Global politics and foreign affairs from around the globe
Curated by Seth Dixon
Opposition activists in Syria released a video showing a child in the back of an ambulance. The haunting image — of a quiet boy, covered in blood and dust — has captured global attention.
The past several years have seen a flood of horrific photos from the war in Syria: starving children, wounded civilians, mourning crowds, devastated cities, the many dead. But this tiny moment in Aleppo has resonated in a new way.
"Turkey faces a drop of at least 40% in tourist arrivals this year, with political and security issues to blame."
It is a picture repeated across Antalya and throughout the country: Turkish tourism is in crisis. A country that welcomed 37 million visitors in 2014 - then the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world - is expected to see a drop of at least 40% this year.
The main decline is the Russian market, the four-and-a-half million Russian tourists who were coming have fallen in number by around 95%. The trigger was Turkey shooting down a Russian military jet which violated Turkish airspace last November, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The Kremlin seethed, barring Russian tour companies from selling package deals to Turkey. President Vladimir Putin told Russians to holiday elsewhere.
"One of my readers asked me to create a map showing the 'density' of metal bands in European countries—and so I did. The following map shows the number of entries (which represent both active and inactive metal bands) in Encyclopaedia Metallum, divided by the country’s population in millions.
For comparison: The number for the United States is 72.
This map brings up so many questions. Why is heavy metal so disproportionately popular in Northern Europe?
"Chinese state media have broken their silence on the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, with a commentary in the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.
The anniversary of the movement, which began May 16, 1966 and consumed the country in 10 years of chaos and bloodshed, has otherwise been largely ignored by official voices in the country.
The commentary, published late Monday, said the Cultural Revolution, when Chairman Mao Zedong's Red Guards rampaged across the country, was 'mistakenly launched' and caused 'comprehensive and serious' damage. 'History has fully proved that the Cultural Revolution was completely wrong in theory and in practice. It was not and will not be any revolution or social progress in any sense,' it said."
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Boko Haram is singling out geography teachers in its campaign of terror against Western education in Nigeria, it has been revealed. - New Zealand Herald
Knowledge is power and power can be a huge threat to those who are in power because of fear, corruption and distortions of the truth.
These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disappointing—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your expectations will never match up to reality.
A Stanford researcher went to the north of Norway to study people's reaction to winter. She was surprised by what she found.
Being resilient to harsh geographic conditions could be a sign of mental strength and happiness? Why not?
“The BRICs are dead,” announced the Financial Times in late January, referring to the now-famous group of large emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. What is surprising is that the group’s demise did not come when Russia disregarded the international community during the Crimean crisis or even when the Chinese economy began to slowdown last year, a phenomenon The Economist called “Coming down to earth.” The fall of the BRICs came once Brazil became “the sick man” of the group due to much more than the country’s recent Zika virus epidemic.
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Natural beauty has no matched or alternative. Tourists from all over the world visit places which have rich natural beauties. Pakistan have some of the world most beautiful places that you can visit, mostly at northern areas of Pakistan and Kashmir region which is called haven on earth. This region of Pakistan is famous all… Read More
The map above is a 2006 proposed plan to redrawn the borders of the Middle East by Ralph Peters a a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel.
This is not an endorsement of the proposal, but it is filled with discussion points.
Israel’s national security strategy can seem baffling, but it is in fact defined by a coherent logic: that the country’s problems have no near-term solutions and waiting might make them easier to deal with later. U.S. policymakers need to grapple with this strategic conservatism.
Can't say that I agree with all the analysis/opinion here, but it's an interesting read.