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Oscar Niemeyer, visionary architect and Communist, dies at 104

A Communist who experienced persecution, exile, and the shifting fortunes of our movement, his dedication to the struggle for a better world inspired generations of activists.

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Today in history: Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass

On 9-10 November 1938, a series of coordinated attacks against Jews took place throughout Germany and parts of Austria, carried out by the SS elite military forces, the Hitler Youth, and neighborhood gangsters.

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Cuba drops most restrictions on foreign travel

The Cuban government announced new policies on foreign travel from Cuba to take effect January 14, 2013. Cubans may leave the island for any purpose on presentation of a valid passport and an entry visa,

Three killers and a blurry background

What connection is there between a sheepishly smiling politician and the mad rage of a bloodthirsty mob bent on murder in a Baltic coast town 150 miles away?

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Berlin: A conference of anti-fascists and the story of a ring

A small but moving episode marked the regular annual meeting of the German organization Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic 1936-1939.

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On the 202nd anniversary of Mexican independence

On Sept.16, Mexico celebrated its two hundred and second independence day. Is independence slipping through the Mexican people's fingers?

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Cuba propels Latin American integration

The Colombian government and leftist guerrillas will begin negotiations to end 50 years of civil war. The fact that Cuba facilitated the process is consistent with its important new role in Latin American affairs.

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Kurt Maetzig, master of German cinema

An extraordinary filmmaker who made extraordinary films and lived to the extraordinary age of 101, Kurt Maetzig died August 8. But he was virtually unknown in the U.S.

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries marked around the world

In Japan and around the world, tens of thousands are marking one of the worst atrocities in modern history, the only time atomic weapons were ever used against human populations. They are vowing to never let it happen again.

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Today in History: Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space

On July 25, 1984, Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a space walk.

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