Remembering Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech

On June 12, 1987 President Ronald Reagan, standing before the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin with the Berlin Wall looming behind him, issued his famous challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” President Reagan’s words that day have been credited with placing considerable pressure on the Soviet…

Sopron, Hungary: the picnic that changed the world

Twenty-five years ago, a diplomatic picnic helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe. Who would have thought that in the end the Iron Curtain would be brought down not with a bang, but with basketfuls of sandwiches and hot dogs? And yet that is what happened. On August 19, 1989, at the instigation of the Austrian Euro…

25 Years On: Rare Photographs of Tiananmen Square Protests Go on Sale

25 Years On: Rare Photographs of Tiananmen Square Protests Go on Sale | AbeBooks’ Reading Copy Twenty five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, a remarkable collection of photographs documenting the events surrounding the government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com.

How China has rewritten the history of Tiananmen Square

How China has rewritten the history of Tiananmen Square – World – CBC News Around the world this week there will be commemorations, vigils and demonstrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square; but not in China. The Chinese government has successfully re-written this recent chapter of the nation’s history, casting…