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Revamping French Guiana for the World Cup and Olympics

By Chris Kremer | August 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Although Brazil has received ample press attention in its scramble to prepare for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games, its neighbor French Guiana has also started drawing up plans to host athletes competing in the two sporting events. The overseas region of France will expand its sport, tourism, and transportation infrastructure in order to attract elite athletes to train there for the games.

The Geography of American Baby Names

By Chris Kremer | August 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

Websites designed to help expectant parents find the perfect baby name abound on the Internet, offering statistics on the most popular names by year and sometimes by country or state. A few sites, such as The Baby Name Wizard and NameTrends.net, even have maps of name popularity past and present for each American state.

TAPI and Turkmenistan’s Natural Gas

By Chris Kremer | August 9, 2012 |

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mining in Yukon

By Chris Kremer | July 4, 2012 |

Yukon, Canada’s westernmost territory, has few people but generates much mining revenue.

“Mapping Stereotypes” Farcical Maps

By Chris Kremer | June 28, 2012 | 7 Comments

Yanko Tsvetkov’s farcical Mapping Stereotypes series humorously represents the views that people of various countries, mostly in Europe, hold of other nations. Many of the maps from the Bulgarian graphic designer label Europe’s countries with stereotypes that people of different nations in the region hold about them. Examples of such maps include “Europe According to Italians” and “Europe According to Bulgarians.” …

Public Education and Ethnicity in Connecticut

By Chris Kremer | April 24, 2012 |
Connecticut race and ethnicities concentrations

Connecticut has stark contrasts in prosperity and social development, including educational quality. The map showing the percentage of students of color in Connecticut school districts demonstrates that a handful of urban areas have high concentrations of people of color, while many of the school districts in the state have mostly white students. Unfortunately, it was impossible to locate the source of …

“The World According to Finns” Farcical Map

By Chris Kremer | April 19, 2012 | 35 Comments
The World According to Finns

Just as the maps entitled “The World According to Americans” and “The American World” poke fun at geographical prejudices in the United States, “The World According to Finns” offers a farcical representation of geographical prejudices in Finland. Like the other two “World According to…” maps, it not only glorifies the country whose perspective it is supposed to represent, but also assigns mostly …

“The American World” Farcical Maps

By Chris Kremer | February 9, 2012 | 8 Comments

“The American World” belongs to a genre of maps that make fun of the geographical ignorance and prejudices of people from different countries. These maps are usually made by Internet users and crop up on blogs, forums, and social networking websites. They often have titles like “The World According to India,” or “The World According to Americans.” While some of …

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