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Cold War

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

A Day That Shook the World

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Fifty years ago this week, June 11, 1963, is historically unique in having four major events that shaped the tumultuous decade of the '60s happen on a single date.

How End Times Became Our Times

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It didn't take long. In the immediate aftermath of the dropping of the "victory weapon," the atomic bomb, on two Japanese cities in August 1945, American fears and fantasies ran wild.

The Cold War Redux?

Michael T. Klare | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Michael T. Klare

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime via an arms deal?

"Righting" the GOP

A.R. Bernard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
A.R. Bernard

What happened to the party of Lincoln? To the party that abolished slavery and championed a woman's right to vote? To the party of Reagan who ended the Cold War and revitalized a moribund economy?

Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

After the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, nuclear weapons did, too -- without going away. The American and Russian arsenals, and the nuclear geography that underlay them, remained in place, just largely unremarked upon. In the meantime, the weaponry itself spread.

Indefinite Enemies

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We need enemies. Homeland Security is psychological. Thus the guilt or innocence of the Gitmo prisoners and all our other detainees is irrelevant.

If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
William Astore

You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!

From Containment to 'Restrainment'

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Given the recent behavior of the United States when dealing with Libya, Syria, Mali, Iran, and North Korea, what we may be witnessing is a new way of applying Roosevelt's adage more along more humble lines of practice than seen certainly since becoming the world's only superpower.

Hungary Swastika Law Restricts Display Of Nazi, Communist Symbols

AP | Posted 04.24.2013 | World

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a modified plan to restrict the display of Nazi and communist symbols such as th...

Three Leadership Steps for Peace in Korea

Charles Knight | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

Before you take your next steps to deal with the Korean situation reflect on Cold War history of American reaction to our perception of a powerful threat.

Pablo Neruda and The Perilous Andes

Terence Clarke | Posted 06.12.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

The news that the Chilean government has exhumed Pablo Neruda's remains, to determine whether or not his death was caused by poisoning, brings a new, but not surprising, twist to Neruda's life, even forty years after his demise.

Jon Stewart's Restricted Data

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Joe Cirincione

You may not know Alex Wellerstein's work, but Jon Stewart does. In a recent Daily Show bit, "World War III Update," Jon Stewart showed a news clip describing what a hypothetical North Korean nuclear blast would do.

Recently Released Letters Between Reagan and Gorbachev Shed Light on the End of the Cold War

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

Nuclear weapons provided cover for the Soviet Union to abandon the Cold War without surrendering. At the same time, Reagan likely did not realize that the United States could win the Cold War without a Soviet surrender.

Straw Men

John O'Toole | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
John O'Toole

Republicans have always been better than Democrats at creating straw men. I'm not referring to those floppy figures we see in cornfields from time to time, but rather, those scarecrows that don't scare any crow with half a brain.

Surviving The Bell Jar... And Then What?

Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Amanda Duberman

Does the persistent resonance of The Bell Jar, and of Plath's life itself, represent a literary achievement, or a cultural failure?

From 9/11 to Targeted Killing

D. Robert Worley | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Targeted killing by drone has proven to be tactically effective but, as evidenced in Vietnam, overwhelming success at the tactical level does not necessarily translate into success at the strategic level.

What It Will Take to Reset Relations Between the U.S. and Russia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Messrs. Obama's and Kerry's challenge is to make a reset more of a priority. Both sides need to shake off the remnants of the Cold War and embrace the new normal.

How Hope Went Under the Desk and Then Disappeared From Our World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you chose to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," you never had a doubt that you could also turn off, tune out, drop back in, and get a job -- a good job -- any time you wanted. It's not a feeling the young would recognize now.

8 Things I Miss About the Cold War

Jon Wiener | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Jon Wiener

It couldn't be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened in those years, but -- given what's happened in these years -- who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

The Trouble With Transnistria

Miles Atkinson & Fleur De Weerd | Posted 03.10.2013 | Travel
Miles Atkinson & Fleur De Weerd

An unrecognized breakaway Republic sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, it has been called the most lawless place in Europe and is rumored to be a thriving transit zone for arms and human trafficking.

Tamim Ansary, the Wisest Man I Know, on What America Should Do About Afghanistan

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Since Tamim Ansary spent the last year or so writing a book about the history of Afghanistan called, Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, I thought I'd pick his big brain about a subject I want to understand, one which will, I hope, make me seem smarter at parties.

Paul Brady

PHOTOS: In Search Of Missile Silos In South Dakota

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

The most terrifying thing about the mothballed missile silo in South Dakota is that it's just sitting there, right off Exit 116 on Interstate 90, a fe...

Edward Wilson's The Midnight Swimmer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

In his latest novel, Edward Wilson -- a U.S. Special Forces officer in the Vietnam War who subsequently became an expatriate, a British citizen and a teacher in the UK -- does help to illuminate the Cold War crisis of the early 1960s.

Cuban Missile Crisis: Death In The Afternoon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Eons away from that threatening morning in Manhattan, the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis continues to stay in plain sight. It provokes an existential question: Can time run out?