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S.Sudan facing 'catastrophic' hunger

S.Sudan facing 'catastrophic' hunger | World Affairs | Scoop.it
War-torn South Sudan faces a catastrophic "tipping point" amid famine and genocide warnings, an aid agency said Thursday, as the conflict entered its fifth month with no sign of bloodshed ending.
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This area of the world seems to never to be able to break the cycle of violence, corruption, and poverty.

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13 Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics

13 Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics | World Affairs | Scoop.it
In celebration of President's Day, we want to highlight the best websites and games for U.S. History and Civics. Sometimes, the history that students learn about in textbooks is boiled down to key events and dates. These great websites and games let them explore tricky topics from...
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How to handle 9.3 billion people

How to handle 9.3 billion people | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: David E. Bloom is Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health. For more from Bloom, visit Project Syndicate's website, or check it out on Facebook and Twitter.
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Michael Miles GIS's curator insight, August 24, 2015 6:52 PM

The world's population has steadily increased since the 1960s. Successfully adding billions to the population every 10-20 years, we are expected to have a total of 9.3 billion humans inhabiting the earth by the year 2050. However, with the increase in population, we are faced with the issues of supplying them with food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities that are already heavily demanded. The population increase will test international relations, as the less developed countries continue to contribute majorly to the population increase results in the first-world countries having to deal with an economic plateau of slightly more than two working-age people per dependent. But with the steady population increase, it is predicted to decrease to 1.36 by 2050. Personally, this news alarms me, as I am aware that globally, we are struggling with conserving the amount of commonly-used resources. Also, the increase in population could ruin our economy, which will lead to America seeking help from another country, which will only cause us to plummet further into debt.

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We will discuss population and demographic transition later this year. I am interested to hear your views about solutions to the population issue..
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How Syria sank into all-out civil war

How Syria sank into all-out civil war | World Affairs | Scoop.it
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins looks at why the war in Syria has lasted so long ahead of next week's planned peace talks in Switzerland. (Syrian conflict - how did peaceful protests against President Assad spiral into civil war?
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Drone strike kills Haqqani network's No. 2, other Taliban commanders: officials

Drone strike kills Haqqani network's No. 2, other Taliban commanders: officials | World Affairs | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Five Taliban commanders -- including the Haqqani network's No. 2 -- were among nine people killed by a U.S. drone strike early Thursday, Pakistani security officials told NBC News.
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Interesting perspective on the ongoing role of the Taliban still in Afghanistan

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China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people

China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Air pollution in the city of Harbin in northeastern China has forced officials to close the airport, cancel some public bus routes and suspend some school classes.
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Turkish government cracking down on media critics, groups say

A prominent journalists' union and Turkey's main opposition party warned of a broad government crackdown against the Turkish press.
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Saudis jailed for urging protests on Facebook - Aljazeera.com

Saudis jailed for urging protests on Facebook - Aljazeera.com | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Aljazeera.com Saudis jailed for urging protests on Facebook Aljazeera.com "Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there's no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia, even on online social...
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Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power play heats up

Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power play heats up | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Iran has long been a destination for Afghan seeking work. But that has changed due to the U.S. role in Afghanistan.
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Analysis: 'Manufactured outrage' behind Middle East protests

Analysis: 'Manufactured outrage' behind Middle East protests | World Affairs | Scoop.it
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Updated at 7:53 a.m. ET: CAIRO – It's been just over a week since hundreds, perhaps a thousand, angry and offended Egyptians gathered outside the U.S. Embassy's gates in Cairo.
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Obama: US has 'profound respect for people of all faiths'

Obama: US has 'profound respect for people of all faiths' | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET: President Barack Obama on Saturday rejected any denigration of Islam, but insisted there was no excuse for attacks on U.S. embassies as angry protests over an obscure, anti-Muslim film spread to Australia.
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US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn

US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn | World Affairs | Scoop.it
As the mid-west bakes and food prices soar, threats of a ripple effect in the Middle East could lead to more uprisings...
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China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted | World Affairs | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.
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Ba Ba Dum

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This is a fab HTML5 language learning site which tests your language skills through a series of games with 1500 words. The site collects stats on your performance. Languages include English, Spanish, German, French, Japan, Italian, Russian and Polish.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Languages%2C+Culture+%26+International+Projects

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Fulton Schools Professional Learning's curator insight, February 18, 2014 12:23 PM

This is a great gamification site that helps kids learn foreign languages!

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Two Americans among 21 killed as Taliban targets popular Kabul restaurant

Two Americans among 21 killed as Taliban targets popular Kabul restaurant | World Affairs | Scoop.it
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular restaurant in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 21 people, including two Americans and 11 other foreigners. The U.S.
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Why FX's Middle Eastern Drama 'Tyrant' Promises to Be One of the ...

Why FX's Middle Eastern Drama 'Tyrant' Promises to Be One of the ... | World Affairs | Scoop.it
"Tyrant" is one of three new dramas FX is launching this year, the others being Coen brothers adaptation "Fargo" and Guillermo del Toro's vampire reimagining "The Strain." Of the trio, "Tyrant" is the only one not based on a ...
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Saudi authorities warn of punishment for women drivers

Saudi authorities warn of punishment for women drivers | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Ultraconservatives in Saudi Arabia are pushing back with protests, threats and even a cleric’s warning that driving a car damages a woman’s ovaries.
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Forbes: Peace Through Profits -- Inside The Secret Partnerships That May Save The Middle East

Forbes: Peace Through Profits -- Inside The Secret Partnerships That May Save The Middle East | World Affairs | Scoop.it
New York, NY (July 24, 2013) — As Israeli and Palestinian politicians lurch towards talks, entrepreneurs have been quietly taking action. The Forbes cover story, Peace Through Profits (p.
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Will unrest hurt Turkey's economy? - CNN.com Video

CNN's Arwa Damon explores how the movement against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan affects business. (Will unrest hurt Turkey's economy?
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Mass political protests grip Egypt

Mass political protests grip Egypt | World Affairs | Scoop.it
Cairo and other Egyptian cities see huge rallies for and against President Morsi a year after he took power, with five people killed in violence.
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Arabic Study Set & Story: US Accuses Egypt of Cracking Down on Freedom of Expression Following Arrest of Satirist Bassam Youssef

Arabic Study Set & Story: US Accuses Egypt of Cracking Down on Freedom of Expression Following Arrest of Satirist Bassam Youssef | World Affairs | Scoop.it
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The US accused the Egyptian government of cracking down on freedom of expression following the arrest of Egyptian comedian and TV show hose Bassem Youssef.
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Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:43 AM

BtW: Bassem Youssef will be part of this year's Global Media Forum, too!

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The US and the Changing Middle East - Fair Observer

Fair ObserverThe US and the Changing Middle EastFair ObserverIn 1953, US involvement in the Middle East grew with the British-backed coup d'état of the democratically-elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh.
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The Sources of Salafi Conduct

The Sources of Salafi Conduct | World Affairs | Scoop.it
The protests engulfing the Middle East go to the heart of who gets to police public morality in post-Arab Spring states.
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Iran warns 'nothing will remain' of Israel if military action begins

Iran warns 'nothing will remain' of Israel if military action begins | World Affairs | Scoop.it
The top commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that his country's missiles will ensure "nothing will remain" of Israel if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
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