Magazine article Geographical

Information Is Power

Magazine article Geographical

Information Is Power

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When it comes to the world's trouble spots, it's often all too easy to point the finger at 'religion' or 'politics' and leave it at that. But the world isn't a place of easy answers and simple truths. It's only by examining the deeper, underlying causes, analysing the sociological trends taking place, and reflecting on the lessons (learnt and unlearnt) from history that we can get a more accurate understanding of current situations.

That very much informed the thinking behind our new semi-regular feature, Perspectives (page 48), which this month starts with a look at four little-explored viewpoints on the situation in the Middle East. We all see the daily headlines of who's killing who and where the casualties are mounting, but very rarely do we stop to really look at why these things are happening, at least not beyond a very surface level.

Speaking of insights, it's hard to overstate the significance of Sir John Franklin's 1845 Northern Passage expedition and we were fortunate enough to have a correspondent onboard with the search party that eventually found the location of the HMS Erebus. …

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