Iron Curtain


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Iron Curtain

a. (formerly) the guarded border between the countries of the Soviet bloc and the rest of Europe
b. (as modifier): Iron Curtain countries

Iron Curtain

political and ideological barrier of secrecy concealing Eastern bloc. [Eur. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 490]
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Iron Curtain populations were also well aware--despite the ceaseless barrage of Communist propaganda - that their Western European neighbors on the other side of the curtain were often ruled by Socialist parties who took and left power according to the wishes of their electorate.
Iron Curtain uses two independent sensors, radar and optical, high-speed computing, and tightly controlled countermunitions to minimize the false alarm rate and provide extraordinary system effectiveness and reliability.
Based on recently declassified state records, newly opened archives, private documents, and witness interviews, Iron Curtain deftly recreates the world of postwar Eastern Europe, where the horrors of the Nazi occupation were immediately followed by the ravages of Soviet occupation.
To be sure, the iron curtain that has descended across Egypt has also descended on the heart of every Arab who loves Egypt and its people.
1961: The Soviets build the Berlin Wall, which transforms the Iron Curtain from a metaphor into an impenetrable concrete barrier that divides Berlin and prevents Germans in the Communist East from fleeing to the West.
Like many established German artists, Herold grew up in the East and made his reputation in the West, having studied art on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Carl Zeiss won at Somerton Park 1-0 (after Newport scored a fine 2-2 draw behind the Iron Curtain in the first leg), but years later almost went bankrupt and slipped down the leagues.
As more countries have adopted these institutions following the fall of the Iron Curtain, incomes and environmental quality have improved.
At a time when the Ten Commandments have been thrown down from our courtroom walls and the supposed "wall of separation" between church and state has been hardened into an iron curtain, this is curious behavior indeed.
THE phrase is most often attributed to Winston Churchill during his Sinews of Peace address in Missouri in 1946 when he referred to 'an iron curtain descending across the continent'.
The World Health Organisation's study of 150,000 young people in 35 countries has found that our young people are physically and mentally worse off than the children of the former Iron Curtain countries.
The truth is this: It took four decades of patient engagement to bring- down the Iron Curtain, and 10 years of deft diplomacy to turn chaotic, post-Soviet states into stable, pro -Western democracies.