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Welcome to Baku, the Fiercely Modern, Millennia-Old, Capitalist-Socialist, Filthy-Rich Capital of Azerbaijan

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"Since 2006, when the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline prompted a surge in crude oil exports -- up to a million barrels a day travel through neighboring Georgia and on to Turkey and the West -- there’s been no shortage of cash in Baku. Now, the city is eager for the prestige that goes with it."


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Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 15, 2014 5:21 PM

I'm not on the oil or gas business, or a follower of the Eurovision Song Contest, so it's unlikely that Baku is top in my mind. The pictures of the building looks classic. The Russian taxi looks like if was built in 1940, but it was recently. Russia because the embargo, along side cuba, has the oldest looks cars.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 19, 1:20 PM

Baku is a very interesting city, because of how much of a mish-mash the city is.  What always interests me as an American, is the fact that how varied the old world can be.  In the article it shows the modern, opulent Four Seasons hotel, behind an old government building that looks like it belongs in 18th Century Europe.  It is also crazy how the Maiden Tower from the 6th Century sits right across from Designer Clothes retailers.  Once again, as an American this is very hard for me to visulize, our oldest buildings still standing in cities date back to the 1800s, maybe 1700s, if you are in a city like Newport, RI.  The fact that an ancient tower still stands in a modern city is absolutely fascinating.  Also described in the article is a Bentley dealership (a British Luxury car).  This shows that the city is growing in wealth and changing.  The country of Azerbaijan is certainly on the path (as mentioned in my scoop about Azerbaijan wanting to be famous) to become a world destination.  I think it will be interesting to keep following what is going on in this region, as the country continues to transition.   

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 8, 9:40 AM

People will come if there is something exciting to see.  Also if they feel there is relatively little danger.  I'd say they need to keep on developing and make it glitter.  Once the wealthy are attracted and the celebrities then maybe more tourism might happen.  

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How the Berlin Wall Fell

When TIME sent photographer Anthony Suau to cover the opening of the border between East and West Berlin in 1989, he knew it could be the story of a lifetime

 

In 1961, the communist government of East Germany erected a wall between the democratic West Berlin and communist East Berlin. For the next 28 years, the wall, which prevented most East Germans from defecting to the West, became a symbol of the Cold War. Photographer Anthony Suau shows us, through his photographs, how in November of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and Germans began to reunite.


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A Landsat Flyby

"The Landsat program is the longest continuous global record of the Earth's surface, and continues to deliver both visually stunning and scientifically valuable images of our planet. This short video (download here) highlights Landsat's many benefits to society."

 

Tags: remote sensing, geospatial, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 19, 2014 7:34 PM

Environmental change at a variety of scales 

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Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

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Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.

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Peak Oil: The End of the Oil Age

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"It has taken between 50-300 million years to form, and yet we have managed to burn roughly half of all global oil reserves in merely 125 years or so."


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the fact that oil is doomed is not such a bad thing perhaps fracking but I believe that solar energy is the way of the future

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Peak Oil: The End of the Oil Age

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:40 AM

Resources shape the behavior of people living in a given geographical region. On Earth, the abundance and efficiency of oil has caused our societies to be built and operated with the use of oil. Human's needed fuel and found oil to be a natural resource that could fit their needs. But all good things must come to an end. Even though oil and gas are cheap and efficient ways of fueling our society, there are disastrous consequences like environmental degregation and over dependence on foreign oil that leads countries to be entangled in conflict that cost lives everyday. Now that we have the analytically tools to project when oil will run out it allows people to reevaluate their use of oil and gas and weigh the cost of using a resources that will eventually run out and leave the earth in ecological distress. The global oil reserves have been cut in half in just 125 years, although this use of oil led to many technological and medical advances that propelled society into an age of advancement unprecedented it is time to pull back the reigns and calibrate our expectations on how much oil and gas we should keep using.

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 11:11 AM

Talking how the global oil and gas output has decreased and how it will decrease in the future with the creation and use of other forms of energy. 

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Squatters on the Skyline

"Facing a mounting housing shortage, squatters have transformed an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Caracas into a makeshift home for more than 2,500 people."


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Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, February 25, 4:55 PM

The situation here in Caracas is very sad.  Sometimes we don't know how lucky we have it in America.  The picture that sticks with me from this video is the young man in a shirt and tie who is trying to provide for his family but could not get any credit.  He did not look like someone who is down on their luck.  He looked like a man who was optimistic and trying to inch forward.  I loved the picture he stood for.  It seems too often that we see people in America with the "Oh, poor me"-attitude!

Joshua Mason's curator insight, March 3, 12:02 PM

From a young age, we learn that food and water, clothing, and shelter are the three necessities for life. The housing crisis in Venezuela depraves the people of at least one of those things. Making use of abandoned buildings, the people of Caracas have found a way to take care of the shelter. It's amazing how a skyscraper originally intended to house businesses that were incredibly affluent could end up becoming a slum of sorts after the business went under. 

 

A solution to the problem would be to officially turn the building into housing for the poor. Since it's been "unoccupied" since the 90's and the government has shown no intent to force the people out or tear it down, they might as well just use it as what the current inhabitants are using it for. The structure, for the most part, is already built. If they were able to add on to the core, then the building could be built at a lower cost than a new one. Although, the modifications the current residents may have made may have proved too costly to fix for the project to be feasible.

 

It's amazing these people have found a way to live together collectively and form their own little autonomous dwelling complete with a hierarchy and shops. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 5, 2:13 PM

The squatters have made their own community complete with services and mini marts.  This tells me there is not enough affordable housing if the people of Caracas are willing to live in dangerous conditions.  Caracas government needs to build affordable housing or create better paying jobs so the citizens can spend the money in the community.  Its a cycle that needs everyone's participation to work to build a sustaining economy.  

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How To Find Great Relevant Content for Your Niche Audience

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Content curation: tools to help you find and share great content from other people alongside your own content.

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Useful, simple and direct. I've started using it

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Tools highlighted include Scoop.it, Newsle and Feedly.

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Curaduría de contenidos: herramientas para ayudarle a encontrar y compartir un gran contenido de otras personas junto con su propio contenido.
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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

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If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Perhaps most people should read this. Most of this is true

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:34 PM

ISIS has been all over the news for a long time now, and it doesn't seem to a be a topic that will leave us anytime soon. The media often depicts ISIS as an extremist, violent, half-crazed group of terrorists that are blindly spreading genocide in order to claim land. ISIS is actually incredibly organized and united under the purpose of creating their own state. We often but violence and extreme religious ideals hand and hand with insanity, but this group's strategic operations and rational movements prove this not to be true. Also, many people believe that fundamentalism refers to older traditions. In reality, radical Islam describes a form of Islam that never existed, where rules, traditions, and beliefs are magnified in a way that goes against the grain of the developing world. This often occurs out of fear of losing a religion, or a way of life. People are also worried about how ISIS will treat those living in its territories, but truth be told, they have already set up government programs in some areas. If ISIS is successful with its mission to create an autonomous Islamic state, then only time will tell if it will survive. 

David Lizotte's curator insight, March 14, 2:39 PM

This article does a good job helping the reader gain a more rounded perspective of ISIS, that is ISIS' rational. The writer feels it necessary for people to better understand ISIS' reasoning for its being so there are in turn no misjudgments formed about the terrorists. I knew the writer was in no way defending ISIS, rather giving an intellectual input on the matter to try and enhance everyones perspective. However, as contextual as it was, the writer truly needed to get across how crude/violent the movement truly is. Yes, understanding ISIS is important, it helps form a more precise explanation for their actions... but they are terrorists whom are exploiting the misfortune of a people (Sunni misrepresentation in a political setting) in order to form a society... which is ultimately founded on violence and acts that counter the true fundamentals and meaning of Islam. A less experienced reader could perceive this article as defending the reasoning(s)/rational of ISIS.

Personally, I find that there is rational behind every movement/terrorist factions/rebel actions, etc... There is usually a common goal, no matter how well-thought out and actions then occur in order to obtain this goal, no matter how well-thought out. Even Joseph Kony (at his height), rampaging through central Africa has a rational behind his actions-to disrupt villages/communities, gain profit in food and money, as well as abduct and dehumanize young children in order to make them fierce warriors, all these reasons ultimately support his main issue/goal, that being fighting government suppression. Horrible rational which leads to atrocities, yet no piece was written to help the world gain a better understanding of Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. Because in either case they are terrorists...

Yes, understanding the enemy and how/why it functions the way it does is important. Yes, interpreting there rational is important. But this article truly fails to get across how ruthless and disturbed ISIS actually is. The writer states ISIS is basically doing what many rebel groups do when upset with the political setting... they rebel and try to form there own territory. Well, this is true, especially the political reasoning behind ISIS' actions and its existence (something the article does do a good job explaining) but the way ISIS goes about is non-comparable. Look at the Russian-backed separatists in the Eastern Ukraine. Both oppositions engaged in war fare. They aren't playing a game of hide and seek beheading civilians, torturing reporters, etc... all for political gains... ISIS are terrorists-of course they have a rational, of course they are smart, there predecessor "al-Qaeda" were smart too. Joseph Kony can be seen as smart... he hasn't gotten caught, thats smart isn't it? 

The article explains that them being smart and having a strong rational motive makes them dangerous. No kidding they are dangerous.

The article does a good job at educating people about ISIS yet it certainly teeters on the line of defending them. It gives reasoning behind there soulless attacks, scholars know the reasoning, they do not have to be written out in a quasi defense format like I believe this article does. "The end justifies the means" is the perspective of the Islamic State... it shouldn't be so for this writer!

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 18, 9:04 PM

This may be a little off topic but with a President like Obama, how could America even try to stop ISIS alone?  That man has made a fool of our country!  I don't think ISIS would self-destruct on its own; it will continue to grow and become more powerful because people are afraid.

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‘My Crazy Century,’ by Ivan Klima

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Ivan Klima, the Czech novelist and playwright, reflects on a life spent under Nazi and Communist regimes.
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Why John Judis’ ‘Genesis’ Matters

Judis’ history of Zionism in America is directly relevant to the Obama administration's relationship with Israel.
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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

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"For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 30, 2014 3:58 PM

This is a fascinating article that can be a great case study to share with students to allow them to analyze the factors that can improve infant mortality rates.  In Finland the government provided oversight to improve infant mortality rates, pre-natal care and promote good parenting in a way that has had tangible results.  


Tags: Finland, medical, population,demographic transition model, unit 2 population.

Gillian Campbell's curator insight, July 31, 2014 6:04 AM

It's certainly an interesting one.....

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

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Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.

 

A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.

 

Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:32 AM

Perception!

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Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

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APHG-U7

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History vs. Christopher Columbus

But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher ColumbusView full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-christopher-columbus-alex-gendler  Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage. But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.


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Christopher Columbus slaughtered many indians   in his quest to find  what we thought was his quest to discover America. He was ruthless and barbaric.  Honoring him on Columbus Day is a real misgiving for the American people.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:55 PM

This is excellent. Look zt it and share.

 

 

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Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept uz isolated and voiceless – we still need you now, even more

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by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Jabari Scott CDCR deliberately lied about their implementation of the Security Threat Group (STG) Step Down Program (SDP) sanctioned by Gov. Jerry Brown. We prisoners, ...

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The Planetary Archives Digital University's curator insight, October 17, 2014 12:30 PM

History will not look kindly on our treatment of our fellow human beings. 

 

IF there IS a history.....

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Media and Culture--Perspective and Bias

"Religious scholar Reza Aslan took some serious issue on CNN Monday night with Bill Maher‘s commentary about Islamic violence and oppression. Maher ended his show last Friday by going after liberals for being silent about the violence and oppression that goes on in Muslim nations. Aslan said on CNN that Maher’s arguments are just very unsophisticated.  He said these 'facile arguments' might sound good, but not all Muslim nations are the same. Aslan explained that female mutilation is an African problem, not a Muslim one, and there are Muslim-majority nations where women are treated better and there are even female leaders."


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Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 6, 12:59 PM

     This was one of the unfortunate media displays that are happening a little more frequently.  Reza tries to import the differences of Muslim nations.  Once again, the media lumps all Muslims together under one banner: Islam.  The media need to do their due diligence and educate themselves because they are publicly misinforming the country!  This is causing the panic, fear, and hate.  Reza makes a great argument about the Muslim nation.  You need to keep this issues separate and in the countries where they are happening.  We can't keep generalizing.  

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 4:29 PM

This clip does an excellent job of portraying the bias and influence that the media has on a population. People tend to accept what the media tells them because they assume that the media will fact check its self. People often are also too lazy to get out and do their own research and find evidence for or against what they are told. There is a member of my family who takes Fox News as the gospel truth regardless of what anyone or anything thinks. She saw it on Fox, or Rush Limbaugh said it so it has to be true; they would never lie to her. In the all too common situations where they contradict themselves, she goes with whatever the most recent story is. There are too many people who are too quick to point fingers and generalize. Yes, there are places in the middle east where bad things happen, but that does not define the middle east. In the same way, there are some Americans who are Christian, but that does not define America. 

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 11:04 AM

Talking about the different political views of different news stations. Each station has a different bias depending on what that person and group believes as a whole. Therefore they often spar between eachother and fight to influence the public in a certain ways. 

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Gas Prices of Yesteryear

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"Gas Prices, 1939 http://pic.twitter.com/o8R1lmPd9X "


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Scottish Independence

"Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides."


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Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:21 PM

I support Scotland independence! Mother England should understand the current Scotland need more freedom of speech and decisions. This a good example of a peacefully claim of independence, instead of the bloody war (remember England?). The video... Is too funny to take it seriously. 

Louis Mazza's curator insight, February 27, 7:34 AM

Scotland is vying for its independence from the United Kingdom, becoming free from London and its own Country. Here john Oliver analyzes the issue and provides a decent background history while stabbing lots of jokes and puns into his commentary. So basically England and Scotland got into an arranged marriage as Oliver phrased it, forming the United Kingdom some 300 years ago. Oliver goes on to say Scotland got the bad end of the philosophical relationship, setting up reasons for Scotland ambition to possibly leave. For the last 2 ½ years there has been a campaign for this independence, where Scotts feel they can better run the country they live in. Scotland is a liberal country ran by the conservative country England. These are the reasons that set up this split.   

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, March 7, 9:27 PM

This video is hilarious and John Oliver pokes fun at the Scottish, the little brother trying to lobby themselves for independence. Great video to watch hilarious, and also informative at the same time.

 

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Iraqi town vows death before giving in to Islamic State

Residents of a besieged Amerli have said they have prepared graves for their families in a pact to kill their wives and children if the city falls to the Islamic State group. Jane Arraf reports.Su...
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15 Unbelievable Ancient Weapons

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The mambele (also known as the hunga munga) is an African throwing knife that consists of a curved blade section and a spike. They co...
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Continuing our fight for more #transparency | Twitter Blogs

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Specifically, if the government will not allow us to publish the actual number of requests, we want the freedom to provide that information in much smaller ranges that will be more meaningful to Twitter's users, and more in line with the...
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Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend | EarthSky.org

Perseid meteor shower kicks off!  Fireballs detected this weekend | EarthSky.org | Things People want to see | Scoop.it
Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.
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