Blasts from the past

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Just a few photos from the capital of Zanzibar... A monument to African slaves. Zanzibar was a major transfer point in the slave trade.Stone...

NYC: Banksy Was Here

Sure, he was here. Banksy has been everywhere.

Rooster Fights in Afghanistan

Afghan men and boys like to watch fights between roosters.Well, maybe women and girls would love them too, but who will let them?

Afghan Women

It's hard to discuss Afghan women, because one can hardly describe the subject concealed for the most part by the controversial blue or white...

Don’t Do What the Mullah Does

One of my Afghan drivers never missed a chance to make sarcastic comments about religion in general and the Islamic clergy in particular whenever...

“Workers’ Demonstrations” in USSR

On the first of May, as well as on other Soviet holidays that required universal shows of loyalty, factory and office workers, government employees,...

Gas & Oreo

 They say a good flashback can bring out a good story. Don't know. Today I had a flashback related to gasoline and Oreo cookies....

Did the Ukrainians Get What They Dreamt About?

I asked Ukrainian protesters on Kiev's Independence Square in February 2014 to formulate their biggest dream in as little as 10 seconds. Here are their answers: https://www.instagram.com/p/k1dybXIPEM/?taken-by=newsbee "Our...

How I Broke 9/11 News to Taliban Fighter

One of the Taliban prisoners-of-war I met at the Do-Ab detention center in the Panjshir Valley in mid-September 2001 was a bespectacled man with...

The Cook that Killed ‘Em All

The little person standing on the porch of the prison cell of the Do-Ab detention center for Taliban POWs with his long-bearded friend once...

Stalin and Dow Jones

Once upon a time a TASS night-time editor picked up a ringing phone and - lo and behold - there was Stalin's voice on...

Edward Bernays, Father of Public Relations

Back in 1990 I was attending a social meeting of some kind, organized by Harvard, in Cambridge, MA. In those years being Russian at...

Man Without Shadow

The spy that worked with me at Tass.

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