Seventy-five years ago this week, in Operation Barbarossa, German forces suddenly invaded the Soviet Union.
Fifty years ago, the massacre of more than 500,000 people in an anti-communist purge led to the elimination of the Indonesian Communist Party as a political force.
The Ukraine is now suffering under a totalitarian regime, the head of that country's beleaguered Communist Party said.
Few of the media reports told the full story, not only about the anti-Semitism of the Nazis at its beginning but about the anti-Communism which later followed.
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.