I have always wondered some of these statistics when I happen to catch a MLS game on television or in person. I've been a lifelong player as well as follower of soccer and each player brings a certain aspect and individuality to the game, sometimes depending on where they hail from. Certain countries teach different tactics in their youth teams. So when the traits of each player are factored into the finished product of a team, the results are very interesting.
Speaking of the league in general, it has come such a long way within the past decade. Advertising, better support, and attractions of big names have all added to helping the MLS become more well known in the world of soccer. I have season tickets to the New England Revolution, and I've witnessed first hand how much more popular the game has become in the United States. It would be quite a stretch to say the MLS will ever be as popular as some of the European leagues, but having several players from foreign countries will help the league progress in quality as well as entertainment.
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
Off subject, but I recently started watching "My Name is Earl", a tv show which is based around karma and redoing wrongs in life. On a serious note, people who have done wrong in their lives to turn around and try bettering themselves and others around them is very admirable. When people normally think of helping the poor, its ship them some food and clothes and that's that. It's much more than that though, you have to help them help themselves. What "KK" has done has brought something he loves, and shares it with youth that can gain interest from it. Breakdancing acts as a foundation to further learning such as books and computers, this leads to improvement and long-term effects.
This is one of the more impressive cultural landmarks in the world, and an architectural marvel. Studying the cultural landscape reveals that multiple 'layers' are superimposed one upon another. This phenomenon, known as sequent occupance, is most plainly manifested in this site. The Haga Sophia has been both a Christian and Muslim holy site, depending which political empire has controlled the city of Istanbul.
Turkey is a very unique country. The land is spread among Europe, as well as Asia and the Middle East. Its people are among many religions such as Christian and Muslim, and they speak various languages which show how diverse the region is. Turkey acts almost like a bridge between the two continents and within its borders lie attributes that are hard to find anywhere else on earth. What is strange about this specific site being the Haga Sophia is that it has been both a Christian and Muslim landmark. In many other areas of the world, each religion holds authority to their respective traditions and structures. Though the holy site in Istanbul shows how truely diverse the nation is and has been for its people and especially religions.
Looking for an easy online method of sharing and using powerpoint presentations? Slideshare is made just for that. Here is one I made of Middle Eastern flags a while back, showing the cultural patterns and similarities among the flags. Students are quick to note that the Israeli flag sticks out and "doesn't fit in well visually."
Many of these countries share similar backgrounds and cultures, as well as flags which is seen above. The color patterns show red, black, white, and green on almost every flag except Israel's which is blue and white. It shows that most of the countries within the region are all linked somehow whether it be through language, identity, or other reasons, though there is still room for conflict and change as time passes. After looking at flags from other countries such as Iraq and Iran, the graphics on them change, sometimes reflecting government changes. It is sometimes difficult to remember and notice so many flags, yet some of these flags have changed within the last 2 to 3 decades to accompany the change of government.
If only the United States could embrace this lifestyle more. Sure there are farmers markets and other sources of food, but the mighty supermarket and food giants have completely taken over this country. A typical American wants quick and easy, but most of the time that comes with a price to pay. The mass produced food in the U.S. is the majority food source for many citizens, the foods likely are modified and have come from all over the world. Sure they are cheaper than a freshly grown products from a farmers market for example, but we as a nation and society let it come to this. The U.S. has land in variable climates to sustain itself year-round, but that isn't the cost friendly option for right now. Everything seems to be right now, not looking into the future. It is almost as though the country is too far down the road of industrial giants and their mass produced products, that backtracking to a time where we actually produced our own goods is out of the question. The least we can do at this point in time is try to buy local and help sustain what we already have before it's built on or forgotten about.
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This is an excellent article that can be used in a thematic class for analyzing religion, the human landscape, the urban environment and cultural iconography. For a regional geography class, this show great images from Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine.
The Islamic traditions and beliefs are very genuine and passionate which can be admirable. The value of the many significant structures and various holy sites are immense. Some of them include Dome of the Rock, and Mecca which play a key role in the Islamic religion. These areas are among the most sacred to the religion and the great architecture in these areas show how special they really are. There are mosques all over the world, many of them spanning from Europe into soutwest Asia in countries such as Spain all the way to Indonesia. Within the vast region it is visible to see the glimmering jewels and bright colors to highlight such sacred grounds.
"The name of the country Pakistan has a fascinating history - it is essentially an acronym! Prior to 1947, the country now known as Pakistan was a British colony. In 1947 the United Kingdom granted independence to the region under a new name, Pakistan. The name had been developed by a group of students at Cambridge University who issued a pamphlet in 1933 called Now or Never."
In a country with such great ethnic divisions, a common religion is a powerful nationalizing force. As the capital city of Islamabad's toponym powerfully states (the house or abode of Islam), religion remains an important element of national identity for Pakistanis.
When you take in the way that the British Empire controlled many colonies and tried to spread their culture to such diverse regions, it is no suprise that Pakistan was named essentially by a game of Scrabble. I suppose the naming is somewhat creative and certainly unique compared to how other countries get their names, yet just picturing a group of colleagues naming a country is strange. Though the U.K. did grant them independance, how independant were they really if they weren't even given the right to name their own land.
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