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FIFA agreed officially to allow Muslim women players to wear Hijab

FIFA agreed officially to allow Muslim women players to wear Hijab | Human Geography | Scoop.it
After a five year ban, FIFA agreed officially to allow players to wear the Muslim hijab (headscarf) during football games and all sports.

 

Many Islamic activists argued that FIFA was descrimating against Muslims by banning the hijab.  Why change it now? Why would FIFA have made this ruling 5 years ago in the first place?


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Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History

Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History | Human Geography | Scoop.it
I am wearing your clothes, I speak your language, I watch your films and today is whatever date it is because you say so.
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Wyoming tribe gets rare permit to kill bald eagles

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What ‘KONY 2012’ is — and is not

What ‘KONY 2012’ is — and is not | Human Geography | Scoop.it

A student recently asked me about the now-famous online video “KONY 2012.” The man its name refers to, of course, is Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group alleged to have forced more than 60,000 children into fighting in armed conflicts in central Africa. As of this writing, the video has been watched more than 100 million times; its makers hope it will “raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” My student wrote:

Can a nonviolent movement be virtual, or does it require feet on the ground? The concept of “KONY 2012” appears to be about awareness targeted to North American supporters, not the people of Uganda or Congo where Kony calls home. If “KONY 2012” seeks only to raise awareness, but does not result in organized protest or the arrest of Kony, is it still an effective campaign?


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A Journey Through Major World Languages : In-Depth Review & Infographics « Maps of World

A Journey Through Major World Languages : In-Depth Review & Infographics « Maps of World | Human Geography | Scoop.it

...Infographics on language diffusion.

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Latvia votes: Is Russian our language, too?

Latvia votes: Is Russian our language, too? | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Like a detective at a crime scene, chief language inspector Antons Kursitis scans the lobby of a hotel in downtown Riga. He spots a brochure that lists hotel services in Russian only, a flagrant violation of Latvia's language laws.
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This can cause conflict because Latvia used to be part of the USSR, those who want to keep Latvian see this vote as a way to diminish there national identity. Ethnically, language can be a dividing force. The Russian speakers may a large number, but it is also the language of their past rulers and of the empire that minimized Latvian culture when they were in control.

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

What’s So Great About Schools in Finland? | Human Geography | Scoop.it

Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students.

International and American media are fascinated by the Scandinavian country’s approach to designing the education system. The fact that Finland manages to score among the top three countries on the PISA survey is a tribute to its success, and worth following closely, observers say.

So what makes the Finland story so compelling?


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Pass the Books. Hold the Oil.

Pass the Books. Hold the Oil. | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Education is a better economic driver than a country’s natural resources.

 

This NY Times article is compelling fodder for a discussion on economic development.  While having natural resources on the surface sounds like the best valuable asset for a nation economy, why does Friedman argue that an abundance of natural resource can hurt the national economy?  While an educated workforce is obviously an asset, just how important is it compared to other factors? 


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Geography Movies List

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If you are looking for suggestions for movies that have some geographic content, this is one teachers list (offered as an extra credit option) that is grouped by regions.  Some of these might best be shown as clips rather than the whole movie, but as always, these resources are designed for you to adapt to your own classroom needs as you deem necessary.  What are your favorite movies to show or recommend? 


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Infographic: Palestine's Shifting Borders - News - GOOD

Infographic: Palestine's Shifting Borders - News - GOOD | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Here's a look at how Palestine has shrunk since 1917.
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Religion, World Religions, Comparative Religion - Just the facts on the world's religions.

Religion facts, objective guide to world religions, comparative religion charts. Start your research on world religions here.
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World Life Expectancy

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World life expectancy has one of the largest global health and life expectancy databases in the world. Explore it thru thousands of pages of Maps, Charts and feature stories. Compare your country to every country in the world.
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Infographic: Interesting Facts About Farm Water Conservation

Infographic: Interesting Facts About Farm Water Conservation | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Infographic that provides interesting facts about the tremendous amount of water used globally for agriculture while emphasizing the great importance of conserving the world’s water supply to feed the 9 billion population expected in 2050.
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No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny | Human Geography | Scoop.it
One of the most widely accepted alternative theories of world inequality is the geography hypothesis, which claims that the great divide between rich and poor countries is created by geographical differences.

 

This article is an excerpt of the forthcoming book "Why Nations Fail" that should serve as an ideological counterweight to the book "Guns, Germs and Steel."  The authors argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy, meaning that political institutions are more relevant to economic success and development than physical geographic resources. 

 

For more on this upcoming book and it's hypothesis see this NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/magazine/why-countries-go-bust.html


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When You Ignore Culture, You Get Employees Resigning in the NY Times

When You Ignore Culture, You Get Employees Resigning in the NY Times | Human Geography | Scoop.it
“I knew it was time to leave when I realized I could no longer look students in the eye and tell them what a great place this was to work.” That is the defining statement from Greg Smith, the …...
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Novels on Location

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A Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up for finding books that take place where you're traveling. Search the map and make your next destination come alive!

 

This site has the potential to merge geography and social studies education with English and literature studies. This site, Novels on Location let's you search for book titles using Google Maps to scroll through the collection. However, there are very few geo-coded titles at the moment, but with some help, this could be a fantastic resource.


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How The Internet Looked in 1996 vs 2011 [Infographic]

How The Internet Looked in 1996 vs 2011 [Infographic] | Human Geography | Scoop.it
This infographic takes a nostalgic turn and shows us how things looked in 1996 on the Internet compared to how they look today. It’s hard to believe the system actually changed that much in just 15 years.

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What will Africa look like in 2060?

What will Africa look like in 2060? | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The AfDB's crystal-gazing reveals how crucial policy decisions must be taken now for the future health of the continent...

Events have a funny way of leapfrogging the futurologists. Many Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans may have dreamt of freedom, but few of them saw the Arab Spring coming. A bullish new report by economists at the African Development Bank (AfDB), "Africa in 50 years' time", lays out the challenge that brave policy decisions taken now will determine the pace of Africa's progress.


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The Strange Reasons Foreign Countries Find to Ban American Movies

The Strange Reasons Foreign Countries Find to Ban American Movies | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Why is the Chinese government so offended by the concept of time travel?
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KryssTal : English Usage in the UK and USA

KryssTal : English Usage in the UK and USA | Human Geography | Scoop.it
A light-hearted look at differences between English as spoken on both sides of the Atlantic.
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