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2009-09-15 06:35:00

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of war, people across nations find their hopes and dreams are shattered. In the gripping true-life tale "A Nomad's Journey" (published by iUniverse), Atilla Bektore recounts his family's struggles through the aftermath of World War I and the moving boundaries of surrounding nations. His story chronicles the memories of two lifetimes -- his and his father's -- and events of the 20th century. Shevki Bektore dreams of being a teacher...

2009-02-26 03:41:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Reason.TV (http:/reason.tv) is featuring "Return to the Gulag: Jon Utley's Search for his Father" as its film of the week from February 25 to March 2. This is the world premier of the 28-minute documentary, which chronicles the search for one of the millions of men arrested in Russia during Stalin's Reign of Terror in the 1930s. One can view the film at the home page of Reason.TV, which gets some 1.4 million visitors per month. No special players are...

2008-08-13 18:00:23

We all respect the governor's experience garnered during three visits to China as he explained a "language problem" regarding a Mandarin version of the expression "human rights." He stated it "really means personal empowerment." Yet hundreds of thousands of Chinese are still in what they euphemistically call "re-education camps." Millions more have died or just disappeared during the years of ongoing dictatorial oppression. Perhaps the governor should take note of another translation, the...

2008-08-10 15:00:17

Dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn ripped the veil from an unknown world: the infamous gulags of Stalinist Russia, whose terrors were cloistered from the global community. Through his literary talents, Solzhenitsyn revealed the measure of Soviet monstrosity against its own people. His recent death, at age 89, has drawn renewed attention to his achievements. As a near-powerless prisoner of an authoritarian regime, Solzhenistyn bravely unmasked what happened in its shadows, by publishing...

2008-08-06 09:00:37

"Live Not By Lies!" thundered Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday at 89, in the uncannily wise, noble and thrilling statement he addressed to fellow Russians on Feb. 13, 1974. It was the day in the life of Alexander Isayevich that changed his own forever, the one on which Soviet leaders arrested their insufferably impudent Tolstoy and prepared his next-day exile. In that moving, astonishing document, the courageous author of "The Gulag Archipelago" and other classic accounts of Soviet...

2008-08-05 12:00:17

Excerpt from "24" news report by corporate-owned Russian Ren TV on 5 August [Presenter] A silent farewell to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn started in Moscow an hour-and-a-half ago [the body of the late writer is on display for the public to pay their last respects]. There will be no speeches in the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences today. According to the writer's wish, those who want to say something can do so only in Donskoy Monastery [at Solzhenitsyn's funeral on 6 August]. [Passage...

2008-08-05 09:00:19

By Mike Pride When communism crumbled, the world perspective of a generation crumbled with it. For more than 40 years, all of us born just after World War II had filtered international events through the prism of the struggle between communism and capitalism. Violence and war in Korea, Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam, Central America, Afghanistan and a dozen other hot spots were all episodes in the same ideological stalemate. Baby boomers were lucky. Yes, we lived under the threat of mutually...

2008-08-05 06:00:00

By Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Aug. 5--MOSCOW -- When Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 after 20 years in exile, he found a country free from tyrannical rule but deeply troubled by new burdens. The economy was eroding. The stage was being set for the era of oligarchs. Speaking to a throng of Russians welcoming him in Vladivostok, Solzhenitsyn yearned for a day when his homeland would find "a ray of light ahead." For millions of Russians, Solzhenitsyn was that ray of...


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