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CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES
In one of the most famous 2005 weddings, Prince Charles wed Camilla Parker Bowles; many Britons blame her for destroying his marriage to the late Princess Diana.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II was the famous pontiff who led the world's 1 billion Catholics for over twenty years. Some weeks later, cardinals elected Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as the 265th pontiff. He takes the name Pope Benedict XVI.
CREATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE POSITION
Early this year, John Negroponte was sworn in as the Director of National Intelligence, a new position created at the behest of the House-Senate 9-11 commission. The Director of National Intelligence coordinates all the elements of the intelligence community and, now that the Director of Central Intelligence only oversees the CIA, is the principle intelligence adviser to the president for issues of intelligence.
DEEP THROAT REVEALED
Deep Throat, the secret informant that led Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal that led to NIxon's resigation, was revealed in 2005 to be Mark Felt. Felt was a major FBI top official and revealed his identity to Vanity Fair.
Iraq
-was under Ba'ath party from 1960s to 2003
-Saddam became president in 1979 until 2003
-In 2004 interim government took over. Interim prime minister: Iyad Allawi
-January 2005 Iraqis voted in an election which elected the Transitional Natioal Assembly (this was the big election that they said was a huge step for democracy)
-2005 they appointed President (Jalal Talabani, Kurdish); Prime Minister (Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Shiiite); and one shiite (Adel Abdul Mehdi) and one sunni as vice presidents
-In fall 2005, Iraqis voted and accepted the new csonstitution. Really supported by shiites and kurdish but not by that many sunnis.
-parliamentary elections for permanent government in December 2005
Ayatollah Ali Sistani
-Grand Ayatollah, very west-friendly
-told Iraqis not to resist the occupation
-doesn't believe in wilayat-ul faqih. Believes shiites clergy should stay out of Iraqi politics
MUQTADA AS-SADR
-leader of "militia" group the Mahdi army
-leading part of the insurgency (or was)
-opposed to Sistani, seen as opponenents
Iran-Iraq WAR
-1980-1988
-happened when Iraq invaded Iran after disputes over who owned land between the two countries. Ceasefire in 1988.
-Iraq here used biological and chemical weapons
-U.S. gave Iraq arms
-was called the Persian Gulf War until the Kuwait war which became known as the Persian Gulf War instead
PERSIAN GULF WAR
-Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, war till 1991
-Iraq said Kuwait was illegally slant-drilling inside of Iraq
-this is when U.N. sanctioned Iraq, continued till about 2003 I think
-Kuwait had A LOT of countries on its side, including the United States and UN backing and mandate
-here is when Iraq fired missiles on Israel
-mostly happened because Iraq never accepted that Kuwait was its own country (used to be part of Iraq, divided up after WWI by Britain)
-this is when the whole depleted uranium left in Iraq thing started
-this is when the U.S. turned against Iraq
-this is when the no-fly zones were started to protect the Shiites and the Kurds (Kurds in north, Shiites in south) who had tried to uprise and were consequently thrashed by the Iraqi government
BILL FRIST
-republican majority leader right now
-senator from Tennessee
-possible presidential candidate
-in the news for controversy over Terry Schiavo case, in which he disagnosed Terry Schiavo as not totally in a vegetative state (he said she was responding to things) by merely watching a videotape
TRENT LOTT
-senator from Mississippi
-former majority leader in Senate
-huge controversy over his statements at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party, in which he said that his state supported Thurmond in his bid for president (decades ago) and he was proud of it. This was controversial because Thurmond had run on a platform of racial segregation. This was interpreted to mean Lott supported segregation and once media latched onto this Lott was denounced by basically every big political leader there is
-because of all this, Lott resigned as republican majority leader
STROM THURMOND
-everyone knows him as the really really really old senator
-he was 100 while he was in the senate
-he died a couple years ago
-he was republican last I think. When he ran for president in 1948, he ran for the Dixiecrats, a party formed by breaking off of the Democrats because they wanted to maintain Jim Crows Laws and racial segregation
JIM JEFFORDS
-senator from Vermont
-known best because a few years ago he switched from being Republican to being Independent (he's the only independent now in the senate), changing it from 50-50 republican/democrats to 49-50 in favor of the democrats
HARRY REID
-Senate minority leader (democrat)
JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES
-Brazilian
-shot and killed by London police who thought he was a suspect in the July 7 attacks in London
-later shown that he wasn't involved
-a leaked report said he was shot while being restrained
ABU MAZEN
-Abbas succeeded Yasir Arafat as president of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2005 when Arafat died in late 2004.
-agreed with Sharon to a conditional-ceasfire soon after
-he was supposed to be responsible for controlling "militant groups" after the pull-out from Gaza this year
MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
-elected president of Iran in 2005
-successor to Mohammed Khatami
-big follower of Ayatollah Ali Khamanei
-plans to continue pursuing Iran's nuclear program
-in 2005 said Isreal should be wiped off the map
ALAN GREENSPAN
-chairman of the Federal Reserve
-to be succeeded by Ben Bernanke in 2006
-was chairman for 18 years
BASHAR AL-ASSAD
-president of Syria
-was under pressure to withdraw troops from Lebanon after February assasination of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri
-hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets, demanding Syria leave the country
-the U.S., the U.N. and the European Union also urged Syria to withdraw
-Syria pulled out all 14,000 Syrian troops out after a few months
ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH
-pleaded guilty last year to four bombings, including the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, a few other places, and an abortion clinic later
-he got out of the death penalty and instead will serve a few life sentences back to back
-he also agreed to tell where he hid 250 pounds of dynamite
-he was captured after hiding for years
Jose Canseco
-baseball player
-last year wrote famous piece "Juiced." In this book he detailed his use of steroids and growth hormones and alleged that other players like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa used these.
-he said the league didn't discourage such drug use
-the book prompted congressional hearings into steroid use in pro baseball
Lance Armstrong
-has had cancer for about a decade and told he'd have 50% chance to live
-just won his 7th Tour de France
Robert Blake
-actor, acquitted by a California jury in March of the 2001 murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. Found not guilty of hiring stuntmen to kill her
-she was shot in a car parked in California
-guilty in civil suit
Karl Rove
-revealed to be the source used by TIME magazine reporter Matthew Cooper for a story he wrote in 2003 about the disclosure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson
-Wilson's husband Joseph, a former ambassador, discredited Bush's claim that Saddam was pursuing a nuclear program by seeking to obtain uranium from Niger
Lewis "Scooter" Libby
Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October. He was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, two of perjury, and two of making false statements in connection with an investigation into who disclosed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. He resigned his post. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald spent two years investigating the leak.
Jack Abramoff
-Washington lobbyist
-was under corruption investigations by Senate and FBI for defrauding Native American tribes out of millions
-said he gave expensive gifts to several aides of Thomas DeLay and paid for trips of his
Secretary of State
(Colin Powell) Condoleeza Rice
Secretary of the Treasury
(Paul O'Neill) John Snow
Attorney General
(John Ashcroft) Alberto Gonzales
Homeland Security
(Thomas Ridge) Michael Chertoff`
National Security Advisor
(Condoleeza Rice) Stephen Hadley