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Amar Toor


Recently released video of a police shootout in a Brazilian slum has ignited controversy in Rio de Janeiro, raising important questions about the city's crackdown on crime ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics — both of which will be hosted in Rio.

The black-and-white video, captured using heat-seeking technology last May, was recorded from a police helicopter during a pursuit of Márcio José Sabino Pereira — a 36-year-old convicted drug trafficker who went by the name "Mathematician." The helicopter tracks Mathematician through the densely populated slum of Favela da Coréia, before unloading a torrent of bullets just as he entered a car. As the New York Times reports, some of these bullets hit buildings surrounding...

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Images from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting were seen around the word. The photographs, showing both reaction and grief, were a reminder of the other tragedies from the year, including the Aurora theater shooting. In an image provided by NASA Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft delivered a glorious view of [...]

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FROZEN FLOAT: A member of a swimming club lay on a chunk of ice on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Wednesday. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

WATER BREAK: A laborer drank water while he harvested wheat in Punjab, India, Wednesday. (Ajay Verma/Reuters)

WARMING UP: Wrestlers carried each other during a practice session in Allahabad, India, Wednesday. (Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)

FISH FOR SALE: A vendor sold goldfish along a street in the Wazir Akbar Khan district in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RUNNING WILD: Horses trotted through a flooded area in Chaco, Paraguay, Tuesday. Rainfall last week caused flooding, killing an estimated 180,000 animals and several people and affecting hundreds of thousands of residents. (Ubaldo Gonzalez/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

TAKING AIM: A shooter videotaped himself as he trained for the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in London Wednesday. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

ERUPTING: Ash and smoke spewed from the Popocatépetl volcano, pictured from Puebla, Mexico, Wednesday. The volcano alert level remained high, but no evacuations were planned, according to a civil-defense radio dispatcher. (Jose Casta-Ares/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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TEDxConcordiaUPortland - Anis Mojgani - Equal Parts Science and Magic

You might not believe it, but Anis Mogjani has never been to a barber shop. And he has really long arms. Oh yeah, and he's also a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and a National Book Award Nominee along with various other extraordinary accomplishments. He is a talented and creative artist, who has long been fascinated with the extraordinary process of being human. Everyone, he believes, is "invested with nobility," and this is an idea that he constantly carries with him. His beliefs shape him, and he says that his parents helped shape his beliefs. They gave him, as he says, "The permission to be oneself, acceptance of who one is." If he were able to harness the power of our 2012 attendees, he says he'd want to send everyone out into the world with homemade inventions to make the world a better and more interesting place. One invention he'd like to see? Levitating shoes. He'd love to own a pair someday. He'd also like to open a bookstore, start a soda pop shop with his wife, and establish "an organization that brought to fruition the creative wanderings of people that do not liken themselves to being creative individuals." We should probably mention—it might already be clear—that he doesn't believe there's ever one place that we arrive at; there's no end point, so there's no opportunity to rest on one's laurels. His goal in life is to simply continue, something that he says is actually quite difficult. Continuing <b>...</b>

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