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What Is a "State"?

What Is a "State"? | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Global Policy Forum is a policy watchdog that follows the work of the United Nations. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
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Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes

Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
This time-lapse video has never been more relevant. As the eyes of the world are fixed on events in Ukraine and Crimea, its good to have a little perspective on the ever-changing flux of borders throughout time. Very cool!
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Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse

Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Moving a government to an isolated spot, as Argentina may do, can mean more corruption.
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Staking a claim to create a country

Staking a claim to create a country | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Jeremiah Heaton wants a no-man’s-land in east Africa, but international officials say his claim is insufficient.

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:14 PM

There was once an episode of Family Guy where Peter Griffin establishes his own country when his house is left of a map of Quahog. This story reminds me of that episode, but also raises some questions as to what it takes to be a sovereign nation. Jeremiah Heaton has long term goals of creating an agricultural production center, has been living in area and is willing to put in the work to establish a political identity. Also an extreme example it does show how some nations come to be globally recognized and also how many forces are against new nations being established and recognized.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:33 PM

This man decided to give his daughter a piece of unclaimed territory in Africa for her seventh birthday so that she could be a princess.  Now he wants his country to be recognized by surrounding countries as well as the UN.  Everyone is saying that this is not allowed for various reasons.  He does not have people living there, he is not himself inhabiting the area, other countries are not recognizing his claim, and one cannot simply put a flag in the ground and say that it is theirs.  If this were the case there would be seven billion flags around the world.  He is claiming that he has hopes for this area, turning it into an agricultural center where he can help with food supply issues in the surrounding area.  I see that he has hopes and dreams for the area, but as far as calling it his own country I don't see that going as well as he thinks.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 10:32 AM

Having read through most of the article, I find it funny how he actually believes that he can just step foot on soil and claim it as his own country. The description, “members of the occupying nation must have lived on the land for several years,” and, “it must also demonstrate that it has occupied the space, not that it just physically stepped foot there,” are the best ways to describe why it would never work for him. You have to make use of the space that is provided. Even though he claims that he will, turn the country into an agricultural production center that will tackle food security issues in the region, it hasn’t been done yet, and even if it was he wouldn’t occupy nearly enough of the space. Egypt and Sudan are officially negotiating over the land.

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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.

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The Shadow Apocalypse

The Shadow Apocalypse | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Now there are American casualties.
Not in Gaza, and not on the ill-fated Malaysian airliner. Now there are American casualties in another war very far away so maybe, goddammit, somebody should start paying more attention to it.
Kent Brantly, 33, an A...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 28, 2014 5:43 PM

Warfare can come in many ways.

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Map: No-Fly Zones and Restricted Airspaces - National Geographic

Map: No-Fly Zones and Restricted Airspaces - National Geographic | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has been declaring a lot of no-fly zones lately. On Wednesday, the FAA extended a ban on U.S.

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Devolution, Italian-style – the cities forging their own futures

Devolution, Italian-style – the cities forging their own futures | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
Spaghetti open data and confiscated Mafia assets: Italy's cities aren't waiting around for PM Matteo Renzi's promised reforms

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How the first world war reshaped Europe: Redrawing the map

How the first world war reshaped Europe: Redrawing the map | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
On July 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, starting a slaughter that would leave millions dead. War redrew borders and reshaped economies, too.

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MAP: How Asia is scared of China

MAP: How Asia is scared of China | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
New Pew survey shows Asian fears of Chinese dominance and how the majority of the world favors the U.S. over China
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Special Reports: Walls around the world

Special Reports: Walls around the world | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
BBC Special Reports: Latest news and features, audio and video
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Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.
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Va. girl, 7, pronounced a princess by father

Va. girl, 7, pronounced a princess by father | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
An Abingdon man claimed a kingdom so his daughter could be a princess.
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10 Countries With The Most Slaves

10 Countries With The Most Slaves | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
While many believe slavery is an issue of the past, it remains a real, yet largely hidden, problem. An estimated 35.8 million people are enslaved worldwide, according to a recent report by the Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organization.

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How ISIS Works

How ISIS Works | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
With oil revenues, arms and organization, the jihadist group controls vast stretches of Syria and Iraq and aspires to statehood.
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How 9/11 Was Displayed In Non-American Countries. This Is Eye-Opening.

How 9/11 Was Displayed In Non-American Countries. This Is Eye-Opening. | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
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Here's How The Map Of Europe Would Be Redrawn If All The Separatist Movements Get Their Way

Here's How The Map Of Europe Would Be Redrawn If All The Separatist Movements Get Their Way | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it

"From Catalonia and Basque Country in Spain to Veneto, South Tyrol, and the island of Sardinia in Italy to Flanders in Belgium, 'the precedent of the vote on self-determination will reverberate around the Continent,' The New York Times writes.

If you want a rough idea of how European borders would have to be redrawn if regions with a separatist agenda got their way, you can look at the map below, put together by the European Free Alliance, to which '40 progressive nationalist, regionalist and autonomous parties throughout the European Union' belong."


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Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 2015 2:15 AM

This map perfectly demonstrates the fragmentation of Europe due to separatist movements. Many of these movements seeks to gain social, political, and economic freedom from their current government. It's interesting to see just how many separatist movements exist between the border of Spain and France. I think the reason why there are so many is because of the large immigrant populations in France and Spain. These large immigrant population aggregate and create a subculture within these countries. This creation of the subculture elicits sentiments for certain relevant causes to the community, causing them to become separatist movements. This demonstrates the constant possibility of border changes in the world. There are always going to be separatist movements seeking to create their own sovereign nation and change the political landscape of the world.

Gareth Jukes's curator insight, March 24, 2015 10:32 PM

How to use and think about maps and geospatial data-

 

This article explains how Europe would look today if all of the separartist movements succeeded, and how confusing it would be. We would have about 36 new countries added to our already known Europe continent.

 

This article explains the idea of using and thinking about maps by giving the reader an idea of how one thought can create a map, like this one.

Emily Coats's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:42 AM

UNIT 1

This article explains the phenomena of separatist movements, and what the world would look like if these movements achieved independence. This applies to analyzing phenomenons in various regains. European borders are greatly changed in this map, showing many new nations if the separatist agenda got their way. 

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Women in politics: Treating the fair sex fairly

Women in politics: Treating the fair sex fairly | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
“A TOKEN sprinkling of women,” is how Luciana Berger, a member of parliament for the opposition Labour Party, dismissed the recent British cabinet reshuffle, the avowed aim of which was to make the government less male.

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What is a part of the United States?


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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:54 PM

APHG-U4

CHS AP Human Geography / Beth Gehle & Amy Rossello's curator insight, August 17, 2014 5:28 PM

Use in Political Geo unit, or for Canada and US region

Tanya Townsend's curator insight, October 12, 2015 11:09 PM

I honestly feel like we are never taught about these areas ever in US schools. We are always drilled about the 50 states and that's it. I would be interested in learning the history behind why this is still the case and what is keeping our government from considering them part of the states. The fact that they wont even consider American Samoa's citizens is a disgrace.

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Donut Holes in Law of the Sea

Donut Holes in Law of the Sea | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it

"Sovereignty over land defines nation states since 1648. In contrast, sovereign right over the sea was formalised only in 1982. While land borders are well-known, sea borders escape the limelight."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 8, 2014 9:28 PM

These maritime borders mark the economic area is defined by its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a 200-nautical mile-wide (370 km) strip of sea along the country’s national coast line.  This regulation, which was installed by the ‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ in 1982, grants a state special rights to exploit natural (such as oil) and marine (for instance fish) resources, including scientific research and energy production (wind-parks, for example).  This interactive map of the EEZs also shows the 'donut holes,' or the seas that are no state can claim that no state can claim.  Given the number of conflicts that are occurring--especially in East Asia--this map becomes a very valuable online resource for teaching political geography. 


Questions to ponder: how does this series of buffer zones around the Earth's land masses impact politics, the environment and local economies?  Where might the EEZs be more important to the success of a country/territory than other regions? 


Tagseconomic, environment, political, resources, water, sovereignty, coastal, environment depend, territoriality, states, conflict, unit 4 political.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:48 PM

Option topic Marine  Environments and management

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:52 PM

APHG-U4

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is 

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If Scotland Leaves, Will the Union Jack Still Wave?

If Scotland Leaves, Will the Union Jack Still Wave? | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
The possible departure of Scotland from Britain raises all kinds of esoteric questions about the United Kingdom’s banner. (If Scots vote to secede, could the Union Jack come down - or be redesigned?

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The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1

The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1 | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
“Get Smart” was ahead of its time. The world today is cleaving into “Control” and “Kaos.”
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Everyone In Middle East Given Own Country In 317,000,000-State Solution

Everyone In Middle East Given Own Country In 317,000,000-State Solution | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
NEW YORK—Marking the latest and most ambitious attempt to bring stability to the region, the United Nations announced Wednesday that every single person in the Middle East will receive his or her own sovereign nation as part of a historic 317,000,00...
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A ‘nationwide gentrification effect’ is segregating us by education

A ‘nationwide gentrification effect’ is segregating us by education | GHS Political Geography | Scoop.it
College graduates are sorting themselves into cities increasingly out of reach of everyone else.
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