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Islamic and The West Differing Viewpoints -- Political Cartoon

Islamic and The West Differing Viewpoints -- Political Cartoon | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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This is a pretty insightful political cartoon that gets at the heart of the issue of how women are portrayed and viewed in different parts of the world. It also gives us some idea of why the two cultures don't necessarily understand on another at first glance.

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CBC News web documentary: Exile Without End: Palestinians in Lebanon

CBC News web documentary: Exile Without End: Palestinians in Lebanon | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
An interactive online documentary about life in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon where thousands of people still live in limbo more than 60 years after it was created as a temporary refuge for those fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
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The reality of life as a Palestinian refugee. Some started this life in 1948, others were born into it as generations have passed since Palestine ceased to be a recognized state.

Things to Ponder:

What is the role of the failed Israel-Palestine partition plan of 1947? 

What is life like for a refugee?

What is the role of the United Nations in this issue?

Are the UN Universal Human Rights recognized and protected here?

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Thomas Cho's comment, December 27, 2012 9:00 AM
The partiton plan plan created in 1947 didn't become a useful plan because both of the states have their own reasons that disagrees with it. Most of the refugees are Palestinians. They live in a harsh condition. They had to deal with issues about the environment: Poor medical care, food and water source, and the mistreatments from the Israelis. They have to find survival ways in order to continue living. The UN is trying to help solve this issue of the two states however, not in a efficient way. The UN is dealing this situation in a poor and almost ignorant way. Most of the right that are written in the UN Declaration are not protected. For example, they do not have the natural right to eat or have medical cares. The UN should try to fulfill these rights by themselves in order to get a further step towards the solution of this issue of the two states
Thomas Cho's comment, December 27, 2012 9:00 AM
Sorry (Just like Tim Wang Wrote)
Luke Walker's comment, December 27, 2012 7:17 PM
I will count it as late, you need to be more on top of your deadlines.
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The Conflict in Gaza. NYTimes Slideshow

The Conflict in Gaza. NYTimes Slideshow | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Israel on Wednesday launched the most ferocious assault on Gaza in four years after persistent Palestinian rocket fire, hitting at least 20 targets in aerial attacks that killed the top military commander of Hamas.

 

 

Click through these photos that document the 10 days surrounding the most recent violence in Gaza and current Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

With millions of devout worshippers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.

An interesting question, based on how we define religion can the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster be considered an actual religion? 

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Jasmine Crowther's curator insight, August 18, 2013 9:01 PM

The church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is believed to be made solely to annoy the Christians about their theory on creationism of the universe. Some of their customs and 'rules' are very far fetched and believed to be fake to further annoy the christians e.g. they believe that pirates were peaceful explorers. The FSM believers are under the impression that the FSM is real and created the universe. the religion of the FSM has been under scrutiny since the day it was announced.

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10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics

10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
We have a list of 10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics. Making infographics from scratch can be a tough as and not all the people can do it.

This is where some tools can help — numerous resources are available to help you while designing and creating infographics. Graphics and visualization samples from each website are included in this list, so you can visit each link and see the infographics directly from the source.

Check out this list of 10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics, and find the ones that suit your needs the best...


You never know when you may need to bring some extra flair to your projects in class. Here is some food for thought and resources to help out. Might want to keep infographics in mind for your upcoming textbook project.



 


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How the Experts Would Fix Cities

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More than 50 percent of the world's population now lives in urban areas.

 

 

Great way to compare your thoughts about how cities can and should be changed, and what the "experts" know about the necessity for urban geography change.


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Exotic McDonald's Menu Selections From Around the World

Exotic McDonald's Menu Selections From Around the World | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

Exotic and McDonald's don't really belong in the same sentence, do they? Words more commonly associated with the burger giant tend to be "obesity" and "suburbia," unless, of course, you hit the road.

Check out the rampant stimulus diffusion by McDonald's around the world.

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In India, More Women Demand Toilets Before Marriage

In India, More Women Demand Toilets Before Marriage | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
NILOKHERI, India -- An ideal groom in this dusty farming village is a vegetarian, does not drink, has good prospects for a stable job and promises his bride-to-be an amenity in high demand: a toilet.

 

 

Questions to Ponder:

1) What can you learn about the local rural culture of India from this article?

2) What is the status of women in India? How is it changing?

EQ: How does popular culture (western toilets) influence and impact the local culture (Indian marriage doweries and women's rights) of India? 

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TED Blog | Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style”

TED Blog | Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style” | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

 

It was bound to spread to robots eventually...

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"Million" Cities

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From TD-architects Theo Deutinger Rotterdam.

 

Rome was the first city with one million residents, with that occuring in 5 BC.  Over a thousand years later, London and Beijing joined that group as industrialization became the impetus for wide-scale urbanization.  Today we are seeing an explosion of "million cities" throughout the world. 


Tags: urban, megacities, unit 7 cities.


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Seth Dixon's comment, September 21, 2012 1:51 PM
The data is from 2006, so it's a little dated, but still useful.
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Time: The 10 Biggest Megacities Today

Time: The 10 Biggest Megacities Today | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

This article links the growing global population with the rise of megacities in the developing world.  

 

The largest megacities are:

 1.  Tokyo            32.5 million    

2.  Seoul             20.6 m

3.  Mexico City  20.5 m

4.  New York     19.8 m

5.  Mumbai        19.2 m

6.  Jakarta          18.9 m

7.  Sao Paulo      18.8 m

8.  Delhi              18.6 m

9.  Shanghai       16.7 m

10. Manila          16.3 m


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4 efforts to diffuse conflict in Israel with art

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Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry has always loved posting images on Facebook, most of them garnering just a few random likes from his friends. But on March 15, he posted an image that got a different kind of reaction.
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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How does this relate to the status of Palestine as a stateless nation, and the millions of Palestinian refugees?

How does this relate to the refugees of the recent violence carried out by President Al-Assad in Syria?

What is the role of the UN in the world according to its declaration of human rights?

Should it take a role in the Middle East on behalf of its people? 

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Luke Walker's comment, December 23, 2012 8:10 PM
Are universal human rights protected and honored in Taiwan?
Sean Chang's comment, December 25, 2012 7:47 AM
Nope.
Tim Wang's comment, December 26, 2012 4:14 AM
absolutely not!!! NO!
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How to Pray in Islam

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Here is a brief overview of the prayer movements in Islam. There are also translations of what is said during the prayer.

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Judaism -- Hebrews and the Land of Milk and Honey -- Basic Concepts

Judaism -- Hebrews and the Land of Milk and Honey -- Basic Concepts | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Hebrews and the Land of Milk and Honey...
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Creating Infographics with easel.ly

Students this is a great tool for making infographics. We will be using this to create our project infographics. It is VERY easy to use!

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Coca-Cola Returning To Myanmar; Now It Sells In All But 2 Nations

Coca-Cola Returning To Myanmar; Now It Sells In All But 2 Nations | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
With the country also known as Burma taking steps toward democracy and respect for human rights, Coke is returning after a 60-year absence. What are the two nations where it still won't be doing business?

 

Globalization has made many companies and products ubiquitious throughout the world.  We take their presence as a matter of course, a sign that the largest brands are in essentially every country in the world--but not all.  Until recently Coca Cola was not in three markets, all for political reasons.  Now that Burma is becoming more democratic, Coca-Cola will bring their product to all countries of South East Asia.  Any guesses on the 2 countries that still don't have Coke?

 

UPDATED CORRECTION: Thanks to the great people at About.com 's geography page, I was informed that there are more than just the initially listed two countries (North Korea and Cuba) not within the Coke universe (such as Somalia and East Timor to name a few).  For more on this see: http://geography.about.com/b/2012/06/15/coca-cola-in-every-country-but-three-no.htm


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 2014 2:42 PM

This was an interesting but short article.  It is interesting to realize that Coke is sold almost universally worldwide with just a few exceptions.  It is truly the poster boy for globalization.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 2014 11:03 AM

Coke is another product that is a worldwide phenomenon. People love their soda (even if its terrible for you). People that migrate from country to country bring with them unique items such as Coke, that the foreigners don't know about. This is how different countries come to pick up on other countries foods and customs.

Cyrena & Chloe's curator insight, October 27, 2014 7:43 PM

GEOGRAPHY: North Korea, although one of the smallest nations in the world, is still arguably the most defiant. They're completely cut-off from the outside world, and they've displayed this once again by not selling Coke in their borders. Being a classic American drink, Coca-Cola is likely viewed as an enemy to North Korea, judging by their hatred of America and its citizens. They're one of only two countries in the world not to sell Coke, and this just goes to show that even though they're physically connected to us, they are isolated from the world.

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Globalization

The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun.

 

Questions to ponder: What are the driving forces behind globalization? What areas are most impacted by globalization?  How does globalization benefit some, and adversely impact others? Why?

 

Tags: Globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 11:39 AM

Globalización Globalization

Altaira Wallquist's curator insight, March 18, 4:47 PM

This article goes in depth to define and describe globalization.  It discusses globalization  through an economical, political, and cultural standpoint.

 

This connects to Unit 1 in that it discusses globalization and things from a global perspective. It all discusses the society we live in today.

Devyn Hantgin's curator insight, March 22, 10:18 PM

globalization

This video describes and really breaks down globalization. The video talks about how some countries benefit and some countries don't benefit from globalization. The video also separates globalization into three parts: economic, politics, and culture. It goes over the huge role that technology plays in globalization and covers it well.

This relates to our unit, because globalization is a huge factor in human geography as a whole. It is one of the main factors why our cultures are beginning to intertwine and have things in common.     

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Strange McDonald's Menu Items Around the World

At Travora, we love to travel, and our blog features the latest in travel news, hotel and restaurant reviews, videos and some of the best travel photography on the net.

 

 

A pretty extensive collection of stimulus diffusion items at McDonald's. This was found by one of my students.

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Ismail-Yk Facebook-2010

Ever wonder what a Turkish love song sounds like? Ever wonder what a Turkish love song about finding love on Facebook sounds like? Well WONDER NO MORE!

This is a great music video. I find it relates pretty well to notions of technology, communication and a globalized culture of social media:

Be sure to stick around for the ridiculous end of the world dance routine.

 

Here are the lyrics very roughly translated. I must admit I'm only a novice with my Turkish so I had to employ google translate for the rest.

I went to the internet cafe
I went to Facebook
I gave my name as a crazy
Now I've been a member (im im)
I met with one of the beautiful
Writing in day to day
Ointment is günlüme
Now I've been loving
But I love the price
Her eyes were very beautiful
It's a pretty hard to find
Everyone asks where did you get
I've been looking every day on facebook Facebook
From there I found this girl on facebook Facebook
As soon as hired facebook Facebook
I think I'm in love with Facebook Facebook
locomotive Gülşen
Citi Piti birsen
Oh, I promise you
Gimcrack marbling
Brown banu
Tanışabilsen
Beauties beautiful like this
what you want
According to everyone's tastes on Facebook
handsome erkan
charismatic serkan
Souls burning, sympathetic ercan
Crazy Ayhan, face, fan
Whether friend, whether you're new love
I've already found my love on facebook
I've been looking every day on facebook Facebook
From there I found this girl on facebook Facebook
As soon as hired facebook Facebook
I think I'm in love with Facebook Facebook

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Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

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Beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious scenes of Seoul's poshest neighborhood, there might be a subtle message about wealth, class, and value in South Korean society.

 

This is a pretty insightful cultural analysis of the sensation. 


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Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam's history

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Three of the world’s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-pound expansion of Islam’s second holiest site.

 

 

A changing cultural landscape with changing times. An interesting look at Mecca's development.

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TIME: 10 Fastest Growing Cities of Tomorrow

TIME: 10 Fastest Growing Cities of Tomorrow | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

Many cities are large; the rate at which these ten cities highlight a distinct spatial pattern and separate them from the rest. Which regions have the fastest growing cities? Which regions don't? Why geographic factor account for the rapid growth?

CITY                Increase by 2025

1.  Delhi          6.4 million

2.  Dhaka       6.3 m

3.  Kinshasa  6.3 m

4.  Mumbai   5.8 m

5.  Karachi    5.6 m

6.  Lagos        5.2 m

7.  Kolkata     4.6 m

8.  Shanghai  3.4 m

9.  Manila      3.3 m

10. Lahore     3.2 m

 


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