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Auschwitz to Rwanda: the link between science, colonialism and genocide

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.30.2017 | World
The Conversation Africa

Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape When the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp on 27 January 1945, among the prisoners left beh...

Foolish GOP Warmongers want to Make Russia the Enemy: It isn't the Soviet Union Reborn

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.23.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

No position taken by President-elect Donald Trump more upsets leading Republican legislators than his desire to reconcile with Russia. GOP propagandis...

Is Silicon Valley Truly Libertarian? Is Politics Society's OS, Ripe For Disruption?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 01.20.2017 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

I heard it was you Talkin' 'bout a world Where all is free It just couldn't be And only a fool would say that - Steely Dan A hero is someone who ...

How Fidel Castro's Legacy Lives on in Africa

Samuel Ramani | Posted 12.29.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On November 25, 2016, the mastermind of Cuba's 1959 revolution, Fidel Castro, died at age 90. Even though Castro was criticized in the West for the au...

Killer Fidel Castro is Dead; Time to End the Cuban Embargo

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.12.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Finally, Fidel Castro's ashes have been buried. President-elect Donald Trump is facing his first international challenge, the death of the former Cub...

Yes, He's The Great Pretender -- Pretending America Was Great

Pamela Newton | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Pamela Newton

When exactly was America great, Mr. Trump?

Sixty Years in Journalism: Revisiting the Revitalized Baltics

Irv Chapman | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Irv Chapman

When I revisited Vietnam in recent years, after reporting from the region during the 1970s, I noted how its rulers had won their wars against France and the United States only to lose out on the economic front, as Communism put them a quarter century behind the roaring "tigers" of East Asia. Now they are struggling to catch up by offering their cheap labor to international investors.

"Patton, Reagan, and Obama: The Vacuum of Power

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Robert Orlando

What do Reagan, Patton and Obama have in common? The answer: they have all faced significant challenges abroad --aggressive action by Stalin, Brezhnev or Putin, or by despots in the Middle East. All have had to deploy U.S. forces, and all have had to confront the question of when to pull out.

What to Do When Your Child Insists He's a Communist

Quora | Posted 10.04.2016 | Parents

My U.S. born-and-raised 17-year-old son has embraced communism and the works of Lenin and Marx. I disagree wholeheartedly. How should I handle this? o...

The Return of Eastern Europe's Princes

Michael Jacobsen | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Michael Jacobsen

Co-Author Zuzana Palovic - CEE and Migration Expert In an age of political instability, America is undergoing a soul searching. One that is shaking i...

"Testing in the East": An Episode in Cold War Bioethics

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.21.2016 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Co-author: Ulf Schmidt, Professor of Modern History, University of Kent, Canterbury, England In 2013 the influential German magazine Der Spiegel pub...

As Millions Debate Colin Kaepernick's Righteous Stand, I'd Like to Explain Why I Burned the American Flag

Joey Johnson | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Joey Johnson

I fought for five years until victory when the Supreme Court ruled that flag-burning is protected political speech. Today, same flag -- even worse nationalistic chauvinism.

Clinton-Trump: Are We Looking At The Wrong Analogy?

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 08.30.2016 | World
Andrew Nagorski

We all have moments in our lives when we think: "Isn't that like the time when..." Those moments are particularly intriguing when a new historical analogy comes to mind, something that has not already made the rounds of coffee shops and Facebook posts.


Ryan Phipps | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

We have a lot of "isms" in our culture. I'd imagine that you're familiar with many of them. Conservatism Centrism Liberalism Fundamentalism Progr...

Cuba: More Than Just a Time Capsule

Celinne Da Costa | Posted 08.22.2016 | Travel
Celinne Da Costa

With the assistance of my newfound Cuban friend and others that I made along the way, I learned that Cuba is much more than a time capsule - it is a country still deeply entrenched in a complex political situation, a struggle for financial stability, and teetering on the brink of a collective craving for a better life.

August 15th in History: The Founding of South Korea

ADST | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics

With the end of World War II in August 1945, there was still no consensus on Korea's fate among Allied leaders. Many Koreans on the peninsula wanted i...

Charlie Wilson's Warpath

ADST | Posted 08.08.2016 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

August 2nd: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

ADST | Posted 08.02.2016 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

The Line From Obama That Floored Me Last Night

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

What is truly remarkable about that sentence is that the President here is lumping Donald Trump -- the nominee of one of America's two major political parties -- with the mortal enemies who the United States has fought over the past eighty years!

Why calls for 'unity' are not enough: Look at the 1930s and 1940s

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Wendy Wall, Binghamton University, State University of New York The U.S. is in the midst of a tepid economic recovery following a catastrophic downtu...

Former Soviet Countries' Use of Symbols to Thumb Their Noses at Russia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A Ukrainian postal stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Stepan Bandera's birth. Public Domain Symbols were important during the Soviet...

The Chile Burn Victims Case: Containment vs. Human Rights under Pinochet

ADST | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

During a 1986 protest in Santiago, Chile against the human rights abuses of Augusto Pinochet's regime, teenagers setting up barricades were arrested by a military patrol. What happened next to Rodrigo Rojas DeNegri (seen right) and Carmen Quintana is a matter of dispute, but in the end, Rojas was dead and Quintana severely burned.

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

ADST | Posted 06.29.2016 | World

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

Afghanistan: A Crossroades for US-Arab Relations

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

When the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan ended, Arab fighters began to wonder for whose cause they had fought. Yehia Ghanem is an Egyptian journalist and war correspondent who has covered conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan and DRC.

Spies And Their Families: On "The Americans" And In Real Life

Boria Sax | Posted 06.17.2016 | Entertainment
Boria Sax

As the son of a Russian spy who helped pass secrets from the Manhattan Project, I have more than an academic interest in the critically-acclaimed television show "The Americans" (on the FX network).