Despite flaws, Yeltsin had marks of true hero

By Freedom Newspapers Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, […]

Tyranny never lasting form of government

By Freedom Newspapers On Oct. 23, 1956, what began as a student demonstration against Soviet control of Hungary attracted thousands of people as the crowd marched through central Budapest to the country’s parliament building. When a student delegation entered the radio building to broadcast the demands of the demonstrators, it was detained. When the crowd […]

U.S. obligations in Iraq means Russia left unchecked

A confrontation between Russia and its southern neighbor Georgia has serious implications for the rest of eastern Europe, especially other countries that had been forced into the former Soviet Union and resumed independence when that empire collapsed. Perhaps more significant, it is unlikely Russia would have pushed so hard in this small crisis unless it […]

Socialist thoughts pervade many minds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist If you haven’t visited former Soviet bloc countries it is difficult to appreciate the devastating impact socialism has on human community life. Judging by the continued popularity of socialism among academic political philosophers, economists and theorists, it is not likely that many of these folks have ever traveled to Bulgaria, […]

U.S. should stay in touch with unstable republic

Freedom Newspapers The coup d’etat or whatever has occurred in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has developed so quickly that even opposition leaders don’t seem to have been prepared for assuming power. More than a welling up of democratic impulses, however, what appears to be happening is a redistribution of the power and wealth […]

Sontag wasn’t concerned with self-contradictions

Freedom Newspapers Susan Sontag, who died Tuesday of cancer at 71, probably was America’s best example of the French intellectual engagé. That’s someone who not only writes theoretical books but also fiction and who is actively engaged in putting theory into practice. She always was on the political left, in the 1960s supporting the communist […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]

Reagan’s legacy should be recalled with fondness

Freedom Newspapers In some quiet bedroom in suburban Los Angeles, former president Ronald Reagan turns 93 today. Whatever celebrating there is will be muted, given the ravages Alzheimer’s disease has reportedly taken on the man most of us remember as robust, smiling, optimistic and every inch what people seem to want in a president. But […]

Honesty in journalism does not require posturing

By Thomas Sowell The British Broadcasting Corporation has made itself look ridiculous by issuing orders that its reporters are not to refer to Saddam Hussein as an ex-dictator. Apparently using the word “dictator” would compromise the BBC’s neutrality and call its objectivity into question. Unfortunately, the BBC is not alone. In much of the American […]

Charen tome exposes ‘useful idiots’

Thomas Sowell The term “useful idiots” has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen’s new book “Useful Idiots” shows that such people are still with us. Long after the Soviet Union’s horrors […]