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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

"Is the Communist Party of the Soviet Union still the ruling party, the political vanguard of the people? . . . Should there be a multiparty system? Does the C.P.S.U.

I thought I was going to the opulent city of Bologna, with its ancient red-brick palaces, for the funeral of the Italian Communist Party.

This is the rather flattering self-portrait of a populist leader who has already traveled quite far: Boris Yeltsin, once a protégé of Mikhail Gorbachev, is now his main, and very re

Some events carry an exceptional symbolic charge.

Is Mikhail Gorbachev, for all his vast presidential powers and
commanding leadership of the Communist Party, merely to be a
transitional ruler of the Soviet Union? If so, a transition to what?

Fundamentalism is spreading westward; now it has invaded the Maghreb.
The results of Algeria's June 12
local elections, in which the Islamic Salvation Front (F.J.S.) won more
than half of the

Blogs

Egypt is opening the door to Hamas. Washington may not like it, but it’s time to talk.

May 26, 2011

The president can corner the Israeli prime minister now—if he wants to.

May 25, 2011

Bibi's ace-in-the-hole? Dennis Ross.

May 21, 2011

Obama's Middle East policy has fallen apart. It's not too late to save it.

May 18, 2011

Mitchell gives up. Has Obama given up, too?

May 13, 2011

The Palestinian accord is a good thing, and Obama should resist Israel's efforts to scuttle it.

May 9, 2011

Assad's likely to survive the crisis, and the United States should stay out.

May 9, 2011

This week, the news hit that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, perhaps best known for his Angels in America, was being blocked from receiving an honorary degree from the City University of New York because of his views on Israel.

May 5, 2011

The Obama administration suggests bin Laden's death could accelerate peace talks with the Taliban.

May 4, 2011

The bombing of the Qaddafi compound is outrageous and unacceptable, besides being illegal.

May 2, 2011