Communism

Pope Francis Just Hit Back At The Economist Over Lenin Column

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Communists are actually closet Christians, whose message on poverty echoes the Gospel, Pope Francis has said. The leader of the Catholic Church mad...

Harry Truman and the RAF Save East Berlin: Remembering the Airlift that Defied Communism

Philip White | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
Philip White

The fight for freedom in Europe did not end with the defeat of Adolf Hitler's Germany at the end of World War 2. As Winston Churchill correctly stated...

Great Essays on Socialism: George Orwell - The Lion and the Unicorn

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

During his Etonian days, long before the publication of his 1941 essay, The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, George Orwell claims to have developed particular socialistic tendencies...

Planet Appetite: Into Mysterious Albania

Rupert Parker | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Long seen as one of the severest former communist countries, Albania has now emerged from the darkness and is a surprisingly attractive tourist destination.

An Open Door to Hate

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

There is no country without crime, but statistically the crime rate in Romania is one of the lowest across the whole of Europe. According to the Metropolitan Police cooperation with Romania is one of the most efficient they have in Europe... The Ukip nationwide poster campaign claiming that "the UK opened doors to unlimited numbers of people from Romania and Bulgaria" and "an open-door to crime" is, in fact, an open-door to hate. I hope reason will prevail.

The Sharing Economy: Communism or Hyper Capitalism?

Markus Barnikel | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Markus Barnikel

Until now we have been approaching our cars and our apartments without thinking economically. If we want to change that, it is neither communism nor turbo capitalism. It is not to reach a higher moral goal either and certainly not an evil act. It is simply reasonable and in addition also human and beautiful.

It's Christmas, Not a 'Season': Britain Must Defeat Political Correctness and Amateurish Cultural Homogenisation

Abhaey Singh | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

The reality of human existence has always been one of diversity, particularity and dissimilarity. The most heroic contributors to human civilisation - and to the story of nations - have been individuals and cultures with distinct perspectives and propensities to those of the prevailing norm.

Death Fall Woman 'Lived With Slavery Suspects'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

A woman who died after falling from a window had been living with the London 'slavery' suspects, it has emerged. The cousin of Sian Davies said she...

REVEALED: 'Slavery' Suspects Headed Up Radical Maoist Sect

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

The couple arrested in the Lambeth slavery case were part of a radical Maoist collective, it has been revealed, named by multiple sources as Comrade A...

In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time For a Clean Slate?

Michael Townsend | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our ec...

Do the Chinese Want Mao Back?

Ben Chu | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Ben Chu

Last week I sat in a restaurant in the Chinese city of Chongqing and was transported all the way back to the year 1958. The walls of the Red Flag Commune Canteen were covered with propaganda posters from the era of the Great Leap Forward. Mao Zedong, wearing a peasant's broad straw hat, smiled benevolently amid tall ears of wheat in one poster. In another the Great Helmsman waved his right hand before an image of a glorious red sun...

Understanding Culinary Disasters - And Miracles

Dalibor Rohac | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dalibor Rohac

Why is food in some countries so much better than in others? In a classic essay, Paul Krugman hypothesized that British food turned bad as a result of the rapid urbanization accompanied with 19th-century technological improvements in the preservation of food.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Václav Havel, and the Art of Dissent

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

At Prague's Forum 2000 there are often surprises and touching gestures. What else would you expect from a conference started by a man who rode a scooter down the hallways of Prague castle when he became President and drew a heart as part of his signature?

Nelson Mandela: Great for What He Did - And What He Didn't Do

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Mandela has been a leader of remarkable courage, of stamina and resilience. These qualities started to show early in school, as Mandela suffered penalties and expulsions, the result of his steady anti-apartheid conviction. He went to law school, passed the bar and helped to establish South Africa's most prestigious black law firm. No small feat, these accomplishments in those days.

What Did MI6 Plan To Do To Russia In 1947?

PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

MI6 wanted to mount a violent Cold War campaign of subversion and black propaganda to undermine the Soviet Union, according to official files made pub...

A Proper Gander at North Korea

Ed O'Meara | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

Don't confuse this with Panorama sending John Sweeney to North Korea in the imaginatively titled 'North Korea Uncovered' in which our heroic reporter destroys communism by dicking about. "This is an electricity factory" says Sweeney "But none of the lights are on." BOOM! Nice journalism, Sweeneyator.

The Lady T I Knew: Iron in Private, Too

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

In the mid-1990s, I hosted a small dinner for Lady Thatcher and a group of Republican Senators in Washington. Bill Clinton had come out in favour of NATO expansion - which led a number of conservatives to come out against. During the evening, Lady Thatcher told the august group of Republicans around the table - all men, incidentally - to knock it off.

Thatcher: The Leader Who Told Britain, 'Yes We Can'

Damian Collins | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The terms 'great' or 'iconic' are too readily used in our modern celebrity culture, but Margaret Thatcher was a great and will remain an icon of the second half the twentieth century. Her place in history is secured by her position as Britain's first woman prime minister, and her legacy defined by the incredible transformation of the country under the governments that she led.

British Uni Lecturer Becomes Chinese Celebrity With Communist Songs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A British university lecturer has become a must-see TV celebrity across China with an array of renditions of red revolutionary songs. Cardiff-born ...

Who Needs the State to Smash the Radical Left When Feminists Are Doing Such a Fine Job of It?

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

I'm no fan of the Socialist Workers' Party, so I won't be losing much sleep over the fact that it is currently imploding under the weight of two sex scandals. But I do find it intriguing that this intellectually moribund organisation is having the final nail pounded into its coffin, not by the state or by the right, but by feminism.

Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech: Still Relevant, 67 Years On

Philip White | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Philip White

This week marks the 67th anniversary of Winston Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' address (actually named 'The Sinews of Peace'), which he called "the most important speech of my career". And he'd given one or two of those.

Witches and Witch Hunts - What the Salem Trials Tell us Today

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

How do we promote tolerance and protect free speech in a time where organised groups openly, and others clandestinely, exploit our liberal values to oppose our aims, sometimes with the deadliest of means?

Ecuador's Lessons for Europe's Corridors of Power

Lee Brown | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lee Brown

Government after government across Europe has been thrown out since the great recession began to drive back living standards. Whether on the centre-left, such as Gordon Brown and Zapatero, or on the right with Berlusconi and Sarkozy, political rejection has started to look inevitable. But Rafael Correa's massive re-election win in Ecuador yesterday was a reminder to his European counterparts that political defeat is no iron law of politics.

Orwell Would Have Liked Photoshop

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Under the blitz of current Orwell stuff in the media there's a recurring theme: what would the great man have made of the present day, and how right was he about the modern world? Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers. Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers: Doublespeak (modern political/managerial jargon?), Telescreens (TV, especially those tuned to the Big Brother house on Channel 5!), Napoleon, the revolutionary-turned-authoritarian pig from Animal Farm.

Why We Should Care That the New Czech President Wears a Bow Tie

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

There are two big reasons why a Karel Schwarzenberg win should charm us all. First, in an era of bling, celebrity, and growing cynicism about politics, Schwarzenberg embodies a rare combination of values: he represents authenticity and integrity, a certain old-world elegance, without taking himself too seriously.