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New city to rise within Dubai: Shaikh Mohammad

The new city will feature world class leisure facilities for 35 million visitors...


His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the establishment of a new city within Dubai, setting new benchmarks in urban development in the region.Comprising four key components, the new city, which will be called “Mohammad Bin Rashid City”, will feature world class leisure facilities and provide an integrated environment for the development of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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chris tobin's comment, March 14, 2013 11:47 AM
Tourism is big business. Tourists need to obey local customs and laws which may be different than our own.
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Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking?

Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking? | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Nordic countries are paradigms of equality, good education, female empowerment, and progressiveness. We know this because we are told. And told and told and told.   To take one example, the latest Global Gender Gap rankings from the World Economic Forum were topped by Iceland (for the fifth year...
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This is an interesting op-ed, highlighting that the Nordic rankings are achieved in ways that are unthinkable in the United States political paradigm. 

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Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola

Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG — When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she’d arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of “a thing called Ebola please.”
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It shouldn't be too surprising that misconceptions about African geography has led to travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Africa, regardless of where on the continent it may be.  Here are some accurate maps and data to help inform our decisions.

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Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine

Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Ukraine ought to be split in two, anyway
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I'm NOT agreeing this with the premise of this article, but I put it forward as a some reading material to help students form their own opinions on current events and geopolitical matters; part of shaping your own opinion is finding out where you  agree and disagree with any given author. 

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Russia hits back at Canada after sarcastic jibe over Ukraine crisis

Russia hits back at Canada after sarcastic jibe over Ukraine crisis | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

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"Russia has hit back in an online spat with Canada over its operations in Ukraine.Canada’s NATO delegation initially sent a sarcastic barb on Twitter, patronisingly pointing out where the Russia-Ukraine border was.  It was in response to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russian soldiers had crossed into Ukraine territory by accident."

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I must admit that I'm enjoying these passive-aggressive forays into cyber-diplomacy.  

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Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later. CANAL STREET...
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This is a well-curated gallery of before and after images. 

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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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APHG-Unit 1

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