December 6, 2013

In Kiev, High Stakes for Democracy

Chrystia Freeland, New York Times

The Associated Press

When Soviet communism collapsed, the West’s declarations of triumph were so full of hubris that it was easy to forget what was right about them. The Ukrainians protesting in downtown Kiev are a reminder that there was actually a lot to glow about.

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