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June 14, 2010

#753: Southern Half

Southern Half

The great battlefield for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe – Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

-John F. Kennedy, 1961 speech to Congress.

[[An ovoid world map, with Latin America colored in red, Africa in yellow, the Middle East in green, and Asia in Blue. There is an arrow pointing to the top of the map marked ’northern half’, and another arrow pointing to the bottom half marked ‘southern half.’ The majority of these places are actually in the northern half.]]

Okay, so I’m half a century late on this, but it’s been bugging me: did JFK


a globe?