ISIS Collapse in Syria’s Qamishli region.
For those who don’t know, ISIS has basically collapsed in Qamishli region after losing their main regional strongholds in Tal Brak and Tal Hamis (which YPG tried to take in a failed offensive last year) this week.
Basically all the ISIS villages in between Tal Brak and Tal Hamis are now up for grabs by either SAA/NDF (which are conducting a southward push from Qamishli) or YPG (East-West push from Tal Hamis or Tal Brak). SAA/NDF is looking to connect their enclaves in Hasakah and Qamishli while YPG are looking to connect their Cizire canton (which is at the moment bisected by SAA control over in parts of Qamishli).
Territories which have been, at some point of time, a colony of a European entity or under strong European sphere of influence.
Purple = Europe
Blue = European Entity
Light Blue = European Sphere of Influence
Grey = Never European [Liberia, Nejd, a sliver of Yemen, Thailand, Korea, Japan, northern Han China (save Shandong) and Xinjiang.]
Map from Virginia in 1624.
NYC’s Most Expensive Homes - Past, Present, and Future.
Current map of the conflict in Yemen.
Right-to-work legislation in the US. Right-to-work states shown in turquoise.
For the curious, here is the wiki article about right-to-work law.
A “right-to-work” law is a statute in the United States that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers, that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees’ membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Right-to-work laws do not aim to provide general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract all the employees work under.
Plan of the Labyrinth of Versailles, circa 1677.
1887 Birds Eye Map of Austin, TX.
US military bases around the Globe, 2011.
The idea for this map came to me some years ago. I was recalling the various places Star Wars was filmed, and I got the idea that it would be really interesting to see a map of these locations. Many months later, I got around to making this. Someone at FastCo. even wrote a short piece on it. You can view it larger here.
Geopolitical Map of Eurasia.