As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by Fulgensio Batista. In the global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union in which much of the planet has chosen sides, Cuba, only 90 miles from the American mainland, finds itself in the eye of the storm. Having lost Washington’s backing, it has, however, gained the support of distant Moscow, the other nuclear-armed superpower on the planet.
|By: Suzanne Saturday November 15, 2014 10:00 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday November 10, 2014 11:35 am|
The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday August 10, 2014 6:59 am|
Almost totally lost in the reporting on the Ukraine crisis is the fact the CIA had an active program of covert intervention into Ukraine for nearly seven decades. The history of that intervention is not being examined by any side in this conflict because it is tied up with the Cold War and the political fallout of the fall of the Soviet Union. But the politics from that time threaten to flare up again, as NATO and Russia move towards a possible armed confrontation.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:02 pm|
In its latest issue Jacobin Magazine takes on the question of whether or not the horizontal socialism endemic to recent left wing movements such as Occupy Wall Street is worthwhile and can lead to a better world. The question of whether or not decentralized non-hierarchical movements that focus heavily on fully democratic processes are the best way to promote positive change has been mulled over for years, even more so after Occupy Wall Street broke through and became a cultural phenomenon in 2011.
The editors of Jacobin have considered the question and come up with a definitive no. While celebrating the achievements of Occupy Wall Street and its off shoots such as Strike Debt and Occupy Sandy, they strongly side with those critical of horizontal socialism.
|By: Hugh Wilford Saturday May 10, 2014 1:59 pm|
Stephen Kinzer has many fine qualities as a chronicler of recent U.S. foreign relations: his first-hand experience of diverse regions gained from journalistic assignments around the world, his skill at making the past come alive in vivid, pithy prose, and his readiness to engage with the most challenging contemporary policy issues.
For me, though, his most admirable quality is his readiness to put the stories he tells in long-term historical perspective.
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday April 15, 2014 6:30 pm|
Direct involvement of the US government in fomenting the Euromaidan protests has long been suspected. After all, that $5 Million the US spent on democratizing Ukraine went toward some program there, right? Well, yesterday the White House confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukraine over the weekend to meet with high level pro-Maidan factions in Kiev.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday April 10, 2014 9:22 am|
Describing interrogation techniques and approaches used during the Cold War, an old 1960s CIA counterintelligence interrogation manual advised covertly photographing the interrogation subject and also audio taping his interrogations.
A tape player could free an interrogator from note taking, the CIA’s experts wrote, while also providing a live record of an interrogation that could replayed later. The manual’s author noted that for some of those interrogated, “the shock of hearing their own voices unexpectedly is unnerving.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 26, 2014 6:53 am|
According to a public opinion poll by CBS News a solid majority of Americans want nothing to do with Ukraine. They believe the issue is none of America’s business with 61% saying the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not the US’ responsibility. There is reportedly “widespread bipartisan agreement on this.” A decade of wasteful and dishonest wars has, not surprisingly, made Americans lose the taste for adventurism abroad.