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Mexican-American War 101: An Overview

Mexican-American War Summary:<p>A conflict that occurred as the result of Mexican resentment over the US annexation of Texas and a border dispute, the …

7 aphorisms that are essential to understanding Russian civilization - Russia Beyond

<b>1. 'Our land is great and rich, but there’s no order in it'</b><p>These words are from <i>The Tale of Past Years</i>, better known as the <i>Primary Chronicle</i>, and date back to the early 12th century. That document says that the lands of the future Russian state were populated by tribes paying tribute to the …

5 Terrific TV Shows That Can Help Preschoolers Become Bilingual

The main language of these shows is English, but you can find them dubbed in Spanish with phrases in English, too.<p>By Viviana Reveron, Common Sense Media<p>If you want your kids to speak both English and Spanish, the following bilingual TV shows can support your efforts by helping preschoolers learn …

Partying in an abandoned hotel in Mexico City

“BLACK is more than a party in a lot of ways,” says Max Pollack of Matte Projects. “We started it as this dark celebration of New York, doing an epic kind of darker sound and aesthetic. Then we really started wanting to push the visuals and pushing the artistic value more and more, to the point …

Why is the Russian language so difficult? - Russia Beyond

The first thing that stood out to Japanese translator Mayu Okamoto the first time she saw written Russian was that there were a lot of unfamiliar characters. From the very beginning, foreign students used to the Latin script—most foreign students in Russia know at least some English—immediately …

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

‘Is this what the west is really like?’ How it felt to leave China for Britain | Xiaolu Guo

Desperate to find somewhere she could live and work as she wished, Xiaolu Guo moved from Beijing to London in 2002. But from the weather to the language and the people, nothing was as she expected<p>By the time I reached my late 20s, I was desperately looking for a way out of Beijing. From 2001 …

Costumes

A Brief History Of Chocolate In Mexico

Perhaps the chocolate that springs to mind when you think of Mexico is the peculiarly grainy, cinnamon flavoured bars of drinking chocolate which are …

Mexico

When The New York Times Defended Putting a Black Man in the Bronx Zoo

Just as the late Stephen Jay Gould updated Charles Darwin by arguing that humans evolved through fits and starts—“punctuated equilibrium”—social …

Civil Rights

Fake news, a fake president and a fake country: Welcome to America, land of no context

<b>(Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Salon)</b><p>Donald Trump’s supporters have locked themselves in a “Matrix”-style simulated America — but they’re not alone<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>December 3, 2016 5:00pm (UTC)<p>How much of the “news” is fake? How much of reality is “real”? After an election cycle driven by lies, delusions and …

Fake News

Sweden Was a Military Giant—Until It Invaded Russia

When most people think of Sweden, they think of IKEA furniture, depressing murder mysteries and a foreign policy of strict neutrality.<p>Yet 400 years …

We May Be On The Verge Of Speaking To Dolphins In Their Own Language

Dolphins are generally beloved by everybody, from Lisa Frank on down. They’re also, as we all know, highly intelligent. But just how intelligent is only now becoming clear as we study them and discover they can not only communicate, they have a whole language structure to do it with.<p>We’ve known …

315 Years of the American Slave Trade in 2 Minutes

The slave trade in the Americas was a more than three-century-long institution that fundamentally shaped how countries like the United States formed. …

Black History

What I Learned as a Black Man Traveling Through the Terrifying Heart of America

As I traveled the nation for VICE, I saw some Americans yearning for a time that had long since passed, a time that they barely understood, a time that was defined by white supremacy.<p>Last summer, I piled into an ancient Ford Fleetwood Jamboree RV with my friends Abdullah Saeed and Martina de Alba …

The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?<p>Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out. It’s easy to think that what one’s native language puts words to, and …

Language

My Dishwasher Is What's Wrong With Capitalism

Six years ago we paid about $700 for a new KitchenAid dishwasher. Since then, we've spent considerably more than that getting it repaired. Each repairman (and they've all been men) who came to our house told us the same thing: most of today's appliances are junk. Both the workmanship and the parts …

The French Foreign Legion in World War II was filled with Nazis

Germany saw its opportunity in the large number of Legion noncommissioned officers who were German by birth. The Nazis hatched a plan to send droves of men to the Legion. These men would then convince German noncommissioned officers to betray the Legion. The spies would also collect lists of Jewish …

Why is Russia so desperate to win Eurovision?

<b>Russia is the bookies' favourite to win this year's Eurovision song contest, and one reason for this is that it has spared no expense to produce an expertly staged performance. Winning Eurovision seems to have become a national priority, but why?</b><p>Seven years ago, Swedish television executive Svante …

Europe

The Southern San Andreas Fault Is a Ticking Earthquake Time Bomb

Parts of the fault in the LA area are overdue for a 'quake<p>The San Andreas is the state's longest fault and perhaps its most famous—well-known enough to be the standalone title of a recent disaster film. And, says the <i>LA Times</i>, citing an earthquake expert speaking at the National Earthquake …

Europe is under threat of destruction from these 7 risks

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's new report entitled "Europe stretched to the limit," which details the situations that are causing the greatest stress to Europe, there are seven critical issues that threaten the economic and political stability of the continent.<p>While the EIU did not …

In pictures: Chernobyl's eerie exclusion zone 30 years on

<b>Thirty years after its fourth reactor exploded on 26 April 1986, an exclusion zone is still in place around the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.</b><b>Photographer Jerzy Wierzbicki visited the zone, accompanied by two guides - former employees of the nuclear plant.</b><p>A fire raged at the plant for 10 days …

The black people 'erased from history'

<b>More than a million people in Mexico are descended from African slaves and identify as "black", "dark" or "Afro-Mexican" even if they don't look black. But beyond the southern state of Oaxaca they are little-known and the community's leaders are now warning of possible radical steps to achieve</b> …

The future of the Spanish language is looking a lot more like English

More than 150 academics, novelists, poets, scientists and other experts of language have descended on San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week to debate the future of Spanish — and whether words such as "selfie" will be admitted into the prestigious Diccionario de la Real Academia (Dictionary of the Royal …

Language

5 (Short) Philosophical Books for These Challenging Political Times

Like most people, I’m watching the US presidential primary season with a mixture of emotions, most of them negative. The press, the candidates, and …

The agony & the ecstasy of Donald Trump: America is at a crossroads — and his is the path to hell

<b>(AP/Jae C. Hong)</b><p>The historical parallels that Trump is drawing are apt, and point to the significance of this moment in time<p>Conor Lynch<p>March 16, 2016 11:58am (UTC)<p>“Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to Socialism or regression into Barbarism.”<p>When the Marxist theorist and …

American Reporter's Assault Reveals How Common Sexual Violence Is in Mexico City

Independent American journalist Andrea Noel (who was previously the editorial coordinator for VICE News Latin America) reported she was the victim of …

Mexico City

The Internet Is Having A Field Day With This Robot Video

These robot re-edits and dubbed videos are too funny.

Robotics

The Size of the California Methane Leak Isn’t the Scariest Part of the Story

The first time Stephen Conley flew through the plume of natural gas hovering above Aliso Canyon, California, he knew the situation was bad. He …

Oil & Gas Industry

CDC’s advice on Zika: You may need to consider avoiding sex

By Lena H. Sun<p>Lena H. Sun<p>National reporter focusing on health<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile and remains a global health emergency, according to the World Health …

Public Health

Donald Trump is about to get hit by a barrage of attack ads

On Friday, two of those groups announced that they would launch major television-commercial campaigns against Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner.<p>Right to Rise USA, the big-money super PAC backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), released an ad titled "Iceberg."<p>In the ad, an ice …

Donald Trump