Communism

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda flashes a victory sign in Pultusk, Poland, Sunday, July 12, 2020. An exit poll in Poland's presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
July 13, 2020 - 2:08 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness. The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda...
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A woman waves a Czech flag from a roof as people take part in a large anti-government protest in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Czechs are rallying in big numbers to use the 30th anniversary of the pro-democratic Velvet Revolution and urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign as peaceful protesters from all corners of the Czech Republic are attending the second massive protest opposing Babis at Letna park, a site of massive gatherings that significantly contributed to the fall of communism in 1989. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
November 16, 2019 - 2:06 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — About a quarter of a million Czechs gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to give Prime Minister Andrej Babis an ultimatum — sell your business or quit your job. Protesters from across the Czech...
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A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Poles are voting Sunday in a parliamentary election, that the ruling party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski is favored to win easily, buoyed by the popularity of its social conservatism and generous social spending policies that have reduced poverty. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
October 13, 2019 - 9:16 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles were voting Sunday in a parliamentary election that the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party was favored to win, buoyed by the popularity of its conservative agenda and generous social spending. Concerns about democracy have made this one of the country's most...
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the media during his visit to Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Pompeo is in Slovakia on the second leg of a five-nation European tour that began in Hungary and will take him to Poland, Belgium and Iceland. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
February 12, 2019 - 3:03 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Speaking on a five-nation tour of Europe, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 file photo shows a general view of Gdansk seen from the tower of St. Mary's Church, in Gdansk, Poland. The Polish port city of Gdansk, whose mayor died after being stabbed while on stage during a charity fundraiser, is among Poland’s most famous cities due to the key role it played in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the end days of the Cold War. Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who died Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 as a result of wounds to his heart and abdomen, was among the many who have called it a city of “freedom of Solidarity,” a reference to the anti-communist movement born in the city’s shipyard in 1980. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)
January 14, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's port city of Gdansk, where the longtime mayor died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraiser, served as the setting for key events in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the Cold War's final days. The movement that played a pivotal...
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American photographer Chuck Fishman gestures in front of photos featured in an exhibition of his work, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. A new photo exhibition in Warsaw documents more than 40 years of Jewish life in Poland _ from the 1970s, when it appeared that Jewish life was on the verge of extinction, to an unexpected revival in the years following the fall of communism. The exhibition, “Re-Generation,” features dozens of black-and-white images taken by American photographer Chuck Fishman. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 08, 2018 - 11:03 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American photographer Chuck Fishman was just 21 when he began traveling behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to document a Jewish community on the verge of dying out after centuries of existence in Poland. He couldn't have foreseen a Jewish revival that came after the fall of...
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In this May 2016 photo provided by Spenser Rapone, Rapone raises his left fist while displaying a sign inside his hat that reads "Communism will win," after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. After Rapone, who was already a combat veteran after serving with the First Ranger Battalion in Afghanistan, posted the photos on Facebook, the Army dismissed him with an "other than honorable" discharge. (Courtesy of Spenser Rapone via AP)
June 19, 2018 - 8:42 am
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to...
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A bronze statue showing German philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled on occasion of the 200th birthday of Marx in Trier, Germany, Saturday, May 5, 2018. The statue was created bY Chinese artist Wu Weishan and is a present of China. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
May 05, 2018 - 7:45 am
BERLIN (AP) — A larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled Saturday on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western German town of Trier. The celebratory uncovering of the 4.4-meter (14-foot) bronze statue of Marx, donated by China, sparked criticism by some who...
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January 26, 2018 - 9:59 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Neagu Djuvara, Romania's best-known historian who spent decades in exile before returning home when communism ended, has died. He was 101. Philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu remembered Djuvara on Friday for his "formidable oratory... infectious vivacity" and his "splendid...
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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, walks with the Patriarch of Romanian Orthodox Church Daniel in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Patriarch Kirill arrived in Romania on the first visit by the head of the powerful Russian church since communism ended. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 26, 2017 - 10:29 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has arrived in Bucharest on the first visit to Romania by a head of the Russian church since the end of communism. NATO and European Union member Romania has cool relations with Russia, but the countries share cultural and...
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