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Brixton Riot

Brixton, in south London, was an area of high unemployment, high crime, poor housing, and no amenities. Police began Operation Swamp 81 there, aimed at reducing serious street crime mainly through the heavy application of the so-called "sus law." Many residents of the predominantly black community found this stop-and-search policy to be discriminatory and heavy-handed, and riots ensued, resulting in hundreds of injuries. What songs did the riots inspire?




The Merkava series of main battle tanks is developed and manufactured by Israel Military Industries, Ltd for the Israel Defense Forces. It is designed to ensure crew survival, battle perseverance, and quick revival in case of bad damage, though it is still is vulnerable to remotely operated land mines. The heavily shielded engine is placed at the front of the tank, while the crew is able to escape through doors at the rear. When and why did Israel decide to develop the Merkava?

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Leo Calvin Rosten

Leo Calvin Rosten was an American teacher, screenwriter, and humorist best remembered for his stories about the night-school "prodigy" Hyman Kaplan, first published in The New Yorker in the 1930s and later reprinted in two volumes, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N and The Return of Hyman Kaplan. He also garnered attention for The Joys of Yiddish, a guide to the language and Jewish culture. Rosten wrote the story for what film starring Lucille Ball?

Last updated on Wednesday, 11th April 2007

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