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The Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan by Fotopoulou Sophia

This painted Bodhisattva on gilded clay, hails from seventh-century Fondukistan, a medieval settlement and Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan. The artifact was recovered in a special inventory project.

During Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, the National Museum outside Kabul was literally on the front line, repeatedly attacked by rocket fire and looted by warlords.

Then, during the reign of the fundamentalist Taliban regime, all non-Islamic statues and tombs were ordered destroyed. This led to the loss of two-thirds of the hundred thousand items in the Kabul museum.

The Taliban was forced from Kabul after the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan in late 2001. Before then, the Taliban's culture minister supervised the destruction of many of the remaining exhibits at the…

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Volkswagen Beetle History by Gus Leous


Today, Volkswagen is the largest automaker in Europe. However, it has not always been this way...

Literally, the word "volkswagen" means "people's car." In Germany, the idea of a people's car wasn't exactly a new one. Before the 1930's, there had been many efforts to create simple cars that everyone could afford, but none met with profound success. Almost all cars before 1930, even if they were designed to be simple enough for the average person, ended up costing more than the average worker's yearly wage.

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21 May 2003 -- The world's first ever-global tobacco control pact was adopted at the 56th World Health Assembly. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) represents a key step in the global strategy to reduce tobacco-related death and disease worldwide. If left untackled, the tobacco epidemic could kill ten million people every year by 2020.

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