Soviet Union

Iran urges Turkey to cooperate on Syria

“I was there, watching the parade in the Red Square, and everything was the same as the year before,” said Ali Reza Bigdeli, the Iranian ambassador to Ankara, speaking about the Soviet Union’s traditional October Revolution celebrations in 1990. “Yes, there was some unrest around, but the parade was no different to the one in 1989, or in 1979.

PM Ponta: While Basescu only claimed he will do something for the Republic of Moldova, I really did

Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the candidate of the electoral alliance of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National Union for Romania's Progress (UNPR) and the Conservative Party (PC) in the presidential election, on Monday said in a televised show that, unlike Traian Basescu, who only claimed he wanted to help the Romanians of the Republic of Moldova, who only made promises,

25 Years Later: The Berlin Wall

In China, the Communists had just massacred the students in Tienanmen Square and won themselves another quarter-century in power. On the other hand, the Poles voted overwhelmingly for Solidarity in June, and by September Hungary had opened its border with the West.  But it was the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989, that really opened the flood-gates.

Latvian foreign minister comes out as gay on Twitter

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has become the first high-ranking politician in his country and the Baltic states to come out publicly as being gay, in a series of tweets.
"I proudly announce I am gay... Good luck all of you," he said late Thursday in a tweet that has since gone viral.