The saga sums up the crass stupidity of authoritarian regimes, whose fear of even mild challenges leads them to endlessly create martyrs
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Sunday 03 March 2013
He is an icon of the democratic Left, who successfully challenged a repressive communist regime to become Poland’s first elected president.
Friday 01 March 2013
One of Poland's hottest political topics - abortion and the Catholic Church - is the animating force in this extraordinary three-hander by 22 year old Anna Wakulik. Already seen in her native country, the piece came into being under the auspices of the Royal Court's excellent international department.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
If all goes according to plan, the era of the Castros in Cuba will come to an orderly end in five years' time. Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, says he will step down from the presidency in 2018, and has nominated the young (ish) Miguel Diaz-Canel as his most likely successor.
Monday 25 February 2013
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.
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