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People carry photos of soldiers who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

America’s role in the world 75 years after Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on a US naval base on Dec. 7, 1941 set in motion a series of events that transformed the United States into a global superpower. Will Donald Trump bring that era to an end?
These days neither the public nor governments consider passports as a serious obstacle to freedom of movement. Yohmi/Flickr

When world leaders thought you shouldn’t need passports or visas

In the 20th century, governments considered the “total abolition” of passports as an important goal and discussed the issue in several international conferences.
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom. Library of Congress

The twilight of the mom and pop motel

What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America's relationship with travel and freedom?
Keep Calm And Carry On: the mug. hope-in-sight/flickr

Explainer: the terror behind Keep Calm And Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On is now a pop cultural phenomenon, symbolising the famed British 'stiff upper lip'. But rather than being a nostalgic relic of a reassuring past, Keep Calm should be seen as a symbol of terror.

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