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  • mirywi: Dear FeldMarschellin: if you speak to Herr Kaufmann and find that the barrier to his coming to the... 6:52 PM
  • springspring: Angela looks GORGEOUS! Visually she is Charlotte. Let’s hear the live streaming on Monday! 6:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: Your sarcasmometer is a little faulty, alas. 6:28 PM
  • turings: Here’s an effort to improve on Google for the Standard and Neue Merker – basically saying it... 6:14 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Cz2J 0JCiMOM Ain’t life funny? Years ago I used the awful Naxos... 6:05 PM
  • John L: The “ends of the civilized earth” and “frozen outposts”. 5:51 PM
  • John L: Oh that made me chuckle. If some of the posters are not these singers agents… 5:49 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Peter got it right about Millo. After reading his pick for #16 (Millo), I found it on Youtube.... 5:49 PM
  • Lohengrin: http://www.oe24.at /kultur/Primadonna -konnte-nicht-uebe rzeugen/179507841 5:36 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Ouch, I think she got a few boos…if I hear correctly at min 0:11 – which would... 5:36 PM

The end of glasnost?


When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the mantle of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, a palpable change was felt in the air, from Novosibirsk to East Berlin. Words like glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) began to replace the gradually outmoded Leninist philosophies that had become warped under Stalin and Andropov. The possibilities were palpable, and soon manifested into thousands of Muscovites calling for Gorbachev to resign in 1990, following the latter half of the decade teeming with what David Remnick aptly described for the New Yorker as “argument, truth-telling, irony, hysteria, and scandal” on state television.   Read more »