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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


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Big Brother For The People: India's CCTV Strategy For Cracking Down On Police Abuse

"There is nothing fashionable about installing so many cameras in and outside one’s house," says a lawyer from a Muslim community. And yet, doing this has helped members of the community prove unfair police action against them.

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Survellance and tight security at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on October 4, 2022

Sukanya Shantha

MUMBAI — When sleuths of the National Investigating Agency suddenly descended on human rights defender and school teacher Abdul Wahid Shaikh’s house on October 11, he knew exactly what he needed to do next.

He had been monitoring the three CCTVs that are installed on the front and the rear of his house — a chawl in Vikhroli, a densely populated area in suburban Mumbai. The cameras told him that a group of men and women — some dressed in Mumbai police’s uniform and a few in civil clothes — had converged outside his house. Some of them were armed and few others with batons were aggressively banging at the door asking him to immediately let them in.

This was not the first time that the police had landed at his place at 5 am.

When the policemen discovered the CCTV cameras outside his house, they began hitting it with their batons, destroying one of them mounted right over the door. This action was captured by the adjacent CCTV camera. Shaikh, holed up in his house with his wife and two children, kept pleading with the police to stop destroying his property and simply show them an official notice.

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