President Mohammad Najibullah gives a speech to Afghan representatives in a video from 1989. These were the leaders of Kabul province. Under Najibullah’s presidency the Soviet Union began it withdraw from the country. The Soviet Union provided aid to Najibullah’s government, while the US and Pakistan continued to arm mujahidden forces between 1989 and 1992. […]Read more "Mohammad Najibullah Speaks To Afghan Representatives (1989)"
Cine Art Productions produced a film of Chinese cities in 1935. The film shows Hong Kong, Shanghai, Canton, and, Macao. The film shows the streets and people of these cities and daily life. Temples and gambling dens are present, along with merchants using boats for trade to towns. China at the time was struggling. A […]Read more "Cine Art Productions : “Bits of China” (1935)"
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference went on a fact finding mission to Lebanon. The PLO had based themselves their continuing their struggle against Israel. What the SCLC was doing was attempting to do was have broker a peaceful resolution to Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The picture shows C.T. Vivian longtime civil and human rights activist consulting […]Read more "C.T. Vivian Consults With Yasser Arafat (1979)"
When Americans came to Vietnam, they brought their racism and prejudice with them. Although the military was integrated at the time, racial tensions were still prevalent. African Americans did military service for a country that did not even provide the most basic rights. The soldiers seen in the photograph are holding the flag of the […]Read more "American Soldiers Waving The Confederate Flag in Vietnam (1960s)"
During Vladmir Putin’s first term in office he worked to strengthen Russian influence in the central Asian states. Here in this photograph shows President Putin shaking hands with Uzbek president Islam Karimov. Over his suit is traditional Uzbek clothing .Uzbekistan became important to Russia not only because it was formerly part of the Soviet Union, […]Read more "Vladimir Putin and Islam Karimov (2000s)"
This was a political cartoon produced in France discussing European colonial ambition in China. The racist representation of a Chinese Qing official was a common depiction at the time in European newspapers and visual media. The European leaders depicted are ignoring him as they slowly divide up China. The leaders shown are Queen Victoria, Kaiser […]Read more "“China The Cake of Kings And Emperors ” Political Cartoon (1898)"
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected head of government in the world. She was first elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960. The stamp of her commemorates the fifth Non-Alignment Movement summit conference in 1976. Sirimavo was chosen as the chairwoman of the Non-Alignment Movement that same year. Her […]Read more "Sirimavo Bandaranaike Stamp (1976)"
Soong Mei-ling was responsible for efforts in cementing the US-China relationship during World War II. She gave speeches and lobbied the US for support in the war against the Japanese Empire. The poster above is advertising her speech to Wellesley College in 1943. China was an important ally to the US during World War II. […]Read more "Soong Mei-Ling Wellesley College Speech Poster (1943)"
Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said was the leader of Oman from 1970 until his death in 2020. This will be a major political and cultural change for a country that has known only one sultan for decades. He was a reformer compared to his father whom he deposed. This stamp from 1993 celebrates National […]Read more "Year of The Youth Stamp Featuring Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said (1993)"
Nursultan Nazarbayev announced in 2019 he was resigning. This ended an era in Kazakhstan, however his political influence is not gone even if he is no longer president. President Nazarbayev become one of the most powerful authoritarian post-cold war leaders in Central Asia. The Alma-Ata Protocol was the foundation for the Commonwealth of Independent States […]Read more "Nursultan Nazarbayev Attends The Signing of The Alma-Ata Protocol (1991)"