" Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him. "
H.G. Wells

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Iraq Invades Kuwait

Hours after Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UN Security Council, partially motivated by a desire to protect Saudi Arabia and its valuable oil fields, passed Resolution 660, condemning the invasion and demanding a withdrawal of Iraqi troops. A few months later, UN Resolution 678 set a January 15, 1991, deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces, but Hussein did not meet it. How many days after the deadline did the US attack?



Internet Flaming

Whether it takes the form of a long-term "holy war" or a brief "pie fight," Internet flaming, a form of hostile interaction that occurs between users of a public electronic forum, can be devastating to an online community. Flames are often malicious, offensive attacks on points of view that differ from the flamer's. Many believe the phenomenon is perpetuated by the anonymity of online interaction, which allows flamers to avoid real-life consequences. What are some famous examples of flaming?

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James Baldwin

Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author known for his novel Go Tell it on the Mountain. He dealt with social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. In 1948, he left America to live in Europe for an extended period and, upon his return, he became actively involved in the civil rights movement. Who inspired and supported Baldwin's writing when he was young?

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