This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.
Demonstrators in Kiev and other areas of Ukraine have apparently succeeded in ousting President Victor Yanukovych from the presidential mansion.
Attended by representatives of 75 parties in 63 countries, this meeting featured vigorous discussion about the role and policies of communist parties in today's world.
On Jan. 21, another exciting People's World teleconference took place.
The world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela for one thing more than any other - his determination in the face of every provocation to establish a democratic "rainbow nation."
"Socialism is the future" was the theme of a meeting here of communist and workers parties from 59 countries last month.
A massive one-day general strike paralyzed Portugal November 24 led by major labor federations united to denounce austerity measures being imposed by the country's Socialist Party Prime Minister, Jose Socrates.
Anticommunist hysteria in Poland crossed the boundaries of common sense long, long ago. Recently it has crossed the boundaries of absurdity.
If nothing else, the "First International Meeting of Parties of the Left" in Caracas last week was ambitious.