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The risk of "pathocracy" is always close. And once entrenched, difficult to dislodge.
Raya Dunayevskaya believed “Marxism is a theory of liberation or it is nothing.”
The book, Marxism and Freedom was written in 1958. Yet, it remains relevant today.
A statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie, at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa.
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Leaders go in and out of fashion, making statues built in their memory a tricky issue.
Augustus was Rome’s first emperor.
Augustus's long line of high-profile admirers see him as a great statesman who brought peace to a Roman Republic long afflicted by civil wars. But how admirable was he, really?
A plaque on a house in St Petersburg that says: ‘Here the writer Lydia Korneievna Chukovskaya wrote Sophia Petrovna, a story about the Great Terror 1936-1938’.
Persecuted by Stalin, writers Lydia Chukovskaya and Anna Akhmatova endured threats, cold and starvation. And in an epic feat, Lydia memorised the poems of her friend that were too dangerous to commit to paper.
The Death of Stalin is about the chaotic political drama that followed the Russian leader’s demise in 1953.
Speaking with: satirist Armando Ianucci on The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci, the satirist and director behind the film The Death of Stalin spoke with Associate Professor Stephen Harrington, an expert on political satire.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in December 2017.
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Canada’s "progressive trade agenda" with China might have died in the Great Hall of the People earlier this month. But there's now an opportunity for a serious reconsideration of the relationship.
Vladimir Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin's widow.
In this first episode of In Depth, Out Loud: an audio version of long form stories, a look at the cult of the Kim family.
Soviet troops advancing at Stalingrad.
Two big battles which turned the tide of World War II can tell us a great deal about some important present-day challenges.
The 1976 memorial at the Babi Yar massacre site only recognised Soviet victims, despite the killing of more than 30,000 Jewish people. In 1991 a Jewish memorial was installed nearby.
On September 29 1941, Nazis murdered more than 30,000 Jews in a ravine outside Kiev. Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, is a damning critique of the Soviet Union's lack of recognition of the massacre, and a condemnation of Stalinism.
Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is removed from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans.
A scholar of southern politics finds inspiration in an unexpected place.
In the West, the public perception of Stalin and the Terror lingers from the period immediately after his death in 1953. It shouldn't.
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
They might look like an alien species, but these bacteria-eating viruses could be the next big thing in the fight against infectious diseases.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Jamala has been chosen to represent Ukraine at the 2016 Eurovision contest with her song ‘1944’.
Charged with collaboration with the Nazis, in 1944, 240,000 Crimean Tartars were deported to Soviet Central Asia.
British foreign secretary Anthony Eden having a confidential chat with Soviet ambassador Ivan Maisky.
The Scheffer-Voskressenski family.
Ivan Maisky was Russia's ambassador to the Court of St James from 1932 to 1943. By charming his way into Britain's inner circles he arguably passed on more secrets than the infamous Cambridge Five.