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DAY OF GERMAN UNITY: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev,tear down this wall!' "
-President Ronald Reagan
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, a symbolic end to the Cold War that paved the way for German reunification eleven months later. The “Two-Plus-Four” Treaty permitted the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) to become a united country for the first time since the end of World War II. On October 3, 1990, reunification took place
and became the Day of German Unity...
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TEXAN PRIDE: DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Admittedly, King Ranch, the birthplace of Texan ranching, is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. But is size the reason why Texans love their state so intensely? As the second largest state (Alaska is first) with big skies, vast oil and wind power, and a GDP that would rank 13th in the world if it were an independent country, ‘big’ plays a part in that pride. But its quirks, larger-than-life personalities and can-do spirit are also part of Texan swagger...

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THE MONROE DOCTRINE

‘The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.’

--President James Monroe

On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe’s State of the Union address to Congress became a cornerstone of American diplomacy and Monroe’s greatest legacy. It wasn’t until 1852 that the United States’ unilateral control of the Americas became known as the Monroe Doctrine...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SACRED SPACES

In an increasingly secular world, the importance of sacred spaces may seem negligible at best, or at worst, a source of conflict due to competing claims. However, being able to identify and understand spaces infused with religious meaning is integral to both appreciating ‘place’ historically, and comprehending the complexity of current political tensions. Much of any country’s values and landscape are underlain by an intricate bedrock of belief. On some level...

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THE UNITED STATES: NATURAL RESOURCES

Without natural resources life itself is impossible. From birth to death, natural resources, transformed for human use, feed, clothe, shelter, and transport us. Upon them we depend for every material necessity, comfort, convenience, and protection in our lives. Without abundant resources prosperity is out of reach.

—Gifford Pinchot

Natural resources are materials such as timber, minerals, coal, oil, or water that can be gathered or extracted from the earth for our use and economic gain. Taken as raw materials, these resources can be used to manufacture products to meet our needs and provide...

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Located in the northern portion of Africa, the Sahara (the Arabic word for desert) is the world’s largest hot desert. By definition, deserts receive less than 10 inches of rainfall annually, but half of the Sahara receives less than an inch of rainfall while the rest receives about 4 inches annually. Bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea to the east, the Sahara has been creeping southward into the Sahel...

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620 million people – about half of India’s population – defecate in the open every day. In August 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised during his independence day speech that every home would have a toilet by 2019 (Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday), equaling 110 million toilets in the next four years. It’s a worthy goal expected to eliminate approximately 600,000 deaths a year caused by diarrhea and cholera...

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Each year many Americans celebrate a day made especially for romance—Valentine’s Day. This special day is also celebrated in Mexico, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Valentine’s Day has its roots in ancient Roman tradition as well as Christian tradition. The day received its name in honor of Saint Valentine, however, the exact origin of the day is not altogether clear...

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Hidden beneath the 245,000 square miles that make up the Great Plains, resides a lake that’s one of our greatest water assets: The Ogallala Aquifer. Haven’t heard of it? Farming the plains would be unprofitable at best without it, as shown by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. At the time, the aquifer’s existence was known, but the technology to tap into it wasn’t. more...

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Emoji are the symbols people use to represent emotions and ideas on their cell phones. They show up in tweets on Twitter. They are sprinkled liberally in text messages. They accompany status updates on social media sites like Facebook. There are even keyboard settings devoted wholly to typing emoji. They are like an emerging new... more

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