What If Gorbachev Had Won 20 Years Ago? by Gaither Stewart

by Gaither Stewart
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Dandelion Salad
December 28, 2011
Rome, Italy

As a follow-up to Patrice Greanville’s article, “The Soviet Union—Environmental Degradation: Some Historical Antecedents“, I have presented here excerpts from some of my own articles written during the Gorbachev perestroika period, plus notes and reflections concerning Mikhail Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and Chief of State of the USSR, and his role in the history of Socialism. As an intermittent correspondent in Moscow for a West European newspaper during the Gorbachev era I covered some of the evolving crisis in Russian Communism in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Continue reading

Gorbachev: US needs ‘perestroika’ of its own

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Press TV
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 03:09:53 GMT

Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says that Washington must stop giving orders and should reconstruct its financial and political system.

On Thursday, while on a visit to the offices of the British Evening Standard newspaper, recently taken over by Russian owners, Gorbachev said, “One day (US) will have to stop giving orders and stop trying to tell the whole world how it should act.”

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“We need to find a new model of capitalism, taking the best of the old model and the best of socialism,” Gorbachev told the staff of the Evening Standard.

“From capitalism, it must take incentives and stimulus and from socialism, more equality and social justice,” Gorbachev added.

Commenting on the subject of militarization, Gorbachev added, “Even if we got rid of every nuclear weapon in the world, 75 percent of the world’s weapons left over would be in the USA. Therefore, we have to control the militarization of the world, and not just nuclear weapons.”

via Press TV – Gorbachev: US needs ‘perestroika’ of its own

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