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ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War | Geo160 | Scoop.it
A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever.
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Afghan opium production explodes despite billions spent, says US report

Afghan opium production explodes despite billions spent, says US report | Geo160 | Scoop.it
Report by DC's Afghanistan war watchdog found opium cultivation unaffected by $7.5bn US spent to combat it
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Two Nigerian Tech Entrepreneurs In Forbes’ Most Powerful Men In Africa List

Two Nigerian Tech Entrepreneurs In Forbes’ Most Powerful Men In Africa List | Geo160 | Scoop.it
In its list of the most powerful men in Africa 2014 published yesterday, Forbes identifies African men who are innovative, courageous, daring and often disruptive in their fields.
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The American Scholar: The Torture Colony - Bruce Falconer

The American Scholar: The Torture Colony - Bruce Falconer | Geo160 | Scoop.it
In a remote part of Chile, an evil German evangelist built a utopia whose members helped the Pinochet regime perform its foulest deeds
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Uruguay delays legalized sale of marijuana until 2015

Uruguay delays legalized sale of marijuana until 2015 | Geo160 | Scoop.it
Uruguay has delayed the legalized sale of marijuana until next year due to complications in implementing the new law, according to comments made by President José Mujica on Wednesday.
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Why ISIS emphasizes beheading - The Boston Globe

Why ISIS emphasizes beheading - The Boston Globe | Geo160 | Scoop.it
There are other ways to terrorize, other gruesome means of mass murder — suicide bombings, poison gas, hijackings. Why the emphasis on beheading?
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Brutality causes fear.

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WATCH: Astronauts Give One-Of-A-Kind Geography Lesson

WATCH: Astronauts Give One-Of-A-Kind Geography Lesson | Geo160 | Scoop.it
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are taking sightseeing to new heights.
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Coool!

 

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The Aral Sea Crisis

The Aral Sea Crisis | Geo160 | Scoop.it
In the last 60+ years the Aral Sea has suffered irreparable damage from an unnatural disaster.
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Ten Things You Didn't Know About Libya Under Gaddafi's So-called Dictatorship

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Libya Under Gaddafi's So-called Dictatorship | Geo160 | Scoop.it
Terrorist or beloved Leader? You decide
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Paraguay Finds First Oil Reserves After 70-year Search

Paraguay Finds First Oil Reserves After 70-year Search | Geo160 | Scoop.it

October 20, 2014 — A British oil company claims to have found Paraguay's first oil reserves, sparking a jump in share price and hope for the floundering economy of the land locked Latin American nation.

 

Paraguay imports all its oil.

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Albert Costilo's curator insight, October 21, 2014 8:38 AM

Paraguay discovers first oil reserves. Is this believable and if so what could it mean for this small landlocked nation?

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Many Paraguayan Politicians Heavily Linked to Drug Trafficking

Many Paraguayan Politicians Heavily Linked to Drug Trafficking | Geo160 | Scoop.it

October 19, 2014 — Legislators and other officials, especially from the ruling party (Colorado, conservative) could be involved in drug trafficking, an issue that permeates the political elites in the country.

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Bolivia Plans to Tax Coca Production

Bolivia Plans to Tax Coca Production | Geo160 | Scoop.it
Coca growers in Bolivia have expressed support for the government's plan to tax the production of coca leaves, but the measure could potentially end up pushing more coca into the illegal drug market, where growers can make a larger profit.
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The Chinese take Manhattan: replace Russians as top apartment buyers

The Chinese take Manhattan: replace Russians as top apartment buyers | Geo160 | Scoop.it
NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians - whose
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Inside The Chilling Online World Of The Women Of ISIS

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Conversations between young women who claim to be ISIS members living in Syria provide a disturbing insight into the everyday lives of female militants.
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Geographically Yours

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"If an urban population demands the freshest vegetables, they should be produced within a 24-hour field-to-table delivery zone.  What, therefore, should be the highest and best use of agricultural land between Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei and Kaoshiung, only 200 miles apart?  The Lord of the Rings, a.k.a., Johan Heinrich Von Thünen, has the answer."  [2011]


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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:13 AM

This image communicates the importance of agriculture and marketplace relativity. in an area where transportation is minimal and people happen to be more more poorer then need to supply needed resources in a timely manner is very important. Farmers and resource providers need to be close enough geographically. This image shows an outside clothing and food market were people get to shop around and choose in a convientent ways there most needed items. The umbrella suggests rain as the child and other shoppers are being covered. This outdoor market doesnt necessarily suggest poverty but a wide range of population given a convenient location to buy goods quikcly and efficiently. The market may be located in a urban downtown area or also a village central area. Regardless the location, and goods provided shows the valuable commodities need to be provided in a manner, freshest possible for delivery.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 13, 2013 8:40 AM

It is said that locally grown food can have more nutritional value than organic if the latter comes from thousands of miles away. If you had to choose, which would you rather have, locally grown or organic? 

Megan Becker's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:30 PM

Summery: This article shares the importance and relevance of the Von Thunen model, even in modern agriculture. It also touches on urban population demands and how it effects the size of the Von Thunen model, bring the last level much closer to the city center. 

 

Insight: I think that with urban demands of fresh foods, it is absolutely correct to have to shift the Von Thunen model. Of course, in its time the model was correct, but with the growing agribusiness, it's no longer 100% accurate.