Stalin’s Moscow show trials a blind spot for western intellectuals

The eagerness of western intellectuals to justify the Moscow show trials of the late '30s was what was truly frightening about them

Stalin’s Moscow show trials a blind spot for western intellectuals
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The eagerness of western intellectuals to justify the Moscow show trials of the late ’30s was what was truly frightening about them

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanes

Freedom and democracy are not stand-alone structures. For stability, they require institutional infrastructure, in particular, the rule of law and tolerance

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanes
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Freedom and democracy are not stand-alone structures. For stability, they require institutional infrastructure, in particular, the rule of law and tolerance

When an intellectual cozies up to dictators

Is it feasible to separate political views and private behaviour from artistic merit? George Bernard Shaw is a perfect case study

When an intellectual cozies up to dictators
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Democracy is anathema for those convinced of the correctness of their views, the righteousness of their morality and the superiority of their intelligence

The moral roadblock at the end of ethical shortcuts

The world is full of stories of people who have done the impossible, and it always begins with a goal. But is it a worthy goal and are the methods ethical?

The moral roadblock at the end of ethical shortcuts
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The world is full of stories of people who have done the impossible, and it always begins with a goal. But is it a worthy goal and are the methods ethical?

Lithuania a country caught between two worlds

A letter from Lithuania: Its history is one of struggle and compromise. Now it's looking to the future and its options with caution

Lithuania a country caught between two worlds
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A letter from Lithuania: Its history is one of struggle and compromise. Now it’s looking to the future and its options with caution

The day I was mistaken for Robert Mugabe

My first instinct was to reverse rapidly out of the courtyard and melt away into the busy streets. But when was I going to get another shot at these guys?

The day I was mistaken for Robert Mugabe
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My first instinct was to reverse rapidly out of the courtyard and melt away into the busy streets. But when was I going to get another shot at these guys?

Was Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe always a thug?

It’s hard to know for sure, but one can safely say that, once ensconced in power, thuggery came easily to him

Was Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe always a thug?
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It’s hard to know for sure, but one can safely say that, once ensconced in power, thuggery came easily to him

How to avoid tyrants claiming the highest government offices

The NDP's 'confidence and supply agreement' with the Green Party in B.C. shows us how we can avoid a Trump triumph in Canada

How to avoid tyrants claiming the highest government offices
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The NDP’s ‘confidence and supply agreement’ with the Green Party in B.C. shows us how we can avoid a Trump triumph in Canada

Mystery still swirls around Hitler’s death 72 years later

Barring the release of some smoking gun document buried in intelligence archives, the question of whether Hitler died in his bunker will probably never be settled

Mystery still swirls around Hitler’s death 72 years later
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Barring the release of some smoking gun document buried in intelligence archives, the question of whether Hitler died in his bunker will probably never be settled