" I do not wish them to have power over men; but over themselves. "
Mary Shelley

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UN Passes Resolution Equating Zionism with Racism

The UN General Assembly's Resolution 3379 equated the philosophy of Zionism, which is concerned with the support and development of the State of Israel as a Jewish homeland, with racism. The resolution was revoked in 1991, but majority votes of various UN agencies continued to assert that "Zionism is racism." Further complicating the matter was the fact that it was the UN's 1947 Partition Plan that first led to the establishment of the State of Israel. How did Israel respond to Resolution 3379?




Evidence of human cannibalism suggests that the practice began thousands of years ago. Cannibalism, eating the flesh of the members of one's own species, is practiced ritually in some cultures, though in Western society people tend to turn to cannibalism only in situations of extreme starvation or when they are mentally ill. Historically, the Aztec Empire is the most famous example of a cannibalistic society. What 20th century Mexican artist claimed to participate in cannibalistic practices?

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Martin Luther

The teachings of this German theologian, widely disseminated by the then-novel printing press, sparked the Protestant Reformation. Luther denied the authority of the priesthood to mediate between the individual and God and rejected the sacraments except as aids to faith. His works were condemned by the Pope and banned by the Holy Roman Emperor, but the Reformation soon swept across Europe, setting the stage for a century of religious war. Why did Luther translate the Bible into German?

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