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The Cultural Revolution Still Haunts China’s Communist Party

China's leaders are still scarred by the Cultural Revolution—the memory of how, suddenly, the center could not hold. As rulers of China, they cannot escape it. And even watching from the West, neither can we.
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My year reading a book from every country in the world

My year reading a book from every country in the world | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Ann Morgan considered herself well read -- until she discovered the "massive blindspot" on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she's urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores. Explore interactive maps of her reading journey here: go.ted.com/readtheworld
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Israel’s villa in the jungle

Israel’s villa in the jungle | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Israel’s foes have weakened, but Palestinians are winning the battle of the womb
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Old custom, new couples: Gay Indians are having arranged marriages

Old custom, new couples: Gay Indians are having arranged marriages | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
A new company is helping gay Indians find spouses — even if India won’t recognize their marriages yet.
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Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes - BBC News

Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes - BBC News | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The Finnish baby box, which the state has given to expectant mothers for 75 years, has sparked copycat boxes across the globe.
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In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change

In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
"Wongok Village is what Korea will look like in the future," says a grade school teacher in a self-styled "borderless village" south of Seoul, where most of the residents are non-Korean.
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Americans condemn adultery, but many Europeans don’t — and probably never will

Americans condemn adultery, but many Europeans don’t — and probably never will | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Whereas 84 percent of all Americans believe such behavior would be unacceptable, only 47 percent of all French and 60 percent of all Germans think so.
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Korean Girls Try American BBQ

Korean girls try pulled pork, brisket and American style pork ribs for the first time. Help others learn about American BBQ by sharing this video. Let u
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Looking Another Culture in the Eye

Looking Another Culture in the Eye | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
How to communicate in a global workplace? It takes skill — and an abundance of flexibility.
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The Resilient Pagans of Russia - The New Yorker

The Resilient Pagans of Russia - The New Yorker | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Masha Gessen on Raffaele Petralla’s photographs of the Mari people in Russia's tiny Mari-El republic.
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Iceland’s Ugly Food Festival (Þorrablót) is here

Iceland’s Ugly Food Festival (Þorrablót) is here | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Iceland's Ugly Food Festival (Þorrablót) is here The month of Þorri begins on the 23rd of January which is Bóndadagur, (Husband's Day) and ends on Konudagur (Women's Day) marking that special time of year known as Þorrablót, where Icelanders feast on ugly food in every pocket of the country. Blót = a festival held in…
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Jacob Clauson's curator insight, February 4, 1:33 PM

Everybody loves food...even if it's ugly!

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Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation

Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
From Anaïs to Zizek, a brief list of "shibboleth names"
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What I learned from teaching English in North Korea | ideas.ted.com

What I learned from teaching English in North Korea | ideas.ted.com | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Suki Kim posed as an English teacher at an all-male university in Pyongyang. In this excerpt from her book, she describes the experience
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25 maps that explain the English language

25 maps that explain the English language | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
From Beowulf to Wikipedia, here's how English grew, spread, and changed.
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Kurds Fight to Preserve 'the Other Iraq'

Kurds Fight to Preserve 'the Other Iraq' | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Their “golden decade” of stability in the north is under threat as young men heed the call to battle ISIS.
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Scottish Jews finally have their own tartan after a 300 year wait 

Scottish Jews finally have their own tartan after a 300 year wait  | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
The tartan is a kosher non wool-linen mix that was initiated by the only Scottish-born rabbi living in Scotland. The colours of the registered fabric reflect Jewish values and Scottish heritage.
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How did English become a Language full of "word twins"?

How did English become a Language full of "word twins"? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
English is full of words that mysteriously have twins. Here's how it got that way.
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Singapore terms join Oxford English Dictionary - BBC News

Singapore terms join Oxford English Dictionary - BBC News | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Several Singaporean and Hong Kong English terms, including "wah", "shiok", and "yum cha", are now officially recognised as acceptable English.
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The 'untouchables' of Yemen caught in crossfire of war

The 'untouchables' of Yemen caught in crossfire of war | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
They are Yemen's untouchables.They call themselves the "Muhammasheen," or "the Marginalized," a dark-skinned ethnic group that for centuries has been consigned to the bottom of Yemen's social scale, faced with discrimination and racism, shunned by others. 
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Why this family’s conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism matters

Why this family’s conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism matters | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Many outside India wonder, "Does the caste system still exist?" Yes, it does.
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Emotional haka at wedding reception takes internet by storm

Emotional haka at wedding reception takes internet by storm | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
An emotional haka performed at a wedding reception in Auckland last weekend is taking the internet by storm.
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Why Is English Spelling So Weird?

Why Is English Spelling So Weird? | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
English spelling might seem crazy and unfair, but there are reasons for how it got to be that way.
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How strongly different countries feel about religion, in one graph

How strongly different countries feel about religion, in one graph | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Data from the Pew Research Center's 2015 Global Attitudes survey has measured how people around the world feel about religion in their lives.
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Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years - BBC News

Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years - BBC News | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
A full dictionary of the extinct language of ancient Mesopotamia has been completed after 90 years of work.
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How to Say Everything in a Hundred-Word Language

How to Say Everything in a Hundred-Word Language | Geography & Current Events | Scoop.it
Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.
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