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Four days that fascinated the Soviet people.

For years, if they wished to be honest, observers of
the Soviet Union had to work like archeologists,
digging below the political surface to discover real
social changes taking place in the co

Four drunken Polish youths, four distant, misty figures, acrobatically avoid a fall, then vanish mysteriously into the fog.

Back in Warsaw after my trip to Gdansk, I talk about the economy with the outgoing government's spokesman on reform. He is more specific on what is to be done than on how it should be achieved.

Long live the Revolution--as long as it is dead
and buried with no prospect of resurrection.
That thought springs to mind as the French begin
to celebrate the bicentennial of their Great Revol

"You are mistaken, dear angel, if you think that King Louis-Philippe rules--a mistake the King himself does not make.

Performing political acrobatics on the edge of the economic precipice, the Poles are also showing how very far it is possible to go in Eastern Europe in the era of Gorbachev.

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.

Blogs

Just like Hong Kong, soon enough Taiwan -- the so-called Republic of China -- will be absorbed into China proper. It's a goner. The sheer force of China's gravitational pull will draw the island to the mainland. So what, exactly, is the Obama administration thinking?

February 1, 2010

What did Tony Blair know, and when did he know it?

January 29, 2010

It was a pleasure to listen to a State of the Union address, especially after eight years of his predecessor's alarmist warnings and warlike thundering, in which war, terrorism, and "rogue states" went almost unmentioned.

January 28, 2010

If you've been wondering how and where to donate to Haiti relief work, have meant to give but haven't yet done so, have given already but can give more ($10?), you can't do better than give to Partners in Health.

January 27, 2010

How will the war in Afghanistan end? This isn't a trick question. The answer is simple: the war will end when President Obama signs an order ending it; that is, when the president tells his commanders: "It's over."

January 25, 2010

There's been a new development since my last column appeared: the Embassy has told Ms. Quazi to send an itinerary for her departure. What that means is unclear, because she still doesn't have a passport and there is still the matter of the exit visa – but it has to be a positive sign.

January 23, 2010

Yesterday, I had a chance to question General David Petraeus about President Obama's Afghan timetable, and what he had to say leads one to suspect that if Petraeus, McChrystal, and Co. are ever going to leave Afghanistan, they'll have to be dragged out kicking and screaming.

 

January 22, 2010

Last Friday I wrote about the IMF's new $100 million loan to Haiti. I cited debt relief activists who told me that the new loan would be an extension of the IMF's existing loan of $165 million. This information was confirmed by the IMF's press release, which stated that "emergency financing would be provided as an augmentation to the existing IMF-supported arrangement with Haiti under the Extended Credit Facility [ECF]." The IMF's announcement provided no further information about conditions that may or may not be attached to the loan and made no mention of future debt relief for Haiti.

January 20, 2010

For years, I've written about Iran's untoward influence in Iraq. Now, it appears as if Iran is making a power play, using its Iraqi allies, that could checkmate US influence in Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

January 20, 2010

If Haitians are ever going to recover from the crisis caused by the massive earthquake that very nearly leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince, they are going to need nurses.

January 18, 2010