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These Rare Examples of Early Photography in China Captured a Disappearing World

Caption from Stephan Lowentheil Collection. This striking portrait shows a Chinese actress and an actor in elaborate cos<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Courtesy of the …

'I am the revolution': Fidel Castro’s tools of personality cult and propaganda

The Cuban revolution exercised a powerful hold on artists at home and around the world<p>The front of the official newspaper of the central committee of the Communist party of Cuba was dominated by a shot of Fidel Castro Ruz in his cap, waving the national flag under the historic Cuban slogan: “Hasta …

A Harrowing Tale Of Cold War Escape And Suppression In 'The Tunnels'

The Berlin Wall was a scar — a concrete and barbed wire boundary that divided families, East and West, communism and capitalism, tyranny and democracy. People died trying to climb over it while others labored to carve tunnels beneath it.<p>In his new book, <i>The Tunnels,</i> Greg Mitchell writes about a time …

UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge

<b>Almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be kept, warns Unesco.</b><p>The United Nations agency's estimate is for the number of teachers required to meet the promise of primary and secondary places for all children.<p>The biggest …

Digital soil mapping project gives Ethiopian farmers new fertilizers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<p>A comprehensive digital map charting soil fertility in Ethiopia is proving an important tool in tackling the country's low farm …

Farming

The Trans-Siberian Railway reshaped world history

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most impressive engineering feats in modern history. Begun in 1891 and completed 100 years ago today (per Google Doodle), it’s the longest railroad line in the world. The 5,772 miles of track connect Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok.<p>It was also the …

Asia

George Kennan’s Love of Russia Inspired His Legendary “Containment” Strategy

The enduring irony of George F. Kennan’s life was just how much the architect of America’s Cold War “containment” strategy—aimed at stopping Soviet …

Foreign Policy

How Dien Bien Phu Led to America’s War in Vietnam

In 1953, a hard fought battle between French and Vietnamese forces finished off France as a colonial power and eerily presaged the fate of the US in …

How ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Built Modern Conservatism

Think literature can't change society? With catchy stories and a lucrative royalty stream, Rose Wilder Lane helped reshape American politics, from her young readers to the Koch brothers.<p>For 84 years, American kids have been growing up with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s inspiring <i>Little House</i> books, reading …

Hopes rise for deal to end 40-year frozen conflict in Cyprus

Talks to resolve Europe’s longest-running frozen conflict will enter a “critical phase” this week, as the leaders of Turkish and Greek-controlled Cyprus engage in what diplomats are calling a “final push” to reach a historic deal to reunify the island.<p>The leaders of both communities, which have …

The Berlin Wall was built 55 years ago today, and it should remind us that walls don’t work

On the 55th anniversary of “barbed-wire Sunday,” as the start of construction on the Berlin Wall is known, the border security business is booming.<p>Donald Trump has made a wall on the US-Mexico border a controversial centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and EU countries have erected fences to …

Europe

1933: The Vatican and Nazi Germany sign an agreement

On July 20, 1933, the Vatican and Germany signed an agreement that set the parameters of the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the …

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United Nations declares internet access a human right; Cuba, Venezuela oppose move | Fox News

In a sign of the times, as well as the entrenchment of the internet in nearly every aspect of life, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring online access as nothing less than a human right.<p>Various nations – many known for their tight control on all kinds of freedom of expression – …

UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

Online freedom resolution passes despite best efforts by Russia, China et alThe United Nations officially condemned the practice of countries …

Human Rights

The women who served in Vietnam

<b>Claire Brisebois Starnes enlisted in the Signal Corps of the US Army in 1963 as a skinny 17-year-old who was ordered to eat more bananas to increase her weight. Six years later she volunteered to travel halfway around the world for a tour of duty in Vietnam.</b><p>I met Starnes, along with Ruth Dewton and …

Vietnam

It's time for change at the U.N. Security Council

With the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago this month, the victors of World War II sought to position themselves as the protectors of peace and stability around the world. Their mechanism was the U.N. Security Council, which has since compiled an erratic record — operating first within …

The Kissinger Diaries: What He Really Thought About Vietnam

It has long been assumed that Henry Kissinger “supported” the Vietnam War throughout the 1960s—and that this was one of the reasons Richard Nixon offered him the job of national security adviser. This view is incorrect. As his private papers and diaries make clear, Kissinger realized by 1966 at the …

They died for Henry Kissinger’s “credibility”: The real history of our Vietnam immorality

<b>(AP/Bill Ingraham/Henry Griffin)</b><p>There was no good answer when John Kerry asked how you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake. Here’s why<p>David Milne<p>October 18, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy”<p>Détente with the Soviet Union and the …

Henry Kissinger

Ikea designed a better shelter for refugees — here's what it can do

But these aren't any ordinary shelters.<p>These were designed by Ikea and built by Better Shelter, a social enterprise run by Ikea's non-profit foundation, to help refugees fleeing violence and conflict by "putting their needs at the heart of the development process."<p>These Ikea-designed shelters are …

Homelessness

After 71 years, the U.N. finally may choose a woman as secretary-general

The chatter these days in the halls of the labyrinthine United Nations complex almost resembles a contested U.S. political convention. Only the names and nationalities are different.<p>For the first time since the U.N. was founded in 1945, the 193 member states will choose a new secretary-general in a …

Eastern Europe

The Vietnam War: How they saw it from both sides of the divide

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. President Barack Obama is in Vietnam forging stronger ties with a country that was the scene of bitter conflict just over 40 years ago.<p>The war ended on April 30, 1975, with the fall of Saigon -- now Ho Chi Minh City -- to the Communist north, two years after the withdrawal of U.S. …

Freedom, Sanctions and North Korean Ice Cream: Q&A With Defector Hyeonseo Lee

Aged just 17, Hyeonseo Lee crossed the Yalu River from North Korea into China on a whim. After living secretly in China for 10 years, she finally …

What was the Battle of Jutland, why was it so important to the First World War - and who won?

It was the battle that changed the course of the First World War. Fought over 36 hours on May 31 1916, the Battle of Jutland was the only major battle of the war fought at sea, but became known as perhaps the largest surface battle in naval history due to the numbers of battleships and …

A Final Solution? Nazi Policy Towards the Jews

A Satanic conspiracy designed from the beginning to eliminate European Jewry? Or ad hoc responses aimed at replenishing Nazi zeal and producing …

BBC - Higher Bitesize History - The causes of the February Revolution : Revision

The beginnings of the revolution<p>Nicholas II, Tsar and Romanov family<p>In the space of a few days in February 1917, Tsarist Russia came to an end. The Romanov family, who had ruled Russia since the seventeenth century, was overthrown and the monarchy was no more.<p>There are several reasons why this …

World History

More than 20 countries could be malaria-free by 2020

Twenty-one countries, including six African nations hit hard by the disease, have the potential to be malaria-free by 2020. Last year 400,000 people …

Public Health

The Forgotten Birth Of American Empire: The Spanish-American War Of 1898

“Take up the White Man’s burden–<br>The savage wars of peace–<br>Fill full the mouth of Famine<br>And bid the sickness cease;<br>And when your goal is nearest<br>The end for others sought,<br>Watch sloth and heathen folly<br>Bring all your hopes to nought.”<p>“The White Man’s Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands” …

The Atomic Armada - The Forgotten Wrecks of Bikini Atoll