Cult Column: Dr Strangelove

As the Russian doomsday machine detonates, and as the War Room of the U.S. government animatedly discusses the need to bring 10 beautiful women each into subterranean mineshafts in order to regrow the population, their top former-Nazi scientist, Dr Strangelove (in Peter Sellers’s best performance), stands bolt upright from his wheelchair, and cries: “Mein Führer! […]


This Week in History: ban on industry strikes in the USSR

On 4 October 1989, a new legislation regulating the right to strike came into force in the USSR. This was both a result of and a trigger for confrontation between the powerful Soviet bureaucracy and the workers in the country. The new law entailed a ban on strikes in industries considered essential to the well-being […]