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Read 50 books in 2014 (read all 7 entries…)
7.Creole

by José Eduardo Agualusa



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6.You Are Special

by Max Lucado



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9.Which European Country Do You Actually Belong In?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/what-european-country-do-you-actually-belong-in

Norway!!! Yaay! :)



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5.The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau



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4.Nine Lives

by William Dalrymple



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3.The Trial of Fallen Angels

by James Kimmel Jr



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2.Star of the Sea

by Joseph O’Connor



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And the Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini



list my top 100 songs (read all 5 entries…)
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51. The Beatles – yellow submarine
52.The Beatles-While My Guitar Gently Weeps
53.Bruce Springsteen – O Mary Don’t You Weep
54. Neil Sedaka- Oh, Carol
55. Mary Hopkin – Those were the days
56.Rod Stewart – I am sailing
57. Celtic woman -The Voice
58.Enigma – Return To Innocence
59.Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
60.Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night
61.Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
62.The Cranberries – Zombie
63.The Cranberries – Promises
64.Alanis Morissette- Uninvited
65.Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
67.Placebo – Every You, Every Me
68.Rage Against Mascine -Killing in the name of
69.placebo – the bitter end
70.Radiohead – Creep



list my top 100 songs (read all 5 entries…)
oldies

31.Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
32.Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
33.Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
34.Creedence Clearwater Revival-Suzie Q
35.Lou Reed – Perfect Day
36.Lesley Gore – Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows
37.Chordettes – Lollipop
38.Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin
39.Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
40.Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
41.Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Her
42.Fire Inc – Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young
43.Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
44.The Dubliners – Whiskey In The Jar
45.The Beatles – Yesterday
46.Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
47.Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
48.Demis Roussos – My Friend The Wind
49.The Everly Brothers – Love Hurts
50.Simon & Garfunkel – El Condor Pasa



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16. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
17. The Cult – Lil Devil
18. Blondie- One Way or Another
19.The Cult “Rain”
20.Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
21.Republica:Drop Dead gorgeous
22.Guano Apes – Rain
23.Pearl Jam – Daughter
24.Tori Amos – crucify
25.Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde
26.Staind – Outside
27.System of a Down; Spiders
28.Tool- Forty Six & 2
29.Tool – Lateralus
30.Green Day – Green Day – Long View



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54. Italy

Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy’s defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.



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14. Keep Smiling

http://keep0smiling.blogspot.com/



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53. Latvia

The name “Latvia” originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 – an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.



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52.Columbia

Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In October 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.



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51.Lebanon

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French separated out the region of Lebanon in 1920, and granted this area independence in 1943. A lengthy civil war (1975-90) devastated the country, but Lebanon has since made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions. Under the Ta’if Accord – the blueprint for national reconciliation – the Lebanese established a more equitable political system, particularly by giving Muslims a greater voice in the political process while institutionalizing sectarian divisions in the government. Since the end of the war, Lebanon has conducted several successful elections. Most militias have been reduced or disbanded, with the exception of Hizballah, designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and Palestinian militant groups. During Lebanon’s civil war, the Arab League legitimized in the Ta’if Accord Syria’s troop deployment, numbering about 16,000 based mainly east of Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000 and the passage in September 2004 of UNSCR 1559 – a resolution calling for Syria to withdraw from Lebanon and end its interference in Lebanese affairs – encouraged some Lebanese groups to demand that Syria withdraw its forces. The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq HARIRI and 22 others in February 2005 led to massive demonstrations in Beirut against the Syrian presence (“the Cedar Revolution”), and Syria withdrew the remainder of its military forces in April 2005. In May-June 2005, Lebanon held its first legislative elections since the end of the civil war free of foreign interference, handing a majority to the bloc led by Sa’ad HARIRI, the slain prime minister’s son. In July 2006, Hizballah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers leading to a 34-day conflict with Israel in which approximately 1,200 Lebanese civilians were killed. UNSCR 1701 ended the war in August 2006, and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) deployed throughout the country for the first time in decades, charged with securing Lebanon’s borders against weapons smuggling and maintaining a weapons-free zone in south Lebanon with the help of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The LAF in May-September 2007 battled Sunni extremist group Fatah al-Islam in the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp, winning a decisive victory, but destroying the camp and displacing 30,000 Palestinian residents. Lebanese politicians in November 2007 were unable to agree on a successor to Emile LAHUD when he stepped down as president, creating a political vacuum until the election of LAF Commander Gen. Michel SULAYMAN in May 2008 and the formation of a new unity government in July 2008. Legislative elections in June 2009 again produced victory for the bloc led by Sa’ad HARIRI, but a period of prolonged negotiation over the composition of the cabinet ensued. A national unity government was finally formed in November 2009 and approved by the National Assembly the following month. Inspired by the popular revolts that began in late 2010 against dictatorships across the Middle East and North Africa, marches and demonstrations in Lebanon were directed instead against sectarian politics. Although the protests gained some traction, they were limited in size and unsuccessful in changing the system. Opposition politicians collapsed the national unity government under Prime Minister Sa’ad HARIRI in February 2011. After several months in caretaker status, the government named Najib MIQATI Prime Minister.



Do the 30 Day Song Challenge (read all 9 entries…)
Day 08: A song that you know all the words to

Chris Isaak- Wicked Game



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Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event

Pearl Jam- jeremy



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50.Singapore

Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world’s most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.



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49.Ukraine

Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest “Orange Revolution” in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006. An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO, as head of an “Orange” coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007. Viktor YANUKOVUYCH was elected president in a February 2010 run-off election that observers assessed as meeting most international standards. The following month, Ukraine’s parliament, the Rada, approved a vote of no-confidence prompting Yuliya TYMOSHENKO to resign from her post as prime minister. In October 2012, Ukraine held Rada elections, widely criticized by Western observers as flawed due to use of government resources to favor ruling party candidates, interference with media access, and harassment of opposition candidates.



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