Maple leaf on Canada’s new $20 bill is …Norwegian?

The new Canadian 20 dollar bill made of polymer is displayed at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.(Reuters / Chris Wattie)

The Bank of Canada has found itself in the center of a leafy controversy after botanists claimed it placed the ‘wrong’ maple leaf on its new polymer bills – not the Canadian sugar maple leaf represented on the national flag.

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Chechnya and Secession in the Caucasus

The Caucasus is home to many small and fiercely proud ethno-national groups scattered across the strategic terrain. It is also Russia’s southern defensive border, and control of the region means control of a better part of the Black and Caspian sea coastlines. By 1991, with the Soviet Union disintegrating, many Chechen nationalists saw their opportunity to finally achieve independence. The first Chechen war was the inevitable consequence of the Chechen nationalist goal, which was to establish an independent Chechen nation-state. After Chechnya declared independence in 1991, Moscow’s fear was that other ethnic minorities, autonomous republics or regions within the Russian Federation would attempt to secede as well, though it would not try to teach the Chechens a lesson until 1994.

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The work of artist Daniel Eatock
Nigel Ball

162 by Nigel Ball

John Ellison

Oyster Card by John Ellison

I like the work of artist Daniel Eatock. See more at eatock.com
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The Discovery of Life on Mars

Full text of Andrew Basiago’s paper

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Bosnia, Serbia: Srpska Secession on the Table

From Stratfor

The head of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska attended a meeting with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on Feb. 25. His attendance indicates that Srpska’s secession from Bosnia could be on the table.

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Defending Sacred Ground: Full Text

From Whale

Chapter 1 – The ET Global Connection: A Lecture by Alex Collier
Transcript 1996

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