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Capitalism Has Failed -- the Time Is Right for Communismnew

We believe Americans have finally reached a gaping capitalist-imperialist abyss and have no choice but to get a good running start and take a leap to communism.
San Diego CityBeat  |  San Diego CityBeat  |  04-01-2009  |  Commentary

'Havana Nocturne' Looks at Gambling, Guns and Sex in Pre-Castro Cubanew

The pre-Castro days of the late 1940s and the 1950s were the era when the Mafia ran the most successful string of big-buck casinos, posh hotels and spectacular nightclubs ever seen in this hemisphere -- and paid Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista nearly $10 million (in today's money) per week to ensure that their good thing was "protected."
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  John Grooms  |  08-27-2008  |  Nonfiction

Blacklisted Scribe Dalton Trumbo Finds His Way onto the Big Screennew

Adapting Christopher Trumbo's stage play, Peter Askin's Trumbo pays tribute to blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in his own words — but not the words you'd expect.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Sam Adams  |  08-19-2008  |  Reviews

Mao's Ghost: The Spirit of the Chairman Haunts the Olympicsnew

Americans should ask themselves, is it in our interests that China today holds $1.2 trillion in reserve assets alone, with billions more invested in US financial institutions and other businesses? And while we ponder that question, we should ask ourselves this: is it prudent for the federal government to spend like a drunken sailor with money borrowed from China?
Boston Phoenix  |  Editorial  |  08-07-2008  |  International

Cuba Pushes Gay Rights, but Rum-Soaked Despair Lingersnew

Four decades after gays were sent to forced labor camps, and two decades after people with AIDS were forcibly hospitalized, the country recently celebrated its second international day against homophobia. But if the new political page is meant to salvage the standing of the revolution, it's not going down well among the people I meet. Cubans are more overtly cranky than on my last trip a few years back, none more so than the young gay guys on the Malecon.
NOW Magazine  |  Glenn Wheeler  |  06-30-2008  |  LGBT

Hollywood's Liberal Elite Builds the Dalton Trumbo Mythnew

The one-word title is suitably mythic since Trumbo himself spent the latter years of his career creating a mythology around his victimization by the post-WWII House Un-American Activities Committee and Hollywood's eventual enforcement of a blacklist.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  06-26-2008  |  Reviews

Che Won't Go Awaynew

In the 40 years since his murder by the CIA and elite Bolivian Rangers, Guevara has been fashioned into a unique bridge between radical politics and popular culture. In a paradox that would baffle Leon Trotsky, Che is simultaneously a universal symbol of resistance and an object of commercial merchandise.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Mick Farren  |  05-16-2008  |  Commentary

Mikhail Gorbachev Visits Floridanew

The former Soviet President was at the Hard Rock Live, a guest of the Seminole Indian Tribe. He addressed an audience that had come to see the former communist leader and Louis Vuitton pitchman cashing in on a trip to the land where the grotesqueries of capitalism are matched only by modern-day Russia.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  04-29-2008  |  International

Dirty Secretsnew

The government tried to put journalist John Powell in prison half a century ago for reporting that the US Army used germ warfare in Korea -- and he's still convinced it's true.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Robert Speer  |  06-28-2006  |  International

Radio Producers Will Revive Edward R. Murrow Classicnew

During the Communist witchhunt of the 1950s, Edward R. Murrow's daily radio show "This I Believe" boasted 39 million listeners, who tuned in to hear regular Americans state their own beliefs. A new version of the show is set to start on NPR in January.
LEO Weekly  |  Willie Davis  |  06-29-2004  |  Media

German Film Evokes Ostalgienew

How funny/sad it is that, having been swept into the dustbin of history, an entire country -- what used to be one, anyway -- is now filled with longing for yesterday's brooms.
Isthmus  |  Kent Williams  |  05-27-2004  |  Reviews

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