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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Although the SEC had initially favored the iron curtain, the commission subsequently saw the need to clarify its position, which had changed, in part, because of cases such as Sunbeam, whose auditors had used the iron curtain.
I would hope you don't see the border as an iron curtain."
Hungary and South Africa share a common experience as both emerged in the early 1990s from global isolation, due to the Iron Curtain imposed on Hungary by Soviet occupation following World War II.
THE Berlin Wall was a concrete barrier built bythe German Democratic Republic (EastGermany) to separate East and West Berlin.It came to symbolise the Iron Curtain between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc.But after weeks of protest, the East GermanGovernment announced on November 9, 1989, thateastern citizens could visit West Berlin.
I found, during my travels in the 1960s, that in the Iron Curtain states, plastic carrier bags didn't exist.
AFTER Barcelona's victory over Chelsea the Spanish papers were full of criticism for the Blues' style of play, accusing the team of having an "iron curtain" mentality and sticking everyone behind the ball to try to stop Barca playing their silky football.
In a plot worthy of Dad's Army at its best, it has been revealed that Ml5 and the RAF conspired at the end of the Second World War to train homing pigeons to transport tiny biological weapons across the Iron Curtain.
In spite of these imperfections, he sees progress towards the attainment of "Pope John's noble vision as evidenced by such events as the fall of the Iron Curtain (in 1989).
Nor did he mention his trip behind the Iron Curtain to link up with Communist anti-Vietnam War protesters while fellow Americans were dying in Southeast Asia.
For the first time since glasnost-perestroika, the Kirov is not just importing modern Western ballets it missed when the Iron Curtain was down.
"Ten years after the Iron Curtain fell, Europe is at risk of being divided by new walls," warns Walter Kemp, the author of a report on Europe's Roma.
Esteemed gurus failed to note that the Iron Curtain blocked traffic in only one direction.