A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

We may think of borders as merely invisible lines on maps, but over time these ‘imaginary’ lines can become very real indeed. Countries regulate (or fail to regulate) the usage of their lands in very different ways. US astronaut and former NASA Chief Scientist John Grunsfeld remarked earlier this year how the differences in land…

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The Dingo Fence

Australia is divided by sport (the Barassi Line) and by topography (the Great Dividing Range), but perhaps its most iconic division is a basic two-metre-high fence.  Basic, perhaps, by its construction (wire mesh extending 180 cm/6 ft high and 30 cm/1 ft deep), but certainly not by length: at 5 614 km (3 488 mi) in length,…

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The Other Gaza

Last month, beleaguered Gaza was back in the news again.  With hundreds of thousands of people in a situation of dire food security across the country, the Mozambican government encouraged farmers in Gaza to adopt new agricultural technologies introduced by the Chinese, touting a new irrigation project along the Limpopo River as a way to…

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