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Cold War

Justice for the Atomic Veterans

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1955 the U.S. detonated a nuclear weapon. Men nearby huddled in fear, praying for their lives. Some died instantly. Others lost their sight or had the skin ripped off their bodies. However, these were not enemies of the U.S. They were Americans.

The Frustration of Bob Gates

William Bradley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

I like Robert Gates. He's a professional, a grown-up. He's a thoughtful, reasonable Republican at a time when such are overshadowed by something very different. I agree with him on many things. But his "Mission Impossible" assignment to salvage Iraq and Afghanistan is blinding him.

Nuclear Death, Warmed Over

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

The cold war is over is long gone, but the nuclear triad remains. And now, as the nuclear weapons built and deployed in the 1980s reach the end of their operational lives, the government is planning to not only maintain these weapons, but to build their replacements.

A Second Look at Our Young Military Days

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Now in my 70s, I also look back on my youthful, carefree days aboard those beautiful EC-121s in a different light and I get a lump in my throat when I think of Sergeant Thibodeau and of all those magnificent young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in those flying machines.

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

My Own Piece of the Berlin Wall

James M. Clash | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

On a chilly fall night, my friend and I headed over to the smaller Potsdamer Platz section. It wasn't for drama that we traveled under cover of the dark. There's an unwritten rule that tourists are not to take pieces off the remaining Wall, for obvious reasons.

Hong Kong, China and the Mythology of The Cold War

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
Murray Fromson

In my view, is the time for American leaders, beginning with our president, to lead the nation past the cliché-ridden images o the Cold War. Clearly, China is out of the box and we had better recognize how misleading policies of the past have warped public opinion for too long.

Hong Kong: Memories of the Past and Realities of Today

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
Murray Fromson

Hong Kong is such a picturesque outpost on the face of Asia that having lived there, it is impossible to ever forget it.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

Is North Korea Falling Apart Under Kim Jong Un?

Daniel Raphael | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Daniel Raphael

Kim Jong-Un, the "dear leader" of North Korea and the youngest dictator of modern times, is at an immense crossroads within his country. The country h...

A Grim, Yet Satisfying, Return Visit to Cambodia

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Murray Fromson

Having returned to Cambodia more than once in the post-Cold War era, my wife and I were surprisingly impressed by the extent to which this once battle-torn country was now coming to life, placing the memories of its past well behind it.

Reagan's Dream Revisited: Are Drone Wars the New Star Wars?

Ed Hamilton | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ed Hamilton

Hopefully, in 30 years we'll be mocking Obama's drone dream in the same way we now mock Star Wars. But at the present we're at a critical juncture where we need to act before the drones (weather government, corporate, or terrorist) come home to roost.

A Retrospective

Murray Fromson | Posted 02.14.2014 | World
Murray Fromson

Following a month-long return to the memories of my Cold War years of reporting in Southeast Asia, life in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong exposed me to an economic revival of these countries that have put the animosities of the past to rest.

China's Dangerous Air and Sea Show: Outcome, Options

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.

A Closer Look at Reactionary Posthumous Attacks on Nelson Mandela

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Calling Mandela a Communist or a terrorist shortly after his death is mean-spirited, but it is a bigger condemnation of the moral blindness of much of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War than it is a criticism of Mandela.

Korea's Domestic Cold War

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

South Korea is a democracy, a thriving one if measured by the sheer size and energy of its civil society and the stability of its political institutions. But what is happening in South Korea today is deeply disturbing nonetheless.

'Secret' Nuclear Missile Code During Cold War Was '00000000'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Don't panic, but for 15 years during the Cold War, the code meant to prevent unauthorized launching of the United States' arsenal of Minuteman nuclear...

Secret Cold War Bunker Opens To The Public

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 12.04.2013 | Travel

PRAGUE (AP) — One thing was for sure when foreigners stayed at a prestigious Prague hotel during the Cold War era — their telephone conversations ...

It's Quick, It's Easy and It's Time to Get Rid of This Law

Steven Conn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If we aren't going to have a draft in any imaginable future, and if we aren't even going to enforce the Selective Service registration law -- the last prosecution took place in 1986 -- then it is time to get rid of draft registration.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

What Did Nikita Khrushchev Really Think Of JFK?

HuffPost Live | Basel Hamdan | Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Nina Khrushcheva, the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, joined HuffPost Live on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of P...

What if JFK Lived? Vietnam, President Cheney and a 21st Century War with the USSR?

Anthony Lappé | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony Lappé

JFK WTF? you say. Well, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Join me in the way-back machine for a thought experiment in JFK alternate history.

Writer-to-writer: A Talk With Larry Sabato About The Kennedy Half Century

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book raises fascinating questions about one of the most popular presidents in American history. If JFK was ripped from the '60s and thrust into today's media, what would the reception be?

JFK: Bawn in Boston

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

I remember a grey October day in Harlem in 1960, when JFK, accompanied by Jackie, and introduced by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., spoke before a sizable black crowd, eloquently condemned racial inequality.

The Iranian Deal: Now You See It (Or Do You?), Now You Don't

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?