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Radomir Luza Dead: Author And Professor Wrote About WWII Horrors

Philadelphia Daily News | John F. Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

From bitter years of fighting the Germans, hiding underground and seeing comrades hunted and killed by the Gestapo, including his own father, then bat...

Jewish Liberation From The Ghetto: Excerpt From "Emancipation"

GlobalPost | Michael Goldfarb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Michael Goldfarb GlobalPost An excerpt from Michael Goldfarb's new book, "Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolutio...

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

Women at Work: Insights From Women on the Front Lines of Polish Design

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Chauncey Zalkin

Design is about people -- the handiwork of the creator, human ingenuity, and the social ramifications of design in use.

Rethink Afghanistan: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald "Took A Lot Of Grief" For Movie On Afghan War Policy

Raw Story | Kathleen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The left-wing filmmaker behind a documentary that questions U.S. policy in Afghanistan says he "took a lot of grief" and lost progressive donors when ...

Improving the Health Care Bill After It Passes Will Not Be Easy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Progressives who oppose this bill are not being obstructionist. Rather, they are taking the position that when real opportunities to reform health care arise, it is essential to get it right.

Lessons from the Velvet Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

These movements were largely led by democratic socialists who mobilized workers, church people, intellectuals, and others to face down the tanks with their bare hands.

Dispatch from Berlin: Forgetting Why the Wall Fell

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

We still pursue the illusion that democracy can be imposed from without. That's not how it happened then, and it isn't how it happens now: not in the German Democratic Republic and not in Iraq or Afghanistan either.


Ana Menendez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ana Menendez

I was 19 when the Berlin Wall fell. The free world cheered. But not my family.

Getting the Vietnam Analogy Right in Afghanistan

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The ghosts of the Vietnam War seem to be hanging around the White House Situation Room as President Obama and his national security aides debate a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Sam Tanenhaus, The Death of Conservatism (Review)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph A. Palermo

Although a masterful writer, Tanenhaus gives his readers disembodied voices plucked from historical context, where the nexus of thought and action, theory and praxis, is either broken or simply ignored.

A State of Perpetual War

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

America is in a state of perpetual war. Before it was the Cold War, and now it is the War on Terror. The boogeyman du jour is Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism rather than Communism.

Nobel Author Herta Mueller: Her Personal Struggle Against Dictatorship

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

STOCKHOLM — The 2009 Nobel literature prize winner Herta Mueller said Monday she started writing when it was no longer possible to use spoken wo...

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Between Justice and the Cliché, We Must Choose Justice

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We are in the process of leisurely confusing two things: cowardice and blindness -- the fact that we didn't want to hear and the fact that nothing was said.

When The Berlin Wall Fell: Commentary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I first saw the Berlin Wall in 1971. It was then about 10 years old and was the ugliest human structure I'd ever seen: gray, brutal, pitiless, unyield...

Frankfurt Book Fair Official Fired For Treatment Of Chinese

The New York Times | STEVEN ERLANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which struggled to find a balance between free speech and honoring China as its featured country, dismissed its project manag...

Gen. McChrystal Is No MacArthur

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

McChrystal is in for a rude awakening if he thinks he's a latter-day MacArthur, with a vast conservative following ready to rally to his side.

Russia Communists: Please Don't Criticize Stalin On His Birthday

AP | SIMON SHUSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — The Russian Communist Party asked the nation Monday for a daylong moratorium on criticizing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as they celebr...

US, ASEAN Drop Call For Suu Kyi's Release

AP | VIJAY JOSHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SINGAPORE — President Barack Obama on Sunday told Myanmar's junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an unusual face-to-face i...

It's Amazing What's Considered Radical These Days

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

The House passed health care reform on Saturday night. I can't believe it's been this hard. How far has the Right (and the Left) moved to the right? Bear with me as I take you into the past.

Berlusconi Blames Political Woes On "Communist" Enemies

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave a foretaste of how he may defend himself when he goes back on trial for corrupt...

Stalin Libel Suit: Josef Stalin's Grandson Loses Case Against Newspaper

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW (AP)- A Russian court ruled against Josef Stalin's grandson Tuesday in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator sent...

Ring Them Bells

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

A disturbing story out of China compels me to resolve that when critiquing the state of American democracy, I will always bear in mind how fortunate I am to have been born in the U.S.A.

Exorcising America's Diplomatic Demons

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What we need is for Obama to pull a Nixon and attempt to cut a deal with Tehran as well as with competing forces in Afghanistan that meets their nationalist aspirations and our security interests.

The Return Of McCarthyism: Hysteria In Action On The Right (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATE 9/22/09*** I haven't found another embeddable version yet, but sharp-eyed reader Mark points out that you can watch the video here. ***UPDA...