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Vietnam in a Quandary: China's Aggression, America's Seduction

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

Thi Quang Lam, a former general in the South Vietnamese army talks about issues related to contemporary Vietnam and its growing unrest, spurred in large part by China's aggression and Hanoi's muted response.

Pope Francis: Communists Are Closet Christians

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that commun...

The Misrule of Law in Croatia

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Natasha Srdoc, who has done stints in international banking, the think tank world, and politics, is a firm believer in free market capitalism. She doesn't think what took place in former Yugoslavia comes anywhere close to her understanding of how capitalism works.

Hungary's Economic Leap

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Given its position at the head of the pack of countries in the region, Hungary was expected to be the first to make the successful transition to capitalism. But today, Hungary has fallen behind many of the other countries in the region in terms of growth, employment, debt, and other economic indicators.

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

Why Won't the Chinese Line Up?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.25.2014 | Travel
Frank H. Wu

I am persuaded there is another story. I was chatting with a renowned scholar of China, who has done extensive fieldwork there. He immediately named Communism as the cause of Chinese not lining up.

This Is Not a Transition

John Feffer | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

If the origins of the "transition" were hazy, the trajectory was even more so. Yugoslavia's "transition" was certainly very different from its neighbors, for it seemed to move directly backward from the 1990s into the blood politics of the 1940s.

Taiwan: Beware!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The world has watched in dismay as Russia's ruler, Vladimir Putin, has gobbled up Crimea. Now, he seems bent on dismembering Ukraine. Much of our attention has been focused on Putin and his next targets. Perhaps Taiwan is next.

Online Portal Documents Vietnam's Human Rights Abuses

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Andrew Lam

Vietnam Right Now Editor Hao-Nhien Vu is a former editor with the Los Angeles-based Nguoi-Viet newspaper. He spoke with me about the publication and the day-to-day human rights abuses in Vietnam that it plans to cover.

Government Directed Church Demolition Worries China's Christians

Agence France Presse | Bill Savadove | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly...

Toward a Roma Cosmopolitanism

John Feffer | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Last August 8, the great Romanian sociologist Nicolae Gheorghe passed away. He was only 66. I first met him in 1990, when he was just embarking on his project of elevating Roma issues to the highest level of European politics.

The 1-Star Amazon Reviews Of Thomas Piketty's Book Are Pretty Funny

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business

Thomas Piketty seems to have stirred up a new Red Scare. His new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is being hailed as the most important b...

World History Shows U.S.- Russia Relations Must Move Beyond Fear and Conflict

David Miles | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
David Miles

Tensions between the West and Russia will only be diffused when both sides begin displaying the same level of sensitivity to the concerns of the other that Kennedy's team brought to bear in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Funny Girl Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee: A Russian Girl's Love Letter

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

I knew that over those past two hours, I had experienced a certain, je-ne-sais-quoi, "lightbulb" moment that would impact my life in more ways than one.

Working Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Women entered the workforce in large numbers in East-Central Europe after World War II. One reason was necessity. The countries had been devastated by war, and many able-bodied men had died as soldiers and forced laborers. Another reason was ideology.

The Goldilocks Generation

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

If you were of a certain age and with certain skills, the changes that took place in 1989 in East-Central Europe created an enormous world of opportunity. Those young enough to change with the times could suddenly rise to the heights of politics and business.

Romania's Fragile New Left

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

Rattling the Chains of the Cold War

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the baby boom generation -- one of which I am and so is President Putin -- those crises were critical to the formation of our views of the world.

The Commission in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Romanian revolution in December 1989 was simultaneously the most violent of the transformations of 1989 and the most ambiguous. It was not a simple divide between regime and anti-regime protesters.

Reforming the Party in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hieronim Kubiak was a member of this group, which hoped to convene an extraordinary Party congress in 1980 to advance their goals. He would eventually become a member of the Politburo representing the reform wing.

Behind the Velvet Revolution

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Whichever version of this key event is true, the Velvet Revolution wouldn't have proceeded without the network of dissidents who had been patiently preparing for just such an opportunity.

Organizing the Disappointed in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Poland went through its 'shock therapy' years of the early 1990s, many people lost out as a result of the economic reforms. The unemployment rate went up rapidly from under one percent in January 1990 to over 16 percent in 1994.

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
John Feffer

Just as the seemingly impregnable Honecker regime rapidly disintegrated along with the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the Kim dynasty in North Korea has been expected to collapse at any minute. This minute, of course, has lasted for more than two decades.

In a Free-Market Economy 'Income Inequality' Will Always Be a Fact of Life

Howard Barbanel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

There has always been a top five percent and a top one percent in the U.S. In any free market capitalist society there are always going to be some folks who do exceedingly better than others.