from The Great Debate:

Cold War warmed over

By Bill Schneider
March 7, 2014

Can we have a new Cold War without a communist threat?  Some important political players seem to think so.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Obama, Castro, and the perversity of the Cuban embargo

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 16, 2013

There has been a lot of clucking about President Barack Obama shaking hands with Raúl Castro at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. For some it was bad enough that a president the Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused of “palling around with terrorists” should extend his hand to a Cuban communist tyrant, while mourning a world hero that former Vice President Dick Cheney still thinks was a terrorist.

from Photographers' Blog:

Different congress, different picture

March 20, 2013

Beijing, China

By Kim Kyung-hoon

In China, where the Constitution says “All power in the People’s Republic of China belongs to the People”, the National People’s Congress (NPC) is one of the most important political events in the country.

from Photographers' Blog:

Choreographing our China congress coverage

November 23, 2012

Beijing, China

By Petar Kujundzic

Is there anyone against? – “Meiyou” (There is no one)

The last time I covered an important Communist Party congress was in my own country almost 23 years ago. I was the only photographer for Reuters there, shooting black and white and sending a few pictures to the wire using a drum analog transmitter. The last congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party, which ruled the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945 until 1991, ended with a split within the League of Communists and ushered in years of violence and civil conflict... but that is a totally different story.

from Full Focus:

Wide view: China’s congress

November 16, 2012

Photographer Carlos Barria uses a panoramic format to document the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. Read Carlos' personal account here.

from Photographers' Blog:

China’s “wonderful” Communist village

September 27, 2012

By Jason Lee

Growing up as a Chinese national, I leaned a lot about Communism through text books. On Monday it only took a one and a half hour flight and one hour drive to travel from China's modern cultural and political center, Beijing, to the small communist society at Nanjie Village.

from Photographers' Blog:

China in color or black and white?

September 25, 2012

By Carlos Barria

I have heard this question asked a million times: would this picture be better in color, or in black and white? I grew up in the color era, but I do remember seeing television programs in black and white. That was before 1990, when my parents bought a color television to watch Argentina's national soccer team play in the World Cup in Italy. (We won the Cup in 1986... in black and white.)

from Photographers' Blog:

Welcome to China’s communist bunker bar

July 17, 2012

By David Gray

China never, ever fails to amaze. What better way to preserve a former Communist Party military leader’s cave headquarters, then to make it into a bar? Not just any bar, but a 'Military Bar', decorated with furniture made from old ordnance. What better way to use old artillery shells and land mines than to turn them into bar stools? Brilliant. It does make you ponder the question – now why didn’t I think of that?

from The Great Debate:

The communist on J. Edgar Hoover’s payroll

By Tim Weiner
March 1, 2012

This is an excerpt from Enemies: A History of the FBI, published this month by Random House.

from Photographers' Blog:

Vacation in North Korea?

September 9, 2011

If you are planning to take an exotic vacation, maybe Democratic People's Republic of Korea is your place.