collapse of communism
A stunning series of events between 1989 and 1991 that led to the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Faced with massive popular opposition and the unwillingness of President Mikhail Gorbachev to send Soviet troops to their rescue, communist governments lost power, first in Poland, where the communists agreed to free elections that swept into power candidates endorsed by Solidarity in June 1989. Demands for reform spread across East Germany in the fall of 1989 and led to the end of the Berlin Wall (see also Berlin Wall) and the unification of East and West Germany. In November 1989 the communist government of Czechoslovakia resigned, and in December a violent revolution led to the overthrow and execution of Romania's communist boss, Nicolae Ceausescu. The Bulgarian parliament revoked the Communist party's monopoly on power in 1990, and in 1991 popular opposition forced the resignation of the communist cabinet in Albania. The failure of a communist-led coup d'état against Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union in August 1991 ended the party's control of the military and government.
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When communism was a threat, it was construed as a communist plot.
Angry Birds at its simplest was the same way, though you wanted to watch things collapse and explode.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No precautions have been taken to reinforce the ceilings, which could collapse onto the statues.
You never know when you are going to stumble upon a jewel in the most out-of-the-way corner.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
But Lessard's a overbearin' son-of-a-gun all round, and he's always breakin' out in a new place.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Mr. Slocum was not educated in a university, and his life has been in by-paths, and out-of-the-way places.
The Spanish men-of-war, which were always painted white, had their colour changed to dark grey like the American ships.
Later on the commander of a German man-of-war and his staff were received and fêted by the Captain-General.