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Fidel & Che: A Revolutionary Friendship by Simon Reid-Henry

Caracas: Chávez’s Secret Fan Club

‘In his decade as president, Chávez has parlayed socioeconomic resentment into near-invincibility. But Venezuela's decay, and the chinks in his armour, are there for all to see’


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Classic Teller of Painful Truths

The Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, whose collected work is now available in English for the first time, crystallised the ravages of invasion and communist rule in his quest to tell the truth about pain

A Foreign Affair: David Bowie in Berlin

Haunted by Isherwood's shade, the British musician flirted with fascism, then became a hero to the youth of the communist East

Eric Hobsbawm

Our 'national teddy bear' of an historian has got it wrong more times than he would like mentioned

A Cooler Shade of Red

A new museum exhibition of Cold War art leaves the nastiness of the communist system completely unacknowledged

Going West

Cold War geopolitical terminology is obsolete. We need new terms to reflect a changed world

Slavoj Žižek

Jeremy Jennings dissects the work of the fashionable left-wing philosopher, who believes that Lenin, Stalin and Mao were too soft

Leszek Kolakowski

Roger Kimball finds it strange that the author of the most pertinent works on Marxism is so little known

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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