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Almost a Century Ago, Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States -- From His Prison Cell

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders's long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency.

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

'A Town Called Brzostek' Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.

Capitalism, Socialism and Communism

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

If asked, most people would likely declare that they know fairly well what the terms in the title mean. In the heat of the election year political deb...

North Korea Reads Tom Clancy Novels

ADST | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Remember when renegade South Korean soldiers set off a bomb in Seoul during a festival and make it look like it was done by North Korea?

Caviar and Pastry Cream

Yara Zgheib | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

'Let's walk down the rue de Seine and look in all the galleries and in the windows of the shops.' 'Sure. We can walk anywhere and we can stop at som...

The Anatomy of a Miracle

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

I have a fairly resilient friend who's been through tough times. Her motto, borrowed from Winston Churchill, is, "When you're going through hell, keep...


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

The Boomerang Intellectual

John Feffer | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

If an American wants to experience pure capitalism, they should leave Chicago and come to Budapest. No local politician in Illinois would be allowed to say the things that any Polish, Hungarian politician says: "Oh, you have nothing to eat? Well, you should be more enterprising!"

The Carnation Revolution: A Peaceful Coup in Portugal

ADST | Posted 09.28.2015 | World

On April 25, 1974, Portugal experienced a coup like no other. In an era characterized by the clash of ideologies and power players, the nearly bloodless revolution became known as the Carnation Revolution.

Fidel Castro Offers Religious Views In Meeting With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

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Opening an Embassy in the Land of Genghis Khan

ADST | Posted 09.08.2015 | World

Getting a new embassy up and running is a tremendous task. Joseph Edward Lake was the second U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and the first to reside permanently in the country. He was charged with establishing a functional embassy in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

From Solidarity to Business

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met with Mariusz Ambroziak in 1993, he was secretary for the Solidarity trade union in the Mazowsze area around Warsaw. He'd been a Solidarity activist for most of his life, starting out as a young worker involved in the famous Solidarity chapter at the Ursus tractor factory in Warsaw.

Ukraine's Push for Independence

ADST | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

Before the current protests in Ukraine over relations with Russia, Ukraine had to fight to free itself from the Soviet Union. Official independence was declared August 24, 1991 and with it came its own host of problems.

The August Coup and the Final Days of the Soviet Union

ADST | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in February 2003 with William Green Miller, who was working in Moscow for the American Committee on U.S at the time.

The CIA's Coup Against Iran's Mohammad Mossadegh

ADST | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

Beginning in January 1953, the U.S. and Britain agreed to work together toward Mosaddegh's removal. The plot, known as Operation Ajax, centered on convincing Iran's monarch to issue a decree to dismiss Mossadegh from office.

Julia Child's Birthday

ADST | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15, 2012, was a pioneer in bringing French cuisine to Americans at a time when most people were content with white bread and TV dinners.

The 54th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall

ADST | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

The Wall was initially constructed in the middle of Berlin, and expanded over the following months. It entirely cut off West Berlin from the surrounding East Germany, prohibiting East Germans to pass into West Germany.

Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest's father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund was English, and Robert was born in the West Midlands of England.

Is Bernie Sanders 'Socialist?' Are'"Socialist' Ideas Unpopular?

David Pakman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

You might have heard that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running for President in the Democratic primary. The term "socialist" is thrown around regularly about Senator Sanders, often as an ad hominem, and there are numerous questions to unpack with regard to this topic.

Pope Francis Will Celebrate Mass Next To Che Guevara Portrait

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

When Pope Francis visits Cuba in September, he will celebrate Mass in Havana's famous Plaza de la Revolución, above which a por...

Communist Takeover of Nanking

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

On April 23, 1949, during the Chinese Civil War, Mao's People's Liberation Army (PLA) captured the city of Nanking, now known as Nanjing, then capital of China and headquarters of the Nationalist Party (also known as the Kuomintang or KMT).

A Look in the Mirror

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Fron Nahzi

In Modern Albania, Fred Abrahams has managed to put Albania's past, current, and future leaders under one roof and monitored their deeds for 25 years. In first-person narrative, Abrahams turns the tables from Big Brother watching you to us watching the Big Brothers.

Albania 1990 -- Embassy Storm

Fred Abrahams | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
Fred Abrahams

Ervis Gega was 16 years old in summer 1990 when hundreds of frustrated Albanians, craving to rejoin the world, began storming foreign embassies in their capital. Gega and her relatives watched the news on Italian television from their hometown and quickly made up their minds.

Mandarins and China's Markets: When Faith Fades

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The Great China Stock Crash of 2015 may be recalled as the negative inflection point at which the faith of Chinese in their central government faded.