FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Kinzer, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War

By: 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.

 

Possibly the Biggest Unknown Known Risks Exposure

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 5:10 pm

A petition to the President and the Attorney General has just been posted by several organizations, including one I work for, asking that the Department of Justice stop threatening New York Timesreporter James Risen with prison if he refuses to reveal a confidential source.

This story, among other stunning features, I think, threatens to expose an unknown known of the highest magnitude

Mystery: Bank of Utah Plane Lands in Iran

By: Friday April 18, 2014 9:40 am

No one seems to have an explanation for why a plane belonging to the Bank of Utah has been spotted in the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Iran.

MENA Mashup: I/P Peace Farce, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:20 pm

Looking at the Israeli actions… Israel puts in tenders for more settler units in the east Jerusalem. As talk of releasing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard infuriates US intel community.

Missed opportunity

By: Monday March 24, 2014 1:30 am

It is hard to believe that for once we may have missed the opportunity for some needless violence and death from a tragic mistake. A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier spotted near the coast of Iran is nothing more sinister than a movie set, Iranian media said on Sunday.

Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad: More Confirmation?

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 5:20 pm

I speculated there was a strong likelihood that Saudi Arabia was bankrolling Israel’s Mossad. Those funds paid for, among other things, the assassinations of several of Iran’s top nuclear experts over the past couple of years. That cooperation was, I wrote, the latest bizarre development in a clandestine alliance between the Zionist State of Israel and Saudi Arabia, guardian of Islam’s most holy site.

Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 8:00 pm

IAEA denies Israeli accusations of concealing report on Iran’s nuclear program.

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