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"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

Nineteen ninety-three, with its single market and
its important steps toward monetary and political
union, was to have been Europe's momentous A 1 year.

Europe's landscape is changing--dramatically in its
Eastern half, which is groping toward capitalism,
and less spectacularly in the Western part, which
is on the road to a single market.

The balance of power in international relations
shifts slowly.

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Child migrants and their families are the ones being affected by the shifts in policy, and ultimately, any decision made impacts their future first and foremost.

August 18, 2014

Documents allege a profit motive behind a prominent anti-Iran group backed by a Francophile New York philanthropist with a penchant for large cats.

August 15, 2014

And the only government official who went to jail for it was the whistleblower who exposed it.

August 12, 2014

Two major anti-Iran groups in DC are more than they appear.

August 11, 2014

The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.

August 11, 2014

The president continues a two-decade legacy of wrapping the military option in Iraq in humanitarian packaging.

August 8, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers say the CIA redacted “key facts” from a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s cruel interrogation tactics.

August 6, 2014

The Nation recognized that US isolation would be tested as never before, but didn’t even consider intervention as a possibility.

August 5, 2014

Debates about Israel’s war in Gaza tend to follow a predictable pattern.

August 5, 2014