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iron curtain

1. (usually capitalized) The geographical border and military, political, and ideological barrier established and enforced by the Soviet Union that separated the countries of the Soviet bloc from the rest of Europe from 1945 to 1990. My great-grandfather used to live in East Germany before the Iron Curtain fell, back when the Soviet Union controlled every aspect of day-to-day life.
2. By extension, any barrier that excludes or prevents the free exchange of ideas, information, or communication from or between certain groups. Even though our company is a subsidiary, there seems to exist an iron curtain between our staff and the management of the larger corporation. For all our righteous calls for free speech and freedom of the press, it's important to remember that America had an iron curtain of its own during the Cold War, when even the slightest association with the Communist party was enough to get you blacklisted for life.
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Perhaps most fundamentally, the conditions of the Middle East today are vastly different from those behind the Iron Curtain in 1989.
Even though the Iron Curtain was supposed to have been dismantled along with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, it is clearly still in place for Eastern European gays.
President Reagan once declared, "Can we doubt that a Divine Providence placed this land, this island of freedom, here as a refuge for all those people in the world who yearn to breathe freely: Jews and Christians enduring persecution behind the Iron Curtain, the boat people of Southeast Asia.
IT'S CLEAR FROM THE TITLE OF JONATHAN KWITNY'S Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II (Henry Holt, 1997) that the former Wall Street Journal reporter also sees Wojtyla as the person most responsible for bringing down the Iron Curtain, albeit through moral vision and activist leadership that inspired those who eventually undermined Soviet domination.
Recruitment of agents to parachute behind the Iron Curtain, their training, and logistical support became the secret mission assigned to a creative and energetic New York lawyer and World War II intelligence veteran named Frank G.
Reinforcing a recurring theme in many of the essays, Albers and Panzig discover that their subject requires not just comparative but integrated treatment: both states self-consciously contrasted their agricultural practices, and women's place in them, with those on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 19, 1999, the Austrian Ambassador to the United States, Peter Moser, and his Hungarian colleague, Geza Jeszenszky, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic which contributed to the fall of the Iron Curtain by allowing East-Germans to cross the border from Hungary into Austria.
The novel was a commercial failure in the United States - enthusiastically reviewed by the left-wing press and republished in translations, especially in countries behind the Iron Curtain, but ignored or denounced as a communist propaganda tract by the mainstream press.
Stolichnaya's Cristall, the first Russian super premium to step from behind the Iron Curtain in the 80s, is a highly refined vodka with a mist of pure and elegant flavor.
Tulley said that the global changes in business say the time has come for the removal of the iron curtain between labor and management," and that the "goal of both management and labor is basically the same - job security - and unless we face global competition together, we're both going to lose that security.
Shortly thereafter, as part of efforts to overcome the Iron Curtain, he proposed a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, later the U-2 spy plane, to overfly the Soviet Union.
Coventry and Stalingrad, now named Volgograd, were the first two cities to be twinned across the iron curtain when the scheme to build international relations began 65 years ago.
The author, who grew up in postwar, Cold War--era Czechoslovakia, shares his experience as the Iron Curtain slowly gave way to signs of Western culture--which was then brought to an end by Soviet tanks.
1956 - The Bolshoi Ballet appeared at Covent Garden for the first time1959 The British post code system to allow automatic mechanical sorting of mail was introduced at Norwich1965 - Manfred Mann became the first Western band t o perform behind the Iron Curtain