What Are North Korea’s Intentions?

WORLD North Korea has warned the world that “the moment of explosion is near,” as troops have been cleared to launch a nuclear attack. North Korean rockets have the potential to strike most of its close neighbors, Europe, the U.S., and Australia. North Korea also has a fearsome collection of biological and chemical weapons. (National Post) Has North Korea launched a nuclear weapon? Use our … Continue reading What Are North Korea’s Intentions?

MapMaker Interactive Part 2: East Asia at Night

China highlighted in MapMaker Interactive. If you can’t have trouble reading the labels, the red line is the approximate area of Tibet, and the brown area points to Lhasa. The yellow label on the top right identifies Beijing

In the last post we started using MapMaker Interactive– a free mapping tool on the National Geographic Education website– to explore just two of its thematic layers: Lights at Night and Population Density. As promised, this post will take you to deeper into the data to show how MapMaker can reveal patterns, anomalies, and–I would argue–stories about the planet and the people on it. 
Now, scroll over to East Asia. First, look at the Lights at Night layer and quiz yourself: What is that isolated bright dot in southwestern China? If you guessed it is the lights of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, you’re correct. The city has been heavily developed by the Chinese government in recent years. For more, see these articles on the Tibetan railway by the BBC and China’s Xinhua (disclaimer: Xinhua is a government-run news source).

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Current Events Compass: Diplomacy through music? NY Philharmonic in North Korea

They aren’t state officials, tourists, or even professional athletes. No, the largest group of Americans to set foot on North Korean soil since the Korean War is the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYTimes.com). The orchestra played a repertoire of music including the North Korean and American National Anthems, classical pieces by Wagner and Dvorak, and “Arirang” a traditional folk song profoundly significant to both North and … Continue reading Current Events Compass: Diplomacy through music? NY Philharmonic in North Korea