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Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

George F Kennan (19042005)

Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948

This Week in History:

April 12th - 15th

Test yourself:

Press the buttons to reveal the answers.
1
What caused angry protests in Indonesia and when?
The publication of Playboy magazine in 2006
2
What did Yuri Gagarin achieve and when?
In 1961 he became the first man in space.
3
What happened in 1968?
Students clashed with police in West Berlin.
4
What sank and when?
The Titanic in 1912
5
Who died and at what age?
Pol Pot, aged 72
6
Who set a new women's marathon world record and when?
Paula Radcliffe in 2003

Notes:

No mention is made of the US bombing of Cambodia and the US support given to the Khmer Rouge. Read the Jacobin article Nixon and the Cambodian Genocide.

1968 was a year of revolt worldwide.

What value do world records really hold?

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