Despite the promise of collapsing the time-space continuum through new forms of networking, is there still a case to be made for differences of geography?
From Lecture: Although modern technological advances promote time-space compression and connect people though telecommunication, transportation, and the internet, people are still divided culturally and geographically. Tools like the Internet make-believe the promise of globalization and equality. However, physical geography still exists and still plays a huge role in separating groups yet connecting within groups.
For example, Gulf Arabian ‘L’etat c’est moi’ style governing by the royals who make up over 50% of their congress splits the people. In Bahrain, The majority sect in this small Gulf state is Shia. However, the government is dominated by a Sunni monarchy, military and ruling elite. Shia Muslims began protesting for equality and recognition in the 1970s after the British left. The most recent large-scale protests erupted in 2011. Bahrain and its friends in Saudi Arabia retaliated by clamping down on the opposition, killing civilians. The conflict and violence is more about political power, where geo-politics intertwines with theology.
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