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Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

George F Kennan (19042005)

Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948

This Week in History:

March 21st - 26th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
Which two countries agreed a peace deal after how long?
Egypt and Israel after 30 years of war
2
Who killed how many people and where in South Africa in 1960?
South African police shot and killed 69 people in Sharpeville.
3
Who won an Oscar for best actress in what film in 2002?
Halle Berry for her role in Monster's Ball
4
Why was South Africa expelled from the Davis Cup in 1970?
Because of South Africa's ban on black tennis star Arthur Ashe.
5
Which country became the first Islamic republic and when?
Pakistan in 1956
6
What fell to Earth and where in 2001?
Russia's Space Station Mir came down near Fiji.

Notes:

This Week In History doesn't use the word massacre for the killing at Sharpeville. Of the 69 shot dead 8 were women and 10 were children. A further 180 were injured including 31 women and 19 children. Many people were shot in the back as they ran away.

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