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Euro crisis turns German-speaking Italians against Rome

Euro crisis turns German-speaking Italians against Rome | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
South Tyrol is Italy's richest province, a largely German-speaking part of the country that has autonomous status, but now the euro crisis means the Italian government wants to cash in.

 

SR: In regards to the lecture on Europe, this article portrays the different cultural differences and tension between the Germans and Italians.  Is Separatism the answer to this conflict?

 

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The Craziest McDonald's Locations Around the Globe

The Craziest McDonald's Locations Around the Globe | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
In its quest for global fast-food domination, McDonald’s has opened more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries. And some reside in some pretty unexpected places. Here are 14 of the zaniest.
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Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings

Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tiébélé village in Burkino Faso has a tradition of covering their houses with beautiful patterns and paintings. The decorated buildings are only for the royalt…
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Iceland raises volcano alert level

Iceland raises volcano alert level | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of "ongoing magma movement", Iceland's meteorological office says.

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Given that Iceland is right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and active spot of sea-floor spreading, volcanic activity is always a threat.  This is one reason why the beauty of this island has been described as a combination of fire and ice.

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How America lost the Middle East

How America lost the Middle East | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The US can't solve the region's problems — and it should stop trying.
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Generational Divide on Israel and Palestine

Generational Divide on Israel and Palestine | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Young Americans are showing far less fervent support for Israel than older generations.


Many older Americans can still recall the Six-Day War in 1967 or the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which Israel’s very existence seemed to be threatened by its Arab neighbors. 

 By contrast, “young Americans have grown up with Israel as an incredible superpower in the region, and with occupation and intifada,” said Ira Stup of J Street, the liberal-leaning pro-Israel lobby group. “Young Americans often have a vision of Israel vis-a-vis Palestine that is more in line with what is going on now.”

There is no mistaking the depth of the generational split. 

Late last month, Gallup asked Americans whether Israel’s recent actions against Hamas were justified or unjustified. Those who were 65 or older backed Israel by a wide margin: 55 percent to 31 percent. But those aged between 18 and 29, said by more than a two-to-one margin — 51 percent to 25 percent — that Israel’s actions were unjustified.

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The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?


Tags: mobility, mapping, visualization, urban, planning, unit 7 cities, transportation.

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Norway -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Norway -- National Geographic Photo of the Day | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Sea and mountains surround the fishing village of Hamnoy on Norway's Lofoten Islands in this National Geographic Photo of the Day from our Your Shot community.
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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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