Blasts from the past

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....

Phuket, Thailand

Cairo, Egypt

Was it warmer in Egypt five thousand years ago than it is today? Have you noticed that ancient Egyptians are always shown wearing light...

NYC: Banksy Was Here

Sure, he was here. Banksy has been everywhere.

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...

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...

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...

Man Without Shadow

The spy that worked with me at Tass.

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...

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...

Travel in Afghanistan

They say there are only good drivers in Afghanistan: all the bad ones are lying at the bottom of mountain gorges. For lack of choice,...

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...

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?

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