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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...

Making New Friends In Russia

Posted 03.23.2012 | Arts

Bertien van Manen's exhibition "Let's sit down before we go" features 60 photos taken from 1991 to 2009, when the photographer travelled throughout Ru...

Blowback, TINA-Style

John Feffer | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
John Feffer

The very ideology that the United States assumed would defeat all comers has in fact been turned against the United States. Liberal democracy contains within it the very seeds of the American empire's destruction. Call it blowback, TINA-style.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Iran, Israel, Afghanistan

William Bradley | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
William Bradley

Those who want a pre-emptive war, rather than a strategy of containment, have a very high hurdle of credibility to cross, not the least of it because they've offered little but hysteria.

Cuba's Modern Bourgeoisie: The Jogging Class

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Compared to the rest of Cuba, 5th Avenue stands as a rarity. And not because such urban beauty is scarce on this Island.

Russia's Self-Marginalization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The role Russia, and to a lesser extent China, is currently playing in the Middle East is destructive and self-defeating. Russia's obstructionist approach is reminiscent of the Soviet Union Cold War mentality based on a zero-sum game.

Medals for Sale

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez


War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

WATCH: Soviet Factory Goes Technicolor

Posted 12.04.2011 | Arts

Overcoming the overbearing blandness of Soviet era aesthetics can quickly turn into a daunting task, but a new time lapse video by Sasha Aleksandrov s...

On Libya and Liberty

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

When we vote or decide or discuss or debate, we are supposed to be informed. However, if we so often rely on superstitions and belief systems that don't work, how is there any truth at all?

Cai Guo-Qiang's Latest Blockbuster Comes To...Industrial Ukraine?

VernissageTV | Posted 10.28.2011 | Arts

Izolyatsia is a new art center in the industrial city of Donetsk, Ukraine. The center just opened with a solo exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang. The show ti...

Georgia's 'Soviet Riviera' Region Elects President

AP | RUSLAN KHASHIG and MIKHAIL METZEL | Posted 10.26.2011 | World

SUKHUMI, Georgia — Abkhazia – a once-prosperous tourist destination dubbed the Soviet Riviera – is electing a new president Friday, ...

PHOTOS: Ukrainians Mark Independence Day With Fierce Protests

AP | By MARIA DANILOVA | Posted 10.24.2011 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Thousands of opposition activists on Wednesday protested the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, clouding official...

WATCH: Soviet-Made Cars Still The Rage In Cuba

Posted 10.19.2011 | World

Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, one reminder of the U.S.S.R.'s link to Cuba can still be found on the roads of Havana: an abundan...

Gorbachev: Don't Reelect Putin

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 10.17.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the government on Wednesday for taking Russia backward and said that the nation needs free...

Associated Press: America Is Dead -- Funeral Plans Under Debate

Mark Steinberg | Posted 10.08.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

It was announced today that the United States of America, also known as the U.S., U.S.A. and the U.S. of A., died during the last week of August 2011 ...

Presidential Rebuttals Throughout History

Albert Brooks | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Albert Brooks

Isn't the whole point of winning the office of president that you can talk to the nation without others belittling what you say? I began to think of some great presidential moments and what their rebuttals might have sounded like, had they been allowed at the time.

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.

GOP Antiscientists Are Leading America Down a Dangerous Road

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Americans should support the rarer and rarer Republican candidates that are pro-science. Nations that have strayed too far down the path of placing ideology ahead of science have come out losers, both economically and in terms of global power.

The Biggest Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandal of All?

Paul Fitzgerald | Posted 09.12.2011 | Media
Paul Fitzgerald

As the first journalists to enter Kabul in 1981 following the expulsion of the Western media, we continue to be amazed at how the American disinformation campaign between Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street built around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lives on.

Once Upon A Dictator: Kazakh President Gets Fairy Tale Treatment

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 09.05.2011 | World

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The life story of Kazakhstan's authoritarian president has already been the subject of a glowing cinematic biopic and a play. No...

Comedian Eugene Mirman on The Interview Show (Video)

Mark Bazer | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York
Mark Bazer

Comedian Eugene Mirman appeared on The Interview Show to discuss his career, lip-synching a Bill Cosby record for a school book report, giving Pauly Shore a back rub and more.

America Led Astray

Gary Hart | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Mighty as we are, we cannot govern the world by force or intimidation. Traditional military power might awe inferior regimes, but not insurgents. And we pay a heavy price in respect when we operate outside our proclaimed principles.

The X-Men Didn't Save Us

Joe Cirincione | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war. But other than that, the new film, X-Men: First Class, gets a lot right about the historic crisis that is central to its plot.