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When Achille Occhetto, the new General Secretary, closed the debate at the Eighteenth Congress of the Italian Communist Party (P.C.I.) in Rome on March 21, the delegates gave him a ten-minute sta

With Boris Yeltsin triumphantly defying the establishment in Moscow, Lech Walesa guiding the Polish opposition into Parliament and Imre Pozsgay, a member of the Hungarian Politburo, arguing in B

There was no miracle at the polls for the regime of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski.

The rulers of the capitalist world who came to Paris
for the bicentennial celebrations last month were
in a smug mood.

Dual power, Lenin wrote, cannot last long. But just how long?

For the next weeks and months the eyes of the world
will be focused on Poland, where events are now unfolding at an unexpectedly dramatic pace.

Slogans sometimes succeed in conveying the mood of a period.

History knows no neat radical breaks.

"The Party always arrives five minutes after the hour," one critical East Berlin Communist complained bitterly, just as events there were gathering momentum.

"Havel to the castle": In the doubly festive mood just before Christmas the heart of Prague was full of posters bearing that slogan and a picture of Vaclav Havel, the
famous playwright, his shi

Blogs

The Nation’s Stephen Cohen theorizes about President Putin’s motivations in Ukraine on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

April 18, 2014

Diplomacy gains ground, but there’s a long way to go.

April 18, 2014

Two top editors claim they didn’t really know.

April 18, 2014

It isn’t clear how far Putin will go, but diplomacy is the only answer.

April 16, 2014

Israel's justice minister agrees with Kerry that hardliners are sabotaging the peace talks.

April 14, 2014

Hundreds of thousands have fled dictatorship—only to face trafficking, exploitation and hostility throughout North Africa and the Sahel.

April 11, 2014

Borders may appear immutable, but events from Catalonia to Crimea prove that they are not.

April 9, 2014

Kerry should release an American peace plan and let the chips fall where they may.

April 5, 2014

For years now, evangelical activists from the United States have been speaking out against homosexuality and cheering on antigay legislation all over Africa.

April 4, 2014

Rio Blanco is just one of many communuties that have been fighting destructive dam projects.

April 2, 2014