Supporters of presidential candidate Moon Jae-in.
North and South Korea explained in four questions and answers.
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Both attack the status-quo, but for entirely different reasons.
Recent protests against the closure of Central European University, Budapest.
A move that could shut an independent university in Budapest poses fundamental questions about European values.
Castro realised early on in his revolution just how powerful a tool photography could be.
Preaching unity in 1948 on the Freedom Train.
US National Archives and Records Administration
Previous efforts to cement national cohesion offer a model but also, says a historian, a warning.
Paying respects in Mao’s home town.
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Five decades ago, China began a decade of devastating crackdowns and purges – and the causes are still poorly understood.
Choosing the right tactics?
Xi Jinping is spearheading an extraordinary bid to dominate the world's favourite sport. But will he take the Chinese people with him?
Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson.
Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey liked to take credit for breaking the color barrier. In truth, it was the culmination of a long campaign waged by the left wing press and labor unions.
Don't mention the Cold War.
When John McDonnell read a quote from Chairman Mao in parliament, jaws hit the floor.
Günter Schabowski at his fateful press conference.
Günter Schabowski's press conference in November 1989 helped trigger the collapse of the Berlin wall. Was it really as much of an accident as we like to think?
South Africa is far from being the non-racial, classless society envisaged by 1970s activists.
The egalitarian society envisioned by political activists and thinkers Rick Turner and Steve Biko has not been realised. But, they continue to inspire critiques of post-apartheid South Africa.
Back in 1965, bodies of victims of the anti-communist massacre floated along the Brantas River in Kediri East Java.
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In a watershed moment for Indonesia's history, the deadly 1965 anti-communist purge transformed Indonesia from an independent Asian nation in the midst of Cold War into a pro-Western country.
South African Communist Party general secretary and South Africa’s higher education minister Blade Nzimande addresses the party’s 3rd special congress in Soweto in June.
The SACP is the oldest communist party in Africa, formed in 1921. It is one of only 20 parties which survived the anti-communist purge post independence. Its membership went through cycles over years.
When Australians hear about Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s dire warnings and counter-terrorism raids, they could lose historical perspective on the threat posed by Islamic State.
Dire government warnings and counter-terrorism raids in our suburbs paint a picture of the worst threat Western nations have ever faced. A little historical perspective is in order.
A controversial film
The release of a documentary film in the Czech Republic earlier this year caused much controversy. It is about a dissident named Pavel Wonka who fought against the totalitarian regime in Communist Czechoslovakia…
Gently overthrowing an oppressive regime in 1989.
At the top of Wencelas Square on the front of the Czech National Museum in Prague hangs a giant poster depicting the playwright dissident and former president Vaclav Havel. The poster has been hung, in…
Pope Francis argues that the poor are at the heart of the Gospel and it’s the communists who have ‘stolen the flag’.
A blog in The Economist recently accused Pope Francis of following the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, in adopting an “ultra-radical line” on capitalism. The blog, “Francis, capitalism and…
In Warsaw, a newly unveiled memorial puts freedom of speech at the heart of Poland’s liberation from communism.
“It all started with a word,” said Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski at the opening of a memorial to freedom of speech, “and the word was ‘freedom’”. The event completed three days of commemorations…
Mexico’s Zapatistas are one of the world’s longest running active revolutionary groups. But who are they, and what are they fighting for?
On New Year’s Day 1994, the world was taken by surprise. A group of indigenous people staged a rebellion against a Mexican state that had continued the trajectory of racism, neglect, genocide and exploitation…