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Cleaning up America's Backyard: The Overthrow of Guatemala's Arbenz

ADST | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
ADST

On June 18, 1954 the Central Intelligence Agency launched a covert operation to overthrow the left-leaning government in Guatemala. The coup, code-nam...

California's Classic Road Trip: The Pacific Coast Highway

David Code | Posted 06.24.2016 | Travel
David Code

Most of my family's travel is international, but when my son suggested driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco down to Los Angeles, we couldn't resist.

What's At Stake

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II.

Why Go to Russia?

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.17.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

U.S. B61 nuclear missiles. Photo Credit U.S. D.O.D. (SSGT Phil Schmitten) June 17, 2016 Since 1983, Sharon Tennison has worked to develop ordinary c...

Orlando Shows That ISIS is Today’s Cold War Moscow

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

The National Review’s headlines might lead one to believe that we are at war. In the common struggle against the single enemy of ISIS they say, we h...

Why Did Russia Put Its Country So Close to NATO's Massive But Very Peaceful Military Exercises?

Riley Waggaman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

It looks like NATO is aiming for yet another Guiness World Record (not "longest occupation of Afghanistan in modern history"; it already enjoys all th...

NATO Is a Racket

Riley Waggaman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

Now that the Red Menace has been taken care of, NATO has struggled over the last twenty-odd years to redefine itself.

"Never get into an elevator with a Polish blonde" and Other Advice from the Cold War

ADST | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
ADST

During the Cold War and beyond, Western diplomats had to constantly keep their wits about them when serving in the USSR and the Eastern bloc as they w...

Memorial Day, Vietnam and the Ever-Changing Agenda

Chad Williams | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chad Williams

If we are to really express our gratitude to those who serve and honor the memory of those who have fallen we must use the democratic freedoms they swore to protect. We should deliberately, consistently and publicly question the rhetoric and agendas of a government which has poured out the blood of its people only to later render their sacrifices meaningless.

In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

Putin Is Being Pushed to Abandon His Conciliatory Approach to the West and Prepare for War

Alastair Crooke | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Serious pressure is being applied to Putin to come down from the high wire along which he has warily trod until now, balancing Russia's Western-aligned elites on one hand and those concerned that Russia faces a real military and geo-financial threat from NATO on the other.

There's No Economic Justification for Massive U.S. Military Presence Around the Globe

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Foreign policy should reflect international realities, which change over time. The Republic of Korea was vulnerable to renewed North Korean aggression at the conclusion of the Korean War in 1953. Today, Seoul could do whatever was necessary to deter and defeat the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. There's no need for America to defend that which could be defended otherwise.

Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

Let's Trade with Cuba!

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I am pleased that the first U.S. cruise ship to make a voyage to Cuba in almost 40 years arrived in Havana, Cuba, yesterday morning carrying 700 passengers, including Cuban Americans on board.

Weekend Roundup: Chernobyl Remains a Warning Against a New Nuclear Arms Race

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. More than an accident, it was the beginning of the meltdown of the Soviet Union and defrosting of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev has written that Chernobyl "was an historic turning point" and "perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later." The secretive, cover-up culture of the Soviet state, he recalls, kept timely information from getting to the top so a quick response could be formulated. "The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else," says Gorbachev, "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost."(continued)

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go?

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

In U.S. as in UK, stormy exits only lead into a storm. When Britain's digital spy chief Robert Hannigan apologized on April 15 for his agency's his...

Uncle Sam Should Close Its Nuclear Umbrella Over Asia

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.20.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Although American policymakers prefer to assume that what has ever been must ever be, Trump was right when he argued that "At some point, we cannot be the policeman of the world," which, alas, now is nuclear.

A Crack in the Iron Curtain: Freeing Sharansky

ADST | Posted 03.20.2017 | World
ADST

I remember, it was 6:00 am and I got a telephone call. It was a bright, shiny day in June. "Bill, somebody here would like to talk to you." Sharansky came on the phone, "Hello Mr. Woessner. I want to thank you. I want to thank the American people. I want to thank the American President. Thank you very much."

Here's What's on the Table for the China-U.S. Relationship This Year

Wu Jianmin | Posted 04.01.2017 | World
Wu Jianmin

BEIJING -- There are two competing agendas in the relationship: cooperation and friction. If the cooperation agenda fails to move forward, the friction agenda may take over. Given the importance of China-U.S. relations to world peace and development, this scenario would be bad not only for our two countries, but also for the whole world.

My Friends and I Went to a Ted Cruz Rally-- Here's What Happened

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 03.29.2017 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

I believe that there are a lot of things we do in life not because they will be fun, but just because we want to say we did them. For me, one of those...

Why Donald Trump's China-Bashing Makes No Sense

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

If the U.S. does not like the way China does business, it is of course free to do business somewhere else, but that would be a really bad idea for America.

Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.24.2017 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

Vestiges of the Cold War: Obama's Visit to Cuba and Neglecting Puerto Rico

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

The Cuban Revolution did not happen in a vacuum. It was in fact one of most important chapters of the Cold War. And the immigration policies of the United States with regard to Cuba reflect how important Cuba was for the United States and the Soviet Union.

My 2009 Visit To Cuba

Andy Schupak | Posted 03.23.2017 | World
Andy Schupak

I visited Cuba in 2009, right after President Obama eased the Cuban trade embargo. This is the letter about my visit I had sent to my friends and posted on the Huffington Post site in 2009.