GeoCurrents http://www.geocurrents.info Map Illustrated Analyses of Current Events and Geographical Issues Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:23:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Is the Earth Greening? If So, Where and Where Not http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/is-the-earth-greening-if-so-where-and-where-not http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/is-the-earth-greening-if-so-where-and-where-not#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:23:31 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11924

Several important studies, based mostly on remote sensing, indicate that the world is gaining vegetation. According to Jesse H. Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, such “global greening” is “the most important ecological trend on Earth today. The biosphere on land is getting bigger, year by year, by 2 billion tons or even more.”
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The Rightwing Nationalist Vote in the Turkish 2015 Election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/the-rightwing-nationalist-vote-in-the-turkish-2015-election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/the-rightwing-nationalist-vote-in-the-turkish-2015-election#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:04:31 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11920

As noted in previous posts, the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) of Turkey did relatively well in the 2015 election, ending up in third place with 16 percent of the vote. It gained 80 parliamentary seats (the same number as the leftwing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), an increase of 28 seats from the previous election. Describing the political stance of ...

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Turkey’s Leftwing Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Kurdish Question http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/turkeys-leftwing-peoples-democratic-party-and-the-kurdish-question http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/turkeys-leftwing-peoples-democratic-party-and-the-kurdish-question#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:20:50 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11909

The new, leftwing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) did relatively well in the 2015 Turkish election, taking 13 percent of the vote nationwide and sending 80 representatives to the Turkish Parliament. As noted in the previous post, the HDP’s main area of support is the Kurdish-speaking southeast, where it was the clear majority party. Its overwhelming victory in such provinces as ...

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The 2015 Turkish Election: The Unclear Economic Dimension http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/the-2015-turkish-election-the-unclear-economic-dimension http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/the-2015-turkish-election-the-unclear-economic-dimension#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:29:01 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11900

The 2015 Turkish General Election struck many observers as highly significant, due mainly to the drop in support for the previously dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP), closely associated with president and former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Although the AKP remains the largest party in the Turkish parliament, it gained only 41 percent of the total vote, thwarting Erdoğan’s ...

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Recent Works by Martin W. Lewis http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/linguistic-geography/recent-works-by-martin-w-lewis http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/linguistic-geography/recent-works-by-martin-w-lewis#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:06:58 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11893

Although GeoCurrents focuses mainly on contemporary issues, long-time readers know that I also have a strong interest in the deeper reaches of human history, and that I have been involved in intellectual controversies related to the origin and spread of the Indo-European language family. The fruits of my work on historical linguistics are now available in a frightfully expensive book ...

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Mapping the Unlikely Break-Up of Nigeria http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/mapping-the-unlikely-break-up-of-nigeria http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/mapping-the-unlikely-break-up-of-nigeria#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:17:45 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11884

 
As the previous post argued, electoral geography indicates that Nigeria has a problem with national unity, as the winning candidate in the 2015 presidential election received extremely few votes in the southeastern corner of the country. Such evidence, however, should not be unduly emphasized, as a sense of national identity is well established across most of the country. As a ...

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Echoes of Biafra: Geographical Patterns in Nigeria’s 2015 Election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/echoes-of-biafra-geographical-patterns-in-nigerias-2015-election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/echoes-of-biafra-geographical-patterns-in-nigerias-2015-election#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:29:32 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11876

(Note to Readers: GeoCurrents is now on its summer schedule, which should entail 3 posts per week.)
Nigeria’s 2015 election has been widely regarded as marking a milestone in the country’s democratic transition. For the first time, an incumbent president lost a bid for reelection. Goodluck Jonathan, the outgoing leader, conceded defeat readily, graciously passing power to his challenger Muhammadu Buhari, ...

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Nigeria Slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/subsaharan-africa/nigeria-slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/subsaharan-africa/nigeria-slides#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:29:36 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11871

Dear Readers,
My final lecture on the history and geography of current global events focused on Nigeria; the slides from this lecture are available at the link below.
Next week I will resume regular GeoCurrents posts. The first of these will look at issues related to Nigeria’s recent election, reflecting some of these lecture slides. Subsequently, I hope to examine Turkey’s recent ...

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Iran Lecture Slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/iran-lecture-slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/iran-lecture-slides#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:53:22 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11867

My second-to-last lecture on the history and geography of current global events has now been delivered, and the slides are available here at the link. As is noted on the first slide, the lecture was titled, Iran: Nuclear Negotiations, Geopolitical Ambitions, Cultural Complexities, and Historical Legacies.    
Next week I will speak on Nigeria; after that I hope to resume regular posting on GeoCurrents. 
In the ...

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Narendra Modi and the Rise of India http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/narendra-modi-and-the-rise-of-india http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/narendra-modi-and-the-rise-of-india#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:13:58 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11863 Narendra Modi and the Rise of India

Yet again, teaching duties are preventing me from making regular GeoCurrents posts. All that I can do this week is post my slides from last evening’s lecture on Narendra Modi and the Rise of India.
Part of this lecture focused on the relationship between India and China. I find it quite significant that some Chinese media sources are using a map of India ...

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