Conflict on the Georgia-Russia Border

Most of the press I’d come across prior to my somewhat more
detailed investigation into the conflict occurring between Russia and Georgia displayed Russia
as the sole aggressor in this conflict. Yet, the violence that erupted earlier
this month is much more complicated than the simple media-translated image of a
large and powerful Russia bullying a small and weaker Georgia.
And, as with most international issues, many underlying facts, as well as the
diverse responses of other nations towards the conflict, can be explained
through geography.

First, a quick (and I mean quick) summary of the recent


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Current Events Compass: Crisis in Tibet

The longstanding battle over Tibetan self-determination continues. Tibet has been the focus of international attention over the last couple of weeks amidst a string of protests. Non-violent demonstrations against repressive Chinese government practices were first organized by Buddhist monks in the capital of Lhasa. These initial acts were then quickly followed by violent uprisings among local Tibetans, exiled Tibetan nationals, and sympathizers around the world. … Continue reading Current Events Compass: Crisis in Tibet Geography “Top 10 Geographic Events of 2007”

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Images courtesy of and the National Geographic online store. Each and every day, geography influences the outcome of events around the planet in ways major and minor, overt and subtle. Which geographic events had the greatest impact–and received the most press–in 2007? Our friend Matt Rosenberg at Geography has compiled a list of his top ten picks. I … Continue reading Geography “Top 10 Geographic Events of 2007”

Not a Girl’s Best Friend

“Blood diamonds” (or “conflict diamonds”) are in the news these days, thanks to Blood Diamond, a new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. So what are “blood diamonds”? That’s the term given to illegally sold gems that fund civil war and atrocities in Sierra Leone and other African nations. Learn more in these news stories: “Blood Diamonds” and How to Avoid Buying Illicit Gems Video: “Blood Diamonds” … Continue reading Not a Girl’s Best Friend

Africa’s History

Most people have heard of the ancient Egyptians, rulers of the Nile and architects of the famous Giza Pyramids. But have you ever heard of the African country called Rhodesia, the Sahelian kingdom of Mali, or Zanzibar? How about the ancient trade cities of Carthage, Tripoli, or Timbuktu? Or the Berbers, Bantu, Nubians, or people of the Zulu nation? Throughout history, many civilizations have commingled … Continue reading Africa’s History