Dean Haakenson

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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

<i>Ad:</i><p>At some point in all of our lives our perception of the world began to change- our knowledge of the world, from school or personal travel …

Creepy Photos of Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture

The Soviet system failed in practice, and now 23 years after its collapse the physical remains of Communism are crumbling as well. In a series of 10 …

40 maps that explain the Middle East

40 maps that explain<br>the Middle East<p>40 maps that explain the Middle East<p>by Max Fisher on March 26, 2015<p>Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for …

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Trench talk: a guide to first world war slang

The first world war was a surprisingly fertile period for the English language. People discussed language, collected slang, and argued about the origins of words and phrases. Newspapers printed slang glossaries and offered their own suggestions, not often accepted gratefully by troops at the …

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

Royal United Services Institute memorial challenges the preconception that senior officers had little contact with enemy<p>Published: 5 Aug 2014<p>Generation, whose lives were blighted by a conflict that claimed some 17 million military and civilian lives, honoured<p>Published: 4 Aug 2014<p>Lights went out for …

Top 10 war poems

"Poetry," Wordsworth reminds us, "is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings", and there can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war: hope and fear; exhilaration and humiliation; hatred – not only for the enemy, but also for generals, …

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World War I: 100 Years Later

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After ISIS advance, Kurds win back important control over northern Iraq's oil

The border between Iraq and Iran is a dramatic landscape of cedars and parched grass. It looks and feels very isolated — but these days it's a bustling commercial route.<p>Dozens of Iranian tankers are making their way down a valley into Iraq. In a few hours they'll be hitting gas stations across the …

The U.S. Confiscated Half a Billion Dollars in Private Property During WWI

In July 1918, Erich Posselt wrote a poem. “It wasn't a very good poem,” he would write later, “and it was decidedly not for publication.” But it …

Exposing Monsanto: Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects - the Vitamin A Connection

Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, with glyphosate as the primary ingredient, has recently been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic ravaging parts …

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

<b>(This post was last updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.)</b><p>In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.<p>As <i>USA Today</i> reports, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian …

When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more

In July 2002 the Israeli air force dropped a one-tonne bomb on the home of Salah Shehadeh, the head of the military wing of Hamas, in Gaza. You don’t have to be an expert in air combat to imagine what’s left of a home hit by a one-tonne bomb. Not much. That bomb killed not only Shehadeh, but also …

Mecca’s changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims | Nesrine Malik

Every Ramadan the holy city we see on our TV screens looks bigger and shinier than it did the year before<p>Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is drawing to a close. The last 10 days are considered the holiest, and the focal point is the holiest of the cities, Mecca – from where Ramadan evening and …

The western front in the first world war and now – interactive

Archive photographs of significant events of the first world war in Belgium, France and England – from Kaiser Wilhelm II inspecting German troops, to Australian soldiers at Ypres and PoWs in Bruges – are matched with the locations today. This is the first of a two-part series, which focuses on the …

11 maps that explain the US energy system

Want to see what America's energy infrastructure looks like — all those power plants and coal mines and oil wells and transmission lines? The Energy Information Administration just released a new new mapping tool laying it all out.<p>Below I've pulled out 11 maps of interest, but you can customize the …

The Origins Of The Shiite-Sunni Split

<i>Editor's Note: Back in 2007, NPR reported on the Shiite-Sunni split that was contributing to conflicts in many parts of the Muslim world, including Iraq. In light of the current fighting in Iraq, which is along sectarian lines, NPR is republishing the series. The text includes a number of updates,</i> …

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Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines

A mother and grandmother's wailing rises in the garden of their cement-and-thatched home in the impoverished village of Katra Sahadatganj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. They mourn two young girls who were raped and murdered a week ago.<p>The fresh scent of mint from nearby fields …

Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Comprehending Distance and Area</b><p>Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal …

Because of China's preference for baby boys, some men now buy ‘wives’ from abroad

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Japan Recommends Population Targets, Neglects Immigration Question Again

To address Japan’s spiraling problem with population decline, a government-appointed panel stated that Japan needs to stabilize its population over …

China’s New Silk Road Vision: Lessons for India

There have been a number of events to revive the storied Silk Road over the past two decades. Regional bodies as well as individual countries have …

Political boundaries are just a human demarcation. Map of the world divided by airports.

The global political boundaries as we know them are just a human demarcation. In ontology they would be called ‘<i>fiat</i>‘ (artificial) boundaries. The …

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The Militarized Pacific: An Anniversary Without End

Marshallese children swim and play amongst a junk heap on the shore of tiny Ebeye island, one of the most densely populated places on earth. Some …