New age: the flag of the Soviet Union is taken down for the last time as the Russian flag is raised over Moscow for the first time.
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Former BBC reporter James Rodgers reflects on the end of the Soviet Union and finds lessons for today.
The International Space Station is a great example of how space has, for the most part, been a peaceful and collaborative international arena.
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Activities in space today are far more numerous and complicated compared to 1967, before humans had landed on the moon or Elon Musk had been born. Two experts explain the need for better laws to keep space peaceful.
Former South African President FW de Klerk photographed in Pretoria in 1989.
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FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.
The rug designs tend to contain symbols – AK-47s, 9/11 and drones – that reflect an outsider’s understanding of war.
Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of WarRug.com
War rugs are more reflections of market forces than memorials to suffering.
A Soviet soldier on guard in Afghanistan in 1988.
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In the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia looks like an increasingly desirable international partner across much of the globe.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays British businessman Greville Wynne who gets caught up in espionage during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
American intelligence has recognised there are four reasons why a ‘normal’ person might be convinced to spy.
A man reacts as he gets a shot of the one-dose Sputnik Light vaccine at a mobile vaccination station in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Coverage of Russian vaccination rollout has focused largely on concerns about ethics of development and inconsistent messaging. But Russian-language research complicates this picture.
The US ambassador to the USSR, George Kennan, chats with a reporter in 1952 after the Soviets told the US State Department that Kennan must be recalled immediately.
Kennan was one of America’s few true experts on Soviet affairs. He famously urged a “Containment” strategy to prevent Soviet expansionism, advising against military responses and arms build-ups.
A global treaty bans research or stockpiling of biological weapons — but allows bioweapon defense planning.
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The sketchy history of international efforts to control bioweapons suggests that nations will resist cooperative monitoring of gene hacking for medical research.
Alexei Stakhanov’s official portrait with drill and miner’s lamp.
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The audio version of an in-depth article about a record-breaking Soviet miner from 1935 who embodied a system of values that is central to contemporary work cultures today.
US President Ronald Reagan meeting with Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov in the Oval Office in 1988.
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Andrei Sakharov was one of the most brilliant scientists of the nuclear age. But he is best remembered today as one of the most fearless defenders of human rights around the world.
With Raul Castro’s resignation as first secretary of the Communist Party, the Castro era is officially over in Cuba.
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Just as Fidel Castro’s 2016 death did not transform US-Cuba ties, his brother Raul’s exit from politics is unlikely to do so. But Cuba itself is changing. Eventually, Havana and Washington will, too.