" When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. "
Sun Tzu

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Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States

The US Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, sometimes called "GTMO" or "Gitmo," was established in Cuba in 1898. After Cuba gained its independence, the US assumed territorial control of Guantánamo Bay. Though the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty granted the US a perpetual lease of the area, the current Cuban government considers the American presence in Guantánamo to be an illegal occupation. Why have Amnesty International, the UN, and the EU requested that the Guantánamo Bay detention center be closed?



Chekhov's Gun

Chekhov's gun is a literary technique in which a seemingly insignificant element is introduced early in a story and later becomes crucial to the plot. It is named for famed Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, who felt strongly that any object introduced in a story must be used, or it should not be featured in the first place. The technique has remained popular and is widely used in modern literature, film, and television. What popular fantasy novels frequently feature this plot device?

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W.E.B. Du Bois

Du Bois was an early African-American civil rights leader and scholar, as well as the first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He was an outspoken critic of the social inequalities that existed in the US during the early part of the 20th century, and he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). What events led Du Bois to seek Ghanaian citizenship at the age of 95?

Last updated on Saturday, 23rd February 2008

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