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Bulgarian 'gulag' survivors keep painful memories alive

Belene - Gone now are the barracks, the sadistic guards and the barbed wire. Just one remaining watchtower and a plaque show that this marshy nature reserve on a river island in Bulgaria was once a place of misery.

102-year-old woman receives PhD after being denied by Nazis

A 102-year-old woman has been awarded a doctoral degree, after having been denied a chance to defend her doctoral thesis 1938 by the Nazi Regime then in power in Germany. The woman is of Jewish descent.

Hungarian politician warns of relativising Communist crimes

Budapest - A senior Hungarian politician has criticised the West for relativising the crimes committed by Communist regimes during Hungary’s Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communism.

Struggling Romanian city symbolises post-communist era

- On the 25th anniversary of the execution of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, life in the small Romanian port town of Zimnicea is defined by poverty, corruption and, remarkably, a yearning for communist days.

Romania ex-prison boss 'must pay' for deaths: Inmate

Bucharest - The last surviving inmate from a notorious communist-era Romanian prison told a court Wednesday its one-time boss "must pay" for his cruelty at the jail where at least 14 died of cold and hunger.

German leader egged by accident at Czech revolution memorial

Prague - The German president was hit Monday by an egg meant for his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman at a protest in Prague against the Russia-friendly former communist 25 years after the Velvet Revolution.

Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

Toronto - “Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Nazism joined Communism 75 years ago and we still pay the price

Uzhorod - 75 years ago, my Uncle Elemér was condemned to death when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Josef Stalin became allies in a pact that would directly lead to the Second World War and many other horrors.

Polish city's new statue cuts a urinating Lenin down to size

- A Lenin statue has returned to a onetime model communist city in Poland but the monumental hero of Soviet days is now a small, lurid green man urinating from atop a black plinth.

General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died

Poland's last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90 after a long illness. Jaruzelski led Poland from 1981 and until 1989.

Expropriate 50% of all farms, plans ANC government

In a leftist move some have called phantoms of Zimbabwe, the South African ANC government has proposed a plan to expropriate half of every commercial farm and handing it over to farm workers.

Hong Kong residents mock China’s brand of Communism

Hong Kong - Dressed in Maoist garb, protesters staged a parody of a communist rally in one of Hong Kong’s busy commercial centers, where tourists from mainland China often come to purchase items unavailable on the mainland.

Review: Stefan Molyneux on Martin Luther King

Last week, the Canadian Libertarian gave us his thoughts on Karl Marx. This week he turns to Martin Luther King, and shatters a few images in the process.

Ex-president Castro, 87, makes rare public appearance in Cuba

Havana - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance Wednesday, his first in nine months. The 87-year-old leader of the Cuban Revolution was attending the opening of an arts studio in Havana.

Mao's 120th birthday celebration in China toned down

Beijing - Celebrations of the birthday of the man who built the foundation for modern China were held Thursday, but the extent of the festivities were not as extravagant as years past.

One-child policy in China to be relaxed

Beijing - State media in China has announced that the country's strict one-child policy will be relaxed. With an increasingly aged population it may be too little and too late.

Hungary charges former Communist minister with war crimes

Budapest - In a historic move, the Budapest Branch of the Hungarian National Prosecutor’s Office has charged a former high Communist official with responsibility for war crimes leading to multiple deaths, as well as other, less serious offences.

Op-Ed: An alternative American letter to Vladimir Putin

In the fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin's open letter to Americans and U.S. Senator John McCain's response, I would like to offer an alternative letter to President Putin.

United Nations: Can they help stop farm murders?

Can the United Nations help South Africans stop farm murders? Afriforum will be presenting a petition as supporting evidence to a report on farm murders, which will be submitted to the UN Forum For Minority Issues in November this year.

Op-Ed: Should Africa remember the crimes of totalitarian dictatorship?

Pretoria - There is a real danger that George Santayana’s famous aphorism about those forgetting the past being doomed to repeat it could be seen at work again in Africa, with the increase in the gap between rich and poor and strident revolutionary voices.

Op-Ed: Introducing… North Korea as the new villain — dixit America!

It seems America cannot live without having long run enemies... with its closest allies' support all the way, whether against the Soviets, Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden or Kim Jong-un.

Vietnam calls for public opinion on constitutional reform

Hanoi - The Vietnamese government has requested the public to put forward its views on Vietnam's long-awaited constitutional reform.

Former East Bloc nations remember Communism’s victims

Budapest - Nations in the former East Bloc, now part of the EU, commemorated a day for the victims of Communism, which Hungarian President János Áder described as being ”conceived in crime”, while candlelight vigils are being held in the capital, Budapest.

Video: 'Gangnam Style' and the Free Tibet movement collide

The sensation of Psy's "Gangnam Style" has reached Tibetans. Members of Free Tibet have made and uploaded their own parody of Gangnam Style.

Frida and Diego visit the Art Gallery Of Ontario Special

Toronto - Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibit explores the complex relationship between painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, including their politics - personal and social - as well as their passions.

Secret German papers claim Castro recruited former Nazis

Documents recently declassified by the German government show former Cuban leader Fidel Castro hired former Nazis to counter any contemplated US invasion of Cuba.

Review: 'Masters of Money — Marx' Special

London - This is the third and final episode in the short BBC Television series about big names in economics. Big names, not great names.

Thousands protest Chinese patriotism classes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Tens of thousands of students, teachers and parents were out on the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday, protesting against Chinese patriotism classes.

North Korea to send people to labor camp for not mourning enough

Pyongyang - Even emotions are heavily regulated in the Stalinist hermit kingdom of North Korea: everybody must love the leader, and when he passes away citizens must cry hard. As hard as possible.

Dissident poet Josef Škvorecký had died in Canada

Toronto - The Czech dissident poet and author Josef Škvorecký has died in Canada aged 87. Škvorecký had resided in Canada since fleeing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
The Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill in Washington  D.C.
The Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.

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