Mideast Geography Lesson

Mideast_Geography.jpg MAP ... To cheat, click image for larger file.

How well do you know your mideast geography?

Do go to RethinkingSchools Online, take the test, and find out!

I got this after many second and third tries. I WAS embarrassed that Afghanistan was one of my last right choices, way over to the east of where I thought it would be.

Here, I have defocused the scaled-down image a bit so it’s hard to cheat. If you run out of time or patience, click the image to see the full-size image with answers.

I knew there was a Gulf of Bahrain (Gulf of Persia) somewhere, but had to Google it to see where Bahrain fit, it was so tiny.

Notice that all the country names ending in –istan are grouped together.

I felt a little silly because I think I had seen and done this at some point before, and learned nothing.

My real question  after finishing: how many of you print out the finished map for future reference? The next time a country goes to hell in a handbasket, I, at least, will be able to point to where on the map that country really is.

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Deadly Circle of Questions: Sri Lanka

We took advantage of a lazy Saturday afternoon to catch up on reading. We caught a San Francisco Chronicle article entitled “Sri Lanka’s Future Down A Rough Road.” The article was bylined by Dexter Filkins of the Los Angeles Times. It bothered us.

What we learned:

Sri Lanka is an island about the size of West Virginia, 30 miles off the south coast of India. Sri Lanka has been embroiled in a civil war for 15 years. Principals are 19,000 government troops, and 5,000 “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam”, a feared and popular guerrilla band. The government represents the predominantly Buddhist ethnic Sinhalese population (75%), while the Tigers state that they represent the predominantly Hindu Tamils (18%). The military battle is over turf. The Tigers control a sizeable chunk of Sri Lanka territory, control of which has grown and shrunk over the years. The battle now focuses on a 19-mile stretch of government road that cuts through the Tamil “stronghold”.
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