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This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes

This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes | Political Geography | Scoop.it
Ships carry 11 billion tons of goods each year. This interactive map shows where they all go.
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What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea

What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea | Political Geography | Scoop.it
China has been feverishly piling sand onto reefs in the South China Sea for the past year, creating seven new islets in the region. It is straining geopolitical tensions that were already taut.

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Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 12:01 PM

this strategy makes sense, even if it ignores international laws and angers every other nation on earth. china needs resources, and the south china sea has resources.

Nicholas A. Whitmore's curator insight, December 17, 2015 4:02 PM

The fact that China is doing this in the first place is a profound geopolitical statement. They are in effect disregarding international law and acting as though they own the region. This also fly's in the face of countries in the Area such as Vietnam and the Philippines who have territorial water claims in that area of the region itself has been a matter of dispute for decades. This is partially due to the fact there is key oil and gas resources and china intends to use the islands they have made to claim and seize those deposits. trade also goes through the area making it possible for China to shut down regional trade if it gains these waters. This is a clear power display and shows China wants to supersede the U.S. not work with it. Hopefully the issue is resolved peacefully given that it has been causing heightened tensions with the Chinese Navy patrolling the area. The international community should have acted earlier to stop this because now it will be far more difficult and makes nations like the U.S. look weaker. Not to mention the vast environmental consequences for destroying reefs filled with unique wildlife thus disrupting the ecosystem.

Gouraud's curator insight, January 6, 2016 3:16 PM

En une année pour construire un port et un terrain d’atterrissage à partir d'un atoll submergé....

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The Greek Debt Crisis Explained in Four Minutes - YouTube

In which John explains the Greek debt crisis, which has pushed the Greek government close to defaulting on its loans, the reasons why the Euro zone and the I...
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Understanding the National Debt and Budget Deficit - YouTube

In which John discusses the US national debt, the federal budget deficit, plans for shrinking or eliminating the deficit, and tries to provide some context t...
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World War 1 in 6 Minutes - YouTube

Like Manny Man on Facebook: http://goo.gl/WrSqDW Follow John D Ruddy on Twitter: http://twitter.com/johndruddyactor Subscribe on Youtube: http://www.youtube....
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Why can't we just print money to pay off debt? - YouTube

A video looking at way you can't simply print money to pay off debt. And what has happened when countries have tried to! And for that matter why a country ha...
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America: Country or Continent? - YouTube

COPYRIGHT INFO: Music is used with permission as it is royalty free provided credit is given. License - Hammock Fight - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licen...
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10 Curious Micro-Nations - YouTube

10 Curious Micro-Nations Want to worship a giant penguin? Then maybe you should consider moving to one of these 10 curious micronations. Music = Go Town by B...
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The Most Complex International Borders in the World - YouTube

In this video I look at some of the most complex international border. Of course, there are more complex borders in the world, but this video looks at some o...
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Videographic: China's territorial claims - YouTube

Suspicions between the People's Republic and its neighbours bedevil its boundaries to the east, south and west. Added to www.audiovideo.economist.com in Febr...
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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

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What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:44 AM

The parliament in London is shifting more power to Scotland and other areas in what is called devolution.  This reflects a push for more independence of countries in the UK that are not England. In order to keep the UK together concessions must be made, this devolution is the British Parliament's efforts to keep the UK intact.

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:30 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This picture explains how devolution works and provides a specific example with the breaking down of power of the imperialist England and it's control into an equally represented United Kingdom. This is an example of devolution at it's best.

This picture relates to unit 4 because it shows how devolution, which is a major part of unit 4, works. It explains it's parts and gives specific geographic examples as in the U.K. this overall relates to unit 4.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:04 PM

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central government to more regional power, in this case, the UK. The UK devolved its powers to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These countries have had independent parliaments since 1997. Some "reserved powers" have not been devolved from the UK such as foreign affairs, military defense, international and  economic policies. This change of power has stirred questions on public spending and tax policies, and is still a debate and event to keep your eye on.

 

I feel that devolution has many benefits that outweigh the negative consequences such as money spending. Countries can function in a more independent manner and govern themselves within their defined boundaries in a more efficient way. This topic and article gives greater insight to our political unit and provides great insight for each country's respective parliament.

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Sir Archibald Mapsalot III

Sir Archibald Mapsalot III solves regional tensions in the Middle East.
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Globalization, Trade, and Poverty

What is globalization? Is globalization a good thing or not. Well, I have an answer that may not surprise you: It's complicated. This week, Jacob and Adriene will argue that globalization is, in aggregate, good. Free trade and globalization tend to provide an overall benefit, and raises average incomes across the globe. The downside is that it isn't good for every individual in the system. In some countries, manufacturing jobs move to places where labor costs are lower. And some countries that receive the influx of jobs aren't prepared to deal with it, from a regulatory standpoint.

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Conflicted: The Fight over Congo's Minerals

Conflicted: The Fight over Congo's Minerals | Political Geography | Scoop.it
Did a law lobbied for by Western consumers bring peace to miners in eastern Congo or did it instead cause problems?
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50 Common Misconceptions - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.1) - YouTube

A weekly show hosted by John Green, where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John debunks 50 common misconceptions that...
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The History and Future of Everything -- Time - YouTube

How much time do you have left? Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it's almost impossible to wrap your head aroun...
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Irish History in 6 Minutes - Manny Man Does The History of Ireland - YouTube

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Winners & Losers - Episode 1: Countries - YouTube

Introducing new my series: Winners and Losers. In this first episode, I look the countries of the world. Music by Kevin MacLeod - http://incompetech.com/musi...
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Why Korea Split Into North and South Korea - YouTube

A video explaining why the country of Korea split into two different countries: North Korea and South Korea.
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10 Countries That Don't Officially Exist - YouTube

10 Countries That Don't Officially Exist It'd be nice to have your own country, but only if other people recognise you, find out more in 10 countries that do...
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Videographic: India, Pakistan and Kashmir - YouTube

An Economist videographic with a brief history of the Kashmir conflict. Added to www.audiovideo.economist.com in November 2009
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A Brief Summary of the history of European Union enlargement - YouTube

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New $100 bill: why North Korea won't be very happy (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

New $100 bill: why North Korea won't be very happy (+video) - Christian Science Monitor | Political Geography | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor New $100 bill: why North Korea won't be very happy (+video) Christian Science Monitor The Federal Reserve on Tuesday began circulating a redesign of a US currency note that may be the most counterfeited monetary unit in...
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Women in parliament

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ALMOST 20% of the world’s parliamentary seats are now occupied by women, up from 17.2% five years ago, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


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