is Desperate to Escape What Europe’s Far-Right Wants to Become 

Ukraine Is Desperate to Escape What Europe’s Far-Right Wants to Become  | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
WARSAW—By any measure, it was a landmark, landslide victory—for Europe. On May 25, Petro Poroshenko declared victory in the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections. He had won the support by more than 55 percent of Ukrainians—and they knew exactly what they were getting. Poroshenko campaigned on integrating his...
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Why Democrats Are Focused on Inequality: Liberal Metros Face the Worst of It

Why Democrats Are Focused on Inequality: Liberal Metros Face the Worst of It | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
U.S. metro areas that voted for Obama tend to have higher levels of inequality and segregation.


Could it be that inequality is greater in more liberal-leaning cities? A growing body of research, including my own, finds that inequality is greater in larger, denser, more knowledge-based U.S. cities and metro areas. Michael Zuckerman, writing for The Atlantic earlier this spring, found a close association between inequality and liberal congressional districts. As his chart shows, nearly all of the 25 districts with the highest levels of income inequality were represented by Democrats.

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The Anti-Redskins commercial

"Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post."

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The National Congress of American Indians did not have the funds to run this ad during the Super Bowl to promote their campaign to get the Washington Redskins to change their mascot.  However, this ad will be shown during the NBA finals.  Some argue that it is not offensive but this simple video powerful shows how many Native Americans feel insulted by this anachronistic moniker.  What do you think?  What makes something offensive or appropriate?  Whatever your opinion, as the Deadspin author said, "Seems like a good time to retire the No Native Americans have a problem with the name argument."  

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In One Photo, the Pope Makes a Huge Geopolitical Statement

In One Photo, the Pope Makes a Huge Geopolitical Statement | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The pope made an unexpected stop during his trip to the Holy Land, and his powerful gesture is making headlines across the globe.


"It is a picture that's likely to become one of the most emblematic of Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land. Head bowed in prayer, the leader of the Catholic church rested his forehead against the graffiti-covered concrete structure that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem, as a young Palestinian girl looked on by his side. His palm was also pressed against a spot where someone sprayed in red paint 'Free Palestine,' while other graffiti in broken English reading, 'Bethlehem look like Warsaw Ghetto' was painted above his head.

Making headlines across the globe, this powerful gesture is a silent statement against the controversial, but tangible symbol of division and conflict that many international leaders have failed to make.

The barrier that weaves through the West Bank was built by Israel a decade ago as a 'security fence' to protect its citizens from attack. Palestinians, however, denounce it as a land grab."

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Syria's Armenians find safe haven in Turkey

Syria's Armenians find safe haven in Turkey | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Some Armenians who fled Syria have been pleasantly surprised by how they have been received in Turkey.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Armenians were victims of genocide during World War I at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.  Given that history, it is understandable that ethnic tensions still exist--that is what makes this story of Armenians whose ancestors fled to Syria have now had to flee Syria and found refuge in Turkey.   

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The Illusion of Geopolitics

The Illusion of Geopolitics | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
China, Iran, and Russia are not determined to undo the post–Cold War settlement. They are not full-scale revisionist powers but, at most, part-time spoilers. The United States is far more powerful and has built a robust liberal world order countries need to integrate with in order to succeed.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This article as written in response to one written by Walter Russell Mead entitled the Return of Geopolitics. Mead argues that old-fashioned geopolitics with power plays are the new reality, citing Russia and China's aggressive actions.  G. Jon Ikenberry, however, still sees the democratic order and international councils as the preeminent global force, even if force is not used in every border skirmish. 

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Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over
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Sephardic Jews hope to return to Spain

Sephardic Jews hope to return to Spain | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Spain plans to allow Jews expelled during the Inquisition a fast-track to citizenship - so would they take it?
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Baghdadi's misconstrued caliphate project

Baghdadi's misconstrued caliphate project | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The notion of Muslim political unity is well-established in Islam, but is it what the Islamic State stands for?
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The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves

The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves
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Nigeria military studies Sri Lankan tactics for use against Boko Haram

Nigeria military studies Sri Lankan tactics for use against Boko Haram | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Nigeria is studying the military tactics used by Sri Lanka to crush the rebel Tamil Tigers for its own battle against Islamist group Boko Haram, the defense ministry said, after holding talks with officials from the island nation.
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Denmark's first mosque opens amid controversy

Denmark's first mosque opens amid controversy | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Denmark's first mosque opened on Thursday, but leading politicians stayed away from the event.
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Illinois ranked second flattest state, and flattest is not Kansas

Illinois ranked second flattest state, and flattest is not Kansas | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Kansas say the terrain makes Illinois is the second-flattest state in the country, behind a very surprising frontrunner.
Seth Dixon's insight:

In popular imagination, nothing could possibly be flatter than Kansas.  It's ingrained in our cultural perception of place and facts don't always line up with our imagined geographies.  You can see why researchers from Kansas  would want to combat this myth, but it's pervasiveness will be tough to supplant generations worth of people hearing and tacitly accepting this narrative.   

His research compared how flat people think states are, versus how flat the states actually are.

The team determined how flat states are by breaking each state up into small sections and analyzing the elevation in those sections.

One-third of the people Dobson initially surveyed said they thought Kansas was the flattest state. But Dobson’s team found low-lying coastal plains make Florida the flattest in the land.

“I know that the flattest place I’ve ever seen is central Illinois,” Dobson told the Chicago Tribune.

His team found Illinois was not only flatter than Kansas, but also flatter than North Dakota, Louisiana and Minnesota.

Iowa ranked as the 18th flattest state, and 64% of the state is not flat.

Kansas ranked seventh-flattest in the study. The least flat state was West Virginia.

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Political Geography Now: World Cup 2014: Which Countries Are (and Aren't) Members of FIFA?

Political Geography Now: World Cup 2014: Which Countries Are (and Aren't) Members of FIFA? | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Your guide to which independent countries and territories are eligible for the World Cup, which are shut out, and which are in the finals this year. Includes 4 different maps!
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'White sentiment game' is out of step with geopolitics, says Indonesia

'White sentiment game' is out of step with geopolitics, says Indonesia | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is confident that a code of conduct between Australia and Indonesia can be finished within weeks, smoothing the path for relations to return to normal after last year's spying revelations.
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Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc

Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday into a new Eurasian Economic Union built to rival the United States, EU and China - but the absence of Ukraine undermined his dream of restoring Soviet glory days.  Although Putin denies he is trying to rebuild the USSR, he makes no secret that his dream is to reverse the consequences of its breakup by drawing former Soviet states closer together."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This has been in the works for years but the recent turmoil in Ukraine makes this garner more attention.  While Russia might not be attempting to reestablish its old Soviet status as a world superpower, Russia is determined to regain their role as the dominant regional power. 

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Nick Wright's curator insight, June 6, 4:44 AM

How does Germany view - and respond to - the Russian leader's long-term strategy regarding his Western neighbours, who are also the EU's eastern neighbours?

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Same place, different perspective

Same place, different perspective | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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A new perspective can change our perception of reality, as demonstrated by this delightful photo gallery.

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Observations of Antarctic Glaciers suggest an unstoppable meltdown

Observations of Antarctic Glaciers suggest an unstoppable meltdown | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Two new studies have found that a portion of the West Antarctic Glaciers that is home to some of the fastest-flowing glaciers on the continent appears to have entered a state of retreat and melt that is unstoppable.
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