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The Berlin Crisis of 1961

ADST | Posted 09.07.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in 1995 with Kempton B. Jenkins, who was posted to Embassy Moscow during this tense time and recounts Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn E. Thompson's (aka "Tommy") meetings with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Gromyko.

Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest's father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund was English, and Robert was born in the West Midlands of England.

Nixon vs. Khrushchev: The 1959 Kitchen Debate

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

It was undoubtedly one of the most unorthodox - and therefore memorable - settings for a major political debate. On July 24th, 1959, the United States...

Elliot Horne's Hiptionary: Dig We Must!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Elliot Horne, whose clock sadly stopped in 1989 when he was 67, was an 18-carat cat. He didn't have boatloads of biz juice and wasn't a major breadmaker. But he was a sweet scratcher with Cornynesque language chops and a Lundvallian devotion to jazz.

The Reality Behind Nixon and Khrushchev's Kitchen Debate: Cabbage Soup vs. Red Meat

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Alparslan Akkuş

To see how pictures can change the reality, and make the history, just take a look at before and after of an iconic photo taken by Elliott Erwitt unearthed in Magnum's "Contact Sheets" documentary.

Intelligent Design and Other Random Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

EIT - Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. This is the CIA's swell euphemism for torture. It's also a portable concept that can be applied to other noxi...

Be Afraid! The Latest Threat to Christianity Is Communism

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Mike Riddle, in his e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians -- and all Americans, really -- should be terrified of the Communism creep taking place in our culture. Needless to say, this was news to me.

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In The Zhivago Affair, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée present a balanced, and, in my judgment, appropriately admiring portrait of Boris Pasternak.

The Russians Are Not Coming

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All around me, from pundits to presidents, I hear fear of, and loathing for, Vladimir Putin. I do not believe that that's the proper attitude, and I base my opinion on what I've learned from three men, Pat Buchanan, Igor Makunin and Dmitry Medvedev.

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

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...

After Reelection, 'More Flaccidity'

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

This administration is writing its own chapter in the book of Russian-American relations. When that chapter is complete, it will reveal a lamentable story of missteps and misjudgments.

Iran Policy and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The news that Obama has chosen dialogue over saber rattling gives Romney the opportunity to vent his criticism at the sole foreign policy debate that falls on the 50th anniversary of the night when President John F. Kennedy first made public the existence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

Who Really 'Won' the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis?

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

When the Cuban missile crisis erupted 50 years ago this month, I was a student at Washington's Georgetown University Foreign Service School. Cuba was headline news. The Cold War was at its peak.

50 Years Later, New Secrets Of The Cuban Missile Crisis Emerge

Posted 10.15.2012 | World

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended 50 years ago this month. Or did it? According to documents publicly released for the first time to coincide with the...

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Brink of Nuclear War

Lea Lane | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

I recently saw two movies dealing with the end of the world -- Melancholia and Tree of Life. These artsy films sparked a remembrance of fears I once f...

On Tour with Jackie Kennedy: Versailles to Vietnam Policy, Part I

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 08.13.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Fifty years ago, from May 31 to June 16, 1961, a world leader's wife found herself transformed into a world Icon in her own right. By the time she returned home to the U.S., she'd transcended being a mere trend-setter.

'Berlin 1961': The Kennedy Blunders That Brought Us To The Brink Of War (PHOTOS)

Frederick Kempe | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books
Frederick Kempe

It was June of 1961, and the setting was neutral Vienna. This first and last Kennedy-Khrushchev summit would prove to be one of the most explosive and decisive meetings ever of the two most powerful leaders of their time.

Daniel Schorr, Remembering

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Crawford

Just a few weeks before his death on Friday, I interviewed the 93-year-old journalist about his career, which spanned 60 years as a correspondent for CBS, CNN and NPR.

President Kennedy's "How To" Manual

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Kennedy did not capitulate to the knee-jerk criticism of the treaty but forged ahead anyway despite its lack of support on Capitol Hill.

Shoe Fetishism...The Arab Way!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.

In Most Crucial Election Ever, an Open and Shut Case

Mort Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Rosenblum

For our children's sake, it is time to put aside partisanship, prejudices, and petty side issues.