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:

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


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.