Why the World is Filled With Failed Protest Movements
June 01, 2014
Do recent political protests make clear the new power of the citizen or do they mark the decline of the political influence of the middle class?
The Revolutions of 1989 Are Not Over
March 15, 2014
What Putin is really doing is what Mikhail Gorbachev wouldn't do.
The outcome in Egypt has also darkened Western perceptions of the possibility for political evolution in authoritarian states everywhere.
Back to Mubarak
January 25, 2013
Long after the moving images of Egypt’s Facebook-addicted, pro-democratic revolutionaries faded from Tahrir Square, they have remained firmly implanted in the minds of American observers 6,000 miles away.
Form and Fortune
February 22, 2012
Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 627 pp., $35) I. In 2010, Der Spiegel published a glowing profile of Steve Jobs, then at the helm of Apple. Jobs’s products are venerated in Germany, especially by young bohemian types. Recently, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg presented an exhibition of Apple’s products, with the grandiloquent subtitle “On Electro-Design that Makes History”—a good indication of the country’s infatuation with the company.
May 11, 1987
Michael Jackson turns "Revolution" into a commercial jingle.
Purging the Posters
February 23, 1980
Back in the good old days—when Mao Zedong was always right and Deng Xiaoping was a capitalist roader—wall posters were all the rage in China. In one frenzied week during the Cultural Revolution in 1966, students at Peking University churned out 100,000 posters, enough to cover the Great Wall from end to end. Communist party cadres had to string wires along factory and office corridors so workers could hang up their latest attacks against revisionist superiors, “Anything goes,” a Communist party official told a group of factory workers. “The main thing is to get the discussion going.