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2010-07-08 08:00:00

Joseph Stalin's Rise to Power: Facts More Intriguing Than Fiction - UH Professor Personalizes Stalin's Crimes in New Book Based on Soviet Archives More than 57 years after the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, scholars continue to uncover long-hidden truths about his rise to absolute power and the reign of "Great Terror" that took more than a million lives and exiled many millions more. University of Houston (UH) professor Paul Gregory, Cullen Distinguished Chair of Economics, has...

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...

2008-08-05 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...

2008-08-04 15:00:19

Excerpt from report by private One Plus One TV on 4 August: [Presenter] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and Nobel Prize winner, died last night. He died at his house in Moscow on the 90th year. [Passage omitted: biographical details] [Semen Hluzman, captioned as former dissident, in Russian] For me, Solzhenitsyn is an entire epoch. The epoch of my youth. In that epoch, Solzhenitsyn perhaps played the dominant role because in order to make little steps if was necessary to have...

2008-08-04 06:00:03

Various figures of Russian political and public life have paid tribute to Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who died late on 3 August, Russian news agency Interfax reported on 4 August. Solzhenitsyn is a man of unique and tragic fate, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said, as reported Russian Ekho Moskvy radio. Gorbachev said: "There are few people who can be compared to him in terms of what he has done in his life. He overcame all trial and hardships. He was one of the...

2008-08-04 03:00:02

Following the death of Nobel Prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, his son Stepan Solzhenitsyn told Russia's Channel One about his father's last day in an interview broadcast on 4 August. "He had a regular working day. He was working throughout the day and he fell ill only at night. An ambulance was called, they tried to help him. It did not last long, his suffering did not last long. The day, like all of his days, turned out to be both a working and a calm one. It's even strange,...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.