February 18, 1990 |
The U.S. economy, it would seem at first glance, is doing just fine. Communist governments topple across Eastern Europe. The Soviet economy--once an ambitious U.S. rival--combats chaos. By contrast, most Americans' worries seem trivial: a spurt of inflation, a bout of unemployment, a drop in sales. All in all, "the U.S. is probably the richest country that ever was--by a long shot," declares John H. Makin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.
May 6, 2003 |
The Senate on Monday opened long-sealed transcripts of closed-door hearings conducted by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, removing a last layer of secrecy surrounding the tactics he employed during his infamous hunt for communists in the government 50 years ago. The newly released documents are replete with examples of the abrasive style McCarthy and his aides, especially chief counsel Roy M.
December 31, 1991 |
"Time has finally run out for communism. But its edifice has not yet crumbled. May we not be crushed beneath its rubble instead of gaining liberty." -- Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, "Rebuilding Russia," July, 1990 Maria Mironova was fighting her way across Palace Square. A biting wind was sending icy snowflakes cutting into her face. The winter dusk had turned all the vibrant yellows, blues and greens of the square into a gloomy gray.
December 17, 1989
As Trotsky or Mao or Che Guevara might have said in another context, the struggle continues. Tadeusz Mazowiecki, after four months as the first non-Communist prime minister of Poland, looks as tired as he did the day he told Lech Walesa he would take the job. Walesa went to Washington and became one of three foreigners who were not heads of state to have addressed a joint session of Congress. He was given a standing ovation.
October 19, 1997 |
Hollywood legends Abraham Polonsky and David Raksin both teach at USC; Raksin in the School of Music, Polonsky in the School of Cinema-Television. They've known each other for 50 years, but don't expect to see them strolling together on campus. If Polonsky spots Raksin, he walks the other way. In faculty meetings, they don't speak. When asked about each other, they respond with acerbic dismissals.
April 30, 1991 |
For anyone familiar with the purr and comfort of a Western-style automobile, the east German Trabant had little to offer. It was small, ugly, slow, obsolete, uneconomical, unsafe, uncomfortable and such a polluter that it quickly earned the nickname "Little Stinker" in the West. The Trabant--or "Trabi," as it became known--may have survived in the heavily protected environs of Communist Eastern Europe, but in a free market, it was simply uncompetitive.
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February 15, 2004 |
The host of a Vietnamese variety show is under siege for supporting her father's decision to return to Vietnam, a country he fled as it fell to the Communists nearly 30 years ago. Critics of the former South Vietnamese prime minister's ongoing journey are urging a Little Saigon-based production company to bounce Ky Duyen Nguyen from her role as host of a popular series of videos called "Paris by Night"-- cabaret-style videos that have swept her to fame in immigrant communities and Vietnam.
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January 10, 2009 |
It's an image rarely seen in Little Saigon: the red flag of Vietnam. The last time the communist flag was displayed prominently in Orange County's Vietnamese enclave -- when a merchant displayed the banner -- it ignited 53 days of angry street protests. Today, an exhibit commissioned by a Vietnamese American arts group will open in Santa Ana, a display that purposely includes communist symbols, the flag of the fallen country of South Vietnam and artwork that has been banned in Vietnam.