What We Love This Week, Volume CXLII

Bill Clinton Young Kennedy

Bill Clinton (left) shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy at the White House in 1963. Image Source: www.vintag.es

World Leaders When They Were Teens And Twenty-Somethings

Vladimir Putin Young

Vladimir Putin as a teenager, 1966. Image Source: www.vintag.es

Vladimir Putin was an unassuming, almost cherubic young boy. Kim Jong-il was a playful, smiling infant. And Richard Nixon, as a collegiate football player, was kind of a hunk. Was, of course, is the key word throughout. Sometimes you just don’t know how someone will turn out. And sometimes you do, as in the case of a devil-may-care Yale baseball player named George W. Bush, or the case of a young boy with kind eyes and an earnest smile who would, decades later, become Pope Francis. See all these world leaders and more as teens and twenty-somethings at Vintage Everyday.

Fidel Castro Young

Fidel Castro in New York in 1955. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

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Rare USSR Shuttle Prototypes Found In Russian Hangar

soviet space ruins reflections

Source: Ralph Mirebs

When photographer Ralph Mirebs happened upon an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, he did not expect to find the remains of two shuttle prototypes within its walls. These prototypes, Buran orbiters, were the Soviet response to NASA’s shuttles. A third orbiter – 1K1 – actually made it into orbit in 1988, but was destroyed when the hangar housing it collapsed in 2002.

These relics provide us with more insights into the Buran program, which got its start in 1974 and ended in 1993. The smaller of the two shuttles shown in the derelict hangar – nicknamed Ptichka, or “little bird” – would have docked at the Mir Space station if the Soviet Union hadn’t dissolved in 1993. The second vessel was a full-scale, static model for testing purposes.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXIII

Burundi Woman Crying

A relative of Patrick Ndikumana, who was killed by police last week, mourns his death at the family’s home in Bujumbura, Burundi, on June 28. Source: TIME

Three Months Of Crisis In Burundi

Burundi Violence Rubble Smoke

A protestor throws fuel onto a shop kiosk dragged into the road to form a barricade in the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 7. Source: TIME

In the three months since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term–thus exceeding the constitutional limit of two–the country’s political climate has devolved from tension to protest to violence, with a failed coup along the way. Even before Nkurunziza “won” re-election last week (in an environment the U.N. understatedly called “not conducive for free, credible and inclusive elections”), his government had been violently squashing any opposition. With Uganda’s recent, ongoing mediation between the government and the opposition providing a glimmer of hope for this dire situation, TIME has taken a harrowing look back at the nation’s catastrophic unrest.

Burundi Children Sad Window

Orphaned youths are pictured through a mesh window at the OPDE care home in Bujumbura, Burundi, on July 27. Source: TIME

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