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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?



The Manticore

With the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion or dragon, the head of a human, and three rows of sharp teeth, the legendary manticore bears several similarities to the Egyptian sphinx. A mythical creature of Persian origin whose name derives from the Persian word for "man-eater," the manticore is rumored to kill its victims instantly with only a single bite or scratch and then fully devour them. What controversial author featured a manticore in his book The Satanic Verses?

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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 led Du Bois to seek Ghanaian citizenship at the age of 95?

Last updated on Monday, 23rd February 2009

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