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JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

Benjamin Powell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

The former socialist countries in Europe have made a lot of progress towards freeing their markets since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let's hope we've only seen the beginning of much more to come.

A Souvenir of Terror

John Mauceri | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

I stared at the pieces of the Wall. Twenty-five marks for a small piece of cement with remnants of spray-paint on it. I wanted to celebrate freedom and I wanted to have a little piece of something that had meant so much to me.

The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Samuel Ramani

The diffusion risk and unprecedented economic and military capabilities ISIS possesses should compel US policymakers to devise a new approach to combat the threat it poses.

Romania: A Sad Country Full of Humor

John Feffer | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In front of Ovid's statue in Constanta, I met up with Mircea Tuglea, a writer, translator, literary critic, and teacher who lives with his family in Constanta. We spent a good part of the day together, as he discoursed on various sad topics but always with a joke or ironic aside thrown in to lighten things up.

Romania: The Revolution Came Too Early

John Feffer | Posted 10.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

In Romania, there was no Charter 77 or Solidarity trade union movement. Only a few intellectuals had come out against the Ceausescu regime, and most ended up in exile as a result. The first real organization of civil society emerged in the first exhilarating days of revolution in December 1989.

Invading Albania's Party Beaches

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 10.09.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Albania was sealed off to foreigners for almost the entirety of the Cold War. With democracy came an influx of visitors from the rest of the world. No one knew quite what to expect. But getting to the pristine beaches of the Albanian Riviera is not an easy task.

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

Comeback for the Left in Eastern Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

As nationalist extremism gains popularity throughout East-Central Europe, can Krytyka's message of hope in hard times steal the thunder from the right and appeal to millions of Europeans orphaned by the economic crisis?

Taco Bell Spinoff Pulls Communist Red Star Logo After Outcry

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business

Yum! Brands just suffered a red scare. Less than a week after launching Banh Shop, its foray into Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, the fast-food g...

Rescuing Polish Liberalism

John Feffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

Roday in Poland, a new generation of political actors has taken up the challenge of rescuing liberalism from the misconceptions of the past. Kultura Liberalna is a weekly magazine established in 2009. I

The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

While I plan on reading O'Reilly's take in Killing Patton, I also expect to find the rehashing of older speculations in a "bold and fresh" O'Reilly-Dugard style. An approach that can once again land O'Reilly -- God bless -- with more books sold, but very little new truth revealed.

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

Matt Sheehan

Guerrilla Theater: China's Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

BEIJING -- For a nominally socialist country, China has many of the trappings of a capitalist paradise. With independent unions banned and the hundred...

Be Afraid! The Latest Threat to Christianity Is Communism

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Mike Riddle, in his e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians -- and all Americans, really -- should be terrified of the Communism creep taking place in our culture. Needless to say, this was news to me.

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.

Pope Francis Reinstates Priest Suspended For Communist Beliefs

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has reinstated Father Miguel D'Escoto 29 years after he was suspended from priestly duties for his involvement in Nicaragua's revolutiona...

Vietnam a Half Century after the Gulf of Tonkin

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

A look at Vietnam today makes plain just how mistaken and tragic the American venture into war there was. First, though, a brief summary of how the decisive turn into that disastrous mistake a half century ago occurred.

The Monday Demonstrations

John Feffer | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The citizens of Leipzig are very proud of the fact that the East Germany revolution of 1989 began in their city.

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

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.07.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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.