Tag Archives: Eastern Europe

Romania | Romanian first post-communist president Ion Iliescu indicted for crimes against humanity in 1989 Revolution case

The man who took the reins of power in the wake of the anti-communist Revolution in Romania, Ion Iliescu, and three other high profile leaders of the December 1989 events have been indicted for crimes against humanity, the Prosecutor General’s office announced on Friday.

Globalization inspires European ethnologists

It used to be thought that the era of globalization leads to the unification of cultures. However, in practice, it has produced a polyphony of cultural values. Ethnologists from several European countries decided to meet at a scientific conference to discuss how and why this has happened, as well as to develop tools for a joint theoretical discussion of polyphony and the cultural diversity of European regions. Representatives from the Czech Republic, Belarus, and Ukraine gathered at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen to discuss these issues.

USA | US supplies anti-tank systems to Eastern Europe

As reported by the US Department of Defense, the Pentagon contractors received a contract for the production of the Javelin Weapon System for a number of foreign countries.

“Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $307,535,950 modification (P00107) to Foreign Military Sales (Australia, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey Taiwan and Ukraine) contract W31P4Q-13-C-0129 for Javelin Weapon System full-rate production. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $307,535,950 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.”

Romania | “The Maastricht Treaty has sent Romania back to the Middle Ages”

Romania and Bulgaria were integrated into the European Union over ten years ago, on the 1st of January 2007. Seventeen labour activists in Romania, particularly trade union leaders in the mining and energy sectors, draw up the balance sheet of these ten years. International Workers Committee quotes their statement:

France | L’enjeu de la mémoire et les charniers de la haine…

En ce mois de novembre, on n’en finit pas de célébrer pour mieux déformer l’Histoire, j’ai des moments d’accablement tant la tâche paraît démesurée.

Ne nous faisons pas d’illusion, pas plus que la Révolution française, que Robespierre, la Révolution d’octobre, l’URSS ne relèvent de l’historiographie, mais toujours ces événements parce qu’ils posent l’actualité de la Révolution sont l’objet de la propagande. Ce qui a changé c’est le rôle que jouait jadis un parti communiste en ce domaine, puisque lui aussi prétendait à l’actualité de la Révolution.