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    Morning Bell: The Fall of the USSR and the Debate over Russia

    Twenty years ago, the world watched the Soviet Union fall. The regime that was “planted by bayonets,” as President Ronald Reagan once described it, did not take root, and ultimately the empire that once walled itself off from the West with an Iron Curtain could not shield its people from … More

    The Unreported Tragedy of Cuba's Repressive Communist Regime

    Cuba—to listen to, watch or read some of the media—is a place that has remained unbowed in the face of impoverishment by the U.S. embargo. Lately what you hear is that it is attempting to make bold reforms not just in the economy, but socially as well (it just allowed … More

    Jin and Bo: A Revival of the Chinese Communist Party?

    A video of a Chinese general’s discussing officials who were caught spying against Beijing has recently garnered a significant amount of attention. Much of the discussion has centered on the significance of a Chinese general apparently criticizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and whether this presages a split between military … More

    Guest Blog: Cuba's Pro-Freedom 'Resistance' Movement Is Growing

    As attention focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, where protesters have taken to the streets to demand political change, some wonder whether Cuba will follow suit. A closer look at the island, where freedom fighters wage a nonviolent struggle against a regime desperate to conceal the effectiveness such … More

    Why Albania Matters

    It has been over two decades since Albania escaped the iron grip of communism, yet it is still struggling to sustain democracy. Since 2009, the same year it joined NATO, its elections have been marred by violence, with the Socialist Party using intimidation and mob rule to try to gain … More

    A Champion of Freedom Passes

    Of all those whom we at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation have honored with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom—and they include such famed defenders of freedom as Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Harry Wu—none surpasses the courage and commitment of  Elena Bonner, who passed away last Saturday. … More

    The Relevance of the Pumpkin Patch: Whittaker Chambers' Enduring Legacy

    Today we celebrate Whittaker Chambers’ birthday.  This quiet, unassuming man has become a giant in the conservative movement for his condemning testimony against Communism, and his autobiography, Witness, remains one of the masterpieces of American writing.  Even the pumpkin patch on the Chambers’ farm, where he famously gathered evidence of … More

    Liu Xiaobo and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

    The adamant refusal of the Chinese Communist government to allow Liu Xiaobo to travel to Oslo to receive the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is more than disgraceful—it is a flagrant violation by the Chinese regime of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, including China. … More

    On the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

    Sixty years ago today, North Korea brutally invaded the Republic of Korea. In doing so, Pyongyang revealed the true nature of its regime—its willingness to blatantly violate international agreements, its eagerness to use military attacks to achieve warped political objectives, and its utter disregard for the lives of the citizens … More

    Cuba Solidarity Day 2010

    It is the sad plight of the proud Cuban people to live under the yoke of the Cuban Communist regime.  May 20, 2010 marks the 108th year of Cuba’s independence. This year is also the 51st year of the Castro dictatorship. The people of Cuban – vibrant, ethnically-diverse and enterprising … More