Sunday, September 21, 2014


More Than Commodities

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Quiz: What Does Russia Make?

In an interview with the British weekly “The Economist” posted online on August 2, U.S. President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a country that "doesn't make anything." But is that really true?

What Does Borat's Catchphrase Actually Mean?

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised hackles in Central Asia recently when he said Kazakhstan was "a state in a territory that had never had a state before." One angry commentator on social media summed up the mood among many Kazakhs by saying someone should "send a history book to Putin." Take our quiz and find out how much you know about this nation's history and culture. There's a lot more to the place than Borat!

Nation Without A State

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Quiz: Kurds And Kurdish Culture

There are some 30 million Kurds residing in major swaths of five countries in the Middle East and Caucasus. You've read about the politics of "Kurdistan," but how much do you know about the people?

Turbulent History

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Quiz: McCurry And McBeer. Beyond The Big Mac

Russia has ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in the capital, citing breaches of sanitary guidelines. Russians won't just be missing out on Big Macs and Quarter Pounders, but also their local innovations, such as the McShrimp and Brie Nuggets. McDonald's franchises worldwide are famous for localizing their menus. Can you match the local delicacy to its country of origin?

Industrial Heartland

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Donetsk?

Pro-Russian protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have proclaimed the creation of a sovereign "people's republic" from within the regional government building and built barricades around the structure.