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  • Soviet H-bomb scientist Ginzburg dies

    11/11/2009 9:40:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/09 | Dmitry Solovyov and Michael Stott
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vitaly Ginzburg, a Russian physicist who survived Stalin's purges by working on the Soviet atomic bomb project and later won the Nobel Prize for physics, died in Moscow late on Sunday after a long illness. He was 93. Ginzburg won the 2003 Nobel physics prize for developing the theory behind superconductors, materials which allow electricity to pass without resistance at very low temperatures. He shared the prize with British-American Anthony Leggett and Russian-born U.S. scientist Alexei Abrikosov. But Ginzburg's career as a Soviet scientist almost ended when he took as his second wife a woman arrested in...
  • Communist consumer goods make comeback

    11/09/2009 9:54:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 336+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-11-08
    Once the butt of jokes the world over, communist-era East European goods from sweets, to rustic washing machines and clunky cars are all the rage again. As the world prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, souvenirs such as portraits of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu are now avidly sought at markets. In Belgrade, cafes are named after Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito or even the Soviet KGB secret police.
  • Murderous idealism

    11/02/2009 6:25:22 AM PST · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 450+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2009 | Paul Hollander
    The Berlin Wall that came down 20 years ago this month was an apt symbol of communism. It represented a historically unprecedented effort to prevent people from "voting with their feet" and leaving a society they rejected...While greatly concerned with communism in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Americans -- hostile or sympathetic -- actually knew little about communism, and little is said here today about the unraveling of the Soviet empire. The media's fleeting attention to the momentous events of the late 1980s and early 1990s matched their earlier indifference to communist systems. There is little public awareness of...
  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • A Movie I Recommend To Those Who Believe That "Communism Had A Few Good Aspects"

    10/19/2009 8:29:41 PM PDT · by .454Puma · 29 replies · 1,421+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 10/19/09 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    By far, the best movie I have ever seen about the savagery and ruthlessness of Communism, an ideology which indeed puts Nazism and Fascism to shame.
  • Polish Resolution Names Soviet Invasion as Tyrannical

    09/24/2009 10:01:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | 09/23/09 | Tom Ozimek
    Polish Resolution Names Soviet Invasion as Tyrannical Sets record straight in the face of Russian denials By Tom Ozimek Epoch Times Staff Sep 23, 2009 Poland's parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday intended to officially set the record straight on events surrounding the outbreak of the Second World War. "On 17th September, 1939, the army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) commenced hostilities within the territory of the Republic of Poland, without formal declaration of war, violating Poland's sovereignty and breaking international law. The basis for the Red Army's invasion was the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, signed on 23rd August,...
  • Putin Applauds ‘Brave’ U.S. Decision on Missile Defense

    09/18/2009 8:11:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 680+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | CLIFFORD J. LEVY and PETER BAKER
    MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin praised President Obama Friday for canceling a plan for an antiballistic missile system in Eastern Europe that Russia had deemed a threat, suggesting that the move would lead to improved relations between their countries. “I very much hope that this correct and brave decision will be followed by others,” Mr. Putin said. The Obama decision on Thursday replaced the Bush administration antimissile plan with a reconfigured system focused on short- and medium-range missiles. Mr. Putin and other Russian officials who spoke to reporters on Friday did not say whether Russia would respond with...
  • Was Margaret Thatcher right to fear a united Germany?

    09/13/2009 2:04:43 AM PDT · by OldSpice · 40 replies · 2,134+ views
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 7:00AM BST 13 Sep 2009 | By Andrew Roberts
    Documents published last week highlight the former prime minister's concern that the fall of the Berlin Wall could be a risk to Britain's national security. "We do not want a united Germany," Margaret Thatcher told President Gorbachev at a lunch meeting in the Kremlin in September 1989, two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. "This would lead to a change to postwar borders, and we cannot allow that because such a development would undermine the whole international situation and could endanger our security." Among the 1,000 transcripts of Politburo and other high-level papers smuggled out of Russia by...
  • Last of the 1983 coup prisoners are released (Grenada)

    09/06/2009 10:05:11 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies · 669+ views
    France24 ^ | 06 September 2009 | WireReports
    Seven men convicted of killing the Grenadian prime minister in the 1983 coup that spurred a US military invasion of the Caribbean island state (pictured: US soldiers arrest Marxist militiamen) have been released from jail. AFP - Seven men convicted of the murder of Grenadan prime minister Maurice Bishop during a 1983 coup were set free Saturday, 26 years after the killing that spurred a US military invasion. Former deputy prime minister Bernard Coard was released, along with former ministers and senior officers from the People's Revolutionary Army, after Governor General Carlyle Glean reviewed their sentences. Scores of relatives, former...
  • The Soviet era memo showing Ted Kennedy working against American interests

    08/29/2009 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 920+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/29/2009 | Rick Moran
    Some would go farther and say that the memorandum from Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB that was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR, outlining a secret proposal made by Senator Ted Kennedy to the Soviets to help them "understand Reagan" in return for their help in making him president, constitutes treason. It's not a word to throw around lightly and the reason I refrain from using it is because I am unsure Kennedy's actions meet the definition. Kennedy was not in direct contact with Andropov, using his good friend John Tunney, former...
  • What Soviet Medicine Teaches US

    08/22/2009 11:11:45 PM PDT · by givemELL · 42 replies · 1,433+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | Aug. 21, 2009 | Yuri N. Maltsev
    "In order to receive minimal attention by doctors and nursing personnel, patients had to pay bribes. I even witnessed a case of a "nonpaying" patient who died trying to reach a lavatory at the end of the long corridor after brain surgery. Anesthesia was usually "not available" for abortions or minor ear, nose, throat, and skin surgeries. This was used as a means of extortion by unscrupulous medical bureaucrats." "Slavery certainly 'reduced costs' of labor, 'eliminated the waste' of bargaining for wages, and avoided 'unnecessary duplication and parallelism'." "To improve the statistics concerning the numbers of people dying within the...
  • Before There Was Pallywood... The Blues Brothers of Moscow.

    07/06/2009 10:45:11 PM PDT · by Yaacov · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Breath of the Beast ^ | 07/07 | Yaacov ben Moshe
    Soviet Era KGB Defector shows how it all was planned. On the media: "Most of these shmucks were afraid to loose their jobs...If you tell the truth about my country you will not last long as a correspondant at the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times...They are dishonest people who lack integrity… intellectual honesty." On Senator Edward M. Kennedy (could apply to BHO et al just as well): "He thinks he is very smart…he is narrow minded egocentrical idiot who tries to earn his own popularity through participation in propaganda farces."
  • Experts Find Soviet Parts in North Korean Missile

    07/05/2009 1:29:50 AM PDT · by DaveTesla · 34 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | Thursday, July 02, 2009 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — With concerns rising about a possible North Korean long-range missile test this weekend, two independent scientists say the regime may be using an old Soviet ballistic missile to boost a rocket capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States.

    06/18/2009 8:50:00 AM PDT · by Marianland · 6 replies · 744+ views
    The fact is that we live in a time of fateful challenges. As a people and a nation we are under test. This challenge is, of course, Marxism-Leninism. There is no mystery in its strategies and tactics. It has always been concrete and spelled out in black and white. It has also been openly and actively tested in the economic, political, and ideological struggle for control around globe. Lenin, the founder of the first Communist state, put it simply: "First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. We will encircle the last bastion of capitalism, the United...
  • Obama's totalitarianism

    06/03/2009 7:56:43 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 9 replies · 1,172+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/03/09 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The younger generation probably doesn't realize that the word socialism means and connotes a system that is profoundly un-American. Socialism has virtually disappeared from our national lexicon since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of Ronald Reagan's policies and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was destroyed by the United States in World War II. The American Heritage Dictionary defines socialism as a system of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned by a centralized government that plans and controls the economy. Both Webster and Random House identify socialism as a "Marxist...
  • What Is It That Former Russian Communists Understand That American Liberals Do Not?

    05/30/2009 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 1,865+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Mike's America
    Is it that American libs are still bitten by the red bug?This commentary in Pravda, the former official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party has the leftward slide in the U.S. nailed!American capitalism gone with a whimper By Stanislav MishinPravda.Ru 4-27-2009It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial...
  • Russian History 2.0: Kremlin Wants to 'Correct' the Record (Illegal to Compare Soviets to Nazis)

    05/21/2009 2:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 742+ views
    A proposed law could make comparing Soviet rule with that of the Nazis a crime. Intellectuals fear a manipulation of Russia’s past.A bitter joke from the Soviet-era has it that Russia is the world's only country with an unpredictable past. That jibe has come winging back in recent days, after the Kremlin announced the creation of a special 28-member panel tasked with examining and combating examples of "historical revisionism" that harm Russia's image. The committee, which has no legal power, is chaired by the head of President Dmitry Medvedev's administration, Sergei Naryshkin, and includes a sprinkling of historians but also...
  • 1940 Massacre of Poles Remains Potent Issue

    05/20/2009 5:07:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 841+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
    Efforts to gain justice for thousands of Polish captives executed apparently at Stalin's orders have been rebuffed by Russia's courts. The country's mood has swung away from probing the Soviet past.Reporting from Mednoye, Russia — There were 6,295 Polish prisoners held captive at the monastery when the order came to "unload" the camp. It took a month and a half to kill all of them. The prisoners were mostly military officers, police, gendarmes and landlords, rounded up as a dangerous "bourgeois" elite when the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland in the run-up to World War II. The following year, 1940,...
  • An American Car Owned by a Socialist Government

    04/30/2009 6:08:12 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 29 replies · 2,375+ views
    Greg's Blog ^ | April 30, 2007 | Greg C.
    I don't know about any of you, but as much as I like what GM is producing now, in the whole, I will never buy a car from a company that is owned by the UAW and a Socialist-in-Chief. Just sayin'
  • The lingering stench: airing Stalin’s archives

    04/03/2009 6:20:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1,991+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | March 2009 | Gary Saul Morson
    Inside the Stalin Archives by Jonathan Brent. As he wanders through the streets of St. Petersburg contemplating murder, the hero of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment notices “that special Petersburg stench” which seems to be everywhere. Somehow, that stench constitutes the atmosphere in which lethal and repulsive ideas arise.When Jonathan Brent arrived in Moscow, he detected the same stench. It was 1992, just after the fall of the Soviet Union, and Brent seized a unique opportunity that, if not for him, would doubtless have been missed. He came to negotiate a deal to publish sensitive and secret documents from the Central...