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The Future Calling In Estonia

The Future Calling In Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia — From outside, the offices of Skype — the company best known for its free Internet phone service — don’t look very different from the other Soviet and post-Soviet buildings that make up the nondescript suburbs of the Estonian capital.

Memory speaks volumes

Memory speaks volumes

It’s a dangerous business, oral history, at least when you try it in Russia. Without oral history a complete history of the Soviet Union is almost impossible to write. Archival documents are dry, containing only the official point of view; memoirs, often written years later, are unreliable and frequently slide over important details.

Playing Democrat At Columbia

Playing Democrat At Columbia

The novelty of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance yesterday at Columbia University did not, as many critics would have it, lie in the fact that an august Ivy League institution had invited the Iranian president — a Holocaust-denier, authoritarian leader and sponsor of terrorism — to speak on its campus. The protests, the fury, the screaming New …

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Like a Candle In the Wind

Like a Candle In the Wind

“She was the people’s princess. And that’s how she will . . . remain.” I marked the 10th anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales by watching Tony Blair’s sob-choked 1997 tribute to Lady Diana on YouTube.