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  • 50 Years since the Chinese Cultural Revolution and North Korea: Does the Hydrogen Bomb Test Signal the North Korean Version of the Cultural Revolution?

    North Korea ran a hydrogen bomb test in January, 2016. Some think this signaled the start of Kim Jong-Un’s version of the Cultural Revolution because China’s Cultural Revolution began around the time of their nuclear bomb test in 1964 and their hydrogen bomb test in 1966. The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a sort of power struggle by Mao Zedong where he used the power of the public to get rid of his opponents within the Communist Party and climb back to the top over a period of 10 years starting in 1966. Chinese society ended up with deep scars from hatred and vengeance because of it. For the 50th year anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, we explore the current state of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un’s regime, which is carrying out deep-rooted idolization tactics internally while running nuclear weapons and missile tests externally, and try to predict the future of North Korea.
  • “China’s Real Estate Mogul” and “China’s Real Estate Bubble”

    This two-part report peers into China’s opaque economy through the windows of its gleaming new skyscrapers to reveal seemingly polar realities. On one hand, we look at the promise of the “new China” by profiling commercial real estate developer Zhang Xin, whose journey from a Maoist reeducation camp and sweatshops to becoming one of the richest women on earth is a metaphor of China’s rise from the backwaters of Communism to, as some put it, “Capitalism on steroids.” It’s the American dream lived out in Beijing. Xin’s buildings are modern shrines to Capitalism and globalism – statements of how China is opening up to Western ideas. But with financial gain comes a yearning for more. In a surprising moment, Xin publicly challenged her country’s leaders on our air, saying the current political system inevitably must be replaced by democracy: a rare and brave statement to make in such a forum.
  • The Return

    The first hand account of Russia's transition from communism since 1985 involved detailed reporting and analysis spanning a period of more than two decades. Major findings include the sources of President, and then Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin's popularity and reasons for Russia's descent into economic depression in the 1990s and recovery after 1999.
  • One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China

    McGregor, the former Wall Street Journal bureau chief in China, wrote this book as a series of narrative stories that reveal what doing business in China a truly like. The book addresses issues like corruption and the rift between culture and politics. It also addresses how the past 50 years of Communism affected not only the business world in China, but also culture in general.
  • Cuba: An Elusive Truth

    This story is a ten month, in depth investigation of Cuba. The students completed hundreds of interviews to synthesize three distinct perspective: those of the Miami exiled community, the Cuban government and the Cuban people. The students found that there is no absolute truth about the country; the embargoes, government programs, media, and tourism all have both positive and negative consequences for the country. The story has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for international journalism.
  • On Target: A Soviet Defense Giant Saw the Inevitable And Decided: Diversify; So Now It Does Buildings, Fast Food and Trade, too, And They're Paying Off; Saying 'No' to Dough Mixers

    The Wall Street Journal tells the story of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, a Soviet submarine manufacturer that survived communism's fall by branching out into fast food restaurants, tea imports and real estate developments.
  • The Best-Laid Plans To Bury the Czar Go Slightly Awry

    The Journal reports on the burial of the Russian Czar Nicholas II, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The burial has been on the "Kremlin's agenda for seven years.... For nearly 70 years, the Communists were practically mum on the czar's death."
  • Billion Dollar Business

    CBS News reports on the illegal trafficking of women from Eastern Europe to Italian brothels. Christiane Amanpour from CNN, on a special assignment for 60 Minutes, tells the stories of young girls who have been recruited from bankrupt ex-socialist countries. They have been lured with promises for decent job or marriage abroad, and then sold and resold in the prostitution "cattle market." The police in the girls' home countries - Moldova, Romania, Ukraine - is aware of the illegal recruiting but is too corrupt to take any measures. Few of the victims manage to escape due to the help of Italian priests. Some find help in a shelter funded by the U.S. and Swiss governments and run by Ken Patterson from Missouri. Still, most victims remain ensnared "in an underworld controlled by ruthless gangs."
  • The Secret History of World War II

    A Boston Globe historical series provides an in-depth look into the intelligence machinations behind the World War II and the Cold War. The reporters reveal that Western Allies knew of Hitler's plans to systematically exterminate all of Europe's Jews several months earlier than previously thought; that US intelligence ran a covert operation to stall the creation of a Jewish state in the British colony of Palestine, fearing that such state would create generations of Islamic enmity; that American businesses were involved in commerce with the Nazis but also had espionage functions; and that the United States used 4,000 former German spies to spy on the Soviet Union. A major figure profiled in the series is a German Foreign Ministry official who had supplied the Americans with valuable inside documents but the CIA never really trusted him.
  • A Soldier's Story

    U.S. News & World Report takes a look at the life of Eddie Carter, a black soldier who's military career was discounted in the 1940s because of his alleged involvement with the Communist Party. The Army recently bestowed the highest Medal of Honor on Carter, who died in 1963, but his family is still outraged by the treatment Carter received in his peak years.