Salman Rushdie's Fatwa

It was on Valentine's Day 1989 that the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to try to kill Salman Rushdie, because of his novel Satanic Verses. He immediately went into hiding, but his friends, like Christopher Hitchens, were able to stay in touch.

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The WW2 Collection

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Eye-witness accounts from significant wartime events

The Vietnam War Collection

Operation Babylift

On the 40th anniversary of the end of the war, browse compelling eye-witness accounts.

Cuban History Collection

Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev, Credit: OFF/AFP/Getty Images

Stories from Cuba's recent history and its difficult relationship with the US

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