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Making a Mess of Russia

By George P. Brockway, originally published January 17, 1994

THE NEWS FROM RUSSIA these days reduces one very quickly to hysterical laughter or hysterical tears. We sometimes seem to be well on the way toward Cold War II or World War III; and if we achieve one or the other (or both), we’ll have the economists of the world, with our economists in the vanguard, to thank. 1,829 more words

The Dismal Science

Book Review: The Cooked Seed by Anchee Min

The cooked seed is a memoir by Anchee Min, a successful author of other novels, the most popular of which is Red Azalea.  Anchee writes about her struggles as a Chinese immigrant in the United States.   744 more words

When Is A Shirt Not A Cigar?

Sigmund Freud – that lovable psychoanalyst who denied that his female patients’ close relatives (fathers, brothers, uncles) were sexually abusing them in the early 20th century, thus setting their sanity and the health and well-being of millions of women back about a hundred years –said that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. 677 more words


A Name

Daily Prompt By Hand What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special. 863 more words

Daily Writing Challenge

20th Century Chinese History: Propaganda Pictures in Mao Zedong's Regime

So earlier this year, we were made to do a history essay on any period and I chose to centre my essay around Mao’s China. More specifically, on the use of propaganda pictures in Mao’s China. 2,169 more words


Trials and Tribulations: Catholics Persevere in China

In all things we suffer tribulation: but are not distressed. We are straitened: but are not destitute.
We suffer persecution: but are not forsaken. We are cast down: but we perish not. 649 more words

Traditional Catholic

The fortuitous impact of small acts of kindness

I grew up in exile without ever having met a single Uncle or Aunt from either of my parents side. Both my parents had brothers and sisters, who in turn had large families, back in Tibet. 757 more words