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NYTimes Video: "A Man's World"

NYTimes Video: "A Man's World" | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
After three decades of war, Afghanistan is one of the world's widow capitals. They are ridiculed as prostitutes when they go shopping, and many are unable to rent their own homes.

 

The struggles of Afghan women are very real and this video situates their challenges in good cultural and geographic context in a way that most audiences can understand the severity of their predicament.   

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Geo-economics of the Thai Canal

A group of influential Thai officials is promoting the construction of a long-envisioned megaproject, known as the Thai Canal. If built, it would transform the regional maritime dynamics and give Thailand a substantial stake in global trade. Yet, as ambitious as the project it, there are equally credible drawbacks that could reshape the geo-economic fortunes of Southeast Asia.
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This video demonstrates the powerful influence in the shipping industry.  

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dustin colprit's curator insight, September 5, 2018 2:50 PM
Thailand wants to build a canal to increase its position in Global trade.
Jessica Martel's curator insight, September 5, 2018 2:51 PM
I'm curious to see how this will effect the economics of south east Asia. Although it will give Thailand a great opportunity to grow, how will this create issues for other regions?
Olivia Campanella's curator insight, September 5, 2018 2:53 PM
The Thai Canal could impact Thailand and  make transportation throughout South East Asia so much easier.
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Why Do India And China Have So Many People?

India and China have so many people today because they’re good for farming and big, but they’ve always been that way, so they’ve actually had a huge proportion of Earth’s people for thousands of years.
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The Fate of One House is Igniting a Debate About Preservation in Singapore

The Fate of One House is Igniting a Debate About Preservation in Singapore | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The question of whether to demolish the home of the city-state’s former leader raises questions in a country that paves over the past.  In a country built on hyper-modernism and wealth, is anything worth saving that doesn't serve the vision of these ideals?  

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othni lindor's curator insight, September 10, 2018 1:55 PM
I think that keeping the house helps others remember the history of the country and shows how far Singapore has come. Preserving history is very important. 
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Brexit: English language 'losing importance'

Brexit: English language 'losing importance' | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The EU Commission chief chooses French because English "is losing importance in Europe".
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Nagorno-Karabakh violence: Worst clashes in decades kill dozens

Nagorno-Karabakh violence: Worst clashes in decades kill dozens | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Dozens of people are killed in the worst violence for two decades between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World

A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Opposition activists in Syria released a video showing a child in the back of an ambulance. The haunting image — of a quiet boy, covered in blood and dust — has captured global attention.

 

The past several years have seen a flood of horrific photos from the war in Syria: starving children, wounded civilians, mourning crowds, devastated cities, the many dead.  But this tiny moment in Aleppo has resonated in a new way.

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Turkey tourism: an industry in crisis

Turkey tourism: an industry in crisis | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"Turkey faces a drop of at least 40% in tourist arrivals this year, with political and security issues to blame."

 

It is a picture repeated across Antalya and throughout the country: Turkish tourism is in crisis. A country that welcomed 37 million visitors in 2014 - then the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world - is expected to see a drop of at least 40% this year.

 

The main decline is the Russian market, the four-and-a-half million Russian tourists who were coming have fallen in number by around 95%. The trigger was Turkey shooting down a Russian military jet which violated Turkish airspace last November, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two countries.  The Kremlin seethed, barring Russian tour companies from selling package deals to Turkey. President Vladimir Putin told Russians to holiday elsewhere.

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China breaks silence on Red Guard anniversary

China breaks silence on Red Guard anniversary | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"Chinese state media have broken their silence on the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, with a commentary in the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.
The anniversary of the movement, which began May 16, 1966 and consumed the country in 10 years of chaos and bloodshed, has otherwise been largely ignored by official voices in the country.

The commentary, published late Monday, said the Cultural Revolution, when Chairman Mao Zedong's Red Guards rampaged across the country, was 'mistakenly launched' and caused 'comprehensive and serious' damage. 'History has fully proved that the Cultural Revolution was completely wrong in theory and in practice. It was not and will not be any revolution or social progress in any sense,' it said."

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Doritos Nachos, Pasta With Mayo, Corn Pizza: How Other Places Imagine American Food

Doritos Nachos, Pasta With Mayo, Corn Pizza: How Other Places Imagine American Food | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
While Americans have excelled at adopting and reinterpreting food from other places, what have other places done with American cuisine?
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Geography teachers top of Boko Haram's hit list

Geography teachers top of Boko Haram's hit list | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Boko Haram is singling out geography teachers in its campaign of terror against Western education in Nigeria, it has been revealed. - New Zealand Herald
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Knowledge is power and power can be a huge threat to those who are in power because of fear, corruption and distortions of the truth. 

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Pakistan explosion leaves many dead at Lahore park

Pakistan explosion leaves many dead at Lahore park | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
At least 69 people, some celebrating Easter, are killed by a blast in the Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say, as a Taliban faction claims the attack.
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Travel Expectations Vs Reality

Travel Expectations Vs Reality | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disappointing—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your expectations will never match up to reality.
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Why the Queen of England Doesn't Need a Passport

Why the Queen of England Doesn't Need a Passport | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t need a British passport to travel abroad. Here’s the explanation, from the official website of the British monarchy: As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.
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Gap says sorry for T-shirts with 'incorrect map' of China

Gap says sorry for T-shirts with 'incorrect map' of China | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The US retailer is the latest firm to anger China by not adhering to its territorial claims.
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othni lindor's curator insight, September 10, 2018 1:32 PM
Retailers should be more mindful of the products they are producing. Retailers need to know the images and information they are putting out there. If companies are profiting off different cultures, they should be more respectful. 
Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, November 13, 2018 12:35 PM

Why would a company apologize to a country?  Does this mean that the company and its home country recognize the territorial claims that China makes?  What would be the political and economical consequences if Gap did not apologize?

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China warns India over 'military buildup' at border

China warns India over 'military buildup' at border | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Beijing demands New Delhi must 'immediately withdraw troops' from disputed border amid Donglang stand-off.
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If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Most Americans could not identify the country in a survey, and those people tended to view military action more favorably.
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Matt Richardson's curator insight, November 8, 2017 3:48 PM
The conclusion in this article should make every thinking American facepalm. 

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European Language Family Portraits

European Language Family Portraits | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
A .png image tagged with polandball; uploaded by . European Language Family Portraits
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Turkish forces deepen push into Syria, draw U.S. rebuke over their target

Turkish forces deepen push into Syria, draw U.S. rebuke over their target | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting Islamic State.
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Floods leave many dead in southern Ghana

Floods leave many dead in southern Ghana | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Deadly downpours cause widespread flooding along the Cape Coast as the West African wet season intensifies.
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Number of metal bands per capita in Europe

Number of metal bands per capita in Europe | Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"One of my readers asked me to create a map showing the 'density' of metal bands in European countriesand so I did. The following map shows the number of entries (which represent both active and inactive metal bands) in Encyclopaedia Metallum, divided by the country’s population in millions.

For comparison: The number for the United States is 72.

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This map brings up so many questions.  Why is heavy metal so disproportionately popular in Northern Europe? 

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Iceland: Between two worlds (The Wonder List with Bill Weir)

In the new episode of "The Wonder List," CNN's Bill Weir plunges into a pristine lake on the edge of two continents. Tune in Sunday night at 10.
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Gangs Flex Their Muscle On Violent Streets Of El Salvador

Gangs Flex Their Muscle On Violent Streets Of El Salvador | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The country of El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Street gangs control huge swaths of cities, and last year, they flexed their muscle in a startling way.
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Climate Change Is Killing Off a 5,000-Year-Old Iraqi Culture

Climate Change Is Killing Off a 5,000-Year-Old Iraqi Culture | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The ancient Ma’dan culture is disappearing as the Fertile Crescent dries up, but it’s the women who are bearing the brunt of this change.
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What Bernie Sanders Knows About Nordic Countries That Hillary Clinton Doesn't

What Bernie Sanders Knows About Nordic Countries That Hillary Clinton Doesn't | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
When U.S. politicians talk about Scandinavian-style social welfare, they fail to explain the most important aspect of such policies: selfishness.
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The Secret to Being Mentally Strong May Be Hidden in a Small Norwegian City

The Secret to Being Mentally Strong May Be Hidden in a Small Norwegian City | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
A Stanford researcher went to the north of Norway to study people's reaction to winter. She was surprised by what she found.
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Being resilient to harsh geographic conditions could be a sign of mental strength and happiness?  Why not?

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Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, March 19, 2016 8:34 PM

Being resilient to harsh geographic conditions could be a sign of mental strength and happiness?  Why not?