GeoCurrents http://www.geocurrents.info Map Illustrated Analyses of Current Events and Geographical Issues Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:38:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Attempts to Map Latin America’s Political Spectrum http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/attempts-to-map-latin-americas-political-spectrum http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/attempts-to-map-latin-americas-political-spectrum#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:38:29 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11822

This’s week’s lecture for my class on the history and geography of current global events focused on the crisis in Venezuela, the slides from which are available at the link posted below. I framed this situation in terms of Latin America’s “democratic revolution” of the late 20th century followed by its electoral turn to the left (the so-called pink tide) ...

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Yemen Lecture Slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/yemen-lecture-slides http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/yemen-lecture-slides#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:44:46 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11817

As mentioned in a previous post, I have devoted most of the past week to preparing a lengthy lecture on Yemen for my course on the history and geography of current global events. I had planned to develop several blog posts on the issues, focusing on such matters as the position of Hadhramaut, an important and fascinating region in eastern ...

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Final Maps on “Geopolitical Anomalies” http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/final-maps-on-geopolitical-anomalies http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/final-maps-on-geopolitical-anomalies#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 22:57:56 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11804

This post merely contains some of the additional maps that I prepared for my March 31 lecture on the history and geography of current global events. These maps, like those in the two preceding posts, focus on geopolitical irregularities and anomalies in a region of the world that might be called the “Greater Middle East” (for lack of a better ...

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Geopolitical Anomalies in the “Greater Middle East,” Part 2 http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/geopolitical-anomalies-in-the-greater-middle-east-part-2 http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/myth-nation-state/geopolitical-anomalies-in-the-greater-middle-east-part-2#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 14:19:59 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11793

(note: The introduction to this post is found in the post of April 1)
Thus far we have examined a number of geopolitical anomalies in a sizable region of the world centered on Saudi Arabia. We have not yet looked at the most serious challenge to the standard model, however, that of state collapse. Other important issues remain to be considered ...

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Geopolitical Anomalies in the “Greater Middle East,” Part I http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/geopolitical-anomalies-in-the-greater-middle-east-part-i http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/geopolitical-anomalies-in-the-greater-middle-east-part-i#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:08:12 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11780

(Note: The introduction to this post is found in the previous post, that of April 1))
A detail from the Wikipedia map of United Nations members, discussed in the previous post, shows only one non-member in the region that we might crudely dub the “greater Middle East,” which is the focus of today’s post. That non-member is the Palestinian territory, composed ...

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The Flawed Standard Model of Geopolitics http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/the-flawed-standard-model-of-geopolitics http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/the-flawed-standard-model-of-geopolitics#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:41:24 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11772

(Note to Readers: GeoCurrents is now resuming publication after its winter hiatus. Over the next 10 weeks, posts will be oriented toward a weekly lecture course that I am teaching on the history and geography of current global events. The first lecture, given on March 31, examined an overarching issue that is essential for understanding many pressing events of the day: ...

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GeoCurrents Suspension http://www.geocurrents.info/site-news/geocurrents-suspension http://www.geocurrents.info/site-news/geocurrents-suspension#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:09:20 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11767

Dear Readers,
Due to a number of professional obligations and personal matters, I must suspend GeoCurrents until at least April 2015. At that time I will reconsider the future of the site. Many thanks to those who have read the blog, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to provide informative comments.
Best wishes to all,
Martin Lewis

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Cannabis Cultivation, Carbon Budgets, and the Promise of Biochar http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/cannabis-cultivation-carbon-budgets-promise-biochar http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/cannabis-cultivation-carbon-budgets-promise-biochar#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11753

(Note: This is the final post in a brief end-of-the-year series on marijuana cultivation. After this series is over, GeoCurrents will take a short break. More conventional posting will resume by the middle of January.)
As is explained in a previous post, most marijuana growing currently carried out in California and neighboring states is environmentally destructive, generating a gargantuan carbon footprint. ...

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Why Does the Environmental Movement Ignore Carbon-Intensive Indoor Marijuana Cultivation? http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/environmental-movement-ignore-carbon-intensive-indoor-marijuana-cultivation http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/environmental-movement-ignore-carbon-intensive-indoor-marijuana-cultivation#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:19:06 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11743

As noted at the end of the previous post, many anti-environmentalists no doubt view hypocrisy over carbon-intensive indoor marijuana cultivation as evidence that environmental politics is not really what it claims to be, as it is apparently more concerned about advancing a broad political agenda than it is about greenhouse-gas emissions per se. This view is widely encountered in a ...

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Ultimate Hypocrisy?: Indoor Marijuana Growing and the Environmental Movement http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/ultimate-hypocrisy-indoor-marijuana-growing-environmental-movement http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/ultimate-hypocrisy-indoor-marijuana-growing-environmental-movement#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:07:00 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11725

Imagine if you will an alternative world in which the leaders of one of our most reviled industries – say tobacco – had just figured out a new way to marginally enhance the quality of their product while significantly boosting their profits, but at a gargantuan cost to the environment. In this hypothetical universe, tobacco researchers discovered that they could ...

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