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Taliban Captures Kabul

During the chaotic period that followed the overthrow of the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan, the Taliban entered Afghanistan through Pakistan with a well-funded militia and captured the capital city of Kabul. Until it was overthrown by US-backed forces in 2001, the Taliban imposed Sharia law, banning, among other things, television, music, dancing, clapping at sporting events, and employment and education for women. What three nations officially recognized the Taliban government?



Cursus Honorum

A Latin phrase meaning "course of honors," the cursus honorum was the sequential order of public offices held by politicians in both the Roman Republic and the early Empire. The cursus honorum forbade repeating an office, and it set a minimum age for election to each post and minimum intervals between holding successive offices. However, these rules were often ignored toward the end of the Republic. At what age could candidates be elected to their first official post?

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Thomas Nast

Nast, a US caricaturist and cartoonist, is considered the father of American political cartooning. During the Civil War, Harper's Weekly published the first of Nast's serious political cartoons. His stylized, clever, and forceful illustrations attracted much attention and earned accolades from President Lincoln, and his cartoons were instrumental in breaking up the corrupt NYC Tweed Ring. Nast revived the use of what symbols in his depictions of the US Democratic and Republican parties?

Last updated on Sunday, 27th September 2009

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