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The Iron Curtain May Be On The Verge Of An Identity Change

The Guardian | Philip Oltermann | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

It used to be the death strip that kept the enemy at bay. Now the former Iron Curtain could come to serve a more benign purpose. This week a group of ...

Prayer Meetings in Leipzig

Martin Marty | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Impelled, he made clear, by Jesus and the gospel of peace, and inspired by other leaders with names like Bonhoeffer, King, and Gandhi, he believed in, preached, and practiced the way of peace. Führer worked with young people who were hungry for freedom and who would pray and march their way toward its realization.

Russia to Build 'Wall of Freedom'

Andy Valvur | Posted 06.08.2014 | Comedy
Andy Valvur

Deputies leapt to their feet with each new exhortation. Finally, someone was telling it like it was. But Putin wasn't done.

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.

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

Striking Photos Of 1956 Hungarian Revolution Show Courage In The Face Of Tyranny

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

On this day in 1956, a group of students in Soviet-occupied Hungary took a list of demands they had written out the previous night and met at the stat...

FATA: Behind Pakistan's Iron Curtain

Melissa Roddy | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Melissa Roddy

Pakistan's policy towards Afghanistan, called "strategic depth," is about aggression. In pursuit thereof, truth and respect for human life are the first casualties.

Cooking From a Polish Country House Kitchen

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 01.29.2013 | Taste
Danielle Crittenden

2012-11-29-FromaPolishCountryHouseKitchenCOV.jpgFor many of us, the term "Polish cooking" conjures up memories of heavy, greasy dishes: the food of exile and poverty. But as we happily discovered, the new Polish cuisine is not your grandmother's cooking.

Before There Was Pussy Riot...

Anne Applebaum | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Anne Applebaum

2012-11-21-IronCurtain.jpgEven in a society like Stalinist Eastern Europe, gripped by terror, young people found ways to express their discontent, just as they have so recently in the Arab world and North Africa.

Dictator's Widow Brands Regime's Victims 'Criminals'

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

Margot Honecker, the widow of East Germany's communist dictator Erich Honecker, has given a defiant interview in which she defends her late husband an...

Will Vaclav Havel's Legacy Last?

AP | By VANESSA GERA | Posted 12.22.2011 | World

WARSAW, Poland -- When Czech playwright Vaclav Havel was thrown in prison for his anti-communist writings, life for people across the East Bloc was sh...

How To Marry A Russian Man In Three Months

GlobalPost | Iva Skoch | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Yulia Varra says that when a 50-year-old Russian man looks for a girlfriend, he never considers women close to his age. "He wants somebod...

Don't Blame Palin, Blame Stalin

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

For too many years in too many quarters, the name of the game has been blame. It seems that more and more people refuse to accept the responsibility f...

The Ironic Curtain, a Czech Film Series, Comes To New York

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

The Ironic Curtain opens with the North American premiere of Pavel Koutecký and Miroslav Janek's intimate documentary, Citizen Havel, about the private and public life of this playwright turned president.

Tackling European Security in Corfu

Dora Bakoyannis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dora Bakoyannis

Today, the renewed commitment from Russia and the U.S. to work on common ground, focusing their relationship on what unites them, creates a momentum we should built on.

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Already Here!

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The new tool to crush the opposition is funded by a new menace, that of capitalism built on a phenomenal wealth in commodities and oil.