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People Are Not Their Politics: As I Visited Russia, I Found We Have More in Common Than We Think

Current events have thrust two of the world’s superpowers into a period of mistrust, political animosity, and paranoia, with every new revelation leading to more suspicion. The situation is not unlike how it was when my American grandmother visited the Soviet Union 35 years ago. A series of letters she

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White House Intervenes to Grant Rejected Afghan Girls Entry to U.S. for Robotics Contest

The Trump Administration overturned its recent decision to deny the visas of a female team of Afghani students participating in a world robotics competition. The drama of the school girls’ denied visas was widely covered by mainstream media. Even though Afghanistan is not included in the recent travel ban on

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Norway Wants to Give Finland a Mountain For Its Birthday

The country of Finland is drawing ever closer to celebrating its 100th birthday in December – and the people of Norway are trying to pass on a big gift in its honor. Retired Norwegian geophycist Bjørn Geirr Harsson recently sent a letter to his nation’s government proposing that in honor of their

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New Diplomacy Dawns in Cuba as U.S. Embassy Reopens After 54 Years

Fifty-four years ago, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba, and three young Marine guards completed a final duty in Havana: lowering their country’s flag before returning home. On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry watched as those same three Marines – Larry Morris, Mike East and Jim Tracy

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