At 86, Tito still rules

The opening date had been chosen with care: exactly 30 years after fiercely independent Yugoslavia was expelled from Joseph Stalin's Cominform for what became known as "Titoism." Many things have changed since then, but not the enduring presence of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito himself. Last week, as 2,300 delegates from the Balkan federation's League of Communists and observers from 63 foreign Communist parties (including the Soviet Union's) met in Belgrade for the country's eleventh national party congress, the official four-day agenda seemed of secondary importance. Overshadowing...

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