Category Archives: Communism

Happy 200th Birthday, Karl Marx (wait, what?)

He was a genius who espoused an economic ideology that could have put workers first and reined in corrupt capitalism. Or, he was a madman who unleashed an economic ideology that has corrupted billions of people around the world. Karl … Continue reading

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Just asking: Why pick on Cuba but support China?

I’m not going to make this a detailed or well-researched blog post. Rather, I’m asking a question in hopes of getting a conversation started: The Trump administration is rolling back efforts made by President Obama to open more doors between … Continue reading

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In Soviet Russia, a Stakhanovite was a good thing

The BBC examines a hero of the Soviet Union — Alexei Stakhanov. Over the next few months, travelling around the country, Stakhanov recruited thousands of supporters from all branches of Soviet industry and agriculture, who were happy to apply his … Continue reading

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Russian television airs documentary about 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, angers Czechs and Slovaks

The BBC has the details. The Czech and Slovak governments have accused Russia of rewriting history after Russian state TV broadcast a documentary about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The programme, aired on 23 May, argued the invasion was … Continue reading

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“Could lives of Leningrad residents have been saved if the city had been surrendered to the Nazi troops?”

Russia Beyond The Headlines examines one television network’s poll question and the reaction to it. The Russian cable channel Dozhd (Rain) has found itself at the center of a scandal after it polled its audience on the World War II … Continue reading

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China follows through on threat, expels U.S. journalist for investigative reporting

USA Today examines the circumstances behind the Chinese government’s decision to kick a New York Times journalist out of the country. Official corruption is one of China’s hottest topics. The ruling Communist Party says it can handle the problem internally … Continue reading

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Chairman Mao would have been 120 today

The Associated Press reports that Chinese leaders organized a sincere but muted celebration of the father of Chinese Communism. The approach underscores the delicate balancing act the Communist Party leadership — installed last year — has to perform in managing … Continue reading

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