WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland marked Tuesday the 30-year anniversary of partly-free elections that contributed to the fall of communism, with the country still divided over its legacy.
Utah Senate approves bill to teach socialism, communism
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill that calls for Utah's required, semesterlong high school financial and economic literacy course to include units on socialism and communism has won final passage in...
Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence.
Speaking on a five-nation tour of Europe, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Slain mayor led Polish city known for openness, Solidarity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's port city of Gdansk, where the longtime mayor died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraiser, served as the setting for key events in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the Cold War's final days.
The movement that played a pivotal role in the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe was born in the local shipyard, an event Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and others recalled when they called Gdansk a city of "freedom and Solidarity."
Review: In ‘Cold War,’ a love exiled by communism
It took "Aquaman" two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero's hands. Pawel Pawlikowski's latest, "Cold War," follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you're telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero?
Photo exhibit documents revival of Polish Jewish life
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American photographer Chuck Fishman was just 21 when he began traveling behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to document a Jewish community on the verge of dying out after centuries of existence in Poland. He couldn't have foreseen a Jewish revival that came after the fall of communism in 1989.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian government institute asked prosecutors Monday to investigate the deaths of 340 children at a communist-era orphanage during the 1980s.
The Institute for Investigating the Crimes of Communism said the deaths occurred from 1980-1989 at "the Horror Orphanage," the nickname local residents gave to a facility for children with chronic neurological disorders in the northern town of Siret.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to reveal the message: "Communism will win."
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw, a city of Old World charm that was turned to rubble and ash by Nazi Germany, has been reborn twice since then.
The Polish capital first became an example of socialist city planning, rising in the postwar era as a drab and grey embodiment of oppressive Communist rule. But almost three decades of post-communist economic growth have produced a booming city of modern glass architecture, cutting-edge museums and revitalized historic buildings.
BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of all kinds.
The directive from the United Front Work Department viewed on its website Saturday appears targeted mainly at followers of Buddhism and Taoism, two of China's five officially recognized religions.
BERLIN (AP) — A larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled Saturday on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western German town of Trier.
The celebratory uncovering of the 4.4-meter (14-foot) bronze statue of Marx, donated by China, sparked criticism by some who blame Marx for crimes committed by social revolutionaries in Russia, China and elsewhere in the name of Communism.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian caricaturist Mihai Stanescu, censored for mocking the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, has died at 78.
Daiana Stanescu said her father died early Saturday in Bucharest following a long illness.
Under communism, Stanescu made fun of Ceausescu's policy of exporting Romanian produce to pay off its foreign debt. In 1982, he won a prize in Japan that protected him from possible persecution at home.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament has voted in favor of legislation that will make it possible for authorities to strip the nation's last communist leader, the late Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, and other communist-era officers of their ranks.
Lawmakers in the lower house voted 264-159 in favor of the legislation. After it passed, members of the ruling Law and Justice party rose to their feet and chanted "down with Communism!"
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's throne-less royals have welcomed a new member into the Karadjordjevic family that once ruled Yugoslavia but was exiled for decades during communism.
Prince Philip and Princess Danica Karadjordjevic presented their newborn son Stefan as they brought him home from a Belgrade hospital on Friday.
The Serbian royals say Stefan Karadjordjevic is the first male child born in Serbia to the family in 90 years.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing government paved the way Thursday to strip the nation's last communist leader, the late Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, and other communist-era officers of their ranks, calling it "restoring moral order."
Poland’s Nieborow Palace: Lovely interiors, dramatic history
NIEBOROW, Poland (AP) — Off the beaten track in central Poland lies a witness to history: Nieborow Palace, which has hosted world leaders, survived communism and wars, and even has a connection to the Kennedys.
From time to time, the Republican Party goes off the rails. It did so back in the McCarthy period when it either failed to stand up to the demagogic Wisconsin senator or cheered him on in the name of anti-communism. It did so just recently when it elevated Hillary Clinton from political opponent to absolute evil, and it is doing so now, attempting to purge the FBI and the Justice Department of officials who, for some reason, are restrained in their enthusiasm for Donald Trump. These Republicans...
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- The Times-TribuneCataclysmic 1968 Especially So For CommunismMay 9, 2018
Romania: Ceausescu auction marks centenary of his birth
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian auction house on Wednesday sold memorabilia belonging to former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.
The "Golden Era" online auction included some 250 items, like a fur-lined hunting cap worn by Ceausescu, an avid hunter, which sold for 400 euros ($500).
Russian presidential candidate shuns Communist party dogma
LENIN STATE FARM, Russia (AP) — The Communist Party's candidate for president would seem to be an odd choice: He's a millionaire and proud of it. He also openly rejects the basic tenets of Communism.
Pavel Grudinin is the Russian party's first new nominee in 14 years as it hopes to rejuvenate itself and broaden its appeal from its traditional base of aging voters who are nostalgic for the old Soviet Union.
Romanian historian Neagu Djuvara dead at 101
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Neagu Djuvara, Romania's best-known historian who spent decades in exile before returning home when communism ended, has died. He was 101.
Philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu remembered Djuvara on Friday for his "formidable oratory... infectious vivacity" and his "splendid diction."
Before the question, how about a few statistics? The 20th century was mankind's most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives.
This October-November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia—the bloody communist state that would produce a political-ideological killing spree unlike any the world has ever seen.
And yet, communism continues to find supporters. Here are three personal anecdotes:
I did a conference this past week on the legacies of communism. One liberal professor complained that no pro-communist speakers were included. I wasn’t surprised.
Russian Orthodox patriarch in Romania, 1st visit in decades
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived Thursday in Bucharest on the first visit to Romania by a head of the Russian church since the end of communism in the country.
NATO and European Union member Romania has cool relations with Russia, but the countries share cultural and religious ties through their respective Orthodox churches.
Holocaust survivors excluded from Poland property law
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — International Jewish organizations are voicing disappointment over a proposed Polish law aimed at compensating people whose property was seized under communism, saying it excludes most Polish Holocaust survivors and their heirs.
Poland's Justice Ministry last week published the bill, which requires that claimants be Polish citizens and limits compensation to spouses, children or grandchildren.
Poland proposes new laws for seized property compensations
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's deputy justice minister has proposed new laws to regulate how compensation is paid to people whose properties were seized under communism.
Patryk Jaki, who heads a special commission reviewing controversial cases of Warsaw property restitution, proposed rules limiting who can claim for seized property and when. He also proposed financial compensation instead of direct property restitution.
Sen. Rubio: Remove communist US soldier from officer ranks
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for an apparent pro-communist U.S. soldier to lose his commission as an officer.
In a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the Florida Republican says the Pentagon should remove 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone from officer ranks while pursuing disciplinary action against the 2016 U.S. Military Academy graduate.
Rubio also says West Point should consider revoking Rapone's four-year degree.
Correction: Army Officer-Communism story
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about military officials investigating a West Point graduates apparent pro-Communism actions, The Associated Press reported erroneously when 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. West Point officials said he graduated in May 2016, not May 2017.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Army: West Point grad's pro-Communism postings being probed
What should we do with the statues, plaques and other public art that offend us? Hungary (known for the hospitality of its citizens and other good things, including paprika and Vizsla dogs) offers one answer to this question that so roils American communities today.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A special Polish government commission is investigating irregularities in the restitution to private owners of Warsaw properties that were seized under communism.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis travels to the Portuguese town of Fatima this weekend, he will be lending his blessing to a religious phenomenon that has captivated Catholics for a century: It involves visions of the Virgin Mary, supernatural meteorological events and apocalyptic prophesies of hell, Soviet communism and the death of a pope.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who ministered clandestinely to Catholics for years while officially working as a window-washer during communist rule in Czechoslovakia, has died at age 84.
The Vatican said Pope Francis sent condolences Saturday praising the emeritus cardinal as a "generous pastor."
Poland to lay off diplomats who worked under communism
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says a government-proposed bill calling for the dismissal of Foreign Ministry staff and diplomats who worked under communism is "necessary."
The ruling conservative party has made it a priority to remove from top state jobs people whose careers developed under communism.
On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved a draft law that would lay off all Foreign Ministry employees hired before communism ended in 1989.
BERLIN (AP) — The German city of Trier has decided to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China, marking the 200th anniversary of the father of communism's birth.
The city council voted 42-7 with four abstentions Monday night to accept the gift, according to news agency dpa. The statue's precise location and size are to be decided following further negotiations with China.
Serbian director Lazar Stojanovic dies at 73
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Lazar Stojanovic, a Serbian film director who was jailed under communism and was an anti-war activist during the 1990s, has died. He was 73.
Stojanovic's family said Saturday that he had died in Belgrade, the Serbian capital. The cause of death and funeral arrangements weren't immediately known.
Romania PM: I may fire justice minister over graft decree
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister said Monday he may fire the justice minister for mishandling a contentious decree that has sparked the country's largest anti-government protests since communism ended.
Premier Sorin Grindeanu said the emergency decree to decriminalize some official misconduct approved by his cabinet last week had "led to division" among Romanians. Grindeanu suggested Justice Minister Florin Iordache may lose his job over the move within days.
US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia’s doorstep
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.
Poland’s ruling party targeted over ex-communist top member
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling anti-communist party has faced accusations of a double standard over a prominent role that a communist-era prosecutor has in the party leadership.
Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday asked that Stanislaw Piotrowicz step down as head of Parliament's justice commission and resign as lawmaker, and asked an ethics commission to punish him for denying facts from his past.
Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish organization has launched a database aimed at helping thousands of Holocaust survivors or their heirs regain property lost in Warsaw due to World War II and communism.
Under a new Polish law, people will have just six months to file claims for more than 2,600 properties in Warsaw after those properties are listed publicly in a newspaper or online, something expected to happen soon. Not all of the properties belonged to Jews, but it is believed that many of them did.
Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — A wooden box containing Fidel Castro's ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a granite boulder that has become Cuba's only official monument to the charismatic bearded rebel who seized control of a U.S.-allied Caribbean island and transformed it into a western outpost of Soviet-style communism that he ruled with absolute power for nearly a half century.
Thai king Bhumibol was bridge in close relations with US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died Thursday after a 70-year reign, was historically an important bridge in his nation's close, but recently strained, relations with the United States.
Bhumibol was born in the U.S. and was an important ally for Washington in combating the spread of communism in Southeast Asia during the Cold War. He met with six sitting U.S. presidents, starting with Dwight Eisenhower in 1960 and ending with President Barack Obama in 2012.
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week for World Youth Day, he will meet a nation still deeply committed to its conservative Catholic traditions and to the memory of St. John Paul II, who inspired this country's successful struggle against communism in the 1980s.
But Francis will also find a nation under international censure for backtracking on some of its democratic gains, and a clergy deeply entwined with a ruling right-wing party that...
On a recent visit to Moscow/St. Petersburg I wasted no time requesting an interview with our very affable tour guide, Nikolay. I thought “Nick” to be fairly well-educated, financially comfortable, mid-fifties. He seemed eager to talk and, lucky for me, surprisingly candid.
“Nick,” I began, “How are things different today, compared to life under communism?”