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Eurovision 2015 Contestants: Austria

After winning last year’s show with Conchita Wurst’s performance, Austria has the pleasure of organizing this year’s Eurovision. According to Oikotimes, a website on which “Eurovision becomes a passion,” it will cost Vienna a total of €35 million to host the event, for a revenue of €10 million for the host broadcaster ORF. So much for the Eurovision going into “austerity mode.”

A pop rock band called The Makemakes, a name derived from the dwarf planet Makemake, will run for Austria this year. They were voted “the most convincing act” out of 16 candidates by an expert jury and the TV audience in a national selection.

They will perform “I Am Yours”, a song so magical the piano sets itself on fire and starts playing by itself when the singer gets up for a passionate last chorus.

Extra points for being able to move around in those skinny leopard jeans.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 1.25/10

Was there enough glitter? 3.75/10

Ok to quit your day job? 7/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 4/10

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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