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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.

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?

Blogs

NCIS: Los Angeles does a WikiLeaks-inspired show. Salon blogger posts story on Obama administration using wildly exaggerated and even false claims against WikiLeaks. And more cables on diplomatic spying.

January 19, 2011

As President Hu arrives to meet Obama, the White House ought to look inward at America's own failings, not bash Beijing.

January 18, 2011

A US military chaplain in Iraq says it's time to go.

January 18, 2011

Greg Mitchell gives the latest updates on the tax cheat leak and more.

January 18, 2011

It's refreshing to see people toppling a corrupt regime, but there's a long way to go.

January 17, 2011

This day in history, Alan Lomax and a message from Gershom Gorenberg.

January 14, 2011

An update on news and views on all things WikiLeaks. Check back often as items are added to the post throughout the day.

January 14, 2011

There may yet be justice for the victims of the post-9/11 United States torture program. Just not in the US.

January 12, 2011

Israeli leader angered by Mossad chief's comment that Iran won't have a bomb before 2015.

January 12, 2011

On the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake—it's hard not to think about how we turn up, or not, for the ones we love.

January 11, 2011