By Frederick Quinn
From 1993 to 1995, Frederick Quinn traveled the countries of japanese Europe and vital Asia to assist leaders construct new judicial platforms in keeping with the guideline of legislations. As he traveled, he saved a magazine of his reviews. a latest Black Lamb and gray Falcon, this account of the author's encounters with every body from presidents to guerrillas deals a trenchant and infrequently poignant view of those turbulent areas.
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During my tenure there was demonstrable progress toward these goals. Issues of judicial reform were identified, constitutions and other fundamental laws analyzed, and each year more than 50 jurists from central and eastern Europe gathered in Warsaw to exchange professional experiences and improve their skills. We held professional seminars on subjects such as "The Changing Role of the Judge" or on topics specific to individual countries. We examined the role of different courts in Kazakhstan, where that country was considering alternatives to the judicial structure it inherited from Soviet times; free media in Kyrgyzstan, where that nation shut down two opposition newspapers and then evalu- Page xx ated the legal process for doing so; and federalism in Moldova and Georgia, two countries torn by protracted ethnic conflict and fractious regionalism.
I ask if I can go to the hotel. This prompts the lieutenant, a bystander until now, to say ''No" and confiscate my passport. "You can spend the night in the transit lounge," he says. M. " Not speaking Russian, I explore Sheremetyevo Airport on a Sunday night. A transit hotel is nearby, but, since the guard has seized my passport, I cannot go there. I want to cancel my hotel reservation but have no Russian coins or any idea how local phones work. "International Com- Page 14 munications Center" says a sign in a corner of the transit lounge.
The Palace of Culture, a Stalinist secular cathedral, was designed to impress viewers several miles away, those approaching it, and those within it. The structure, called "Stalin's Empire State Building," dominates almost any Warsaw vista. Entering it is an experience with several emotional stages. A block-long park and parking lot surround the building, reminding people how small they are and how grand is the socialist state. Next is the wedding-cake palace, its base six floors tall, with long, wide marble halls and reception rooms, suggesting Marxism's cultural achievement.