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The book that will keep the memory of communist oppression alive

Do you know what’s the most powerful weapon a dictatorship can use against the people it wants to rule? It’s fear. People have written poems about it, and Natan Sharansky wrote his excellent book “The Case for Democracy”, about which … Continue reading

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The French revolution was a crime against humanity, and heroising it is just stupid

Adlai Stevenson once said, “The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.” Had the French authorities done that, the future generations would have been spared from at least a novel, a musical and a musical … Continue reading

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Berlin Wall 20 years after the fall

It’s no secret that I’m a history freak. And I absolutely adore Berlin because of its unbelievably diverse and difficult history. Almost every spot in this city smells of the old times; every time I go there I find something … Continue reading

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Cuba, part X: The city where Cuba’s fate was sealed

Had events in Santa Clara in December 1958 turned out otherwise, Cuba’s recent history might have been completely different. It was in Santa Clara where the world’s most infamous terrorist Ernesto “Che” Guevara sealed Cuba’s fate for coming decades, prompting … Continue reading

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Cuba, part III: The “people’s” economy

If you haven’t lived in a communist regime, the basics of economy in such a country as Cuba do seem utterly strange, perhaps even idiotic. The reason for that is—they are. Cuba is a totalitarian country and most of its … Continue reading

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Cuba, part II: Our man in Havana

Back in the 1940ies, Graham Greene wrote the first version of his story that later became known as “Our Man in Havana”. Interestingly though, the first version of the story was set in 1938, in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan 100

The world today wouldn’t be the same without Ronald Reagan.

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Natan Sharansky, “The Case for Democracy”

It may very well be that I’ve just discovered my absolute favourite book I’ve read in 2011. And quite possibly my favourite book of all times. Of all the political books I’ve read in my life, this has to be … Continue reading

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