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Eurovision 2015 Contestants: Denmark

Denmark and Eurovision are like a Viking ship on stormy northern waters: It goes up, it goes down, it goes back up etc. After winning the contest for the first time in 1963 with this expand=1] song and hosting it the following year, Denmark decided to withdraw from the contest in 1966, as the new head of entertainment of the national broadcaster DR decided the Eurovision wasn’t a quality program.

But 11 years later, when Mr. Killjøy left DR, Denmark returned with this expand=1] beauty. The country then went on a successful streak until the early 1990s, reaching several top-five positions. But once again, the ship then tore headfirst down the wave and Denmark failed to even qualify for the contest.

It seems however that the Scandinavian country is back in the game. It even won the contest in 2013 and hosted last year's. Does this mean it’s reached the top of the wave again and is bound to crash soon?

The artists representing Denmark, Anti Social Media, probably don’t hope so. This band, whose mission is to revive the “happy spirits of bands such as The Beatles,” will perform “The Way You Are” — indeed a merry, bubbly song.

Unfortunately, we’re a hard bunch to please and we didn’t feel all that happier after listening to the song.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.5/10

Was there enough glitter? 4.25/10

Ok to quit your day job? 4/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 2.92/10

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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