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At stake in the drama now unfolding in Vilnius is
not just the fate of Lithuania or the Baltic States
but the destinies of Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika and the immediate future of p

"Comrade democrats--in the widest meaning
of this word--you have scattered. The reformers have gone to ground. Dictatorship is coming....

The Soviet Union can no longer act as a brake on US.
expansion, and Western Europe cannot do so yet.
That is the bitter, bloody and understated lesson of
the current crisis.

The jingoist euphoria that followed a successful one-sided war may not last as long as the Republicans now assume.

The post-Stalinist regimes of Eastern Europe collapsed in part because of the glaring contrast between theory and practice, promise and fulfillment.

Amid the noise of the unending Urbatechnic affaire, a scandal over the Socialist Party's fraudulent financing of its electoral funds, the tenth anniversary of François Mitterrand's

Is Italy on the eve of a major political crisis? Is a change
of regime, or perhaps even the birth of a new republic,
imminent?

The sorcerer's apprentices could not even stage a
coup.

"How could anyone possibly say that the October Revolution was in vain?" the poet Tvardovsky angrily told Solzhenitsyn in what now seems another age.

On Sunday, October 27--the future as I write this--the Poles will elect their two houses of Parliament, for the first time in an entirely free vote.

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Leaders in Western Europe clearly want the problem to go away, but the United States is pressing Europe to step up military spending.

June 6, 2014

But it’s looking like the president’s Europe trip is all about NATO and “reassuring” America’s allies, who aren’t threatened.

June 2, 2014

Did a report from a “problematic” source land in the opinion pages because it failed to pass muster with newsroom editors?

May 29, 2014

Pope Francis’ seemingly impromptu prayer at Israel's apartheid wall hinted at a radical critique of Israel in an otherwise carefully orchestrated trip.

May 28, 2014

Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, antidemocratic agenda.

May 27, 2014

Yes, he’s a crooked billionaire backed by other crooked billionaires. So?

May 23, 2014

It’s the product of both deregulatory neoliberal capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian past—a history in which the United States played no small part.

May 21, 2014

The truth is fascists aren’t going to rule either Ukraine or Western Europe anytime soon.

May 21, 2014

Patience is needed on all sides, and the US ought to make clear what sanctions relief Iran can expect once a deal is done.

May 19, 2014

The BJP and its sister group, the paramilitary RSS, could accelerate sectarian divisions and, perhaps, worsen the conflict with Pakistan.

May 16, 2014