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The year 1989 may well be seen by future historians as one of those rare pivotal years of this past millennium—like 1066, 1492, 1793, and 1914—that profoundly altered the direction of Western Civilization. It is, of...
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As a weapon in the Cold War, the Marshall Plan contributed to the strategic goal of maintaining a balance of power between East and West and thereby containing the Soviet Empire long enough for it to collapse under the weight of its internal contradictions...
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Both George C. Marshall and Ronald Reagan were “conservative internationalists": peace-through-strength realists who did not lose sight of their democratic principles, and who engaged with other nations to achieve not only American security and prosperity, but also a greater measure of freedom and justice in the world...
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At some point during the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Nikita Khrushchev was asked whether it would be okay to give the prize to the American virtuoso, Van Cliburn... One of the most famous—and unexpected—lulls in the...
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Dear President Putin: It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness...
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Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office, the French appear to be following suit. In Sunday’s runoff to choose...
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Following the publication of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the American public suddenly discovered that the Russians had utterly divergent geopolitical interests from Americans... Animal Farm’s positive reception in Great Britain was far exceeded by its...
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Animal Farm hit a nerve at the right psychological moment in America, just when the pro-Soviet fellow-traveling movement was beginning to unravel... What havoc “a little squib” can cause! Seven decades ago, George Orwell’s Animal...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter S. Rieth as he discusses Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr who was murdered while loving his enemies. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher

As a Catholic and a Pole, it is not easy to translate and publish these letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Ukraine crisis. Solzhenitsyn writes about a common experience of suffering by Belorussians, Ukrainians and Russians not only...
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"Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who cannot win the heart or the mind seeks his victory through violence. Each act of...
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Russia is not a real country, intoned Senator John McCain during the recent Wroclaw Global Forum in Poland, but a gas station run by the mafia. John McCain is not an...
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George Kennan: A Study in Character, by John Lukacs For a few years, from 1946 to 1949, George Frost Kennan was at the center of world events. He also lived long...