Putin’s Olympic Dream

President Putin in Olympic track suit

  “There was only a mountain, no road. A forest, a river, nothing else. Nothing there at all.” Oligarch Vladimir Potanin, a (former) investor in the Sochi Winter Olympics says with just a touch of residual pride about Sochi, a spa town on the Black Sea that is now home to the Winter Olympics. He …

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Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Shaun Parker with Alex Winter

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 December     Record Industry Association of America files lawsuit against Napster, 1999 This is the day in 1999 that the self-styled “music industry” started its fightback. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a lawsuit against Napster …

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Last Train Home

Chen Suqin and Zhang Changhua at the Guangzhou Railway Station, Last Train Home

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 November     Chinese engineers divert the Yangtze river, 1997 On this day in 1997, Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River, China’s longest, in order to clear the way for construction of the world’s biggest dam. The Three Gorges …

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The Gatekeepers

Ami Ayalon, former head of Shin Bet

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 September     Rabin shakes hands with Arafat at the White House, 1993   On this day in 1993, Itzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, shook hands at the White …

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