Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things You Should Know - Episode XIV

Source: World Atlas
  • Which is the only country in the world to be established as a result of a successful slave revolt? Haiti. Gaining its independence in 1804, Haiti was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt. Its successful revolution by slaves and free people of colour lasted nearly a decade; all the first leaders of government were former slaves.
  • Honduras literally means ‘depths’ in Spanish. 
  • Indonesia’s national motto, ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ (‘Unity in Diversity’ literally, ‘many, yet one’), articulates the diversity that shapes the country.
  • The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.
  • The parliament of Finland is called Eduskunta.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Reads + Infographic - Hidden History of the Owaisis

  • Hidden history of the Owaisis: what the AIMIM doesn't want you to know. (FirstPost)
  • Google's Larry Page: The most ambitious CEO in the universe. (Fortune)
  • The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo invented time and gave rise to the modern tyranny of the clock. (Brain Pickings)
  • Uber co-founder is always on the warpath. (Vanity Fair)
Check out the below infographic, from Reuters, on women's land rights.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Excerpt: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Today was the second and final day of the CAT. I was told by a student that there was an RC on Genghis Khan. I am pretty sure it must have come from the brilliant work titled Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.

I have often recommended this work in my classes; its sweep is wide and Weatherford's storytelling is riveting. I think this is a book everyone should read, just to understand the way Genghis Khan shaped and in fact, continues to shape, our world.

Title: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Author: Jack Weatherford
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Pages featured here: 3-9

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