“Burka Avenger is the Muslim Hero We’ve All Been Waiting for.”

burka avenger

So as everybody that has payed attention in APHUG knows that women aren’t represented well in the Muslim world. A fairly recent cartoon dubbed the “Burka Avenger” is a Pakistani cartoon show that has “flipped the status quo on its head with its female superhero protagonist, who fights crime in her magical burka.”(Natasha Noman) The Burka Avenger is a teacher who fights crime in her spare time with yes, her magical burka. The show launched in August of 2013 and has had extremely high reviews and will hopefully make a change for all of the women in Muslim communities and Muslim’s across the world.

Click bellow for the trailer for the second season:


South Sudanian conflict by Shane Cook

He is an allotted area of some of the conflicts in South Sudan and areas where UN aid are sheltering refugees.
Here is an allotted area of some of the conflicts in South Sudan and areas where UN aid are sheltering refugees.

The South Sudan conflict is an ongoing civil war between the government and opposing militia groups. On the evening of December the 15th of 2013 fighting broke out after the opposing groups representatives voted to boycott the meeting of the National Liberation Council. After the votes, the president sent orders to his general to disarm certain troops in the barracks which erupted fighting after continuous questioning and revolting which lasted several days. After claims of the revolt being a coup, or attempt to over throw the government fighting had broken out in the capitol of Juba and regions around it. Fighting continues til this day.

Actor #1: A huge part of why this convict started was because of the Nuer ethnicity revolting against the government by disobeying orders. The government targeting and seizing Nuer homes, violating their rights as citizens is a major igniter for the conflict. The Nuer people want to be free from this persecution.

Actor #2: The government on the other hand feels they are trying to defend their current government because they think that people mainly the Nuer people were planning to over throw the government.

I suggest that a way to insure peace for many decades to come is to allow a meeting with South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his government representatives to meet with the rebells leaders to hopefully negotiate peace, this will all have UN supervision of course in case of a repeat of December of 2013.

Chad VS. “Mother Russia”


Country of Chad 2

Ranking (UN HDI): 184

Population: 12.83 million people

Literacy Rate: 35.4%

Gender, Female population with some secondary education: 1.66%

Dependency Ratio of the population:     <15: 96.33%          >65+: 4.76%

Infant Mortality Rate(IMR): 89 per 1000 deaths

Life Expectancy at Birth: 51.18%

Rate of Natural Increase: 24.33%

% of population ages 15-49 with HIV / AIDS: 2.7%

Net Migration: -1.9%

Percent Urban: 21.96%

GDP PPP per capita: $1045.89

Poverty, Percent of population living bellow $2 US per day: 80.4%

% of GDP spent on education: 2.59%

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Russia 2

Ranking (UN HDI): 57

Population: 142.83 million people

Literacy Rate: 99.7%

Gender, Female population with some secondary education: 89.6%

Dependency Ration of Population:    <15: 23.4%          >65+: 18.7%

Infant Mortality Rate(IMR): 9 per 1000 deaths

Life Expectancy at Birth: 67.98%

Rate of Natural Increase: .20%

% of population with HIV / AIDS: n.a.

Net Migration: 1.5 per 1000 people

Percent Urban: 74.16%

GDP PPP per capita: $14.611.70

Poverty, Percent of population living under $2 per day: 0.0%

% of GDP spent on education: 4.1%

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After comparing the super power Russia to the small struggling country of Chad I can conlude that the reason Russia has such a low natural increase is because of the access to education is so high and the geography is so remote it removes the need to bear many children. Chad on the other hand has a very low access to education and is very poor in general which gives its extremely high rate of education.

Maphead: Bearing

About me 😀

Howdy! My name is Shane Cook and I attend Lake Travis High school as a freshman this year, 2014. I grew up in the rattle snake infested, blazing hot, culturally diverse land of Arizona. Being surrounded by all of that culture has had a major impact on my life. For example when I was about 4 years old my family decided to take a trip to Mexico as we occasionally do and on the drive back as we were crossing the boarder the boarder patrol guy stopped us as a routine check. As he was checking all of our passports, my little 4 year old self decides to spit out, “Hola!! Como estas policía señor?!” which is translated to “Hello!! How are you mister police man?!”. Speaking of traveling I have been to several countries which include the U.S (obviously), Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Italy, etc. The list goes on. I also have been to more than half of the states and gotten souvenirs to prove it.I have lived in Texas since I was almost 11 and have been happy living here ever since. With great ethnic background comes great ancestors (I feel like I ripped that off from Spiderman). I have direct linage to James Cook or he is more famously known, Captain Cook. Also I am also directly related to 2 sisters who decided to marry 2 brothers which eventually became pioneers to explore half of Arizona. To be more spatially correct, Prescott Valley and up to the boarder of Arizona and Utah.

My mom, brothers, and I in Rome, Italy in front of the colosseum!!
My mom, brothers, and I in Rome, Italy in front of the colosseum!!

Maphead: Bearing

Personally reading Maphead was a love/hate relationship for me which did not give me a chapter that truly spoke to me. Chapter 2 starts off with a fundamental question commonly asked by children, “Where am I?”[14]. Children are all shaped and formed based on the environment that they are in and all have an imprint on the most impacting place, “Falling in love with places is just like falling in love with people: it can happen more than once, but never quite the first time. [15] Now lets go back to the question “Where am I?”. In order to truly know where you are one must develop what Jennings calls “Good spatial skills..”[16] People that have these sets of abilities are more likely to be a dentist or an engineer because of this advanced spatial skill. A well known study on the brains of London taxi drivers that had passed a test of their knowledge of the streets compared to regular London residents. It had shown that as the cab drivers hippocampi (the brains temporal lobe which is the center of navigation) grew more and more the longer they spent working as a cab driver. Jennings decides to test this on his wife, Mindy. Her spatial skills rant so good…..”I can always ask her which way she thinks we should go at an intersection and then turn in the exact opposite direction.”[18] His family had decided to visit some friends of theirs in Washington, D.C. As Mindy practices for about an hour she finally has the information down, so much that even Jennings looses direction and she teases him because she was correct.

A cool little picture depicting a taxi driver's brain.
A cool little picture depicting a taxi driver’s brain.

Reading Maphead was truly insightful and was inspiring to me personally to become more “in-tune” with the world’s location and have better spatial skills. Jennings has helped me realize that the world is most definitely bigger than me and that I can understand my bearing (see what I did there 😉 ). I would recommend this book to any bookworms, map prodigies, or fact junkies. Basically my younger brother Logan but anyone else who fits that criteria. On a scale from 1 to 10 I would probably say 7 because the new vocabulary was a little frustrating to look up.