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NYTimes video: "Skateistan"

NYTimes video: "Skateistan" | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

"Afghan youth have very limited options for sports and recreation. An Australian man is trying to change that."  Issues of ethnicity, class and gender are right on the surface.  Globalization, cultural values and shifting norms make this a good discussion piece.  


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 3, 2014 2:03 PM

This is a good example of the use of soft power in areas where American culture is not popular. Instead of using military force to exert western Ideals on the people of Afghanistan. This Australian may have found a way to close the gap towards bringing our cultures  closer together.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 8:01 PM

In a society that is seen by most of the world as strict and rigid, it was interesting to see these children having fun and breaking the mold of traditional afghan kids. What makes this even more fascinating is that female children are doing some of the skating. With gender issues a hot topic in some Middle Eastern countries, letting kids have fun before being made to conform to tradition is a nice experience for them. While they still respect the culture to they belong to, it is a break from that and a breathe of fresh air for them. These youth are not seen primarily as men and woman, but as children.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 20, 2015 6:33 AM

Who could have imagined, that Skateboards could be used as a geopolitical tool? Over a decade ago, the United States invaded Afghanistan with the aim of rooting out and destroying the terrorist who attacked the nation on 911. As with most of our military campaigns in the Middle East, the mission quickly became bogged down in a nation building campaign. The people of Afghanistan have long been wary of foreign influence. Empire after empire has attempted to conquer this nation, only to suffer humiliating defeats. For any chance at sustained success, the United States must win over the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. This skateboard program is a perfect tool in accomplishing that objective. The parks bring all types of youths together in the spirit of fun. They are a unifying factor amongst the youth in Afghanistan.

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Resource: Human Geography: People, Places, and Change

Resource: Human Geography: People, Places, and Change | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
1. Imagining New Worlds Cancun, Mexico, looks remarkably different to the international tourists who come to get away, to the Mayan descendants who farm their fathers' land, to the Mexicans who find employment at resorts, and to the global corporations that see opportunity for investments.
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9 TED Talks on faith in the modern world

9 TED Talks on faith in the modern world | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
An exploration of faith’s place in our current, tumultuous times.
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Immigrant voices make democracy stronger

Immigrant voices make democracy stronger | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
In politics, representation matters -- and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. "We have fought to be here," she says, calling immigrant voices to action. "It's our country, too."
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Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map]

Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map] | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Most of the world is divided neatly into distinct nations with clearly defined borders. This map is about the locations that do not fit that model, territories that are claimed by more than one country / occupying force. The conflicts range from major wars whose impact is felt around world (e.g. Islamic State) to minor disagreements over remote, uninhabited rocks (e.g. Rockall Island).
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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it

The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska?

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The 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic

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Bangkok has the worst rush hour traffic in the world, followed by Mexico City, according to GPS manufacturer TomTom.
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Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, and the borough of Queens has more than anywhere else, according to the Endangered Language Alliance.
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On language complexity
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Introducing i‐Docs to geography: exploring interactive documentary's nonlinear imaginaries

This paper introduces interactive documentaries, or i‐Docs, to geography through an analysis of one i‐Doc, Gaza Sderot. I‐Docs are an increasingly popular documentary form. Broadly defined b
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In Memory of Hans Rosling, population demography guru...the BEST TEDTalks you’ve ever seen

In Memory of Hans Rosling, population demography guru...the BEST TEDTalks you’ve ever seen | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
In memory of a great man and the numbers he loved.
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Vox - Making accurate maps is mathematically impossible. | Facebook

Vox - Making accurate maps is mathematically impossible. | Facebook | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Making accurate maps is mathematically impossible.
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Top 20 most inspiring TED videos about maps and geography - Geoawesomeness

Top 20 most inspiring TED videos about maps and geography - Geoawesomeness | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an amazing initiative that organizes events where inspiring people share their inspiring research, work and ideas. For the upcoming holidays we’ve rounded up 20 of the most inspirational and interesting TED talks about maps and geography out there. No matthew if …
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A father remembers when Korea was one country. His son dreams of seeing the same someday.

A father remembers when Korea was one country. His son dreams of seeing the same someday. | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The Kang family lived through centuries of Korean unity. Today, they can’t go home.
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What makes one place difference from another? Why does someone's physical environment matter?

What makes one place difference from another? Why does someone's physical environment matter? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Where We're From & Who We Are
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The Korean Missile Crisis

The Korean Missile Crisis | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
It is time for the U.S. government to admit that it has failed to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States.
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Why ordinary people need to understand power

Why ordinary people need to understand power | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
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29 Exotic McDonald’s Dishes Around the World

29 Exotic McDonald’s Dishes Around the World | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Serving approximately 64 million customers daily in 119 countries around the world, Mcdonald’s is easily the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain. Employing over 1.5 million people in more than 31,000 chains, McDonald’s offers a variety of exotic dishes to cater to the unique local tastes of the countries they operate in. In India where beef is forbidden, many of the burgers are substituted with chicken. In Japan, well, there’s just a huge variety of interestingness…
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Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China's territorial ambitions in the maritime region.
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Unit 1/3 - Toponyms; Unit 4 - Exclusive Economic Zones, Laws of the Sea, Sovereignty
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Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here's where they're found | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, and the borough of Queens has more than anywhere else, according to the Endangered Language Alliance.
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Prince Harry praises teacher 'compassion' - BBC News

Prince Harry praises teacher 'compassion' - BBC News | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The best teachers go beyond academic lessons to pass on lessons in compassion, says Prince Harry.
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How to make awesome interactive map using Google Sheets in under 1 minute? - Geoawesomeness

How to make awesome interactive map using Google Sheets in under 1 minute? - Geoawesomeness | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Tweet Share on Facebook Share Share Email Pin Pocket Flipboard From time to time you need to very quickly make a choropleth map based on a spreadsheet. There are a lot of different ways to do it but most of them require registering in one of the mapping services, having Excel plugin or a GIS software installed. …
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Why Where You Live Matters

Why Where You Live Matters | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
When you woke up this morning, were you in a house, an apartment, or a condo? Look around you. What kinds of buildings do you see? Skyscrapers, mid-rise office parks, strip malls, tracts of suburban homes, fields or water? When you went to work, did you drive, bike, take a train, or walk? When you go to buy food, how far do you go, and how do you get there? Where do you go to get a drink?
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RIP: Hans Rosling, a guru of population demography, has passed away

RIP: Hans Rosling, a guru of population demography, has passed away | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Hans Rosling, professor of international health, has passed away. He died early Tuesday morning, 7 February 2017, his family announces at the Gapminder foundation web site. Hans Rosling suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago.
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5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa

5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
These thought-provoking TED talks will change the way you think about Africa in one hour. From the dangers of stereotyped perceptions of the continent, to entrepreneurship and business, to health and education, these 5 inspiring speakers have got you covered. Check them out!
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