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  • Gorbachev: Ukraine failed to act democratically

    02/23/2014 12:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:38 AM EST
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government’s failure to act democratically. […] “Ultimately this is the result of the failure of the government to act democratically” and to engage in dialogue and fight corruption, Gorbachev said during an address to a forum on government communications in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He added that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an “interruption of perestroika,” referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process there. …
  • UK Newspaper - Is Obama the American Gorbachev, and Putin the Russian Reagan?

    09/13/2013 7:55:57 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 31 replies
    On June 21, 2013, the Financial Times newspaper of the UK, described Obama as the Mikhail Gorbachev of America: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9428c460-d906-11e2-84fa-00144feab7de.html#axzz2emZwGd8h Over the past few days, Putin has proven himself to be the Ronald Reagan of Russia. I am not trying to imply that Reagan and Putin have the same ideology. I am only trying to say that Reagan was a great patriot who fought for the long-term interests of America, while Putin is a Russian Patriot who fights for the long term interests of Russia. Putin has been telling the Russian people to have more babies, and the Russian government...
  • Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control. Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Margaret Thatcher the Spokesperson for Freedom and Faith

    04/09/2013 1:44:23 AM PDT · by se99tp · 3 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | Tom Pompowski
    She was never a politician. At least not in the understanding of the famous American preacher James Freeman Clarke, who in the nineteenth century had noticed that politicians think of the next election, a statesman, of the next generation. (...) Gorbachev never understood the value and the sense of democracy. For him democracy equals with the people’s democracy, Soviet tautology that had been used by Communist regimes as a smokescreen. Although some public figures understood it, not many had courage to admit and even less wanted to correct Mr. Gorbachev in public. Margaret Thatcher did. She understood that alleged Gorbachev’s...
  • Is President Obama Liberalism's Gorbachev?

    01/22/2013 8:12:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Jerry Bowyer
    Angelo Codevilla has spent more than his share of time as a sojourner among America’s ruling class. He was a key part of the Reagan transition and point-man in the Gipper’s efforts to transform both the foreign and the intelligence services. Then later he served as a professor of International Relations at prestigious Boston University. From this vantage point, Codevilla was able to get a close look not only at the international relations elite, but at the entire American ruling class, from which the former are overwhelmingly drawn. I had the honor of sitting across a Skype line with Angelo...
  • Soviet Officer Wins Award for Preventing Nuclear War

    11/17/2012 3:24:00 PM PST · by bigbob · 42 replies
    RIA NOVOSTI ^ | 11-16-12 | staff
    A retired Soviet lieutenant colonel whose self-control prevented a nuclear war from being triggered by a long-classified accident in 1983 was named on Friday a recipient of a German anti-war prize. Stanislav Petrov, 73, won the fourth Dresden-Preis (Dresden Prize), which comes complete with a check for 25,000 euro ($32,000), prize organizers said on their website, Friendsofdresden-deutschland.com. The prize is to be bestowed at a ceremony in Dresden on Feb. 17, the anniversary of the Dresden bombing in 1945, the organizers said. Ironically for a military officer, Petrov shot to fame for ignoring his direct responsibilities. The officer served at...
  • Open Note To Askel5 from Laz

    09/26/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 294 replies
    9/26/2012 | By Laz A. Mataz
    Dear Askel5, For many years, I thought you were a bit of a nut. A very INTELLIGENT nut, but a nut nonetheless. Your constant harping about Gramscian politics was, to my mind, weird a little paranoid. It turns out you were one hundred percent right. The move to destroy America has been very below-the-surface, highly organized, and extremely effective ... and the model has been, indeed, Antonio Gramsci's.From the work Notes on Saul Alinsky and Neo-Marxism: Remember that the primary influence for Obama's strategy comes from Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." With that in mind..."Alinsky's tactics were based, not on...
  • Reagan’s Sign of the Cross Speech

    06/12/2012 8:32:16 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6-12-12 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    Every American high school student knows, or should know, that President Ronald Reagan went to the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on this date in 1987. The President said: “If you seek liberalization, open this gate…Mr. Gorbachev,tear down this wall.” (Yes, kids, there was a West Berlin then.) *snip* As important as Reagan’s dramatic call to “tear down this wall” was, we should not forget what else he said that memorable day twenty-five years ago. His speech contained the most eloquent paean to religious freedom we have heard. Reagan was not afraid to point to: …the most fundamental distinction of...
  • Former Soviet Union Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev Says He‘ll ’Support Obama’

    04/23/2012 9:38:35 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 23, 2012 | Mytheos Holt
    In a story that is sure to delight conservatives with a sense of irony, former Soviet head honcho Mikhail Gorbachev has announced that he has every intention of supporting President Obama for reelection. It’s not quite an endorsement, but it’s as close as Gorbachev will probably get. You may remember that this is the same Mikhail Gorbachev who dissolved the Soviet Union, which he only did, according to some sources, after being thoroughly outgunned and outfoxed by former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980′s. The endorsement came at, of all places, a high school, where Gorbachev was delivering a lecture...
  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • Disarming America: Obama Betrays Reagan's Dream

    03/19/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 19, 2012 | IBD editorials
    The Obama Record: The president's shredding of the Constitution began at the Preamble's provision for the common defense. He gave away our missile defense to appease Moscow and betray our allies. Derided as Star Wars, the Strategic Defense Initiative announced by President Reagan on March 23, 1983, was to be the fulfillment of his dream of being able to deter or even defeat a nuclear missile attack, rather than avenge one, with a multilayered system of defenses aimed at enemy missiles in all stages of flight. SDI and its concept of defending America and its allies were attacked as destabilizing...
  • Gorbachev calls for global court for environmental crimes

    03/13/2012 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | March 13, 2012
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Tuesday for the creation of an international court to try environmental crimes, in an interview published in French daily Le Monde. "I would personally look favourably upon creating an international tribunal to try those responsible for environmental crimes, both business leaders and the heads of state or government," the 81-year-old Nobel Peace Prize recipient said. Gorbachev, who was in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday to speak at the Sixth World Water Forum, has led the environmental pressure group Green Cross International since 1993.
  • Video - Special - Reagan - Gorbachev New Year's Day Messages, 1987

    12/31/2011 7:10:00 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 1.1.1987
    This was a joint New Year's Day Message by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. There is a sense of the Cold War ending because both leaders were talking about peace and Nuclear Arms Reduction. This video is in the Public Domain. The Master Copy can be found at the National Archives and Records Administration, Room 4000, 8601 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20740-6001. The Archival Retrieval Catalog (ARC) number is: 59591
  • Mikhail Gorbachev calls for Putin to resign

    12/24/2011 2:06:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/24/2011
    Mikhail Gorbachev called on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin not to seek a third term as president next year. He told the Moscow Echo radio: "I would advise Vladimir Putin to leave now. He has had three terms: two as president and one as prime minister. Three terms – that is enough." Mr Gorbachev, 80, has been virulently critical of the elections that took place on December 4. Soon after the poll he said that the results of the poll should be annulled and new elections held due to "numerous falsifications and rigging." "The results do not reflect the will of...
  • SPIEGEL Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

    08/19/2011 11:55:56 PM PDT · by Yardstick · 3 replies
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | August 16, 2011 | Matthias Schepp, Christian Neef
    Gorbachev:  . . .  That night, I retuned to my dacha shortly before dawn — and went for a walk with Raisa.SPIEGEL: You never discussed important issues with your wife at home?Gorbachev: You had to go outside. We also never discussed important things openly at the dacha. When I cleared out our Moscow apartment after stepping down as president, they found all kinds of wiring in the walls. It turned out that they had been spying on me all along. . .   SPIEGEL: . . . You only treated the symptoms of the sick communist system, but you didn’t...
  • Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev Says Russia Needs Government Overhaul - (rails against Putin)

    08/17/2011 11:09:19 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2011 | ap
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the government on Wednesday for taking Russia backward and said that the nation needs free elections and fresh leadership. He was speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of Aug. 19, 1991, hardline coup that briefly ousted him and precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, who turned 80 in March and underwent spinal surgery in April, looked strong and spoke energetically during a news conference that lasted more than an hour. Gorbachev criticized the United Russia party led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which he described as a bad copy of the Soviet...
  • Gorbachev praises Obama and admits that he did his best to save Soviet Union

    05/31/2011 11:45:04 AM PDT · by se99tp · 13 replies
    http://commentarypl.blogspot.com ^ | 31/5/2011 | beyond popular propaganda
    An amazing interview with the top communist apparatchik Mikhail Gorbachev. He repeats, although this time quite clearly, that in fact he was fighting to keep the Soviet Union alive. He did his best to defend the Soviet Union. Gorbachev explains that perestroika succeeded but it was disrupted. Soviet Union "could have existed longer today as the community of the sovereign states".
  • al-Khalili: Gorbachev, Castro, Nixon, and Brzezinski Admitted Islam Is the Only Model for Mankind

    05/28/2011 3:42:07 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 41 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | April 27, 2011 | Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
    Following are excerpts from a statement by Mufti of Oman Ahmad Muhammad Al-Khalili, which aired on Al-Jazeera Network TV on April 27, 2011I: Muhammad Al-Khalili: After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev gave an interview on a British TV channel, and he was asked: "Can Communism survive in Vietnam and China?" He said: "No. Communism is dead, so it cannot survive." He was asked: "What is the alternative?" He said: "I don't believe that the alternative is capitalism, socialism, or democracy. The alternative is a different order. We have to adapt to a new civilization." That day, I asked...
  • Flashback: Presideo Partners (Eminent Domain Corruption between Pelosi, Gorbachev...)

    04/02/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 15, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    "Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep, into Pelosi's role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair - in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment called PRESIDIO PARTNERS. Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted - Hunter Point is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco. Roll Call stated that in early 2004, Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence...
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    04/02/2011 9:26:44 AM PDT · by bronxville · 54 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    A Hidden History of Evil Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains...
  • Former Soviet Boss Gorbachev Says Putin Is More Communist Than He Was

    03/30/2011 10:34:05 PM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 10 March 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    Most Americans believe, as they were told by the media and taught in schools and colleges, that the Cold War “ended” with events including the so-called “collapse” of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the demolition of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. However, those who are aware of the true scope and nature of the international communist menace know that the Soviet Union truly never collapsed, but instead, has metastasized and adopted new and deceptive forms in the Russian Federation. KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn has made the supposed “collapse” of the Soviet Union the subject of his 1986 book,...
  • VIPs toast Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday

    03/30/2011 9:52:38 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 31, 2011 | Andrea Magrath
    When the birthday boy is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and widely acknowledged as 'The man who changed the world', you can expect some big names to turn up to raise a toast and help blow out the candles. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev celebrated his 80th birthday with a glitzy charity gala at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, attended by a host of VIPs, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Hollywood ladies Sharon Stone and Goldie Hawn. Stone acted as host for the evening, alongside Kevin Spacey, at a fund-raising concert featuring Katherine Jenkins, Shirley Bassey, Bryan Ferry, Mel C and...
  • The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Historic 1992 Earth Summit

    03/08/2011 7:51:32 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 1 replies · 3+ views
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | March 8, 2011 | Consigliere5
    The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Part 7 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, June 3-14, 1992 Informally called the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil.Another example of the United Nations trying to blend all religions together into a New Agey "Global Consciousness aka: the coming Planetary Transformation aka: World Awakening aka: Shift to the New Aquarian Age" and get rid of the "exclusive" Christian Gospel.Conference Secretary-General: Maurice StrongFrom this UN page:The two-week Earth Summit was the climax of a process, begun in December 1989, of planning, education and negotiations among all Member States of the...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev to Putin: Don't Run for President Again

    03/02/2011 4:18:25 PM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Mark Whittington
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last general secretary of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was awarded Russia's highest medal upon his 80th birthday. Gorbachev used the occasion to urge Vladimir Putin not to run for Russian president. Putin has already served two terms as Russian president and is currently the Russian prime minister. Putin has been noted for his high-handed style of governance that has seemed at times to rival that of the rulers of the old Soviet Union. It is therefore somewhat ironic that Gorbachev has again invoked democracy and freedom in his tart advice to Putin. While...
  • Dissatisfied with the European Parliament’s soft resolution on Russia, MEPs insist on blacklists

    02/21/2011 10:27:23 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies
    NEWSru.com ^ | February 18th, 2011
    Some members of the European Parliament (MEPs) deemed yesterday’s resolution on Russian non-compliance with the rule of law to be much too soft, and now seek sanctions against Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. As reported in the media, the European Parliament has three enumerations: there is the ‘Khodorkovsky list’, which includes those involved in imposing harsh sentences in the Yukos case; the ‘Magnitsky list’, with the names of those accused of the death in jail of the lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management; and the ‘Nemtsov list’, in which appear the persecutors of Russian opposition leaders. The latter list...
  • Ronald Reagan: Conservative, Confident, and Visionary

    02/06/2011 8:20:52 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Learning a lesson in Iceland. Ronald Reagan was not always “conservative,” and for this, conservatives love him. The modern conservative mind thinks in a certain box – a good box, not a bad one, but a box, nevertheless. We have an ideology: government can do these specific things, and no more. Tax something and you’ll get less of it, subsidize a thing and you’ll get more of it… etc. We have a host of such pronouncements, and we are usually right. We advocate the limited government of the Constitution, and the free economy of Hayek and Hazlitt, because we believe...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev: victory in Afghanistan is 'impossible'

    10/27/2010 8:23:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/27/10
    Mikhail Gorbachev: victory in Afghanistan is 'impossible' Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, has warned that Afghanistan risks turning into another Vietnam, telling Nato that victory is impossible. Published: 10:42AM BST 27 Oct 2010 Mr Gorbachev, who pulled Russian troops out of Afghanistan in 1989 after a 10-year war, said the US had no alternative but to withdraw troops. "Victory is impossible in Afghanistan. [Barack] Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be," he told the BBC. Mr Gorbachev added that as the Soviets prepared to withdraw from Afghanistan, the...
  • Today in History June 12,1987 " Mr. Gorbachev,open this gate, Mr. Gorbachev,tear down this wall!"

    06/12/2010 10:54:13 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies · 591+ views
    Various | 6/12/10 | President Ronald Reagan
    On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin wall. Due to the amplification system being used, the President's words could also be heard on the Eastern (Communist-controlled) side of the wall. The address Reagan delivered that day is considered by many to have affirmed the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism. On Nov. 9-11, 1989, the people of a free Berlin tore down that wall. Thank you. Thank you, very much.Chancellor Kohl, Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies and...
  • Maurice Strong, Gorbachev and Friends

    05/13/2010 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies · 344+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Obama and Maatai walking together in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006 where the headquarters of the United Nations Environmental protection agency is located. Maurice Strong was the first UNEP President and was serving together with Maathai and Mikhail Gorbachev on the Earth Charters Commission. It is always fun to place Obama and Gorbachev in the same circle of friends. All folks mentioned above are saving the Earth. Or maybe they are just establishing connections that give them access to power and tax-payer money. ... non-government international organizations of “philanthropist” funded by the tax-payer money provided by the governments for humanitarian purposes....
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    05/12/2010 7:24:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1,475+ views
    City Journal ^ | 05/12/10 | Claire Berlinski
    Claire Berlinski A Hidden History of Evil Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? Though Mikhail Gorbachev is lionized in the West, the untranslated archives suggest a much darker figure. In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism...
  • MIKHAIL GORBACHEV: Perestroika Lost

    03/13/2010 8:32:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 687+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2010 | MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
    Op-Ed Contributor Moscow PERESTROIKA, the series of political and economic reforms I undertook in the Soviet Union in 1985, has been the subject of heated debate ever since. Today the controversy has taken on a new urgency — not just because of the 25th anniversary, but also because Russia is again facing the challenge of change. In moments like this, it is appropriate and necessary to look back. We introduced perestroika because our people and the country’s leaders understood that we could no longer continue as we had. The Soviet system, created on the precepts of socialism amid great efforts...
  • Condoleezza Rice to Headline Black Sea Cruise

    02/06/2010 4:03:29 PM PST · by brianhumeck · 6 replies · 422+ views
    GleeStreet.com ^ | 2/6/2010
    There aren’t many cruises I’m dying to get aboard, but here is one such cruise. Not only does it visit ports I have always desired to visit, but the speakers aboard this cruise are simply amazing, especially for anyone interested in International Relations. Condi and Gorbachev are two of the featured speakers.
  • Earth Charter undone: Henry Lamb explains how town nixed 'syrupy' eco scheme

    04/21/2002 1:32:57 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 477+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Sanibel, Fla., was one of the first U.S. cities to endorse the Earth Charter nearly a year ago as a part of Earth Day celebrations. It was also the first U.S. city to withdraw its endorsement. This controversial document, promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong for a decade, is seen by many to be an effort to create a new "16 Commandments" to serve as the foundation for a new global religion. Sanibel citizens were not happy about the endorsement. Forty-two citizens and five former mayors signed an open letter, published in a local newspaper, demanding that the endorsement...
  • Gorbachev: Take It From Me, Leave Afghanistan

    11/10/2009 5:13:03 PM PST · by Flavius · 14 replies · 878+ views
    newer ^ | 11.10.09 | 5 Gorbachev: Take It From Me, Leave Afghanistan 'No prospect' for military victory, says former Sov
    Mikhail Gorbachev—the man who pulled the Soviet Union's troops out of Afghanistan after a decade of stalemate—says the US should do the same.
  • Gorbachev Says Obama Should Start Afghan Withdrawal

    11/10/2009 4:28:31 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 16 replies · 618+ views
    Bloomberg | November 10, 2009 | Chris Burns and Patrick Donahue
    Bloomberg can't be posted on FR, so I can only post a link. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aP_6NUKjFaSM#
  • REAGAN'S BERLIN WALL SPEECH: "MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!" (FULL TEXT AND VIDEO)

    11/09/2009 11:37:15 AM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies · 577+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 9, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Ronald Reagan's historic speech before the Berlin Wall in 1987, in which he said "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall," is one of most important speeches in world history. The Berlin Wall's falling, which came about two years later, was a victory for freedom and a crushing blow to the former Soviet Union and the tyranny of Communism around the world.
  • Twenty Years Later: Why the Berlin Wall Fell

    11/09/2009 11:34:58 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 8 replies · 503+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar
    We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism. This comprehensively refuted the Communist claim to represent the people. Yet, the claim continues, sometimes dazzling a new generation of youngsters with no inkling of why the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. In democratic Capitalism, said Karl Marx, the rich became richer and the poor poorer. Marxism inspired young idealists for over a century. Lenin's revolution in Russia in 1917 was hailed as a new dawn. Stalin's invasions brought Communism to Eastern Europe. Communist governments there pledged to create a paradise for workers, who would be freed...
  • Tear down this wall! And save the planet(Gorby, the Soviet Gore?)

    11/09/2009 4:19:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 342+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 11/09/09 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    November 9, 2009 Tear down this wall! And save the planet There are urgent parallels between the fall of Communism and the fight to stop climate change Mikhail Gorbachev The German people, and the whole world alongside them, are today celebrating a landmark date in history: the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not many events can claim their place in the collective memory as a watershed that divides two distinct periods. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall — that stark, concrete symbol of a world divided into hostile camps — is such an event. It brought...
  • YOUTUBE - Ronald Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" (when we had a real leader)

    11/08/2009 4:59:27 PM PST · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 601+ views
    youtube ^ | Reagan and speechwriter
    THE STATEMENT STILL GIVES ME CHILLS Despite the efforts of the Democrats, the wall came down 20 years ago. God blessed this nation indeed to have given us such a man of profound clarity and courage.
  • 'Tear down this wall'

    11/08/2009 4:37:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 329+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 8, 2009
    Twenty years ago, on Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, as protestors on both sides began chipping away with sledgehammers, picks and hands. But the first crack in the wall appeared two years before that — on June 12, 1987 — when President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and gave his ultimatum to the Soviet leader: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”In his new book, “Tear Down This Wall” (Simon & Schuster), Romesh Ratnesar, deputy managing editor at Time magazine, traces the origin of Reagan’s remarks, noting how administration officials disagreed over whether the president should be...
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Bush, Gorbachev, Kohl mark Berlin Wall's fall

    10/31/2009 8:31:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,125+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/09 | Erik Kirschbaum
    BERLIN (Reuters) – George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl paid their respects to the ordinary people who were behind the peaceful revolution of 1989 that brought down the Berlin Wall at an emotional ceremony in Berlin on Saturday. The three statesmen from the United States, Soviet Union and West Germany -- whose steady-handed leadership paved the way for the Wall's opening on November 9, 1989 -- recalled the heady events that led to the end of the Cold War at a ceremony attended by 1,800 people. "We Germans don't have very much in our history to be proud of,"...
  • Obama: Beta-in-Chief in 23,096 Words (Obama, Berlusconi, Merkel, Putin, Medvedev, Reagan)

    10/31/2009 1:43:58 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 23 replies · 1,739+ views
    The Spearhead ^ | October 29, 2009 | Chuck Ross
    Wow. I just noticed something. Our commander-in-chief is the least alpha of any of the leaders of our former enemies from World War II and the Cold War: Germany, Italy, and Russia. While I knew Obama exhibited beta behavior, I had no idea it was this bad. Give me a minute and I’ll lay out pictorial proof. We all know that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi holds the title of “Intergalactic Alpha”. The 73 year-old silverback is banging 18 year-olds, has amassed a fortune, laid the smack down on his wife, and avoided indictment and/or lynching for his shenanigans....
  • Is Obama Like Gorbachev?

    10/04/2009 12:03:45 PM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies · 513+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 2, 2009 | David Warren
    There is nothing new under the sun: and I mean, nothing. It is a point brought home to us with increasing force by the expansion of the Internet. Conceive of an "original idea." Now, select two or more keywords suggested by it. Use them as search terms, and you will soon find that, say, 438,000 other people have entertained said "original idea," and a dozen are currently blogging on it. Before beginning today's column, my search terms were "Gorbachev" and "Obama." Yes: a lot of people have entertained the idea, that Mikhail Gorbachev was to the late great Soviet Union,...
  • The Communist Collapse: Twenty Years On

    09/09/2009 8:40:22 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 914+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | September 9, 2009 | By Jamie Glazov
    How and why the surviving heirs of the Soviet monster are alive and well.Twenty years ago, the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe began to fall one by one -- so quickly that the coming months will be very dense with 20th anniversaries of great historic events. That was the final battle of the Cold War, where the Iron Curtain was finally broken, and the monstrous Soviet Empire ruined. Freedom triumphed in Europe at last. Or so it seemed. For the next twenty years have shown that that victory was not as final as many hoped during that momentous autumn of...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev attacks Putin on corruption

    09/05/2009 1:54:42 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 544+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | September 5, 2009 | Tony Halpin
    Mikhail Gorbachev has attacked Vladimir Putin for rolling back democracy in Russia and failing to fight corruption. In an interview with The Times, published today, he criticised Mr Putin over Russia’s failure to convict the killers of prominent Kremlin critics such as the journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the dissident spy Alexander Litvinenko. Mr Gorbachev accused Europe and America of a failure to understand Russia since he started his glasnost and perestroika reforms of the Soviet Union almost a quarter of a century ago. He said that the West seemed more interesting in keeping Russia “on its knees”. He had warm...
  • Did Gorbachev vet Obama’s Moscow New Economic School address?

    07/07/2009 4:14:30 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 317+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 7, 2009 | Judi McLeod
    Another casual Obama-Gorbachev meeting Did former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev vet President Barack Obama’s address before Obama delivered it to graduates of the New Economic School in Moscow this morning? According to President Obama’s Schedule Today from the CBSNews Political Hotsheet, Obama spent the sum total of 15 minutes with Gorbachev immediately prior to delivery of the New Economic School address. There were no pictures of Obama and Gorbachev together, but Gorbachev attended the address and Radio Free Europe has the photograph to prove it.(here). The beaming smiles of Barack and Michelle Obama gave lie to the lukewarm reception by...
  • Gorbachev Hopes For US Nuclear Deal

    07/05/2009 1:46:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 483+ views
    sky.com ^ | July 05, 2009 | Amanda Walker
    Barack Obama is on a mission to reset relations between the US and Russia with nuclear reduction at the cornerstone of his plan. US arms control experts predict the two sides could aim to reduce their arsenals to 1,500 nuclear warheads apiece. Mr Obama's plans continue what the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty began in 1991. It was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In a rare interview with Sky News, the former Soviet Leader insisted further nuclear reduction is vital. He said: "If we don't get rid of nuclear weapons the 40 countries that are not members of the...
  • Obama Tears Down US Economy, Mikhail Gorbachev Endorses Plan (If you missed this, you missed it)

    06/08/2009 5:27:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 980+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 6/08/09 | The Maha
    Obama Tears Down US Economy, Mikhail Gorbachev Endorses PlanJune 8, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, there can be no other way to say this now. The gloves have to come off. It's time for people to sober up. The president of the United States, Barack Obama, is destroying the United States economy. There is no other way to describe this, systematically destroying it. "Rush, are you saying he's destroying it on purpose?" I'm not going there, it doesn't matter. What matters is the United States economy is being destroyed. Even the Associated Press, government-run Associated Press with a...