COMMUNISM

  • German leftists set to head first regional state 2 days ago

    Berlin: Germany's left-wing parties have reached a historic deal to form their first coalition government at state-level, 25 years after the collapse of communism in the country. The leaders of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green party and the Left party set their seal for a new government in...
  • Germany marks 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall November 9, 2014

    Berlin: Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and the start of the country's emergence as the major power at the heart of Europe. A 15-kilometer (nine-mile) chain of lighted balloons along the former border will...
  • Communist China, Vietnam show overwhelming support in favour of free markets: Study October 9, 2014

    Washington: Enthusiasm for free markets runs higher in communist China and Vietnam than in traditional capitalist bastions the United States and United Kingdom, the Pew Research Centre reports. A world-topping 95 per cent of Vietnamese say that most people are better off in free-market economies, and 76 per cent of Chinese...
  • Marx theories need a reappraisal by both sides of political divide May 7, 2014

    Between us, Karl Marx was asking for it. By framing a critique of capitalism during the heyday of the industrial world, Marx was leaving his theories open to implementation at a political level and, on the other hand, reinterpretation in a postindustrial world. As his 196th birth anniversary is being...
  • As Bo trial ends in China, prosecutor demands severe punishment August 27, 2013

    Jinan: Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended on Monday, saying his "whimsical" challenge to charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power flew in the face of the evidence. Bo was a rising star in China's leadership circles when...
  • The evolving role of writers in Tamil cinema May 6, 2013

    In My Years with Boss at Gemini Studios, Ashokamitran recounts a poet's visit. "He was a tall man, very English, very serious and of course very unknown to all of us. Battling with half a dozen pedestal fans on the shooting stage, The Boss [film producer and publisher SS Vasan]...
  • China gears up to avert Sovietstyle collapse June 21, 2011

    Jinggangshan: Bracing for key leadership changes, China's 80million strong Communist Party is getting ready for yet another longhaul with an ideological makeover to avert a Soviet Unionstyle collapse which spelled doom for communism worldwide. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) is going through the phase of...
  • Funds from Centre get lost in CPM hands: Rahul September 6, 2010

    Kolkata: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was in Kolkata for the youth memebrship drive, but grabbed the opportunity to take a dig at the ruling Left front government. Rahul accused the state government of not spending the funds sent by the Centre and said communism would soon be wiped out of...
  • I was dead but then resurrected: Fidel Castro August 31, 2010

    Mexico City: Cuban leader Fidel Castro describes the illness that caused him to step down from power in nearreligious terms a 'calvary' and his recovery a sort of resurrection. Castro, 84, made the remarks in an interview with a Mexican daily. "I was dead," Castro said in the interview. "I no...
  • Communist China bans 'comrades' on buses May 31, 2010

    Beijing: China's bus drivers and ticket sellers have been urged to leave communism behind, with a new training manual instructing them to call travellers "sir" or "madam" instead of "comrade", state media reported on Monday. Older Beijingers, a few of whom still wear "Mao suits" that were once a virtual uniform...
  • Basu not to be cremated; body to be given for research January 18, 2010

    Kolkata: Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu will not be cremated but his body will be handed over on Tuesday to a staterun hospital as he had donated his body, the Communist Party of IndiaMarxist (CPIM) announced on Sunday. Basu's body, now preserved in a funeral parlour, Peace Heaven, will be taken...
  • Special: Jyoti Basu, the king among communists January 17, 2010

    India has lost one of its tallest left leaders. Former West Bengal chief minister and CPM leader Jyoti Basu's death was announced by CPM State Secretary Biman Bose on Sunday. Basu's body has been moved to the Peace Haven mortuary. The 95yrold was hospitalised after a pneumonia attack 15 days...
  • Jyoti Basu was my role model, says Yechuri: January 17, 2010

    Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu died in a Kolkata hospital on Sunday. He was 95. CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechuri spoke to CNNIBN and shared his experiences with Jyoti Basu, who he called his role model. Sitaram Yechuri: He was a very fine man. He was very considerate about his fellow comrades....
  • Watch: A look back at signature cars of East Germany November 3, 2009

    This week marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, an event that symbolized the downfall of Communism and the end of the Cold War. Germany has changed quite a bit since that time. Frederik Pleitgen takes a look at the auto industry, in particular those classic,...
  • FTN: New China's citizens hungry for democracy October 2, 2009

    Sixty years ago on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China. Celebrations were held on grand scale in China Thursday to mark the 60th anniversary of the day that Communist China came into existence. In the 60 years of its existence, China has seen some of the...
  • That's capital! How Karl Marx forecast market crash October 16, 2008

    Washington: Capitalism as we used to know it is on its deathbed. And those who predicted that the old brand, the unfettered, Americanpromoted system, was a danger to the world, are being vindicated. They include Karl Marx, whose thinking on banks seems oddly contemporary these days. The credit crisis that began...
  • Is ailing Castro fit to contest Cuba elections? November 22, 2007

    New Delhi: Is the ailing Cuban leader Fidel ready to call it a day? Castro has not been seen in public since handing over power to brother Raul in May last year. He later underwent stomach surgery. With elections due next January, there is growing speculation over whether Castro will be a...
  • Cashing in on Communist kitsch June 8, 2007

    Tianjin (China): The Flying Pigeon bicycle was once an icon of Communist China. Now, with money in their pockets, the Chinese are ditching their bikes for shiny new cars. ...