On Election Day, the governing socialists took a drubbing, losing to the People's Party and its right-wing allies in all provincial governments and most local ones.
At the Cuban Communist Party's sixth congress, it was an occasion for remembering and rededication.
In the "democratic" Czech Republic, the government argues that communism is a criminal ideology, just like Nazism.
Two Communist-led states of India, West Bengal, with a population of 90 million and Kerala, with 30 million, are in the midst of tough elections.
Party leaders stressed that even though some of the proposals may seem radical, their purpose is not to dismantle, but to strengthen Cuba's socialist system.
The most left-wing presidential candidate came from behind and bested a whole array of right-wing candidates to enter a runoff election.
The Japanese Communist Party has called on all successive governments to make a drastic change in the atomic energy administration and has opposed additional construction plans.
Eight years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the Iraqi people are building a grassroots movement for democracy and an economy that works for them.
Jimmy Carter, during a three-day visit to Cuba this week, called for a release of the Cuban Five and an end to the long-standing U.S. blockade against the island nation.
Japan's Communist Party is making efforts to grasp the real on-the-ground situation of the quake and tsunami stricken areas and respond to disaster victims' demands.