What Does the Ban on Russia from the Winter Olympics Mean?

WORLD The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee “with immediate effect,” effectively banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics. (NPR) What Winter Olympic athletes are the most fit? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why has the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for the upcoming 2018 Winter … Continue reading What Does the Ban on Russia from the Winter Olympics Mean?

What’s Going on in Yemen?

WORLD Yemen is in the midst of an unfathomable humanitarian crisis. What factors are contributing to the conflict? (BBC and Lawfare) Where is Yemen? Use our map to customize a map of Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Discussion Ideas Read through the truly great Lawfare article on the Yemeni crisis, and try to unpack some of the issues with the questions below. Here’s its perfect … Continue reading What’s Going on in Yemen?

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

UNITED STATES When the Mayflower pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat down for the first Thanksgiving in 1621, it wasn’t actually that big of a deal. So what was going on? (National Geographic) What was that 1621 Thanksgiving like? Use “Geography in the News” to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas 1. The 1621 … Continue reading Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

ENVIRONMENT Days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a decision to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia, President Donald Trump has announced he plans to reverse course. (National Geographic) Use our rich collection of resources to better understand the “Battle for the Elephants.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

Border Wall Controversy … in Central Asia

WORLD Pakistan plans to fence up most of the 2,500-km (1,500-mile) Durand Line despite Afghanistan’s protests that the barrier would divide families and friends along the border. (Reuters) What is the Durand Line? How is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan a troubled legacy of colonialism? Use our reference resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading Border Wall Controversy … in Central Asia