A Divided Ukraine

A Divided Ukraine

The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. The Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia, Yanukovych presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea (re: it wants to quell dissent and rebellion while it is still manageable). For more information and photos, check out our spread.

Global Incomes And Population

Global Income And Population Map

The next time you consider yourself poor, consider the following:

Over three billion people live on less than $2.50 per day; and 1.3 billion live on even less–$1.25 a day–which is defined as extreme poverty. Beyond that, over 80% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 per day. It’s estimated that it would cost $40 billion to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country. Or, for added perspective, it would cost a mere 7% of the United States’ 2014 defense budget.

An Eye-Opening View Of US State Stereotypes Courtesy Of Auto Complete

State AutoComplete Map

With the exception of the “good” state of Oregon and the perennially “important” state of Ohio, it doesn’t appear that many Google users have too high of an opinion on the 50 states of the union.

There is some truth to the stereotypes, though. The most recent Census Bureau report features some harrowing statistics on poverty rates in the American South. 10 of the 12 poorest states are southern. And while approximately 15% of Americans live in poverty (when a family’s income is less than its threshold), in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas, the figure ranges from 18 to 23%.

The World According To The Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Map Of World 1803

For lacking sophisticated cartography instruments, the Ottomans didn’t do too bad of a job in sketching their understanding of the world. Some fun trivia: in this map, India translates as “Hindustan”, and while Antarctica is not present, the phrase “Southern Frozen Surrounding Sea” is included toward the map’s bottom.

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