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Video: What it was like for Germans when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989

On Nov. 9, 1989 — 25 years ago — the Berlin Wall fell. That moment is etched into the memories of many people around the world, and it's difficult to imagine how it felt to be in Berlin on that day. But this video comes pretty close.... Read more»

How Martin Luther King's 'dream' was shaped by the Cold War

What is often forgotten is that King’s speech was at its core not a dream of what America could be but rather an indictment of what America was – a country that had failed to live up to its founding principles of equality.... Read more»

Invisible Theatre’s 'The Letters' is a doubleplusgood drama

The play examines the issues of a culture built on fear and deception, through a two-person power struggle fraught with suspicion, manipulation and intrigue. The taut psychological drama owes much to “1984,” George Orwell’s dystopian novel, as well as to the Soviet era that provides the play’s setting. ... Read more»


Clint and Leonid

In which President Barack Obama hosts a conference call with Clint Eastwood, George W. Bush and Leonid Brezhnev.... Read more»


Wrestling no longer sport for Greeks, Romans

Greco-Roman wrestling is one of the original Olympic sports, contested in Athens in 1896 and in every Olympics since. But don't put your money on Greeks and Romans. In this sport, it's better to be from a former Soviet bloc country.... Read more»

Flat taxes are big in former USSR, but have they worked?

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have all introduced proposals for flat taxes. Most of the countries that have adopted flat taxes in recent years are from the former Soviet bloc. Economists caution that you can’t necessarily translate their experiences into an American context.... Read more»

Russia celebrates Victory Day with parade, strip shows

Monday is Victory Day in Moscow. The holiday—started during the presidency of Vladimir Putin—has achieved a grandiose level of pageantry, but glosses over the country's role in WWII.... Read more»

Bin Laden timeline: 1957—2011

Allied early on with the United States, Osama bin Laden turned from fighting with the Afghan mujahadeen against the Soviet Union to declaring war on the entire West, including the Americans. A timeline of al-Qaeda attacks.... Read more»

Happy birthday, Mr. Lenin

Russians mark the 141st anniversary of Lenin's birth.... Read more»

Afghanistan: As tanks roll in, shades of Soviet failure

As winter settles across Afghanistan, American M-1 Abrams tanks are just about to roll in, right past the bombed-out hulks of Soviet tanks scattered across the rugged landscape as rusted symbols of the failures of the last empire that tried and failed to occupy Afghanistan.... Read more»

Opinion: Gloom and doom in U.S. news

Gloom and doom sell books. Bad news sells newspapers and grabs television viewers. Especially bad news about America and dire predictions about where the country is heading.... Read more»1

Russia's Victory Day parade bolsters nationalism

In a country with no unifying ideology beyond WWII victory, parade honors history while overlooking tensions of today... Read more»

Analysis: Age of loose nukes

Securing loose nuclear material at top of Obama's agenda

The 47-nation conference that ended this week was a unique effort to spotlight what has become the most dangerous prospect the world faces, the summation of all terrors. Securing the world's loose nuclear material is rising to the top of Obama's agenda.... Read more»

Poland grapples with loss of president, leaders

Polish president Lech Kaczynski, 60, was killed in an air crash near the Russian city of Smolensk on Saturday morning along with 95 other people, after the airliner tried repeatedly to land in very foggy conditions.... Read more»