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Venezuelan Dissident Wuilly Arteaga Injured By Maduro Thugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2017   **MEDIA ADVISORY** VENEZUELAN DISSIDENT WUILLY ARTEAGA INJURED BY MADURO THUGS; HUMAN RIGHTS ORG CALLS ON US GOV TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE “The United States should condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, who continues to be propped up by Cuba’s communist party. We as Americans have a responsibility to […]

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Human Rights Group blasts Chairman Xi Jinping For Killing Liu Xiaobo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 13, 2017     **MEDIA ADVISORY** Ahead of Captive Nations Week, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Blames Chairman Xi Jinping for Death of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo   Washington, D.C. – Chinese dissident and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo died Thursday morning, following more than a decade in prison and a […]

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The “Moral Stain” of Fidel Castro’s Legacy and His Apologists

In response to the death of Fidel Castro on Friday, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Executive Director Marion Smith released the following statement: “Fidel Castro joins Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot in the ranks of this past century’s greatest criminals, torturers, and murderers. His nearly sixty-year reign of terror ended Friday, […]

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NEW REPORT REVEALS U.S. ATTITUDES ON SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM ON EVE OF 2016 ELECTION

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) today released the first-of-its-kind Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes towards Socialism, surveying Americans’ attitudes toward socialism, communism, and related issues. The Report, informed by polling conducted by internationally recognized research and data firm YouGov, will be released on the eve of a VOC-sponsored China Summit, discussing the challenges posed by the world’s largest remaining Communist regime.

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TORTURED DISSIDENT GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE IN CUBA

On the Anniversary of Obama’s Concessions, Guillermo Fariñas Still Protests Castro Brutality  The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation expresses its support today for Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban dissident who recently declared his intention to go on a hunger strike to protest the ongoing repression by the communist Cuban government, despite one year passing since the Obama administration embarked on […]

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VIETNAMESE DISSIDENT RELEASED FROM PRISON

Original Publication Date: May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 ** Media Advisory** VIETNAMESE DISSIDENT RELEASED FROM PRISON Victims group releases statement on Father Nguyen Van Ly WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation issued the following statement today on the release of Vietnamese dissident Father Nguyen Van Ly. Executive Director Marion Smith said the following: “Along with his family and religious community, the Victims […]

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VOC Awards Uyghur Leader for China Human Rights Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 * * MEDIA ADVISORY * *  UYGHUR LEADER RECEIVES AWARD FOR ADVANCING FREEDOM IN COMMUNIST CHINA   Mr. Dolkun Isa of the World Uyghur Congress Recognized by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation WASHINGTON D.C. – Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), announced today […]

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Cuba’s ‘Forgotten 51’ Prisoners of Conscience

During their joint press conference on Monday, Presidents Obama and Castro took questions from journalists. When CNN’s Jim Acosta, himself the son of a Cuban immigrant, asked President Castro about Cuba’s political prisoners, Castro’s response was, “Give me a name or names, and if there are political prisoners, they will be released tonight.” The Victims of Communism […]

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The 2016 Duranty Awards

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 DURANTY AWARDS FOR HISTORICAL DISTORTIONS IN FILM Trumbo Sweeps Major Categories, Michael Moore To Get Lifetime Achievement Award For Historical Fiction WASHINGTON D.C. – In advance of this weekend’s Oscars, the leading organization for education about the Cold War and communism issued its first ever Duranty Awards—highlighting films, actors, actresses, and directors […]

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Let Freedom Ring Rally

#ChinaRightsNow Rally in DC On September 25, 2015, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation joined hundreds of protesters at a rally in front of the White House today calling on the Obama administration to press the Peoples’ Republic of China and its ruling Communist Party, to respect human rights in China while President Xi Jinping was visiting Washington. “It’s not […]

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Groups Rally During Xi’s Visit to Promote Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * Groups Rally During Xi’s Visit to Promote Human Rights Urge Obama to Defend Human Rights in China Instead of Toasting Xi with Champagne WASHINGTON D.C. – As President Obama prepares to honor Chinese President Xi Jinping at a star-studded State dinner, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today […]

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U.S.-Cuba Democracy Young Leaders Group with David Talbot

Young Cuban Leaders Visit VOC Memorial

On September 16, 2015 a group of talented students and young professionals of the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC visited the VOC Memorial and discussed avenues of engagement to ensure that democratic values and human rights are a cornerstone of U.S.-Cuba policy. David Talbot, Assistant Director of Development of VOC briefed the group about ways in which VOC seeks […]

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Interfaith Ceremony Commemorates Vietnamese Victims

Interfaith Ceremony at the VOC Memorial Commemorating the Vietnamese Victims of Communism On Saturday, August 29th the Vietnamese American community organized the first annual interfaith ceremony to commemorate the millions of Vietnamese victims of communism at the Victims of Communism Memorial. This July, a visit to the Victims of Communism Memorial inspired the Vietnamese Diaspora to […]

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Black Ribbon Day Commemoration Recap

VOC Welcomes Incoming Baltic Diplomats, Commemorates Black Ribbon Day On August 23rd, 2015, the Joint Baltic American National Committee together with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, diplomatic representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, and members of the Baltic-American community held a solemn wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Black Ribbon Day. Incoming Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas […]

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VOC Sends Cuban Embassy Change of Address Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anti-Communist Group Sends Cuban Embassy Change of Address Card * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * Anti-Communist Group Sends Cuban Embassy Change of Address Card Pledges Vigorous Effort to Change Embassy’s Street Name in Honor of Leading Anti-Castro Dissident   WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today announced that it would undertake […]

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Obama rewarding oppression in Cuba

This article originally appeared on CNN.com on July 20, 2015. Obama rewarding oppression in Cuba On Monday, for the first time in five decades, the flag of Cuba will fly over an embassy in the United States. But the event is marked by a cruel coincidence — the same week, the United States officially commemorates the […]

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U.S. Opens Cuban Embassy During Captive Nations Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 20, 2015 * * MEDIA ADVISORY * *  Communist Victims Group Mourns Opening of New Cuban Embassy on Captive Nations Week “Ironically during Captive Nations Week in America, America Welcomes Cuban Captors” Washington, D.C. — The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today offered a stern welcome to the new Cuban embassy […]

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Victims of Communism Statement on U.S.-Cuba Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 2, 2015 * * MEDIA ADVISORY * *    VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM STATEMENT ON U.S.-CUBA DEAL “A slap in the face to the thousands who have suffered at the hands of Cuba’s communist regime…”   WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday President Obama announced his decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and […]

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VOC Commemoration Recap June 11-12, 2015

American Leaders Join Dozens of Nations in Remembering the Victims of Communism Record Number of Embassies and Human Rights Groups Join VOC to Commemorate the more than 100 Million Victims of Communism On June 11-12, a record number of twenty-three embassies, and twenty-six ethnic and human rights organizations joined 10 Members of Congress and over 300 participants for […]

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VOC Announces 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2015 CUBAN AND RUSSIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TO RECEIVE 2015 TRUMAN-REAGAN MEDAL OF FREEDOM Recipients Urge World to Remember Victims of Communist Regimes Washington, D.C. — The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today announced the recipients of the 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom: Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Fariñas Hernández […]

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WATCH: VOC Releases New Witness Video

Anti-Communist Group To Release “Witness Project”  Documenting Communism’s Crimes Against Humanity As Cuba, North Korea, and China are Ascendant, Organization Remains Determined to Remember Communism’s Human Costs   Washington D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today announced The Witness Project, a year-long initiative to catalog stories from around the world of some of […]

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North Korea Under Communism 1948-2014

By Suzanne Scholte Introduction Viewing a satellite photo of the Korean peninsula at night, one can see what communism has meant for the people of North Korea.  There is a wide dark black band between the border of China and Russia and the border of South Korea suggesting perhaps a body of water or an […]

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It’s Been a Good Month to Be a Communist—Strike Up The Internationale!

This article originally appeared in The Hill on December 31st, 2014 It’s Been a Good Month to Be a Communist—Strike Up The Internationale! The United States has reversed a decades-long policy (enforced by ten U.S. presidents) that weakened and isolated an unapologetically Marxist regime. In return, the U.S. secured no economic, political, or moral interests from Cuba’s current […]

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VOC Statement on US-Cuba Relations

December 18, 2014 DECISION TO RECOGNIZE CUBAN GOVERNMENT WITHOUT ASSURANCE OF REFORM WRONGHEADED Washington D.C. – Executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Marion Smith today released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s plan to begin efforts to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba: “For decades both Republican and […]

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1989: A Year of Miracles (VIDEO)

25 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. To commemorate this historic event, VOC is proud to present this original mini-documentary about how the Iron Curtain fell and those who made it happen. Watch and share this brand new video.               For more information or to schedule a press interview please […]

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The Berlin Wall Fell, but Communism Didn’t

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal The Berlin Wall Fell, but Communism Didn’t From North Korea to Cuba, millions still live under tyrannous regimes. As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, we should also remember the many dozens of people who died […]

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Black Ribbon Day Recap

On August 23rd, 2014, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation held commemorative events to mark Black Ribbon Day. On August 23rd in 1939, the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany, assuring Hitler that he could invade Poland without any interference from the East. Within a few days after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Hitler […]

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Remember the Victims of Communism

This article originally appeared in USA Today on August 24, 2014.   Remember the Victims of Communism It took Stalin And Hitler to ignite World War II and the slaughter that came after.   Seventy-five years ago this week, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a pact of non-aggression and cooperation. The sinister 1939 pact (along […]

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75th Anniversary of Hitler-Stalin Pact

ON 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF HITLER-STALIN PACT, U.S. COMMEMORATES BLACK RIBBON DAY The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology. WASHINGTON D.C. – On this year’s anniversary of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) […]

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R.J. Rummel (1932 – 2014)

Dr. Rudolph Joseph Rummel, a member of VOC’s Advisory Council since 1993, passed away March 2, 2014. The Board of Directors and staff members of VOC are profoundly grateful for Dr. Rummel’s lifetime of important scholarship and his service on our advisory council. Dr. Rummel was born on October 21, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. After […]

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Remarks of Myroslav Marynovych from June 11

(These remarks were originally delivered at a private reception in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2014) Reflections on Communist Crime and Punishment in the Light of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity Distingushed Guests, First of all let me thank once again, in your presence, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for awarding me the Truman–Reagan […]

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Video: The Legacy of Communism on Sun News’ The Source

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Executive Director Marion Smith speaks about the legacy of communism on The Source with Ezra Levant on Canada’s Sun News Network. For more information or to schedule a press interview with Marion Smith please contact Ayla [email protected] (202) 629-9500.

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Ghosts of Tiananmen

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard on June 4, 2014. Twenty-five years have passed since a lone man stood in front of Chinese tanks and dared to defy Beijing’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. His bold challenge to the Chinese Communist Party was one of history’s most profound reminders of the insatiable human desire to live free […]

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June 11 Recap

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary Momentous day of events highlights Foundation’s mission, award for human rights advocates, bipartisan support for remembering 100 million victims of Communist regimes   WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) yesterday hosted a day of commemorative and celebratory events. The Foundation celebrates its 20th year, […]

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Thomas Piketty And The Coming Marxist Moment

When a book that offers intentional homage to Karl Marx’s Das Kapital becomes the bestselling nonfiction book in America, it says something about how far we’ve come from the anti-Communist mentality once shared by Democrats, Republicans and all of our nation’s political elites, if not all of our intellectual elites. Unthinkable as it might have […]

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20th Anniversary Commemoration

20th Anniversary Commemoration Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 Washington, DC ~~~ Roll Call of Nations & Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom 10:00 – 11:00 AM Victims of Communism Memorial (Corner of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue NW) Open to the public REGISTER HERE 2014 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom recipients Mustafa Dzhemilev Political leader […]

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Ukrainian champions of liberty receive 2014 Truman-Reagan Medals of Freedom

Washington, D.C. — The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today named two leading Ukrainian human rights activists as the 2014 recipients of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom: Mustafa Dzhemilev and Myroslav Marynovych. A heroic example of bravery throughout his life, Mustafa Dzhemilev spent decades defending the political rights of Crimean Tatars from Soviet aggression. A […]

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Marion Smith Joins Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

This post originally appeared in The Washington Free Beacon, link here. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation named Marion Smith its new executive director on Wednesday. The organization made the announcement on the 68th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain speech” condemning the Soviet Union’s grip on Eastern Europe during the Cold War. “On this […]

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Anti-Communist Group Sees Threat in Ukraine Crisis

This piece first appeared in the Washington Examiner, link here. A foundation established under former President Bill Clinton to honor the 100 million killed under successive Soviet communist regimes is raising concerns about Russia’s military drive in Ukraine, suggesting that Moscow just can’t shuck its Cold War ways. Marion Smith, the newly appointed executive director […]

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PRESS RELEASE: VOC Names New Executive Director

On anniversary of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech, says global events demonstrate more than ever need to educate realities of Communism WASHINGTON D.C. – Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the board of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, today announced the appointment of Marion Smith as the organization’s new executive director, who will redouble the organization’s […]

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The Myth of American Isolationism

The Myth of American Isolationism: Commerce, Diplomacy, and Military Affairs in the Early Republic America’s founding principles do not call for an isolationist grand strategy, and early U.S. statesmen did not adhere to a non-interventionist foreign policy as they sought to secure the nation’s interests. Regrettably, such misconceptions of America’s early statecraft have gained credence […]

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