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August 21, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard and Paloma Esquivel
They were great antagonists of the Cold War, the avowedly Red-hating American president and the world's most powerful Communist. Yet when Richard Nixon hosted Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a summit in June 1973, their private exchanges had the casual, meandering comity of old friends. Meeting his Russian counterpart privately in the Oval Office, with only a translator accompanying them, Nixon said the world's safety hinged on their mutual trust. “Mr. Brezhnev and I have the key, and I think that our personal relationship will unlock the door,” Nixon said.
June 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
“ Fire in the Land of Snow ,” a documentary examining the spreading phenomenon of self-immolation protests in Tibet, provides the latest troubling chapter in the history of a solitary population inhabiting the Himalayan highlands known as the Roof of the World. An empire of nomadic tribes and remote principalities, Tibet fended off covetous Asian armies for centuries before the new revolutionaries ruling the People's Republic of China invaded in 1950 and embarked on a mission to force the agrarian Buddhists into communism's industrial mold.
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