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  • January 2, 1998

    All Power to the Soviets

    Four days that fascinated the Soviet people.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    After the Wall, a New Socialism?

    "The Party always arrives five minutes after the hour," one critical East Berlin Communist complained bitterly, just as events there were gathering momentum.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Boris the Brief?

    Forced out of office and deliberately humiliated, Mikhail Gorbachev nevertheless left the historical stage with the dignity of an actor who was aware of the crucial part he had played.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    The Emperors Are Naked

    The plans painstakingly prepared by the master builders of Maastricht now lie torn to ribbons. The once mighty mark is showing signs of wear under the strain of German reunification.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Brightness at Midnight?

    Climatically hot, it is politically a very strange summer on this side of the ocean.

    Daniel Singer

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  • January 2, 1998

    The Revolution Seen Through a Glass Darkly

    A film beginning with a shot of a little boy being beaten for not having learned the Declaration of the Rights of Man by heart, and closing in the overwhelming shadow of the guillotine, provides

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    An Optimistic Tragedy?

    For years, if they wished to be honest, observers of the Soviet Union had to work like archeologists, digging below the political surface to discover real social changes taking place in the co

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Coup in Algeria

    CORRECTION: 28 percent of registered voters chose the Islamic Salvation Front. (3/2/92).

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Yeltsin in Dubious Battle

    For once Boris Yeltsin was true to his word. He had said in public that August would be the month of "artillery preparations" and September the time of the clash. On September 21, at 8 P.M.

    Daniel Singer

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