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Kim Dae-jung & the Dawn of Korean Democracy

by Michael Breen That day the dictator conceded, June 29, 1987, is celebrated as the starting point of democracy. It was a conception, and as is the way with power relations, more forced than gentle. People power, you might say, had shafted

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Inside the Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

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by Dan Pearson and Larry McShane When the call came, Ralph Natale reflected on exactly how long it had been since he’d laid eyes on Jimmy Hoffa. Their final meeting was tinged with melancholy rather than the bravura of their

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What Being on the “Left” Today Really Means

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by Ruy Teixeira What is the left? Historically, the term goes back to the French Revolution, when those who supported the absolute monarchy sat on the right in the National Assembly and those who supported change sat on the left.

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The Siege of Madrid Through Photographs

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by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos ON THE LEFT BANK of the Manzanares River , the scrub grass is stiff with frost. Capa, Regler, and an officer peer across the water, trying to make out the enemy’s position. The three

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John Wesley Hardin and the Wild West of Dodge City

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by Tom Clavin The word “gunfighter” in America can be traced back to 1874, but it wasn’t until around 1900 that it was more commonly used. The term that most people used in the 1870s was “shootist,” or the more specific

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