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World's Worst Industrial Disaster Occurs in India

The accidental release of methyl isocyanate into the city of Bhopal, India, from a Union Carbide India, Ltd. pesticide plant killed thousands of people and injured between 150,000 and 600,000. Of those injured, at least 15,000 later died from their injuries. Recent documents, which came to light during a lawsuit against the company involved in the disaster, reveal that Carbide had exported "untested, unproven technology" to India. What did a 2004 BBC investigation find at the disaster site?



The Cliffs of Insanity

The Namurian shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher are a major tourist attraction in Ireland, where they are noted for the spectacular views they provide of the Aran Islands and Connemara. Even in the early 19th century, tourists flocked to the site; and in 1835, O'Brien's Tower, a round stone observation tower located approximately at the midpoint of the cliffs, was built to accommodate the visitors. The cliffs were featured in what popular 1987 cult film as the “Cliffs of Insanity”?

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Jean-Luc Godard

Godard was one of the founders of the French New Wave movement in cinema in the 1960s. The movement rejected the classic “literary” style of French filmmaking. Instead, Godard used radical stylistic tools, including jump cuts, character asides, and documentary-style techniques, to blur the boundary between fact and fiction. Godard's many works include Pierrot le fou, Tout va bien, and Masculin, féminin. Which of his films was condemned by the Catholic Church for alleged heresy?

Last updated on Monday, 3rd December 2007

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