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NYTimes video: "Skateistan"

NYTimes video: "Skateistan" | Southmoore AP Human Geography | 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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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 2014 1:25 PM

This is an inspirational video it is very powerful to see someone trying to make life better. The young Australian man that has created this program should be applauded. Watching this video you can tell that this simple gesture brings so much joy to these children. One feeling that comes to mind is yes countries can seem different but they can also seem familiar. These children are just like any others they want to play and have fun. I think this is a wonderful program for them to help them forget about the dangerous world they live in.

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.

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Nigerian Army missing in action amid Boko Haram terror surge (+video)

Nigerian Army missing in action amid Boko Haram terror surge (+video) | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The militant Islamist group has increased its destructive attacks in the new year, leaving many wondering why the response from the Nigerian Army and government has been inadequate.
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What next for South Sudan's 3,000 freed child soldiers?

What next for South Sudan's 3,000 freed child soldiers? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Jonglei State’s Cobra rebels have released hundreds of underage fighters as part of a peace with the government. Basia Cummings reports on the fate that awaits these children
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Zimbabwe’s President Is Appointed Chairman of African Union

Zimbabwe’s President Is Appointed Chairman of African Union | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most divisive figures, was appointed to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union by the organization’s leaders on Friday.
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Public health challenges in the Middle East | The Japan Times

Public health challenges in the Middle East | The Japan Times | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Continuing conflicts in the Mideast, especially Syria and Iraq, have prompted a substantial emigration of doctors, adding to existing problems of too few qualified health care personnel.
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A Native-American nation divided

A Native-American nation divided | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Mohawk reservation is sliced down the middle along the US-Canada border, making life interesting - and difficult.
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Denmark Sets World Record For Wind Power Production

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In 2014 Denmark got 39.1 percent of its overall electricity from wind.
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Densities of Major World Cities, Part 2 See:... - Maps on the Web

Densities of Major World Cities, Part 2 See:... - Maps on the Web | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Densities of Major World Cities, Part 2
See: Densities of Major World Cities, Part 1
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German newspaper attacked 'over cartoons'

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Daily tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost targeted in arson attack after reprinting French magazine Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

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English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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11 Signs Your Hood Is Being Gentrified

11 Signs Your Hood Is Being Gentrified | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A Washington, D.C., resident describes the changes and privilege that have moved into her longtime neighborhood.
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China to have world's longest metro rail network - The Times of India

China to have world's longest metro rail network - The Times of India | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
China is expected to build 8,500 kms of subway systems by 2020, giving it the world's longest metro rail network, the government said.
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Rich nations 'failing to help Syria refugees'

Rich nations 'failing to help Syria refugees' | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Rights group says "pitiful" number taken in by wealthy countries, with burden placed mainly on ill-equipped neighbours.
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"We are humans too." - Films from Survival International

"We are humans too." - Films from Survival International | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Guarani Leader Eliseu Lopes describes his tribe's quest to return to their ancestral land.
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This map shows which is the deadliest infectious disease where you live

This map shows which is the deadliest infectious disease where you live | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
'Tuberculosis' and 'AIDS' aren't trending on Twitter, but they probably should be.
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Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules

Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Even children born there will need student permits and passports with residency stamps — a policy human rights groups say unfairly targets Haitians.
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After Mexican hospital explosion, babies suffering life-threatening burns could be airlifted to Texas

After Mexican hospital explosion, babies suffering life-threatening burns could be airlifted to Texas | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Thursday's gas truck explosion at a Mexico City maternity hospital killed three people, including two babies.
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Oklahoma Turns Against APUSH? | Blue Cereal Education

Oklahoma Turns Against APUSH? | Blue Cereal Education | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

No state funds shall be used to support advanced placement U.S. history courses in Oklahoma schools as the courses are designed as of the effective date of this act.

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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, January 29, 10:53 AM

Interesting? Thoughts, anyone?

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The World in 2015: Global population and the changing shape of world demographics - YouTube

Animating the changing shape of the world population pyramid. For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: http://econ.st/1xqEZhX.
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Air India cuts fares by up to 50% - The Times of India

Air India cuts fares by up to 50% - The Times of India | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Flag carrier Air India on Monday launched a special discount offer to attract passengers during the lean season.
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Agence France-Presse: Belgian paper that ran Charlie cartoons evacuated after threat

Agence France-Presse: Belgian paper that ran Charlie cartoons evacuated after threat | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Brussels - The offices of a Belgian newspaper that republished cartoons from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were evacuated on Sunday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, its staff said.
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Boko Haram kills hundreds (thousands) attacking Nigerian town

Boko Haram kills hundreds (thousands) attacking Nigerian town | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.
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The Newest Wind Turbine Looks Like a Tree - Video on NBCNews.com

Video on msnbc.com: A French startup called NewWind has developed a new kind of wind turbine: it looks like a tree and needs less wind than a traditional turbine to to create power.
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Six13 - Chanukah (Shake It Off) - YouTube

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off... it's Chanukah! Send this song as a PERSONALIZED VIDE...
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Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

Photos that bear witness to modern slavery | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery.
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Will Japan run out of rice?

Will Japan run out of rice? | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Japan’s issues with sustainability, food self-sufficiency, and food security find their perfect metaphor with rice – a staple not only caught up in tradition and national mythology, but in the ever-changing world of global economics.
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