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  • redbear: See above. The religious freedom of forced marriages at 10 or 12 and genital mutiliation? That is... 11:09 AM
  • redbear: Dabrowski. Another question. We know that almost every Muslim woman goes without a veil in France,... 11:06 AM
  • messa di voce: Doesn’t administration, in conjunction with singers and conductors, plan what they want... 10:58 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Too bad there was no New York City Opera to produce this piece. They needed the... 10:47 AM
  • MontyNostry: I was thinking kebabs. Here in the UK people talk about ‘having a doner’ when the... 10:46 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: I assume the reference is to the announcement in the program and on the website,... 10:29 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: You’re right: a backstory makes a character human; it doesn’t justify his... 10:23 AM
  • CwbyLA: pasavant, what you said about veil not being required by Muslim law is incorrect. What is said in... 10:07 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I think mamoud’s monologue is the closest to a “backstory&# 8221; but his actions... 10:00 AM
  • Dabrowski: This sort of rationalization for France’s racist law is no different from the Russian claim... 9:53 AM

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 »