Claims that secretive communist regime has carried out a further brutal purge of those the young leader sees as a threat to his authority
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Monday 25 February 2013
Ageing President Raúl Castro, brother of Fidel, appoints new deputy and signals transition to democracy
Thursday 21 February 2013
With no charges and no trial date, the disgraced Chinese leader protests against unfair treatment
Monday 11 February 2013
The old phrase “workers of the world, unite thee” is looking a bit stale this week.
Sunday 03 February 2013
An author needs to be remembered by the public for something, anything, and here's one known almost as much for a tune as a book. Vera Caspary was born in Chicago in the last year of the 19th century. Her father's death and the approach of the Great Depression left the family penniless, so she began writing for money to support her mother. Moving to New York, she succeeded as an advertising copywriter at a time when the industry was completely male dominated.
Friday 01 February 2013
He condemned his brother's arrest by the UN for alleged war crimes as 'kidnapping'
Thursday 31 January 2013
When China's ruling elite gather for their annual parliament in March, incoming President Xi Jinping has insisted there will be no display of extravagance further to raise hackles about official corruption. No booze, no banquets and no boring speeches.
Wednesday 30 January 2013
Protesters have forced their way into a government building in Athens and threatened a minister, as riot police intervened with batons, pepper spray and tear gas to expel them.
Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine, By Yang Jisheng, trans. Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian
Friday 25 January 2013
This epic work of testimony and investigation lays bare a Communist crime of the century
Sunday 20 January 2013
Karel Vas, who died on 8 December at the age of 96, was a prosecutor who came to symbolise unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. Vas was one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
Monday 14 January 2013
This emotionally gruelling piece, originally performed in 1992, was the debut play by Dea Loher who went on to become one of the most acclaimed and widely produced German dramatists of her generation.
Saturday 12 January 2013
This top-down portrait of a momentous decade takes the side of its divisive heroine
Friday 11 January 2013
Trotskyist group exonerated official because it doesn’t believe in ‘bourgeois court system’ to deliver justice
Thursday 10 January 2013
It's hard to know who should be more affronted by the Prime Minister's darkly archaic reference to "red pests" yesterday: the country's foxes or the Labour MP who asked why Cameron wanted to relegalise the hunting of them with hounds.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Insider tells how Communist official demanded editorial be printed
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Editors of the Southern Weekend newspaper have asked for an end to advance censorship.
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