Jul 15 2014

The New World – Interactive – NYTimes.com

The New World

By FRANK JACOBS and PARAG KHANNA

IT has been just over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the last great additions to the world’s list of independent nations. As Russia’s satellite republics staggered onto the global stage, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was it: the end of history, the final major release of static energy in a system now moving very close to equilibrium. A few have joined the club since — Eritrea, East Timor, the former Yugoslavian states, among others — but by the beginning of the 21st century, the world map seemed pretty much complete.

Now, though, we appear on the brink of yet another nation-state baby boom. This time, the new countries will not be the product of a single political change or conflict, as was the post-Soviet proliferation, nor will they be confined to a specific region. If anything, they are linked by a single, undeniable fact: history chews up borders with the same purposeless determination that geology does, as seaside villas slide off eroding coastal cliffs. Here is a map of what could possibly be the world’s newest international borders.

Click on the link for the interactive map.

The New World – Interactive – NYTimes.com.

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Jun 11 2014

Harrowing Photos Of Syrian Child Refugees Capture A Generation Lost To War

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Jun 07 2014

These Then-And-Now Photos Will Make You Look At D-Day Differently

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These Then-And-Now Photos Will Make You Look At D-Day Differently.

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Feb 21 2014

Overrun Lebanese town braces for more Syrians – Features – Al Jazeera English

 

Overrun Lebanese town braces for more Syrians – Features – Al Jazeera English.

A Day in the Life of a Refugee. Putting a face on who they are.

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Feb 20 2014

Manzanar (Memory): American Treasures of the Library of Congress

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Manzanar (Memory): American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

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Feb 19 2014

This one map helps explain Ukraine’s protests

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This one map helps explain Ukraine’s protests.

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Feb 19 2014

Ukraine protests escalate in vivid battle | MSNBC

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Ukraine protests escalate in vivid battle | MSNBC.

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Dec 18 2013

Dumb As A Rock: You Will Be Absolutely Amazed At The Things That U.S. High School Students Do Not Know

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Interesting article. I don’t know that I agree with the author, but he gave me food for thought.

(from the article)  The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core….

*Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.

*More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.

*Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  (This is a topic that I touched on yesterday).

*Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.

Even more shocking were the results of a survey of Oklahoma high school students conducted back in 2009.  The following is a list of the questions that were asked and the percentage of students that answered correctly….

What is the supreme law of the land? 28 percent

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? 26 percent

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? 27 percent

How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? 10 percent

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 14 percent

What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? 61 percent

What are the two major political parties in the United States? 43 percent

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? 11 percent

Who was the first President of the United States? 23 percent

Who is in charge of the executive branch? 29 percent

via Dumb As A Rock: You Will Be Absolutely Amazed At The Things That U.S. High School Students Do Not Know.

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Dec 18 2013

BBC News – America’s new Irish immigrants

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By Aidan Lewis BBC News, New York

Ireland may no longer need bailout money as its economy emerges from recession, but a wave of emigration that began in 2008 is continuing. And as in the 1980s, many thousands of those moving to the US may be becoming illegal immigrants.

via BBC News – America’s new Irish immigrants.

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Dec 18 2013

UN Live United Nations Web TV – Migrants Risking it All: The Journey from North Africa to Italy

UN Live United Nations Web TV – Migrants Risking it All: The Journey from North Africa to Italy.

There are many other 10 minute videos on the UN website. This one on the risks migrants take for better jobs…or any jobs…provides food for thought.

I just watched two other UN videos on Somaliland, an autonomous area in northern Somalia. Fascinating.  Makes me very, very grateful for where I live and the opportunities I have had.

December 18th is International Migrants Day, BTW.  Watching one of these stories would be a great way to honor this.

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Dec 17 2013

Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies – Americas – World – The Independent

Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies

Warning comes as Costa Rica declares ‘national emergency’ over state of crop

The world’s supply of bananas is under threat from plagues of bugs and fungal infections which could be disastrous if they continue to spread, researchers say.

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Dec 17 2013

Urban Outfitters Ganesh Socks Upset Hindu Community PHOTOS, UPDATED

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Interesting story. Pity they didn’t read the religion chapter in APHG. They could have spared themselves a headache.

 

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Dec 15 2013

Refuge | The Washington Post

Refuge | The Washington Post. The Washington Post series on the Syrian refugee crisis looks at the impact on multiple scales. After the overview, the reporters focus on the personal stories of 18 Syrians. Since this is WaPo, I can’t imbed the intro video, but it is a very good overview. Don’t forget to click on the links for further info.

(from the WaPo story)

One of the world’s largest forced migrations since World War II is transforming the Middle East.

The United Nations and governments in the countries where the refugees have taken shelter estimate that between 2.3 million and 2.8 million Syrians have fled their homeland. The United Nations says that number is rising by nearly 3,000 people a day, with no end in sight for a conflict that has lasted nearly three years.

The cost of the Syrian civil war continues to rise beyond the estimated 125,000 people killed and the tens of thousands maimed. The massive influx of refugees into neighboring countries – especially Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – is crippling fragile economies and damaging delicate political and religious balances in the region.

“These places will never be the same,” said Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, who now spends much or her time in the region as head of the U.N. Development Program. “Many of these people will never go home.”

U.N. officials estimate that a third or more of the people living in Lebanon will soon be Syrian refugees – 1.6 million in a country with a prewar population of just 4.4 million people – or, as Clark said, “the equivalent of the entire population of Mexico taking refuge in the U.S.”

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Dec 14 2013

These Are The Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World

These Are The Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World.

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Dec 10 2013

WestJet Finds Out What Passengers Want For Christmas, Leaves Presents At Baggage Claim VIDEO

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WestJet Finds Out What Passengers Want For Christmas, Leaves Presents At Baggage Claim VIDEO

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Nov 27 2013

An audio map of US dialects

An audio map of US dialects.

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Nov 27 2013

Florida school threatens to expel student over ‘natural hair’ | MSNBC

Florida school threatens to expel student over ‘natural hair’ | MSNBC.

And it happens again….

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Nov 06 2013

BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY

Meet the tribesOVER 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN 29 TRIBES

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Oct 19 2013

Latino Population Maps Reveal Demographic Pattern Regardless Of Origin GRAPHICS

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Oct 08 2013

42 Experimental And Mind-Bending Maps That You Won’t See In Textbooks

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