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Tower Proposal Draws Ire in Venice

By Nicholas Baldo | August 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

The picturesque Venetian skyline has remained virtually unchanged since 1514, when St. Mark’s Campanile—the city’s largest structure—reached its current shape. Although past its prime in the early 16th Century, Venice remained a center of trade and manufacturing, even ruling directly over Crete, Cyprus and much of the Dalmatian coast.

TAPI and Turkmenistan’s Natural Gas

By Chris Kremer | |

While known mostly for its isolation and repressive government, Turkmenistan has some of the largest natural gas reserves in the world. In hopes of increasing gas exports, the country will start promoting its TAPI pipeline project at international shows in London, Singapore, and New York.

Environmental Problems in the Solomon Islands

By Chris Kremer | August 8, 2012 |

The mostly rural and relatively poor Solomon Islands faces many environmental problems, which development of the country’s small mining sector may soon exacerbate. The expansion of human settlement, agriculture, and timber harvesting has led to deforestation, while blast fishing and the illegal exportation of exotic birds have frustrated conservation efforts.

The Poor State of Child Services in Nunavut

By Chris Kremer | | One Comment

The far northern Canadian territory Nunavut has recently instituted health and social services reforms in response to high rates of child abuse and mortality.

Egypt’s Storied Wadi Tumilat

By Nicholas Baldo | August 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

Most monuments from Egyptian antiquity are grand, conspicuous, stone-made, and thoroughly impractical. The Wadi Tumilat, a defunct Nile distributary branching East from the delta, boasts no such monuments. In ancient times it was a vital part of the Canal of the Pharaohs, a major feat of ancient civil engineering that linked the Red Sea to the Mediterranean via the Nile. …

Kenya’s New Superhighway

By Nicholas Baldo | |

In recent years, the crippling traffic congestion around Nairobi has prompted calls for higher capacity roadways to knit the region together. Kenya’s first superhighway, which links Nariobi to the city of Thika 42 kilometers to the Northeast, was recently completed to much fanfare.

Excellent State and Local Maps from Neighborhood Scout

By Chris Kremer | August 6, 2012 |

Neighborhood Scout, mentioned in a previous post, offers a wealth of local real estate-related maps about the United States. Subscriptions to the website are meant for prospective homebuyers looking for detailed neighborhood statistics, but the free version provides general users with quick indicators of social and economic development in the U.S. The website shows that even nearby locales can differ …

Extremist Political Violence in Germany

By Chris Kremer | July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Although Germany is far more politically stable than it has been over much of the past century, it has recently experienced a rise in crimes linked to radical politics. According to a government investigation, the number of reported criminal extremist activities increased from last year by 3.8 percent to 21,610.

Roads, Gas, and the Uncontacted People of the Peruvian Amazon

By Nicholas Baldo | July 26, 2012 |

New roads and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon are making contact between hitherto isolated tribes and the outside world almost unavoidable.

Growing Tensions over the Paracel Islands

By Chris Kremer | July 22, 2012 |

Mounting tension in the South China Sea has been amply documented in the mainstream media. However, reporting often does not adequately cover the situation’s geographical complexity, as the geopolitical tussles work out differently for the Sea’s various archipelagos, isolated islands, and reefs.

French History and Language in the American Midwest

By Nicholas Baldo | July 18, 2012 | 4 Comments

The history of the American Midwest has a French flavor which hasn’t quite vanished.

The World According to Canada and Texas

By Chris Kremer | July 13, 2012 | 5 Comments

The portrayal of other countries in the humorous map “How Typical (Central) Canadians See the Rest of the World” contrasts sharply with the global vision found in its counterpart about Texans. Though it lacks geographical precision, the map about Central Canadians’ attitudes, found on the Canadian creator’s blog, effusively praises different countries for their natural beauty, the friendliness of their …

Indonesia’s New Defense Deals

By Chris Kremer | July 12, 2012 |

Indonesia, a relatively poor, highly populated country that is diplomatically independent and active, has recently agreed to several new joint military efforts with the United States, Australia, and China.

A New Panama Canal? Or Two?

By Nicholas Baldo | July 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

As traffic through the Panama Canal rises, Nicaragua and Costa Rica examine alternatives in a charged political atmosphere.

Potential Fishery Collapse in Lake Tanganyika

By Nicholas Baldo | July 6, 2012 |

Africa’s ancient Lake Tanganyika faces a potential collapse of its fishing industry.

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