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Al-Aqsa Intifada Begins

Palestinians consider the al-Aqsa Intifada (2000-present) a war of national liberation against foreign occupation, whereas Israelis consider it a terrorist campaign. The intifada has also been called the "Oslo War" by those who consider the violence a result of concessions made by Israel following the Oslo Accords, and "Arafat's War," after the late Palestinian leader whom many Israelis blame for starting it. What was the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit of 2005?



The Nord Stream

The Nord Stream pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline that will run from Russia to Northern Germany across the Baltic Sea. Russian and German officials claim that the pipeline will lead to economic savings by bypassing transit countries and avoiding transit-fees, but environmentalists fear that it might dislodge toxic material dumped on the Baltic seabed. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was a major proponent of the pipeline project. Why are his activities now being scrutinized?

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Georges Clemenceau

Clemenceau was a French journalist and statesman whose politics brought him into conflict with Napoleon III's government. After several years spent in the US, he returned to France and became mayor of Montmartre following Napoleon III's dethronement. In 1880, he began publishing La Justice, which became the primary organ of Parisian radicalism. His L'Aurore carried Zola's famous "J'accuse" on its front page. He served as premier during WWI and was a key architect of what treaty?

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