Highlighted below are four items found within the April 2015 release of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994—a unique digital archive of Cold War-era English translations of foreign-language materials.
Background on the Flight of Valentina Tereshkova (1963)
The first woman to fly in space, in 1963 aboard the Vostok-6, was Valentina Tereshkova. She was born in 1937 into a peasant family. When her father was killed in World War II her mother supported three children as a textile worker. In her earlier remarks on the pioneering flight of Yuri Gagarin, she was quoted as saying “At first men will fly, but then it will be our turn.”
Changes Wrought by the Yemeni Revolution of 1962 (1964)
Student uprisings. A despotic Imam relegated to living in caves. Armed forces supported by regional powers and furnished with foreign weapons. Then as now, Yemen is a battlefield, but following the 1962 revolution the writer claims, “It would be no mistake to call the outstanding trait of the people of Yemen their love of peace.”
Since 1941 the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) has been recording, transcribing and translating intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Now a comprehensive digital edition of this unique archive is available for students and scholars of world history and political science.
The historical precedents to topics in today's headlines from Libya, Egypt and the Middle East