Key Points in the Iran Nuclear Deal

WORLD World powers led by the United States have announced a framework to deal with Iran limiting its nuclear program. So what did they finally agree to? Here are six key points. (CNN) Use our resources to understand the process, potential, and problems of nuclear energy generation. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map, … Continue reading Key Points in the Iran Nuclear Deal

How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change

POLITICS President Obama has announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. What does this mean? (New York Times) Looks like we’re going to have to update our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy”! Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What are diplomatic relations? Read our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy” for some help. Diplomatic relations are simply … Continue reading How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change

Russia Restricts GPS

WORLD Russia has started to impose restrictions on Global Positioning System (GPS) base stations in Russia, as retribution for the refusal of the United States to allow similar base stations on American territory that would improve the accuracy of Russia’s navigation system, GLONASS. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand GPS. Discussion Ideas Read through the NY Times article. Why are American and … Continue reading Russia Restricts GPS

China Irked by Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

POLITICS President Barack Obama recently met with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, despite China’s appeal not to do so. (CNN) Use our resources to better understand the conflict surrounding Tibet. Discussion Ideas Why does China care if President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama? Read our media spotlight on the Dalai Lama, “Rebirth of a spiritual and political controversy,” for some help. (The … Continue reading China Irked by Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

Russian Version of GPS Stirs Spy Fears in U.S.

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK! WORLD In the view of America’s spy services, the next potential threat from Russia may come from within U.S. borders. High-tech “monitor stations” would hone Glonass, the Russian version of the global positioning system—and, some fear, improve surveillance on the U.S. and the precision of Russian weaponry. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand GPS. This video from U.S. Air … Continue reading Russian Version of GPS Stirs Spy Fears in U.S.