" I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses. "
Victor Hugo

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Daniel Pearl Is Kidnapped

Pearl was serving as the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief when he was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan. Believing Pearl to be a CIA agent, a nationalist Pakistani group abducted him and e-mailed a lengthy list of demands to US officials. Pearl was killed by his captors just 9 days later. Shortly thereafter, a videotape of his beheading was leaked on the internet through a Jihadist website. What claim has Pakistan's president made regarding the identity of Pearl's murderer?



The Underground Railroad

This informal network of safe houses and transport facilities was established by 19th century US abolitionists in the northern states prior to the Civil War. Volunteers, or “conductors,” offered sanctuary and assistance to escaped African-American slaves and helped lead the slaves to safety in the North. Conductors on the railroad included escaped slaves like Harriet Tubman, who is credited with having led more than 300 slaves to freedom. Who was the “Father of the Underground Railroad”?

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Stendhal was a prominent 19th century French writer. His work, though out of step with the Romanticism that pervaded literature during his lifetime, has gained widespread acclaim in the last century for its irony and psychological complexity. His major novels include The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma. His most genuine and unhappy love affair led him to write what psychological analysis of love that predates Freud?

Last updated on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008

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