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Salem Witch Trials Begin

Viewed by many to be the result of a period of factional infighting and religious hysteria, the witch trials of Puritanical Salem Village, Massachusetts, led to the executions of 20 people—15 women and 5 men—and the imprisonment of approximately 150 accused witches. Even after the trials ended, people who had previously been found not guilty of witchcraft remained in prison, held until they paid their jail fees. What is "spectral evidence," and how did it play a role in the witch trials?




The Guaymí are an indigenous group living primarily within the Ngöbe-Buglé region of western Panama. Spanish conquistadors found 3 Guaymí tribes—the Nata, Parita, and Urracá—after settling Panama in the 16th century. Urracá, leader of the tribe that took his name, is the most well known of the 3 tribal chiefs. Famed as a Panamanian freedom fighter, Urracá battled and defeated the Spaniards on several occasions. In what mainstream industries do members of the once-isolated Guaymí tribes now work?

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Yitzhak Rabin

Rabin was an Israeli general, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He played a leading role in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1948 and 1967 wars and retired to pursue a diplomatic post in 1968. In 1974, Rabin succeeded Golda Meir as Prime Minister of Israel. He served two terms as prime minister, but his political career was cut short when he was assassinated in 1995, while attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Why did Yigal Amir decide to assassinate Rabin?

Last updated on Sunday, 1st March 2009

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