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Cuban Missile Crisis

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

Dan Siegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | World
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 12.18.2014 | 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.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Worries of a Weary Power: The Cuban Missile Crisis... Now

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

American power might be relevant, but applying it will not be coerced. Like the case of the Cuban Crisis, parties will have to come to an understanding. Negotiating is not the mark of weakness, it's the signature of a successful appreciating of national interests by the parties involved.

Escaping the Perils of Group-think

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

Western policy in Ukraine and some other places shows signs of "group-think" among decision-makers. Almost everyone among advisors wants to be thought of as being "on the team."

This Book Will Completely Change How You See U.S.-Cuba Relations

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.03.2014 | World

From the clash at the Bay of Pigs to the Cuban missile crisis, American-Cuban relations have historically been perceived in as aggressive and confront...

It's Time to Talk About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Cuba is on the cusp of that change. And ninety miles north, so are we.

The Crisis With Russia and the Unspoken Link

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.10.2014 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

With a clearer perception of the rightful concerns as promulgated in both the American and Russian experience given their proper weight, a more rational and constructive dialogue could emerge.

The Bolshoi in America: Cold War Deja Vu

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

A week is an awfully long time when an international crisis is brewing; it's a good thing that everyone at the Koch Theater speaks "in one language."

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

This Island Earth: Is It Long for This World?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

From the actual nuclear destruction of 1945 to the prospective nuclear destruction that, in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seemed briefly to reach the edge of a world-ending boil, to the possibility today of a global "nuclear winter" set off by a regional war between India and Pakistan, who knows just how the fear of a nuclear apocalypse has embedded itself in consciousness.

Why We Should Miss John F. Kennedy 50 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's a complex and fascinating set of situations, one which would undoubtedly engage Kennedy greatly. It's too bad he's not around to counsel Obama.

JFK's Real Legacy: Unintended Consequences of Needless Foreign Meddling

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

JFK's orchestration of the attempted overthrow of a foreign regime -- Fidel Castro's in Cuba -- is usually treated in American history as a one-off disaster from which JFK's presidency later recovered.

On the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination, Let's Examine His True Legacy

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

JFK hardly represented the best aspects of liberalism, unnecessarily endangered not only the American people but the entire world with nuclear war, and was a very bad president.

Peace Signs Created Including Nuclear Stainless Core Metal From Decommissioned Nuclear Missiles

Lin Evola | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Lin Evola

Artist: Lin Evola Managing Principal, Rêverie Arts Gallery: Derek Cabaniss Photo credit: Reagan D. Pufall ""1962 No. 2" | 30" x 22" | wat...

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

Ladies and Gentlemen: This Is SMART POWER!

Brian F. Keane | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Brian F. Keane

This is Smart Power. President Kennedy had the Cuban Missile Crisis. 13 days in October where the U.S. was going to war with Russia unless a major ...

A Rabbinic Take on War of the Worlds

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

War of the Worlds reminds us that in times of crisis, family comes first. It is wise to nurture family ties with our young children so that we and they can enjoy the warmth and constancy of our mutual love as we and our children grow older together.

50 Years Ago Was a Time That Defined Our Nation's Future

Byron Williams | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
Byron Williams

January 1963 ushered in a year of hope and hostility. It was particularly evident in the area of civil rights.

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?

What Can the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Rolling Stones Teach the U.S. Government?

Daniel Burrus | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Daniel Burrus

Uncertainty does not give people the confidence needed to move forward and make decisions because it carries with it high levels of risk. As a result,...

AFI Review: The Personal War of Ginger and Rosa

Brian Formo | Posted 01.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Writer/director Sally Potter has switched the shift typical of films set in the 1960s from personal and sexual enlightenment to stone-still disillusionment in Ginger and Rosa, which begins with the mushroom cloud of Hiroshima.