While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.
Global politics and foreign affairs from around the globe
Curated by Seth Dixon
Peru's Apurimac region is placed under a state of emergency after four people are shot dead during protest against a copper mining project.
Peru is currently the third biggest producer of copper after Chile and China. It is seeking to overtake China but its ambitions have been hampered by local opposition to the projects.
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After World War I, Canada drew up classified plans to invade the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. had its own secret plot to create the "United States of North America."
I never knew 1921 to 1930 was such a frosty time in Canadian-U.S. relations that BOTH sides drew up possible invasion plans. Judging by these amazing arrows, these plans were never seriously about to be executed, but it is a good reminder that geopolitical partnerships (and rivalries) are ever-changing. Today, if there are border tensions between these two allies, it might just center around the Arctic as it's geopolitical importance is rising, but the U.S. doesn't have a very successful track record against Canada. Also, I did enjoy the 1920s reference that Americans simply assumed that Canada (once the British Empire was dismantled) would naturally be absorbed by the United States.
Yes, the are bad...consider yourself warned.
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They ranked hundreds of towns for such magnetic qualities as vibrant main streets, coffee bars, and an eco-friendly vibe. And while plenty of those features may contribute to a town’s unique personality, the top 20 winners in the quirky category take it a step further. One highly ranked town is an unlikely hotbed for Tibetan monks, while another largely forgoes Valentine’s Day to celebrate Charles Darwin instead.
The U.S. has three times as many gun homicides as other wealthy nations.
The United States is more like Latin America that Europe in this particular metric. Maybe United States exceptionalism is true after all.
The Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean.
The Ring of Fire is a long string where there are volcanoes and different physical activity. This is located around the edges of the Pacific Ocean so some of South America has the Ring of fire located in it. The ring of fire consists of a string of 452 volcanoes stretches from the southern tip of South America. The fact that South America has 90% chance of earthquakes occuring,if the ring of fire was ever to have a reaction or have a earthquake South America would have to be prepared. If you live in South America you have to know the possibilities of what could happen at any given time, this ring of fire is a natural disaster at its finest.
Recently, the subject of the varying quality of pizza by region has been raised, thanks in part to discussions of Washington, D.C., which has been accused, disparagingly and incorrectly, of being unable 'to produce a single decent slice of pizza.' Any major metropolitan area can, with sufficient strength of will and character, and a good source of filtered water, produce a "single decent slice of pizza." (Or, speaking more accurately, a single decent pizzeria.) Similarly, pointing to single restaurants and pizzerias is not an adequate rebuttal to charges of poor overall pizza production. The ability to support a single decent pizzeria should be regarded not as a point of pride but, if anything, as the bare minimum for qualification as an American city.
Of course this isn't objectively quantifiable and it's clearly biased; so what? I still like it.
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Jonah Fisher has been to Rakhine state in Myanmar to meet Rohingya migrants who are being forced to return home - but at a cost.
Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water.
Because what's more fun than losing nearly 50 millions gallons of freshwater during a drought? The selfishness of some can be so disheartening for the rest of the community.
A look at where Iran exerts influence across the region and at the emerging Saudi coalition.
From David Lizotte: "This is a neat article just published March 30. It deals with Iranian influence in specific countries throughout the Middle Eastern region. The explanations are general and perhaps lack more depth however I believe the article is geared more towards people whom truly follow the news and are aware of geo-politics and other aspects of the Middle East. Personally, I am far from being an expert but I like to think I could hold a half way decent conversation in a coffee shop. The article is good in how its basically an overview of Iran and its widening grasp grasp of the Middle East. To complement the general facts are images, specifically maps. This gives more depth to the article because the reader can see the countries (if not truly aware of the geography) and gain more awareness of how Iran is involving itself in different regions. The article then shows the flip side of the coin in displaying the countries involved with the Saudi coalition in preventing the spread of Iranian influence. Again, this complemented by a map.
Upon displaying the two opposing sides the article then demonstrates alliances or at least commonalities in how certain countries are battling (on different levels of involvement) the Islamic State.
Although general, geared towards a more versed/"up to date" audience of Middle Eastern relations this article is still informing and benefiting. It may also spark interest in regards to one reading more and forming a better understanding what the article is stating. For example, one might wonder whom are the Hezbollah and Houthis? (aspects not explained in this article)."