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  • Ronald Reagan tried to convert Mikhail Gorbachev to Christianity, aide claims

    04/04/2009 9:58:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 2,130+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Adrian Blomfield
    A close aide to Ronald Reagan has claimed that the former US president tried to convert the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Christianity.A new biography that draws on recently declassified documents discloses a secret exchange between the two leaders that left at least one official present convinced that Reagan had tried to persuade his counterpart of God's existence. The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan, by the former Los Angeles Times reporter James Mann, provides fresh insight into the former US president's religious convictions and the role they played in foreign policy. Reagan had apparently reached a conviction, which has since become...
  • Gorbachev Visits Eureka College

    03/27/2009 7:45:25 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 653+ views
    WMBD/WYZZ - EUREKA -- ^ | Friday, Mar 27, 2009
    President Ronald Reagan's Alma Mater hosts a world leader today. Eureka College honors former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev with an Honorary Doctorate. Accompanied by a small entourage, including his daughter, Gorbachev stepped foot on campus looking relaxed and right at home. It was the community that gathered in awe. “This is huge for Eureka College and Central Illinois," Reagan Museum Curator Brian Sajko said., The 78-year-old former Soviet leader came to Eureka to promote the College's new Ronald Reagan society. Gorbachev toured the Reagan Museum before spending a few moments reflecting in the Reagan Peace Garden that includes a five...
  • Gorbachev upbeat on US-Russia ties after Obama visit

    03/26/2009 8:35:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2009 | Claudia Parsons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said on Thursday he was more optimistic about the prospect of improving U.S.-Russian relations after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this month. Ties between the former Cold War enemies have been strained by NATO expansion, a planned U.S.-backed missile defense system in Eastern Europe, tensions between Russia and Georgia and differences on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama will meet in London on April 1 ahead of the G20 most developed nations summit. Gorbachev met with Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden...
  • Just In Case You Forgot: Agenda 21

    03/25/2009 8:24:53 PM PDT · by datura · 10 replies · 988+ views
    The United Nations ^ | 11 Aug 2005 | The UN
    Agenda 21: Chapter 2 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO ACCELERATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND RELATED DOMESTIC POLICIES In order to meet the challenges of environment and development, States have decided to establish a new global partnership. This partnership commits all States to engage in a continuous and constructive dialogue, inspired by the need to achieve a more efficient and equitable world economy, keeping in view the increasing interdependence of the community of nations and that sustainable development should become a priority item on the agenda of the international community. It is recognized that, for the success of this new partnership,...
  • Obama, Biden secretly met Gorbachev at White House on March 20

    03/25/2009 5:13:41 PM PDT · by ihatedemocrats · 18 replies · 884+ views
    Once Upon a Time in the West ^ | March 24, 2009 | Perilous Times
    [...] The US government has also been silent with respect to two important, apparently related incidents that took place on March 20. The MSM revealed yesterday that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met former Soviet tyrant Mikhail (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev at the White House last Friday, in what can only be described as a “secret meeting” since the encounter was not previously published on the US president’s official daily schedule. Reuters news agency acquired the revelation via Gorby’s spokesman Konstantin Petrenko, who refused to divulge details of the discussion. When White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was...
  • Gorbachev and Obama

    03/25/2009 1:19:17 PM PDT · by USA means Freedom · 17 replies · 557+ views
    March 25, 2009 | USAmeansfreedom
    I had the opportunity to see Mikhail Gorbachev speak in Sarasota Florida on Monday, March 22,2009. I am aware of the vanity stance here on Free Republic, but I beg your indulgence, as I took notes and feel it is important to convey his words to the public.. He took the stage at the Town Hall meeting at the Van Wezelwith the help of a translator. In less then one minute, he managed to put down the previous United States administration. He particularly took the time to refer to Cheney as " dismissive ", and overall " not good "...
  • Former Soviet Union leader talks about change

    03/23/2009 7:06:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 656+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | March 23, 2009 | Susan Rife
    SARASOTA – Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sees parallels between the Soviet Union of 1985-91 and the United States today. “The election of Barack Obama represents the fact that the American people as a whole want change,” said Gorbachev at a press conference before the first of his two lectures Monday as part of the Ringling College Library Association’s 2009 Town Hall series. “Your country needs perestroika of course, a perestroika of your own.” Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his efforts to end the nuclear arms race and Communist rule in Eastern Europe. His leadership coined...
  • Obama met Gorbachev last week

    03/23/2009 6:05:16 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 46 replies · 1,651+ views
    AFP ^ | 3-23-09
    The White House disclosed Monday that President Barack Obama met former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev last week, as the United States and Russia intensify efforts to "reset" strained relations. Gorbachev was at a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday when Obama informally dropped by, his spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
  • Obama met Gorbachev in run-up to Medvedev talks

    03/23/2009 8:11:03 AM PDT · by pissant · 14 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/09 | staff
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has held talks with Mikhail Gorbachev, a spokesman for the former Soviet leader said on Monday, in the latest sign of Washington's efforts to "press the reset button" on ties with Russia. Spokesman Konstantin Petrenko said Gorbachev met Obama and Vice President Joe Biden -- who coined the 'reset' phrase last month -- in Washington last Friday. He did not give any details of the discussion. Bilateral ties worsened sharply last year, with the two countries at odds over NATO expansion, U.S. plans for a missile shield in Eastern Europe, and Russia's war...
  • Reagan ventured to persuade Gorbachev in the existence of God, according to...declassified documents

    03/20/2009 12:51:33 PM PDT · by pissant · 17 replies · 818+ views
    Interfax ^ | 3/20/09 | staff
    Moscow, March 20, Interfax - In 1980s, the idea that religion might change the Soviet system preoccupied US President Ronald Reagan. This is testified by the notes taken by two Reagan aides during the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. According to these documents recently declassified and made available at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Reagan secretly attempted to persuade Gorbachev of the existence of God, Vedomosti. Pyatnitsa newspaper reports. During their fourth summit meeting in 1988, Reagan launched into a private conversation with Gorbachev, one that he promised he would deny had ever taken place. The...
  • Did Reagan Try to Convert Gorbachev?

    03/07/2009 4:12:38 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies · 616+ views
    It was the question that preoccupied President Ronald Reagan: Was Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev a religious believer? Reagan held a series of summits with Gorbachev from 1985 to 1988, and as their meetings proceeded, Reagan sometimes speculated to his aides that Gorbachev's use of phrases such as "God bless" might be an expression of religious faith. Many of the summit sessions involved large groups of U.S. and Soviet officials, discussing issues like arms control and regional conflicts. But in one-on-one talks with Gorbachev outside the presence of other senior officials like Secretary of State George Shultz, Reagan sometimes ventured off...
  • Ronald Reagan jokes about the Soviet Union

    02/07/2009 3:07:41 PM PST · by mainestategop · 16 replies · 1,930+ views
    Its hard to get an automobile in the soviet union. They are owned mainly by elite bureaucrats. It takes an average of 10 years to get a car. 1 out of 7 families owned automobiles. You have to go through a major process and put the money out in advance. so this man did this and the dealer said "okay in 10 years come get your car." "Morning or afternoon?" The man replied. "well what difference does it make?" Said the dealer. "The plumber is coming in the morning." [snip] In another car incident, Gorbachev was late from getting to...
  • America's next step (by Mikhail Gorbachev)

    01/24/2009 11:01:23 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 34 replies · 1,722+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Jan. 23, 2009 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    "The solution is to move toward a world without nuclear weapons. But this goal cannot be achieved if one country retains an overwhelming superiority in conventional weapons. Without specific steps to reduce these weapons - more generally, without demilitarizing international politics - we will have only empty talk. What's needed is a real breakthrough, like the one achieved in the late 1980s. Judging by Obama's inaugural speech, he understands that even while he faces the immediate challenges of the economic crisis, he should not push to the sidelines problems like poverty and environmental issues, particularly climate change. Fostering economic development...
  • Remembering Reykjavik

    01/09/2009 10:27:23 AM PST · by clyde_m · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 9, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Instead of reading so much about FDR and Lincoln, Bambi would do well to recall the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Reykjavik. Includes links to previously classified docs form this important summit
  • Lawyers call for international court for the environment

    12/01/2008 7:54:15 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 10 replies · 413+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 1, 2008 | Louise Gray - Environmental Correspondent
    Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment. The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year. But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the "right to a healthy environment". The innovative idea is being presented to an audience of politicians, scientists and public figures for the first time at...
  • Shadow World: Resurgent Russia, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam

    11/28/2008 1:29:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 989+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 28, 2008 | Janet Levy
    Shadow World:  Resurgent Russia, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam By Robert Chandler Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2008 622 pp., $29.95 The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 is viewed by the West as the end of the Cold War and the death knell for Communism. In reality, Communists continued to push for the same ultimate goal -- creating a socialist world order -- but their violent Marxist-Leninist revolutionary tactics were supplanted by an insidious cultural Marxism. Today, that push has evolved into a Moscow-led,  global strategic quadrangle consisting of Russia, China, Iran and a collection of Latin...
  • The new world devised by Maurice Strong and George Soros

    11/24/2008 5:59:36 PM PST · by blackrobe · 17 replies · 1,613+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 24, 2008 | Judi McLeod
    Have you ever wondered how capitalism was pushed over the edge of the cliff just six weeks before the American presidential election? According to financial experts, the world, as we know it will change dramatically by the year 2012. People, who provided for their families only three years ago, will be desperately searching for food. The story of the economic meltdown of 2008 begins and ends with the United Nations and its carefully managed One World Order.
  • Gorbachev To Obama: Implement Perestroika In The United States

    11/10/2008 4:14:51 AM PST · by Quaker · 9 replies · 100+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | Nov. 10, 2008 | Quaker
    Mikhail Gorbachev is calling for Messiah-Elect Barack Hussein Obama that the U.S. needs comprehensive ‘perestroika’ reforms to surmount the financial crisis and restore balance in the world.
  • American Superpower Era Over, Russian Analyst Says

    11/09/2008 10:37:50 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 24 replies · 328+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | November 9, 2008 | Lew Waters
    Sure to please the America hating left that elected a Marxist as our new president, a Senior Russian Political Analyst now says “Obama's victory in the presidential election marks an end to the superpower era for the United States.” Sergei Rogov, director of the U.S. and Canada Institute says, “The U.S. presidential election has great significance. I would qualify its results as the end of an era ...of several decades when the U.S. became a superpower and attempted to emerge as the only superpower in a unipolar world after the end of the Cold War.” Does Rogov recognize that sole...
  • Gorbachev calls on Obama to carry out 'perestroika' in the U.S. (From Russia With Love)

    11/09/2008 6:22:14 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 27 replies · 134+ views
    MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said that the Obama administration in the United States needs far-reaching 'perestroika' reforms to overcome the financial crisis and restore balance in the world. The term perestroika, meaning restructuring, was used by Gorbachev in the late 1980s to describe a series of reforms that abolished state planning in the Soviet Union. In an interview with Italy's La Stampa published on Friday, Gorbachev said President-elect Barack Obama needs to fundamentally change the misguided course followed by President George W. Bush over the past eight years. Gorbachev said that after...
  • Obama is ‘American Gorbachev’ who will destroy US: Zhirinovsky

    11/05/2008 2:07:49 PM PST · by traumer · 44 replies · 3,777+ views
    MOSCOW, Nov 4: Barack Obama is the “American Gorbachev” who will ultimately destroy the United States, militant Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky said on Tuesday. Credited in the West for leading the former Soviet Union away from Cold War confrontation, Mikhail Gorbachev, now 77, is vilified by many at home for presiding over the collapse of the Soviet Union and ushering in harsh economic reforms. “Obama, he is the American Gorbachev, he will destroy America, it will not be rebuilt,” Zhirinovsky said at a meeting of the ultra-nationalist party he founded, according to Russian news agency Interfax. Zhirinovsky, a 62-year old...
  • Gorbachev says Obama will bring 'perestroika' to US

    11/05/2008 6:08:27 PM PST · by swordfishtrombone · 43 replies · 1,957+ views
    ABC ^ | 11.5.08 | AFP
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev welcomed Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election on Wednesday, saying he would bring "perestroika" to the United States, ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "I am very happy. Two or three years ago I said America needed perestroika, and this was greeted with cheers in the US," Mr Gorbachev was quoted as saying, using the term for his 1980s liberal reforms that helped end the Cold War. "It is no accident that the whole world followed these elections, including in Russia, where they were followed like never before. This shows there is hope that the...
  • "48 Liberal Lies About American History; FR's "LS" on BookTV C-span2 Sat 10-18-08 11:15PM EAST

    10/18/2008 4:30:56 PM PDT · by VOA · 39 replies · 1,209+ views
    BookTV/C-Span2 ^ | 10-18-08 | BookTV/C-Span2 staff
    BookTV/C-Span2 HEADSUP!!! Tune in at 11:15 PM EASTERN or set your TIVO/DVD Recorder. FR's own "LS" and his latest work-product (book) will be the topic of a segment on BookTV (45 min. in duration). IF you miss this first broadcast, please go to the BookTV/C-Span2 page linked for future date/time of rebroadcasts.

    10/05/2008 4:48:57 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 28 replies · 1,110+ views
    SUNNI CLERIC: ALLAH WILL SEND AN “AMERICAN GORBACHEV” TO END THE AMERICAN EMPIRE SOON - Can this be Obama? Following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Sunni cleric Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat’, which aired on Al-Manar TV. Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat’: Today, on May 10, 2008, at 22:50 – through Al-Manar TV – let me bring good tidings to the Muslims: Allah willing, the American empire will very soon collapse. They object to any talk about the destruction of the state of Israel. Interviewer: And they are celebrating its 60th anniversary… Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat’: That’s not the issue....
  • Gorbachev to form new political party

    09/30/2008 10:32:30 AM PDT · by jimbobaby · 54 replies · 1,959+ views
    Former soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev announced that he would be forming a new political party with billionare Alexander Lebdev.
  • Russia Never Wanted a War (sez Mikhail Gorbachev)

    08/19/2008 11:51:36 PM PDT · by james500 · 33 replies · 291+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 19, 2008 | MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
    THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces’ assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us. But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks, the deaths of people taking cover in basements, the destruction of ancient monuments and ancestral graves? Russia did not want this crisis. The Russian leadership is in a strong enough position domestically; it did not need a little victorious war. Russia was dragged into the fray by the recklessness of the Georgian...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev Quote from 1987

    08/17/2008 10:41:54 AM PDT · by Blogger · 49 replies · 791+ views
    "Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep. We want to accomplish three things: One, we want the Americans to withdraw conventional forces from Europe. Two, we want them to withdraw nuclear forces from Europe. Three, we want the Americans to stop proceeding with Strategic Defense Initiative." Quote by: Mikhail Gorbachev (1931- ) General...
  • Mikhail Sergeyevich Obama

    07/15/2008 1:21:27 PM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies · 1,922+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/15/2008 | James Taranto
    Barack Obama received a prideful welcome from the annual NAACP convention Monday night, but in a stirring speech to the nation's oldest civil rights organization, he nonetheless insisted blacks must show greater responsibility for improving their own lives," the Associated Press reports from Cincinnati: The man who could become the first black president urged Washington to provide more education and economic assistance. He called on corporate America to exercise greater social responsibility. But he also received his most lusty applause as he urged blacks to demand more of themselves. "If we're serious about reclaiming that dream, we have to do...
  • Gorbachev Decries Presidential Candidates' 'Cold War'-Style Military Spending Plans

    07/10/2008 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 114+ views ^ | July 8, 2008 | Glenn Kessler
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev today called on U.S. presidential candidates to develop alternatives to the use of military power, decrying what he called "increasingly visible signs of the militarization of politics and thinking in the modern world ... even though the military route again and again leads to a dead-end." Writing in the the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Gorbachev said the Bush administration has shown a tendency to "seek to address these problems primarily through threats and pressure. Will the candidates develop an alternative approach to these most crucial problems? This is now the main question." RIA Novosti,...
  • As China opens up, it keeps a wary eye on the former U.S.S.R.

    05/19/2008 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 57+ views ^ | May 19, 2008 | Philip Taubman
    A dash of openness can be a dangerous thing in an autocratic state. Mikhail Gorbachev discovered this two decades ago when his campaign to inject some daylight into Soviet society doubled back on him like a heat-seeking missile. Now China's leaders are playing with the same volatile political chemistry as they give their own citizens and the world an unexpectedly vivid look at the earthquake devastation. ... "When you start opening up and loosen controls, it becomes a slippery slope," Jack Matlock Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Moscow during much of the Gorbachev period, said last week as he watched...
  • Sunni Cleric: Allah Will Send an 'American Gorbachev' to End the American Empire Soon

    05/19/2008 12:38:51 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 34 replies · 255+ views
    MEMRI TV ^ | May 19 08
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Sunni cleric Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat', which aired on Al-Manar TV on May 10, 2008: Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat': Today, on May 10, 2008, at 22:50 – through Al-Manar TV – let me bring good tidings to the Muslims: Allah willing, the American empire will very soon collapse. They object to any talk about the destruction of the state of Israel. Interviewer: And they are celebrating its 60th anniversary... Sheik Muhammad Abu Al-Qat': That's not the issue. We say that Allah willing, within 10 to 12 years, America will collapse. This won't...
  • Gorbachev: US could start new Cold War

    05/07/2008 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 82+ views ^ | 05/07/2008 | Adrian Blomfield and Mike Smith
    Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the United States of mounting an imperialist conspiracy against Russia that could push the world into a new Cold War. With Dmitry Medvedev due to be inaugurated today as Russian president, the Soviet Union's last leader said that the White House's claims of peaceful intentions towards its former superpower rival could no longer be trusted. Delivering one of his most scathing attacks on the US, Mr Gorbachev told The Daily Telegraph that a US military build-up was under way to contain a resurgent Russia. From Nato's expansion plans in the former Soviet Union to Washington's proposals...
  • Soviet politbureau members, Gorbachev included, signed an "informal" death sentence on John Paul II

    04/28/2008 7:18:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies · 73+ views ^ | April 27, 2008 | David Dastych
    New, sensational documents concerning the attempt against the late pope, John Paul II, have been revealed in a new book by John O. Kohler, an American journalist and writer. The book, entitled "It's About the Pope. Spies in the Vatican", will be released in Poland on Monday, April 28, 2008 by ZNAK Publishing House, known for its publications about the late pope. The author reached a Kremlin document, which listed Soviet Politbureau members, who had signed an "informal death sentence" on the Polish pope. "Use all available possibilities to prevent a new political trend, initiated by the Polish pope, and...
  • Gorbachev signed JP II KGB death warrant

    04/27/2008 12:28:00 PM PDT · by lizol · 18 replies · 108+ views ^ | 27.04.2008
    Gorbachev signed JP II KGB death warrant Created: 27.04.2008 15:50 The weekly Wprost, out tomorrow, shows a politburo document, signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, which appears to warrant a KGB contract killing on John Paul II. So claims Polish journalist David Dastych in a book, also released tomorrow, Chodzi o papieża szpiedzy w watykanie - (About the Pope: Spies in the Vatican). The politburo document says: "Use all available possibilities to prevent a new political trend, initiated by the Polish pope…" The document, which dates back to November 1979, - one year after Karol Wojtyla became pope - is signed by...
  • Gorbachev Calls McCain's "League Of Democracies" A Mistake

    04/17/2008 6:09:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies · 148+ views ^ | April 17, 2008 | Matthew Borghese
    Miami, FL (AHN) - At a speaking engagement in Florida, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev took issue with Sen. John McCain's call for a new "League of Democracies" and said any move that undermines the United Nations is a "mistake." "Great powers set an example to the world and must give a chance to the United Nations to develop a new global system," Gorbachev said. "We must not, instead of the United Nations, propose NATO or some kind of a coalition of democratic countries, as suggested by Sen. McCain. I think that to replace the U.N. with that kind of...
  • Former Soviet president Gorbachev slams US anti-missile plans in eastern Europe

    03/24/2008 9:31:43 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies · 547+ views ^ | 03/24/08
    PRAGUE (Thomson Financial) - Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev attacked US plans to site an anti-missile system in central and eastern Europe, saying that it was aimed at Russia and China and not Iran. 'You believe that (the system) will be used against Iran? No, the whole system is aimed against Russia and China,' Gorbachev said in an interview broadcast by Czech public television today. He dismissed sustained US statements that the anti-missile system is aimed exclusively at countering the threat from 'rogue states' such as Iran. 'The US radar is a serious question and the Czech government has been...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian

    03/19/2008 7:17:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies · 1,589+ views
    Telegraph ^ | March 19, 2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.   Giotto’s fresco of St Francis and St Clair Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb.His arrival in Assisi was described as "spiritual perestroika" by La Stampa, the Italian newspaper."St Francis is, for me, the alter Christus, the other Christ," said Mr Gorbachev. "His story fascinates me and has played a fundamental role in...
  • Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation

    03/09/2008 9:36:26 PM PDT · by M203M4 · 13 replies · 597+ views
    Express News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Geoff McMaster
    Embracing Earth Charter key to environmental salvation Author and U of A professor Colin Soskolne says humans need to smarten up. March 7, 2008 - Edmonton -- Human beings, laments Colin Soskolne, are a "seriously dumb species." Just what kind of defect drives us to destroy the very ecosystems that provide us with sustenance? Why do we turn away from mounting, irrefutable evidence that we are sabotaging our very existence?Such questions are asked in a new collection of essays, called Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance, edited by Soskolne, on the environment and human health."Our...
  • The Conspiracy Above Communism: Method Behind the Madness

    06/14/2002 2:28:02 PM PDT · by Ivan the Terrible · 6 replies · 743+ views ^ | September 18, 1995 | William F. Jasper
    "It has been sad," writes Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn in the foreword to his new book, The Perestroika Deception, "to observe the jubilation of American and West European conservatives who have been cheering 'perestroika' without realizing that it is intended to bring about their own political and physical demise. Liberal support for 'perestroika' is understandable, but conservative support came as a surprise to me." For one who studied and worked within the inner sanctum of Soviet intelligence and who risked his life to warn the West about the Kremlin's program of strategic deception, it must be sad indeed, and maddening,...
  • Gorbachev's Letter To Bush

    12/01/2007 7:29:27 AM PST · by Fennie · 9 replies · 189+ views
    The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, wrote an open letter to President Bush that was published in the Washington Post. "I am writing to you as a citizin of our planet," began the former communist dictator. He notes that "American spokesmen are perhaps somewhat overly inclined to press home to the rest of the world" their claim to hegemony. While everyone acknowledges America's power, says Gorbachev, America's hegemony is "not similarly recognized." The 21st century does not belong to America, he explains, and globalization should not proceed along American lines. This "would be a mistake. In fact, it would be...

    10/10/2007 11:01:37 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 348+ views
    The Monitor ^ | October 9, 2007 | Jennifer L. Berghom
    Countries throughout the world should embrace globalization and explore new ideas on how to overcome challenges including security, poverty and environmental damage, Mikhail Gorbachev told more than 1,000 people at the University of Texas-Pan American on Tuesday. “Everything will hinge on how we use globalization,” he said through an interpreter. The Nobel laureate and former Soviet leader’s speech began the university’s Distinguished Speakers series for the 2007-08 school year. Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991, has visited various places throughout the United States in the past couple of weeks, including New Orleans, where...
  • Gorbachev tours Lower 9th Ward (New Orleans)

    10/05/2007 9:42:16 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 40 replies · 1,459+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/5/2007 | JOHN MORENO GONZALES
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev toured New Orleans on Friday as an emissary of the global environmental movement, but his first sight of the devastated Lower 9th Ward inspired a momentary return to his socialist past. "If things haven't changed by our next visit, we may have to announce a revolution," he said through a translator, as he walked the lifeless streets with well-wishers and staff members of Green Cross International, a non-governmental organization which he chairs. "No matter the flooding and the hurricane, the red tape and bureaucracy survive," he said.
  • Gorbachev warns Russians against rise of Stalinism

    09/27/2007 8:54:04 AM PDT · by vahet pole · 14 replies · 48+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2007 | Dmitry Solovyov
    MOSCOW, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned Russians on Wednesday of the risk of a rebirth of Stalinism, saying their country was in danger of forgetting its tragic past. "We should remember those who suffered, because this a lesson for all of us," Gorbachev told a conference marking 70 years since the start of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's Great Terror. "We must squeeze Stalinism out of ourselves, not in single drops but by the glass or bucket," Gorbachev added. "There are those saying Stalin's rule was the Golden Age, while (Nikita) Khrushchev's thaw was sheer utopia...
  • Gorbachev warns Russians against rise of Stalinism (country in danger of forgetting its tragic past)

    09/26/2007 11:26:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 155+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/07 | Dmitry Solovyov
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned Russians on Wednesday of the risk of a rebirth of Stalinism, saying their country was in danger of forgetting its tragic past. "We should remember those who suffered, because this a lesson for all of us," Gorbachev told a conference marking 70 years since the start of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's Great Terror. "We must squeeze Stalinism out of ourselves, not in single drops but by the glass or bucket," Gorbachev added. "There are those saying Stalin's rule was the Golden Age, while (Nikita) Khrushchev's thaw was sheer utopia and (Leonid)...
  • Former communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev cashes in as the new face of Louis Vuitton

    08/01/2007 7:38:22 AM PDT · by fishhound · 16 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1st August 2007 | n/a
    He is the former president of one the largest Communist countries in history. But Mikhail Gorbachev now has an unlikely new job - In an ad that will appear in magazines worldwide later this year, Gorbachev is shown in the backseat of a car riding through Berlin, with one of the luxury brand's bags at his side. The fee he received for the fashion shoot – estimated at several hundred thousand dollars – will go toward supporting programmes at the Gorbachev fund, according to The International Herald Tribune.
  • New insights on the Soviet Union's collapse

    07/29/2007 7:22:06 AM PDT · by JohnA · 122 replies · 1,874+ views ^ | July 23, 2007 | David R. Francis
    A former Russian official blames the threat of famine, not Gorbachev's reform policies. Crude oil prices last week were flirting with a record high. It's great news – for the Russians. Low oil prices contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In Russia today, high oil and natural gas prices are, to a large degree, the reason for an economic boom. In the first quarter of this year, Russia's economy steamed along at a level 7.9 percent above the same three months of 2006.
  • Gorbachev: Bush, U.S. Trying To Build Empire

    07/29/2007 8:48:10 AM PDT · by Fennie · 19 replies · 549+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 27, 2007
    Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev critized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to build an empire after the Cold War ended but had failed to understand the changing world. "The Americans then gave birth to the idea of a new empire, world leadership by a single power, and what followed?" Gorbachev asked reporters at a news conference in Moscow. "What has followed are unilateral actions, what has...
  • AP: U.S. Imperialism Cause of 'World's Gravest Problems' - But AP Loves Gorbachev

    07/28/2007 9:51:37 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 384+ views ^ | 7/28/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    Once again, and engaging in perfect Soviet styled historical revisionism, our glorious MSM presents the "truth" of how failed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was really the one who "helped" the U.S. win the Cold War. AP claims Gorby brought about the fall of the Soviet Union but this "ushered in an era of U.S. imperialism," which the AP claims is responsible for "many of the world's gravest problems." So, according to the AP Gorby helped the U.S. win the Cold War, but his good deed is now the cause of all the world's ills? How losing the game can equate...
  • Gorbachev blasts American 'imperialism' (So when ya moving your San FRancisco "Peace" institute?)

    07/27/2007 4:49:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/07 | Alex Nicholson - ap
    MOSCOW - Former President Mikhail Gorbachev said Friday that the fall of the Soviet Union, which he helped bring about, ushered in an era of U.S. imperialism responsible for many of the world's gravest problems. Gorbachev is lauded in the West for ushering in democratic reforms but widely despised in Russia for paving the way to the economic free-for-all of the 1990s, which brought fabulous wealth for a well-connected few while plunging much of the country into humiliating poverty. He has since became a supporter of President Vladimir Putin's assertive foreign policy and resistance to American power — calling occasional...
  • Gorbachev says U.S. is sowing world ‘disorder’

    07/27/2007 2:29:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 42 replies · 781+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2007
    MOSCOW - Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and President Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to build an empire after the Cold War ended but had failed to understand the changing world. “The Americans then gave birth to the idea of a new empire, world leadership by a single power, and what followed?” Gorbachev asked reporters at a news conference in Moscow. “What has followed are unilateral actions, what has followed...