CultureGrams & WorldConflicts Updates

Just in time for spring! We recently added World Edition reports (get a trial to use links) for two of the coldest places on earth—Greenland and Antarctica. Did you know that the world’s lowest known temperature was recorded at the Vostok Research Center in Antarctica? (-128.6°F (-89°C) in 1983!)

We’ve also added five new Kids Edition reports—Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Myanmar, and Venezuela.

Stop by the Myanmar report to learn more about freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi and her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar. Or check out the Czech Republic report to read about the famous Czech glass blowers.

All ten World Conflicts Today reports (login) have undergone their major annual overhaul. Not only have the Recent Events and Timeline sections been brought up to date with the latest happenings, but every other section (Overview, History sections, Implications, Obstacles, etc.) has been revised to reflect the latest thinking on each conflict. Slideshows, which provide a visually rich overview of the history of each conflict, have also been updated, and dozens of new photographs have been added throughout the site.

Additionally, easy-to-spot links now appear for customers who subscribe to both World Conflicts Today and CultureGrams. These links take users from a conflict to its relevant CultureGrams reports and vice versa while making each product more visible on the other’s landing page. World Conflicts Today and CultureGrams have always complemented each other—now making the connection between the products is even easier.

How much do you know about the Middle East?
Test your knowledge with these tidbits from CultureGrams:

  1. True or false: Arabic (the language spoken in much of the Middle East) is written from right to left, instead of from left to right as in English.
  2. The ancient city of Petra, carved out of solid stone, is located in this country.
  3. What is the official language of Iran?
  4. Which country’s name means “Land of the Pure”?
  5. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) were located in which present-day country?
  6. Which country is made up of a peninsula that juts north into the Arabian Gulf?
  7. The United Arab Emirates was officially declared a nation in which year?
  8. Which Israeli city is considered holy by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike?
  9. Only 45 percent of which country’s population has citizenship from the country?

10.  Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage (called a hajj) to which Saudi Arabian city at least once in their lives?

Answers: 1) True. 2) Jordan. 3) Persian, or Farsi. 4) Pakistan. 5) Iraq. 6) Qatar. 7) 1971. 8) Jerusalem. 9) Kuwait. 10) Makkah, or Mecca.

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