Odds and Ends: World’s Youngest Countries, GIS Anniversary, and More

Some odds and ends for the day: -While the current Slovak Republic will turn 20 years old on 1 January 2013, it still ranks among the world’s five or six youngest countries, depending upon your interpretation of Kosovo’s status. South Sudan 9 July 2011 Partition of Sudan Kosovo 17 February 2008 Declaration of independence from…

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Meet Juba, the World’s Newest National Capital

View Larger Map On 9 July, Southern Sudan will announce its long awaited independence as the Republic of South Sudan. While the exact geographic arrangement of South Sudan is still to be determined due to the volatile dispute over the status of the Abyei region, the country will definitely consist of Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and…

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The N.F.-Board and the ‘Other’ World Cup: Gaining National Legitimacy via Sport

As much as many people would simply admonish athletes to ‘shut up and play’, very often they simple aren’t allowed to because of the inherent politics of international sport. Sport itself is based partially upon the tenets of competition and conflict. Competing for your country often means that the entire country’s eyes are upon you;…

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