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This Map Shows Where Gay Couples Can Marry Across Latin America: INTERACTIVE

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BY IOAN GRILLO / GlobalPost

Coahuila, a Mexican state near Texas, is the newest place in the region to legalize gay marriage. But there are still some countries that ban homosexuality.

MEXICO CITY — Latin America is a staunchly conservative Catholic region with a deeply entrenched culture of machismo and homophobic attitudes. Right?

Not quite.

After sweeping reforms in the last five years, the region possesses some of the most gay-friendly legislation on the planet.

CoahuilaIn the latest move, lawmakers in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on Sept. 1 voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

This change in a state known for cowboy hats, cattle farmers and coal mines means gay marriages will be able to be celebrated right up to the Rio Grande.

Like the United States, Mexico's been making these moves locally, rather than federally. But other Latin countries have passed reforms on a national level.

In fact, Latin America is home to three of the more than a dozen nations that have legalized gay marriage worldwide. Same-sex couples can even marry as far south as Argentina — a remarkable feat in the pope’s homeland. The region's reforms are largely passed by leftist governments, but that’s not always the case. Coahuila’s bill was backed by the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), while leftist stalwarts such as Venezuela are falling behind on gay rights.

There are still some strongholds bucking the trend. Take Belize, where even being homosexual remains illegal. Caribbean islands also maintain a ban, with Jamaica punishing male homosexual acts by seven years' hard labor (but allowing sex between females).

Homophobic violence also persists, even in some countries with progressive legislation.

However, overall the map has transformed markedly in favor of gay and lesbian rights, and it looks set to keep changing. Take a tour:

Map by Alex Leff.


The Most Liberal and Conservative Towns in Each State: MAP

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Business Insider pulled data from Clarity Campaign Labs to create the map above (click to enlarge) showing the most liberal and conservative towns in each state. You can also use an online tool to find the cities that most reflect your values.


Freedom of the Press Worldwide in 2014: MAP

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A new map (click to enlarge, or look here) from Reporters Without Borders, via Slate:

The map, based on Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom rankings for 180 countries, shows home of the current Winter Olympics Russia in bright red, indicating a “difficult situation” for journalists and bloggers there. Russia, ranked 148th, shuts down seditious websites, bans so-called homosexual propaganda, prohibits religiously offensive expression, and heavily controls national TV stations, Russians’ main source of news.

The U.S. shows a “satisfactory situation,” but it has dropped 14 ranks since last year’s report and now sits at the 46th spot. This decline, according to the report, is due to the Obama administration’s hostility toward whistleblowers and leakers and the conviction of Chelsea Manning for releasing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010

(via the dish)


These are the Most Photographed Places in the World

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BY SIMRAN KHOSLA / GlobalPost

Google is measuring the most photographed places in the world.

It's called SightsMap and it uses Google Map's Panaramio platform, Wikipedia and FourSquare to determine what everyone is taking photos of these days.

“The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged. The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database,” according to the makers of SightsMap.

The interactive heatmap, organized by photo concentration, lets you view the maps at various street levels. So you can view the most photographed places in your country or your neighborhood.

So, where are the most photographed places in the world, according to Google?

While an American city (New York) takes the top spot, Europe dominates the world when it comes to being photographable. Eight out of the top 10 cities are located on the continent.

 

Europe:

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When you zoom into Europe, Prague and Madrid make an appearance as desirable destinations for photographers.

 

North America:

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While nowhere near as lit up as Europe, North America has it’s own hot spots. Most of these are on the coasts, with Chicago and Montreal representing more inland. Most of the American locations are also on the top 30 list in the world rankings.

 

South America:

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South America holds its own against the rest of the world. Their top 10 is divided between ancient landmarks and modern metropolises.

 

Asia:

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Asian's most photographed places are clustered around the East Asian cities. While the Middle East makes an appearance, Dubai’s Palm Islands (a pair of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees) isn’t exactly representative of the region. While other countries have some isolated hot spots that get them on the list, Japan is definitely the winner.


The Most Popular TV Show In Each State

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Business Insider picked up a fun little project to find the most popular tv show in each state. To make their determination, they only pulled from scripted television shows rather than reality TV - Iowa was the one exception - and looked at each show’s longevity, audience and critical acclaim using info from IMDB/Metacritic, awards, and lasting impact on American culture and television. Some shows were gimmes, like Frasier for Washington and Seinfeld for New York, but others were less obvious. You can see the full-sized map at Business Insider, and if you're more literately-inclined you can see BI's list of most famous book in every state.


Fantastic Video Highlights The Way People Say Things Across America: VIDEO

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A fun new video from The Atlantic has been created to accompany a series of maps made by Joshua Katz, a student at North Carolina State University.

The maps, which highlight regions of the U.S. based on pronunciation and word choice, were originally conceived in conjunction with a 2003 Harvard study on the subject of regional dialects. The video takes the infographics one step further as interviewers call up people from various regions and have them answer questions as the maps light up. Unsurprisingly, and somewhat humorously, the Midwestern, Southern, and Northeastern regions of the country have the most varied answers.

What are your favorite regional differences? 

Watch the fun and enlightening video, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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