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The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's way past time for the rest of us to let Cuba as it is, imperfect though it may be, like the rest of us, find what future it can.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

Former Radical, Bestselling Author: Obama Is a 'Racist' and 'Communist'

Kevin Price | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

If conservative victory requires broad-based appeal, I'm not sure Horowitz's message resonates. He believes Rome is in fact burning, but that he is one of very few who have any clue of our predicament. That type of messaging is passionate, but its chances of success are doubtful.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

What Poland's Jewish History Museum Can Teach Us

José M. Faraldo | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
José M. Faraldo

Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.

If China Aspires to Global Leadership, It Should Bury Mao

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

His brutal, unpredictable dictatorship has disappeared, but in its place has emerged a blander, more prosaic and bureaucratic authoritarian system. Still, the Chinese people remain in chains, though their fetters now are gold and silver.

The Wuzhen Summit and Chinese Internet Sovereignty

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

China's concept of Internet sovereignty seems likely to result in a diplomatic cul-de-sac. However, Chinese officials will continue to employ sovereignty issues to occupy conference agendas and stall real progress on international cooperation in cyberspace.

Vietnam Welcomes America with Open Arms

Llewellyn King | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Llewellyn King

No grunt slogging through the jungles of Vietnam could imagine that in 2014, 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese would be welcoming back Americans as investors, tourists, advisers and protectors.

Russian Economy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.