Berlin Wall

Viktor Korchnoi: Chess Grandmaster, Soviet Defector, Pugnacious Competitor

Viktor Korchnoi never was a compliant Soviet citizen. Stubborn, uncompromising, even rude, he was no Communist model. Eventually Moscow denied him permission to travel abroad to play chess and promoted his great rival and former friend, Anatoly Karpov.

When Liberty Knocked Down the Berlin Wall

We should celebrate a quarter century after the collapse of communism.  The events of 1989 represent a massive increase in liberty, a fantastic triumph of the human spirit.  With so little bloodshed everyday people ousted a gaggle of tyrannies.  They have given hope for future generations, and themselves, that freedom can emerge against seemingly impossible odds.