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Linking Geography to De Bono's thinking hats

Geography teacher Phil Ruse shares how he's linked a learning episode to De Bono's thinking hats. "Using thinking hats I looked at different thinking skills at different times of the lesson. This c...

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What is it like in Syria?

This video documents what it want like in the Syrian cities of Homs after brutal governmental crackdowns during the summer of 2012.  Warning: this is a real portrayal of war.  For more context on the video, see:

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Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, October 6, 2014 9:34 PM

The image that we can see in this video are very shocking .I never imagined that the situation in Syria was so terrible. In one part of the video you can clearly hear an explosion for me apparently is a bomb I'm not sure. Is Sad to see all those houses destroyed, maybe those house belonged to a families , maybe in those families were children , now I was asking myself, what happen with those person? I think that maybe these person recorded this video to let the world know what really is going on  in Syria, that maybe the news on TV doesn't show to us. Later in the video we can heard detonations, which I think are the shots from firearms. Then you can see a man on a stretcher, he was being transferred to a hospital because apparently he is hurt. I hope this situation will end someday.

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Refugees from Syria

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The number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict and crossed the borders hasn't ceased to increase.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 24, 2013 1:12 PM

UNICEF workers have stated: "More than 600,000 have fled the conflict in Syria and registered as refugees. The number of Syrians who have left without registering is unknown but is likely to be hundreds of thousands. We do know, however, that children make up around half the number of refugees and that is certainly no way for any child to live their childhood."

Tags: Syria, conflict, political, MiddleEast, war.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:16 PM

The ongoing military conflicts in Syria have caused a significant refugee problem. Refugees are evacuating Syria and entering its geographically close neighbors, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

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A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next

A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next | Geography ideas |
Prof. Arnon Sofer sets out the link between drought, Assad’s civil war, and the wider strains in the Middle East; Jordan and Gaza are also in deep trouble, he warns

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:25 AM

The article explains how population growth, climate change, drought, and water shortages could have contributed to the rise of war in Syria. This is an interesting interpretation, one which certainly could have been a contributing factor, but not all the Arab Spring can be attributed to water shortages so it is not a direct cause. The water shortages in Syria and a lack of government response certainly could have fanned flames which already existed due to an oppressive regime and regional conflicts. Climate change gets a lot of attention for the potential damage it could do to the environment, but I had not given much thought to the conflicts it could cause between nations and peoples.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:22 PM

Egypt may be the next country to be in deep trouble. With so many militant attacks coming out of Egypt to being with there is no surprise that the Middle East thinks it will be next on the list.

Pamela Hills's curator insight, July 18, 2014 8:37 AM

 A world at war and hot spots are growing with people caught in middle <3

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Syrian Refugees

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Syrians by the thousands are fleeing the violence in their home country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries.


Demographics and Politics: This photo essay is a varied glimpse into the refugee camps that have emerged from the Syrian uprisings against the Assad regime.  How are politics and migration connected?  Can you think of other examples where we see similar patterns? 

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Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:32 AM

These photos are extremely telling.  What strikes me are the pictures of many of the children.  Most of them have smiles on their faces and look genuinely happy just like any other child, even though their situations are horrific.  I applaud the Turkish government for not turning them away and at least coming up with a temporary solution.

One could say that we have a similar situation going on at our Mexican border.  What is even more problematic is that many people in America feel that we should not only offer no help but we should do our best to drive these innocent people away.  I know it's not an exact comparison but look at these photos from the Turkey/Syria border and if you can say you feel no need to give a helping hand to someone due to their "alien" status, then I would have to say that you are not a human being.