China: Communists tighten ideological grip

According to media reports Education Minister Yuan Guiren said Chinese universities must not allow books that promote Western values to be used in classes.

Portrait of Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Portrait of Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Communist Party of China turns ninety

Still communist after 90 years?  The Chinese Communist Party was founded on July 1, 1921.

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The beatification of John Paul II: How did he change the Catholic Church?

The ceremony of beatification of the late Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005) will take place tomorrow in Rome.

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Ronald Reagan, Fall of the Soviet Bloc and Egypt

President Ronald Reagan would turn 100 today. Happy Birthday!

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Poland: Jaruzelski advised Komorowski ahead of Medvedev’s visit

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski met with former presidents and premiers to discuss an upcoming visit by Dmitry Medvedev on December 6. The meeting of the National Security Council included former Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last communist leader of Poland.

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Was the division of Europe after WW II inevitable?

The Second World War ended in Europe 65 years ago, on May 8, 1945. The Soviet Army was everywhere in the Central and Easter Europe and the Cold War was knocking on the door.

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Czechoslovakia in 1968: It wasn’t the priority of President Johnson

But it would be probably impossible to stop the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops as Leonid Brezhnev was at that time more frightened from Prague Spring that from any complaints from Washington. The declassified documents of CIA relating to Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia show President Lyndon Johnson was warned that military action could happen.

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