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In 1983, I was confined to an eight-by-ten-foot prison cell on the border of Siberia. My Soviet jailers gave me the privilege of reading the latest copy of Pravda. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of President Ronald Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's "provocation" quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us.
    -The prisoners' conscience (Natan Sharansky, June 8, 2004, Jewish World Review)


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Natan Sharansky Links:

    -Knesset Member, Natan Sharansky
    -BOOK SITE: The Case for Democracy (Public Affairs Books)
    -Natan Sharansky (Wikipedia)
    Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky (Jewish Virtual Library)
    -ARCHIVES: sharansky (Brothers Judd Blog)
    -EXCERPT: A Lowering of Arms: Few in the West expected the Soviet Union to collapse (Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer, The Case for Democracy)
    -EXCERPT: The Power of Freedom: What Soviet dissidents, Scoop Jackson, and Reagan understood. (Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer, The Case for Democracy)
    -EXCERPT: The Great Debate: Why the skeptics are wrong (Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer, The Case for Democracy)
    -ESSAY: Bowing To Russia (Natan Sharansky, October 27, 2005, Washington Post)
    -ESSAY: Why I can no longer participate in your government, Mr. Sharon (Natan Sharansky, 5/03/05, Jewish World Review)
    -ESSAY: Our Test for Abu Mazen: Peace is possible only if Palestinians are free. (NATAN SHARANSKY, January 11, 2005, Opinion Journal)
    -ESSAY: Antisemitism in 3-D (NATAN SHARANSKY, January 21, 2005, The Forward)
    -ESSAY: From fear to freedom: Even the most brainwashed individual can find liberation (Natan Sharansky , 11/22/04, US News)
    -ESSAY: The prisoners' conscience (Natan Sharansky, June 8, 2004, Jewish World Review)
    -ESSAY: On Hating the Jews (Natan Sharansky, November 2003, Commentary)
    -ESSAY: Tour of U.S. Schools Reveals Why Zionism Is Flunking on Campus (NATAN SHARANSKY, 10/24/03, The Forward)
    -INTERVIEW:Natan Sharansky, author of "The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror," talks about the influence his book seems to be having on the Bush administration. (Online Newshour, 2/09/05, PBS)
    -INTERVIEW: The Dissident: An Interview With Natan Sharansky (Interviewed By Nonna Gorilovskaya, March 30, 2005, Mother Jones)
    -INTERVIEW: SPIEGEL-INTERVIEW WITH ISRAELI MINISTER NATAN SHARANSKY: Former Gulag Prisoner Gets the Ear of the US President (Erich Follath and Annette Grossbongardt, 3/07/05, Der Spiegel)
    -INTERVIEW: The Dissident and the President: An exclusive interview with Natan Sharansky (Yehonathan Tommer, January 2005, The Review)
    -INTERVIEW: Natan Sharansky: "Peace Will Only Come after Freedom and Democracy" (Sam Spector, November 24, 2004, Middle East Quarterly)
    -INTERVIEW: The View from the Gulag: An interview with Natan Sharansky: He describes the "beautiful moment" when the news of the Evil Empire speech reached Siberia. (Weekly Standard, 06/21/2004)
    -INTERVIEW: The Case for Democracy: In a Frontpage Exclusive, Natan Sharansky highlights the power of freedom over tyranny and terror. (Jamie Glazov, 12/17/04, FrontPage)
    -INTERVIEW: with Natan Sharansky (Conversation with History, Harry Kreisler)
    -INTERVIEW: Q&A with Natan Sharansky (Ha'aretz)
    -INTERVIEW: Natan Sharansky (Online NewsHour, July 22, 1997)
    -ESSAY: Foxes and Hedgehogs (JONATHAN TEPPERMAN, October 16, 2005, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: A Scorned Idealist: George W. Bush adores Natan Sharansky. So why don't the Israelis? (Aluf Benn, 3/07/05, Newsweek International)
    -ESSAY: The Immoral Clarity of Natan Sharansky (Thomas Riggins, 2/15/05, Political Affairs Net)
    -ESSAY: Two Great Dissidents: Natan Sharansky’s vision, and President Bush’s. (Joel C. Rosenberg, 11/19/04, National Review)
    -PROFILE: Diplomat of Democracy: Natan Sharansky (Lee Kaplan, May 3, 2004,
    -ESSAY: Sharansky’s Double Standard: For the advocate of universal democracy, human rights don’t begin at home (Michael C. Desch, March 28, 2005, American Conservative)
    -ESSAY: Prophet without honor in his own country (Jeff Jacoby, February 17, 2005, Boston Globe)
    -ESSAY: Closing the Neocon Circle: George W. Bush has unveiled a new vision for U.S. foreign policy. His inspiration: Israel’s Natan Sharansky (Michael Hirsh, Jan. 25, 2005, Newsweek)
    -ARTICLE: Sharansky's Unflagging Eorts Led To Al Manar Station Ban in France (ELI LAKE, December 16, 2004, NY Sun)
    -ESSAY: Mr. Sharansky, ease my doubts (Martin Kramer, February 23, 2005, Tel Aviv University)
    -ESSAY: Sharansky's Moral Inconsistency (HILLEL HALKIN, February 15, 2005, NY Sun)
    -ESSAY: Natan Sharansky and US Israel Policy (Tom Barry, February 8, 2005, Anti-War)
    -ESSAY: Bush's Guru: Natan Sharansky: Minister of Ignorance (URI AVNERY, March 10, 2005, Counter Punch)
    -ARTICLE: An Israeli Hawk Accepts the President's Invitation (Dana Milbank, November 23, 2004, Washington Post)
    -ARCHIVES: "natan sharansky" (Find Articles)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror by Natan Sharansky (Meyrav Wurmser, Weekly Standard)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Carol Devine-Molin, Enter Stage Right)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Rev. Johannes Jacobse, Religion & Liberty)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Gerard Alexander, Claremont Review of Books)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Joshua Van Buskirk, Cornell Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Bruce Thornton, Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Scott O'Reilly, Intervention)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Michael Rubin, Middle East Quarterly)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (William Galston, American Prospect)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy ( Karl E. Meyer, World Policy Journal)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (William Kristol, Weekly Standard)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Chris Suellentrop, Slate)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Steven Greenhut, OC Register)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Arch Puddington, Commentary)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Dylan Duke Gintz, Free Muslims Coalition)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Joan Swirsky, Dec. 6, 2004, NewsMax)
    -REVIEW: of The Case for Democracy (Cathy Young, Reason)
    -REVIEW: of Fear No Evil by Natan Sharansky (John C. Campbell, Foreign Affairs)
    -REVIEW: of Fear No Evil (Walter Goodman, NY Times)

Book-related and General Links:

    -ESSAY: The Democratic Ideal: The president's "realist" critics need to get real. (JOSHUA MURAVCHIK, January 25, 2005, Wall Street Journal)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: SEASONS IN HELL: How the Gulag grew: a review of Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (David Remnick, 2003-04-14, The New Yorker)
    -ESSAY: The Afterlife: Natan Sharansky’s evolution from dissident to political leader (David Remnick, 1997-08-11, The New Yorker)