The first week of September brought forth the usual sum of human misery. Reports from the small Central African country of Burundi told of wretched children, their backs ripped open by soldiers’ bayonets. In Poland, workers continued to press in vain for an independent trade union.By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
It sounded more like the decline and fall of the Roman Empire than a recent chapter in the history of the staid and sober Soviet Union. A spectacular trial that opened in Moscow last week filled the Soviet news media with lurid tales of illicit sex among the ruling elite, lavish lifestyles, buried treasure, nepotism, greed and suicide.By ANDREW BILSKI8 min
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