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How Castro Drove JFK's Anti-Media Bias and Press Censorship

Greg Mitchell | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

With the death of Fidel Castro, we will be flooded with reflections on his long reign, including a good deal on Cuban Missile Crisis, when a nuclear w...

The Gift of Empathy

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.14.2016 | Home
Craig K. Comstock

Have the U.S. public and media adopted, with insufficient evidence, a demonization of Putin? It's easy to do. Russia is the core of the former USSR, o...

Ask Trump About Nuclear Weapons In The Debate Before It's Too Late

Joel Rubin | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Joel Rubin

The moderators at the next presidential debate must therefore put these issues front and center. We need a Commander in Chief who not only has the temperament to handle the challenges of the nuclear arsenal, but also one who understands what it's all about.

The Trump Supporter's Week From Hell

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional District. For Donald Trump's supporters, as the week of the first presidential...

Should America Entrust The Nuclear Launch Codes To Someone Who Is Unhinged?

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I'm not a psychologist, but after watching Donald Trump's thirteen-month presidential campaign, it certainly appears that he is unhinged.

Brexit: A Setback In One Of Humankind's Most Important Projects

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If future generations are to have a decent future -- or perhaps any future at all -- human civilization as a whole will have to meet something of the same challenge as Europe first began to meet nearly 70 years ago.

I Saw My President

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

I saw my president and his family land at the Cuban airport Sunday night and step off onto Cuban soil. Even the need for umbrellas, because of the driving rain, did not blur my television view.

North Korea. Your Move, China.

Rep. Steven Rothman | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Rep. Steven Rothman

Sunday, February 8, was another day. So it meant another North Korean threat. That was the thrust (pardon the expression) of the long-anticipated launching of a "satellite" by North Korea that took place last week. Sort of.

Paris: Take a Deep Breath

Bill Manson | Posted 12.11.2016 | Green
Bill Manson

I'm writing this as we await the final draft of the Paris agreement on global warming. I'll leave till next time how an Oxygen Tax can rationalize whatever arrangements they come up with. Right now, honestly, I'm too tense, too struck at the consequence of this moment.

New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech

William Hartung | Posted 11.23.2016 | Home
William Hartung

The book takes a particularly hard look at the role of the media in issues of war and peace, describing much of the mainstream media as "cheerleaders for war" that "have too often been a mouthpiece for politically motivated government propaganda."

As ISIS Strikes, China Rises (and America's Pivot Seems on Hold...Again)

Peter Navarro | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

While America has vacillated between distraction and disinterest when it comes to Asia, a Rising China has quietly seized the opportunity to seize territory and expand its influence and power - and thereby nudge history in its favor.

Manufacturing Crisis: Cuban Troops in Syria

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
William M. LeoGrande

The report that Cuban troops had deployed to Syria to drive Russian tanks in support of the Syrian government swept across conservative social media like a firestorm earlier this month after the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies posted it, citing no sources whatsoever.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 8.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.06.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The thing about a vacation with a baby is that it's not like those vacations you had before, in Jamaica, Paris, the British Virgin islands, Rome and London, where you slept in, drank booze, and did what you wanted, when you wanted.

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.

Why Putin's War Talk Isn't Fooling Anyone

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- Apparently, the Kremlin thinks that deploying 40 new ICBMs will somehow improve its image, just as the Soviet Union once used the same missiles in a misguided attempt to make itself more attractive.

Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

For the first time since 1956, an American President has held substantive discussions with a Cuban head of state. The world is now poised for Barack Obama's next Orwellian gambit: Removing Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton, who will perhaps coincidentally announce her presidential candidacy on this 70th anniversary of FDR's death, can only hope to match even part of her fellow New Yorker's vast accomplishments.

The Greater Danger: Precipice or Slippery Slope?

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

Climate destabilization, like Crabtree Falls, is a slippery slope rather than an abrupt precipice. Despite the best science, climate modeling is based on statistical predictions. We don't know therefore exactly where the tipping points are.

Cuba's Potential as the Economic Growth Superstar

John Donovan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Home
John Donovan

There is abundant evidence that it has been largely the energetic Cuban presence that has taken that decaying city and transformed it into what is really the economic capital of Latin America.

Cuba: A New Year's Present

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

January 1 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Battista's overthrow and is a holiday that can now be celebrated by Cubans and Americans alike.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

Viva Estados Unidos

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.18.2015 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.

Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's way past time for the rest of us to let Cuba as it is, imperfect though it may be, like the rest of us, find what future it can.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, but the reality is that the conspiracy genre flourished a decade earlier, before most of the disillusionment. And it did so in large part at the encouragement of none other than the President of the United States.