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Mashup maps (reflections)

I was originally inspired by this map from Business Insider Australia, which shows how similar Brazil and Australia are in shape and size. My first thought was, “Wow! The curves and coastlines match up a little too well.” Then something else occurred to me: the population distributions are kind of similar, as well—a rotated Australia […]

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Russia’s murder rate: a quiet miracle

Murder rates across Russia have fallen in all regions, to levels not seen since the Soviet glory days of the 1960s.[1]“Widespread robbery of the population, contract killings, taking hostages, open rape in the streets, racketeering and terrorism—these have all become virtually mundane aspects of everyday life for Russian citizens,” wrote famous Russian criminologist Vladimir Kudryavtsev […]

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Four possible outcomes in Korea

Written by Tim KoayThe Panmunjom Declaration is an exciting step towards peace on the Korean peninsula—a goal many have worked hard towards across many decades. We have forecasted four scenarios of potential developments as a result of future summits, closed-door deliberations, and agreements. A realistic view of current developments would mean that the future most […]

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List of Western countries

There is no single definition of what the West is, so the list of countries changes depending on context. The different contexts are outlined in this Wikipedia article. Since people are now visiting this page more frequently, I will present three definitions, which people can use depending on context:The Latin West (cultural definition) – A […]

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