Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Signs of Change: Correspondent Fred Weir lived for five years in the USSR, so he remembers cold war-era summits. "I covered several between then-President Mikhail Gorbachev and then-President Ronald Reagan, and between Mr. Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush. The run-up to most of those was usually punctuated by elevated rhetoric, mostly about human rights and military provocations, that sounded like what we hear today."

Fred says that as he listened to warnings that a new cold war may be looming (see story), he wondered if it could be true. "Then I strolled around the Moscow suburb where I've lived for the past seven years. I'm a citizen of a NATO country, living with his Russian family in a private house, surrounded by affluent Russian businesspeople and professionals, most of whom commute to jobs that didn't exist here two decades ago. What this place calls routine life today was entirely impossible under communism."

Fred says it was a very localized reality check. …

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