The Mods: Sex, Feminism, and Appropriation In Post-War Britain

Twiggy, The Iconic Female Mod.

Twiggy, The Iconic Female Mod. Source: Bert Stern

Appropriation has become a media buzzword as of late, but regardless of your opinions on the matter, it has always been an indicator of upward social change. Today in America, people of different races and orientations are constantly participating with and engaging in each other’s culture, whether in genre-defying music, racially provocative comedy or cross-cultural dress. Continue Reading

India, Denmark And The Road To Renewable Energy

India and Denmark are about as different as two countries could be. Denmark is a small, largely homogeneous nation with one national language and a population of just over 5.6 million people, while India is an enormous, incredibly diverse nation of 1.3 billion who speak more than 780 different languages. These two nations do have one thing in common, though: they’re both making huge strides in the field of renewable energy.

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Sources: Milaap (left) BOEM (right)

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An Update On The Ukrainian Crisis

Political conflict rages on in Ukraine, and now for the first time since its February beginning, there are Russian troops on the ground. The annexation of Crimea by Russia led to a massive outcry from both pro- and anti-Russian groups, as have the recent “elections” of separatist leaders in a country that “doesn’t exist”. The European Union warns Russia to “overcome this obstacle to peace” in its negotiations with Ukraine. September’s ceasefire agreement between the separatists and the Ukrainian government quickly deteriorated, leaving over 300 dead and thousands of Eastern Ukrainian citizens as refugees– 730,000+ of whom have fled to Russia. At times, it’s not even clear who is firing at whom: Russians, Ukrainian militia, or the pro-Russian separatists.

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Map Of Russian Speakers In Ukraine.

Map Of Russian Speakers In Ukraine. Source: Australian Broadcasting Co

Ukrainian Militia Post In Slovyansk.

Ukrainian Militia Post In Slovyansk. Source: Sasha Maksymenko

Anti-Government Protests In Kiev.

Anti-Government Protests In Kiev. Source: Sasha Maksymenko

Citizens Giving Food To Ukrainian Militia.

Citizens Giving Food To Ukrainian Militia. Source: Sasha Maksymenko

Ukrainian Citizens Place Flowers On Russian Tank.

Ukrainian Citizens Place Flowers On Russian Tank. Source: Reuters

Ukrainian Soldiers Clash With Pro-Russian Protesters.

Ukrainian Soldiers Clash With Pro-Russian Protesters. Source: Reuters

Ukrainian President Signs EU Deal.

Ukrainian President Signs EU Deal. Source: Associated Press

Protester Injured During Ukraine's Euromaidan Rally.

Protester Injured During Ukraine's Euromaidan Rally. Source: Mstyslav Chernov

Makeshift Memorial At MH17 Crash Site.

Makeshift Memorial At MH17 Crash Site.Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Ukrainian Volunteers Open Fire Near Donetsk.

Ukrainian Volunteers Open Fire Near Donetsk. Source: AP/Maxim Vetrov

Ukrainian Homes Destroyed By Shelling.

Ukrainian Homes Destroyed By Shelling. Source: Mstyslav Chernov

Injured Ukrainian Soldier Votes In Elections.

Injured Ukrainian Soldier Votes In Elections. Source: Reuters

Ukrainians Voting In Parliamentary Elections.

Ukrainians Voting In Parliamentary Elections. Source: Associated Press

Ukrainian Militia At Lugansk Checkpoint.

Ukrainian Militia At Lugansk Checkpoint. Source: Associated Press

Unidentified Troops Enter Ukraine By Tank.

Unidentified Troops Enter Ukraine By Tank. Source: AFP

Man Injured By Shelling In Ukraine.

Man Injured By Shelling In Ukraine. Source: AP/Getty

Woman Examines Her Destroyed Home In Donetsk, Ukraine.

Woman Examines Her Destroyed Home In Donetsk, Ukraine. Source: AP/Getty

Map Of Ukraine's Position In Europe.

Map Of Ukraine's Position In Europe. Source: Australian Broadcasting Co

Ukrainian Militia On Armored Vehicle.

Ukrainian Militia On Armored Vehicle. Source: Reuters

With souring negotiations on the price of gas running through Ukrainian pipelines and an increasingly poor quality of living for the Ukrainian people, it is no surprise that unrest would continue to develop. Still, it is unclear what the next move of the Ukrainian government will be. What happens next is anyone’s guess, but Ukraine –or at least parts of it–is eager to stand on its own two feet, poised directly between the East and the West. The presence of Russian troops in Ukraine means that the citizens will have to continue to endure life in a country plagued by poverty and violence– but perhaps it is time, finally, to let Ukraine govern Ukraine.

A Map Of The World’s Second Languages

Map of World's Second Languages

A Map Of The World’s Second Languages. Source: MoveHub


It might not surprise you that the second most widely spoken language in Canada is French, but did you know that Germany’s second most spoken language is Turkish? This helpful (and often surprising) map created by MoveHub depicts the spread of languages and lends a bit of juicy linguistic history to the countries of the world.

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