" Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action and of being, as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner. "
James Fenimore Cooper

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Battle of Mogadishu Begins

In 1992, US armed forces joined the UN in a joint operation to restore order in Somalia, a country wracked by civil war and severe famine. When US special operations forces attempted to arrest members of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's guerilla organization, their helicopters were shot down and an urban battle ensued. Eighteen US servicemen and between 1,000 and 1,500 Somalis died in the fighting. What 2001 Hollywood movie is based on the 1993 battle, and why did it anger many Somalis?



Amy Goodman

Goodman, a Harvard graduate, broadcast journalist, and author, is currently the host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! program. She has covered numerous antiwar and anti-globalization movements, and is known for her left wing stance and criticism of the corporate media. In 1991, she and a companion were severely beaten after witnessing the Dili Massacre, in which hundreds of East Timorese protestors were murdered. Why did Goodman refuse to accept the Overseas Press Club Award in 2001?

Born on a day like today


Stevie Ray Vaughan

Vaughan was one of America's most influential electric blues guitarists. His unique sound was created with the use of heavy strings, and his style drew frequent comparisons to that of Jimi Hendrix. Vaughan's In Step (1989) won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named him the seventh greatest guitarist of all time. His career was tragically cut short when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990. What was Vaughan's “first wife”?

Last updated on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

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