Thursday September 21, 2017

States of fragility 2016: understanding violence is a 2016 report by the OECD.

States of Fragility 2016: Understanding Violence takes a long hard look at violence in the world – and what we should do about it. The report showcases emerging thinking about violence, presents a new risk-based approach to monitoring various dimensions of fragility, and looks at financial flows in support of fragile contexts.

Understanding Violence finds that development, peace and security efforts in the developing world have not kept pace with the new reality of violence. We need to dedicate more resources and attention to violence. And to be effective, we need to put people – especially youth – at the centre of our efforts.

(Source: OECD)

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Friday August 25, 2017

Beautiful eclipse photos taken on Monday, August 21, 2017. Shared on Instagram and mapped by NBC news.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

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Wednesday August 23, 2017

From the Harvard map collection, for an exhibition on manuscript maps: "Where Pirates and cannibals meet: exploring Colonial Dutch Brazil".

The map used is a 1643 map of Paraiba in northeast Brazil. The Dutch had recently conquered the Brazilian northeast, ousting the Portuguese and were sending manuscript (hand drawn) maps back to Amsterdam.

This map is one in a series of 9 maps of this region, which in colonial times, was the economic powerhouse of Brazil, since it was where the sugarcane plantations were located.

In this map of Paraíba, we see the Dutch at the height of colonial control, and also in terrified retreat from a land that is still unknown to them no matter how diligently they seek to understand it.

(Source: International Cartographic Association)

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