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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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  • January 2, 1998

    Mitterrand Le Petit

    The longest reign in the history of the French Republic is coming to an end, possibly a premature one, with a sense of drama.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Socialism Takes Two Steps Back

    The French socialist saga makes awkward reading for left-wingers. It has a wistful air of déjà vu.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Looking for a ‘Historic Compromise’

    Four drunken Polish youths, four distant, misty figures, acrobatically avoid a fall, then vanish mysteriously into the fog.

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Stalin’s Grandchildren

    "At the burial of communism too many people want to jump from the coffin into the funeral procession." The Polish author of these lines tried to convey the idea that the former practitioners now

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Putsch in Moscow

    Capitalism is re-entering Russia dripping with blood. Whether Boris Yeltsin's successful putsch will extend his reign remains to be seen.

    Daniel Singer

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