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Why Dictators Start with the Culture

Deal W. Hudson

In her 2012 study of the Soviet takeover after WWII of eight European countries, Anne Applebaum underscores how diligently the agents of Stalin, the Red Army, set out to transform the culture of every occupied nation ( 502 more words

Culture

Why today’s diplomats should read about the Cultural Cold War

Know your enemy. So inveighed Richard Pipes, the great historian of Russia, in a mid-1970s warning to American policymakers about the dangers of détente. This was how he put it: ‘It is surely unreasonable to expect that the increase of US-USSR trade from $1 billion to, say, $5 billion a year, or agreements on joint medical research, or broadened (but fully controlled) cultural exchanges will wipe the slate clean of centuries of accumulated and dearly bought experience.’ He argued that fostering closer links through the Iron Curtain was an irrational policy, derived from the unfounded optimism that all countries and cultures were basically alike. 324 more words

How Haughey, and Ireland, paved the way for German unity

It’s more than 30 years since I set off, still a teenager, to travel across Eastern Europe. It was 1981 and this was a journey through the ‘other’ part of my continent, a place that should have afforded me the familiarity of a developed First World landscape but an experience which was instead, at times, more strange and alien than travelling in Latin America or Asia. 1,541 more words

Ireland

Build Bridges, Not Walls | 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Here is an arial shot tracing the former wall through the city of Berlin.

I’m reposting this article in the Int’l Business Times, in which they’ve documented the 8,000 white balloons erected to trace the path of the former Berlin Wall from all different vantage points. 737 more words

Awareness

Digital Sightseeing: New Media Arts Festival Sight + Sound Interprets the Black Market

May 8, 2013

Organized by the Eastern Bloc, Montreal’s multimedia exhibition centre, the Sight + Sound festival will exhibit installations and host performances by international digital media artists from around the world, beginning today. 891 more words

Montreal

When the Berlin Wall fell

After allowing for loopholes throughout the summer, Hungary effectively disabled its physical border defenses with Austria on 19 August 1989 and, in September, more than 13,000 East German tourists escaped through Hungary to Austria.This set up a chain of events. 147 more words

Europe

Talent ID in the Eastern Bloc - Advantages and Disadvantages

I have decided to put together a list of perceived advantages and disadvantages of the Eastern Bloc’s approach to Talent Identification. This is a review list, and you are encouraged to add to these through further research. 117 more words

Sport And Excellence