A World of Languages

There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people. The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country. The colour of these countries shows how languages have taken root in many different regions.

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Quelle: South China Morning Post

The Race for Arctic Domination

In dem untenstehenden Artikel der South China Post wird die Frage gestellt, ob die Arktis ein globales Naturschutzgebiet sein wird oder eher ein wirtschaftlicher Entwicklungsmotor? Ich denke, dass es nicht so schwer ist, die Frage zu beantworten. Ob man es gut findet oder auch nicht: It’s the economy, stupid.

Nowadays, the question is, will the Arctic frontier become an ecological preserve or an economic engine, an area of international cooperation or confrontation?

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To build and manage the Panama Canal, the United States pushed through Panama’s independence from Colombia and spent more on this construction project than on any other before. To create the Suez Canal, the Egyptian government leased its land to a private French company, which used forced labor to complete the project. Nowadays, the question is, will the Arctic frontier become an ecological preserve or an economic engine, an area of international cooperation or confrontation?

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Source: South China Post