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#Cold War

# cold-war - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Kerry meeting Russian foreign minister in bid to calm Ukraine tensions

America’s top diplomat said last night that Moscow was looking for a “pretext” to invade Ukraine further.

# cold-war - Sunday 2 March, 2014

'If Russia wants to be a G8 country it needs to act like one' says US Secretary of State

John Kerry today raised the possibility of boycotting the G-8 summit in Russia.

# cold-war - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Married couple jailed for spying on Germany for more than 20 years

The couple left hidden messages for the Russian secret services in comments under YouTube videos.

# cold-war - Saturday 16 February, 2013

GALLERY: Incredible photos of Afghanistan before the wars Afghanistan This post contains images

GALLERY: Incredible photos of Afghanistan before the wars

Dr Bill Podlich took hundreds of photos while working with UNESCO in 1967 and 1968. Here’s what he saw.

# cold-war - Wednesday 26 December, 2012

First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012 Review 2012 This post contains videos

First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012

The Titanic disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty: 2012 has been a big year for commemorations. Here’s your guide to the bigger commemorations held this year.

# cold-war - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Deeper underground: could you live in a bunker? Home Sweet Home This post contains videos This post contains images

Deeper underground: could you live in a bunker?

Missile silos and Nazi bunkers have been converted into habitable homes, while other designers are focused on preparing shelters for surviving catastrophes.

# cold-war - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

Operation Midnight Climax: how the CIA secretly sent citizens on acid trips

It sounds like a wild conspiracy theory, or film script, but recently declassified documents exposes more about the bizarre project.

# cold-war - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

From The42 Action Replay: the day America's amateurs pulled off a sporting miracle On This Day This post contains videos

Action Replay: the day America's amateurs pulled off a sporting miracle

On 22 Feburary 1980 – 32 years ago today – America won an unlikely ice hockey gold at the Winter Olympics. This is the story of “the Miracle on Ice”.

# cold-war - Monday 30 January, 2012

TG4 to document Limerick man’s help in KGB agent’s prison break Great Escape This post contains videos

TG4 to document Limerick man’s help in KGB agent’s prison break

Ex-British spy George Blake was sentenced to 42 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the Soviets during the Cold War.

# cold-war - Sunday 8 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge In pictures: top spy gadgets of the 60s and 70s Spying This post contains images

In pictures: top spy gadgets of the 60s and 70s

From ‘turd’ transmitters to the classic camera watch, here are some of the top Cold War gadgets from the KGB and CIA.

# cold-war - Saturday 31 December, 2011

World War III? No problem - half a million Irish will fight it

Secret document revealed under 30-year rule shows Ireland had been assessed for the help it could provide in the case of a nuclear war threat.

# cold-war - Saturday 24 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge In pictures: House, detached, with nuclear missile silo Des Res This post contains images

In pictures: House, detached, with nuclear missile silo

This house comes with a seven-floor underground Cold War missile silo, launch control centre, and private runway. Oh, and it’s also bomb-proof.

# cold-war - Monday 7 November, 2011

Carlos the Jackal goes on trial again in Paris Carlos The Jackal This post contains images

Carlos the Jackal goes on trial again in Paris

One of the most prominent terrorists of the Cold War, Carlos the Jackal, is facing trial in France today over four deadly bombings in Europe in the 1980s.

# cold-war - Sunday 9 October, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.

# cold-war - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

IKEA 'used Stasi prisoners for slave labour' - German report

Broadcaster WDR says documents from Stasi archives show ‘deep cooperation’ between IKEA and the East German government.

# cold-war - Monday 15 August, 2011

West Germany 'wanted to swap West Berlin for part of East' - documents

Documents released to Der Spiegel, days after the 50th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall, show how West Germany wanted to avoid it.

# cold-war - Thursday 24 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Russia's Medvedev fulfills lifelong dream to meet Deep Purple Fanboy

Russia's Medvedev fulfills lifelong dream to meet Deep Purple

“I never imagined I would be sitting with you at this table,” gushed the heavy metal fan and Russian President upon meeting his idols at his country residence near Moscow.

# cold-war - Friday 13 August, 2010

THE CZECH REPUBLIC has offered a lukewarm response to a North Korean proposal which would see the Asian state repay its Cold War debts in ginseng roots instead of cash.

The Czechs have been holding talks with the poverty-stricken Asian country to pay back €7.6m it borrowed from the former Czechoslovakia, which lent the money in the form of military assets in the late 1980s while part of the Eurasian communist bloc allied to Pyong-yang.

Czechoslovakia lent trams, trucks and other transport facilities to the country.

Now, North Korea has come up with an unusual method of repayment: it wishes to repay the debt by offering the Czechs repayment with ginseng, more commonly used as an aphrodisiac and a herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction.

What’s more, the terms of the Korean proposal would only see 5% – or €380,000 – of the debt repaid, with the other 95% written off.

Unsurprisingly – given the €7.2m loss it would shoulder, as well as the implicit admission that the Czechs would require the use of such an aphrodisiac – Prague has not responded particularly kindly to the Korean offer. Furthermore, the amount being offered is 200 times the amount the Czechs consume each year.

North Korea has gotten by on food handouts from neighbouring countries since the 1990s when a series of natural disasters wiped out much of the country’s agricultural production.

It had previously been fed by the Soviet Union but such aid stopped when the union dissolved in 1991.

The country still, however, manages to find the money to fund technology such as Kim Jong-il’s self-invented invisible mobile phones, and nuclear weapons with the ability to strike mainland America.