Independence

The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – Violent Confrontation Avoided The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – Violent Confrontation Avoided

(Shouting & music) Marju Lauristin: They were shouting, they were climbing into windows, they were dragging down the Estonian flag, and so on. Narrator: Eventually the crowd broke through the gates and found themselves in the courtyard, ready to storm the building and take officials hostage. Word of the attack spread quickly, and Prime Minister…

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Proving the Superiority of Capitalism… With Genetics? Proving the Superiority of Capitalism… With Genetics?

Can we use the power of genetics to prove, using science, that capitalism is better than communism? I wouldn’t have thought so either, yet here we are with this paper, appearing in Nature Human Behaviour. Here’s the setup. In 1991, Estonia gained its independence from the Soviet Union, converting itself from a communist to a…

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Hong Kong Protesters Want Democracy, Accountability, Autonomy, and U.S. Support Hong Kong Protesters Want Democracy, Accountability, Autonomy, and U.S. Support

That’s the sound of Hong Kong residents booing the Chinese national anthem as it plays before a soccer match on a Tuesday night, which is an illegal act in mainland China. After more than three months of sustained protests, nobody seems quite sure what will happen next. But the protestors we talked to on the…

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Why Does Austria Have a Navy? (Answering Google Autocomplete – Europe Edition) Why Does Austria Have a Navy? (Answering Google Autocomplete – Europe Edition)

So, I recently saw this map, depicting the top Google autocomplete result for each country in Europe, with the results for each of them, and seeing as how I answered them on a similar map of the US a few years ago, I thought “why not do this again?” I don’t know, you might learn…

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Poland Did Nothing Wrong #PolskaSamorzadna Poland Did Nothing Wrong #PolskaSamorzadna

hey guys do you hear about that insane neo-nazi demonstration in Poland that gathers 60,000 people why it turns out that the entire country is racist and I know this because I read it on Twitter and the mainstream media they’re all complaining about this normalized fascism and you can’t doubt the media right everybody…

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If Catalonia Leaves Spain, What Will Be Its Flag? If Catalonia Leaves Spain, What Will Be Its Flag?

And we’re on in 5, 4, 3, 2… Catalonia is a unique area in northeastern Spain. It’s one of Spain’s 17 “autonomous communities”, but that would change if it becomes an independent country. Catalonia’s got its own culture, a fairly significant economy, and it even has its own language: the Catalan language. The independence movement…

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The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – Flag Protest The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – Flag Protest

Narrator: Within four months the heritage society had grown to ten thousand people. In April of 1988 they decided to organize a demonstration celebrating Estonian history and culture. It was held in the University town of Tartu. (Music) The demonstration was monitored by Soviet police. (Music) Marju Lauristin: The feeling was that the KGB would…

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Congo and Africa’s World War: Crash Course World History 221 Congo and Africa’s World War: Crash Course World History 221

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History, and today were going to talk about the Congo. Mr. Green! Mr.Green! We’re gonna to talk about the Conga? No, Me From the Past, you idiot, that is a dance. However, your epic, epic ignorance does indicate that perhaps we don’t do a particularly good…

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Catalonia’s independence movement, explained Catalonia’s independence movement, explained

Spain is in the middle of a political battle that threatens to split the country. The region of Catalonia held a referendum to decide if they wanted to become an independent state. And therefore separate from Spain. The Spanish constitutional courts ruled the referendum illegal and the central government tried to stop it from happening.…

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