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How Many Countries Are There?


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We would like a definite list of countries.  But pick almost any year in history and look at a map and compare to a modern map - some countries have vanished and others have changed their size.  A country is determined by how other defined countries see it - so it becomes a strange mess.

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:12 PM

This is one of those frequently asked questions in Geography class that sometimes results in increased confusion. The maker of this video has summed it up nicely.

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 8, 2013 2:44 AM

What makes a country a country is if they play by the rules, of other soverin nations on a global scale and follow the rules. Most countries recieve taxes from their citizens, have a military and a recognized as a soverin. Not every body of land is a country but are also properties controlled by other countries. There are countries in the South Pacific. In North, South America, Europe, and Asia, and bevcause of politcal geopgrahpy nations sizes are changing often and new countries are usually created from theis process

 

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Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers ... and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs.
Joy Kinley's insight:
It is unimaginable to think that any pilot would be expected to fly multiple missions at night in a plane made of wood.  Not only did these women do this, they were among the most feared pilots of WWII.
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And the world's most beloved landmark is ...

And the world's most beloved landmark is ... | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
TripAdvisor has announced its ranking of the world's most popular major landmarks. Some biggies missed the cut.
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Everyone has an opinion, so what would your most beloved landmark be?
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Renaming a Country: the Czechia Chronicles

Renaming a Country: the Czechia Chronicles | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Citizens and and friends of the Czech Republic discuss whether it should go by a different name.
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What is in a name? Should the people in the Czech Republic give themselves a shorter name?
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The Americanization of Cinco de Mayo

The Americanization of Cinco de Mayo | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Celebration features many toasts to heritage but groups toil to restore cultural meaning.
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Cinco de Mayo is based on an event in Mexico but America has embraced the holiday and distorted it to a food event.
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Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102

Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
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Joseph Medicine Crow has been the last War Chief of the Crow Nation.  He was a great historian and scholar.  
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King Tut's tomb: '90%' chance of hidden chambers

King Tut's tomb: '90%' chance of hidden chambers | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Findings from a radar scan of Tutankhamun's tomb will be a crucial step in resolving one of ancient Egypt's biggest enigmas.
Joy Kinley's insight:
It is interesting to know that the history of King Tut that many people thought that we understood everything about is being rewritten.  There have been several new discoveries about his mask and now his tomb.  Hopefully, we will learn more or gain more artifacts from his time.
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The Ancient Origins of Health Spas

The Ancient Origins of Health Spas | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Many physicians of the Classical era employed brutal practices including bloodletting and burning, but some treated patient pain with baths, naps, and wine.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Spa days and the relaxation that they bring are wonderful.  Some of these ancient versions don't sound too bad.  Many of these sound painful and I would avoid them.
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Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise

Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Scientists are struggling to figure out the timeline for how climate change will affect vulnerable waterfront communities.
Joy Kinley's insight:
There is a natural change to sea levels with periods of higher and lower coastlines.  What is different this time is the speed that the sea level rise is occurring.  A large chunk of the world's population lives in the areas that will be flooded.  
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 5, 5:50 AM
There is a natural change to sea levels with periods of higher and lower coastlines.  What is different this time is the speed that the sea level rise is occurring.  A large chunk of the world's population lives in the areas that will be flooded.  
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Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head

Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

Normalcy doesn't mean 24 hours of clean running water for residents in India's capital. Instead, it means waiting around for water and working around the system.

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Clean drinking water is something that many take for-granted.  The problems in India with water are more than just the caste struggles but there are problems with water and sewer lines and the need to update the system. 

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 5, 5:53 AM

Clean drinking water is something that many take for-granted.  The problems in India with water are more than just the caste struggles but there are problems with water and sewer lines and the need to update the system. 

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Egypt: Toddler sentenced to life

Egypt: Toddler sentenced to life | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A 3-year-old Egyptian boy has been sentenced to life in prison for a crime he allegedly committed when he was 16 months old.
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It makes one wonder about the evidence for the others arrested when rather than dropping charges against the child the court case continued and he was sentenced.

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Joy Kinley's comment, February 24, 9:10 AM
UPDATE -- Egyptian officials have said that neither the child nor his father will be arrested/imprisoned for this crime.
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Take your next vacation to a country that doesn't exist - CNN.com

Take your next vacation to a country that doesn't exist - CNN.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

llegitimate, forgotten or shunned, author and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a tour of countries around the world that don't technically exist.

Joy Kinley's insight:

Very cool to visit a country that isn't really a separate country.  The article is a little misleading as to the fact that you will need a passport to enter whatever country that they are located in or beside.  However, some of these places are nothing like the countries that they are adjacent to.  

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How Germany's wartime bunkers are being reborn - CNN.com

How Germany's wartime bunkers are being reborn - CNN.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

In 2007 the German government decided to sell around 2,000 bunkers privately, prompting investors and architects to dream new uses. These are the best.

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These bunkers are too hard to destroy without creating a lot of damage to other buildings.  This is an interesting an beautiful use for them.

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Ex-SS Men's Homes Raided Over WWII Massacre

Ex-SS Men's Homes Raided Over WWII Massacre | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

Three men aged around 90 are suspected of involvement in the massacre of 86 men in Ascq, northern France, in 1944.

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I'm glad that they are still interested in getting justice for a crime that happened so long ago but it makes me wonder if authorities knew about these suspects decades ago and did nothing until now or if they just found out about them,

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The Empty Cupboards of Venezuela's Families

The Empty Cupboards of Venezuela's Families | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
As reported last week here in the Atlantic, Venezuela is falling apart. Over the past two years, triple-digit inflation, massive shortages, rising crime rates, and failing public services have left many in desperate situations.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Venezuela has recently cut back the hours of government and business in order to save money. However, that means that people have less money to buy things. Food and water should never be considered a luxury.
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No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here's What It Is

No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here's What It Is | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. Beyond the half-priced margaritas, here's the real story behind the holiday.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the removal of France from Mexico. It is not the independence holiday but the removal of foreign influence.  
It is also not really celebrated in Mexico but rather it is an American Holiday.
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Hamlet's castle is hosting one big sleepover party

Hamlet's castle is hosting one big sleepover party | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The real-life Elsinore castle that was the setting in Shakespeare's Hamlet is available to rent for one night.
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Kronburg Castle is in a beautiful location and you can see Sweden across the water.  

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Vikings site in North America spotted from space

Vikings site in North America spotted from space | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Satellite technology has picked up on a possible new Norse settlement in North America, according to archaeologists.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Technology is allowing us to do searches more effectively.  The images and information allow us to focus on areas that had not been considered as viable search areas. 
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N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor

N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student, had attempted to steal a propaganda sign from his Pyongyang hotel. He was convicted of subversion. The White House called for his release.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Crimes carry vastly different penalties around the world.  It sounds like he was trying to take something as a memento and was caught (the official story is a little off) but he is also being used as a pawn in a political game.  
I doubt that he will serve the entire sentence but will be released early for favorable terms or "as a show of good faith". 
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 20, 12:55 PM
Crimes carry vastly different penalties around the world.  It sounds like he was trying to take something as a memento and was caught (the official story is a little off) but he is also being used as a pawn in a political game.  
I doubt that he will serve the entire sentence but will be released early for favorable terms or "as a show of good faith". 
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2,500-year-old seal unearthed in Jerusalem

2,500-year-old seal unearthed in Jerusalem | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
An ancient seal from Israel's "First Temple era" was recently uncovered, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It belonged to a woman.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Think of seals as an ancient form of ID.  They were used to mark documents.  Having a personal seal would also confer that one had high status.
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 13, 11:16 AM
Think of seals as an ancient form of ID.  They were used to mark documents.  Having a personal seal would also confer that one had high status.
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How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job

How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Tom Harrison, a Californian cartographer, explains what goes into a good map and why making one can take nearly two years.
Joy Kinley's insight:
For those that think that maps are an outdated technology because they can just search online for the information.  However cartographers put in the information that can be digitally manipulated.  Maps are an important tool for us to understand the world and our place in it.
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World's best and worst passports revealed

World's best and worst passports revealed | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
When it comes to crossing international frontiers, there's one travel document that opens more doors than any other.
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Passports are needed to leave ones home country and travel.  However, going to some countries requires extra paperwork and fees over and above those required for a passport.  
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India's caste system: Outlawed, but still omnipresent

India's caste system: Outlawed, but still omnipresent | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

The caste system has long been outlawed; but Indians knew that caste still clings to us all, and in this week's protests has reared its head again.

Joy Kinley's insight:

Quotas are a controversial topic.  They do serve a purpose for people that have been marginalized to break into jobs, education, or higher status but how long should they continue.  This is not an easy fix is it fair to modern people of other groups who are forced out of positions to let people with lesser qualifications enter into jobs or education but with systemic marginalization it is also virtually impossible of many people to better their lives.

 

Unfortunately all of New Delhi is suffering with a lack of water from the protests.  People were warned about the water shortages but only those with resources would have been able to stockpile water so the poor and disenfranchised suffer even more.  Hopefully both water and peace can be restored and a calmer approach to this problem can be resolved. 

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An American History of Lead Poisoning

An American History of Lead Poisoning | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

Flint is the latest outbreak in the country’s longest-running child-health epidemic.

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Flint, Michigan has made the news with the problems that they have had with lead in the water.  Almost any older building or furniture was at one time painted with lead paint and as that flakes off it can cause developmental problems.  

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Rising Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Rising Tensions on the Korean Peninsula | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

North Korea has frozen the South’s assets at the Kaesong Industrial Complex and called Seoul’s suspension of activities there a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Joy Kinley's insight:

This is a massive industrial area that South Koreans own and manage in North Korea.  Every so often the South Korean management is expelled during times of increased international tensions.

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U.S. Nazi hunter has one last open case - CNNPolitics.com

U.S. Nazi hunter has one last open case - CNNPolitics.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

The U.S. government thinks Jakiw Palij was a guard at a Nazi concentration camp, but the 92-year-old is quietly living out his last years not in prison -- confined by old age to a second-story apartment in a modest red-brick duplex in one of the...

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One hopes that all of the ones that were responsible will be prosecuted but at this point in time so far removed from the crimes would it be worthwhile to do?

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