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Having grown up during the Cold War under the CONSTANT threat of nuclear war, I can still remember how excited I was to watch the first US – Soviet Space Bridge in 1984. I had never seen any real Soviets before, but had been told all of my life (24 years long at that time) that the US and USSR would hate each other until the end of time; that the Cold War would never end.

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“The first Space-Bridge was . . . . sponsored by computer pioneer Steve Wozniak . . . a TV-link was established for the first time between the Soviet Union and the United States.The participants in that space bridge could see each other, ask questions and receive answers and could also hold a musical dialogue. The programs of the subsequent space bridges consisted not only of music-hall tunes and greetings but also discussions on different subjects, in which prominent scientists, public figures, cosmonauts and journalists took part.” From Wikipedia

Twenty-two years later (and 15 years after the Cold War ended), my teenage daughter asked me, “What is communism?” We took a little field trip to Berlin and the Czech Republic. It was a fascinating journey. Our Eastern European guides, who had grown up on the other side the Iron Curtain, taught us a lot about life under communist rule and about the fall of communism. According to them, the demise of communism had a lot more to do with the Soviet people than it did with politicians.

So, when I opened Creating Reciprocity’sblog today, I instantly wanted to reblog it (I often feel that way about her posts). Unfortunately, the reblog function did not work so I’m reposting the videos she shared.

From Israel to Iran

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From Iran to Israel

Yep, I am a dreamer.