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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

The Egypt pro-democracy movement has much more in common with the grassroots, bottom-up Obama campaign than the Bush admininistration's barrel of a gun “freedom agenda.”

February 11, 2011

Washington is integrating Mexico, Central America and Colombia into a neoliberal-neocon corridor, creating a perfect circle of conflict, violence and repression.

February 11, 2011

What, exactly, is the Brotherhood? How strong is it inside Egypt?

February 11, 2011

What could become a general strike by Egypt's workers has begun. Parliament building, broadcasting center targeted.

February 9, 2011

An old school mate remembers Frank Wisner, our man—or not—in Egypt.

February 8, 2011

The revolution in Egypt doesn't need support from the White House.

February 7, 2011

Washington-approved violence in Honduras continues.

February 7, 2011

Exile for Mubarak in Germany for “health reasons”?

February 4, 2011

A Washington insider says to expect a push from White House to ratify the flawed Colombia Free Trade Treaty.  Also to be expected: rising body counts of trade unionists.

February 3, 2011

The repeated invocation on the part of conservatives signals a deeper malady.

February 2, 2011