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  • Cold War spy Ronald Pelton freed from federal custody

    11/24/2015 5:40:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes / AP ^ | 11/24/15 | Eric Tucker
    A former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling defense and communication secrets he gained during his career has been released from federal custody 30 years after his arrest. The sentence for Cold War-era spy Ronald Pelton, 74, ended on Tuesday. He had been placed on home confinement several months ago to serve out the final stretch of his sentence and was released Tuesday from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, agency spokesman Ed Ross said. Pelton, a former NSA intelligence communications specialist, was arrested in November 1985 on charges of selling information to the Soviets about signals intelligence...
  • Is THIS Where We Are Headed?

    10/24/2015 7:43:37 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 16 replies
    The instrumental jazz song at the link came out at the height of the cold war in 1962. It was a hit as I recall. Everybody loved it.
  • Bridge of Spies -- personal review (vanity)

    10/18/2015 10:15:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 59 replies
    vanity ^ | 10-18-15 | vanity
    I'm wondering if anyone else on FRee Republic has seen Bridge of Spies, the new Spielberg movie? I don't see a review here, so I'll start with mine. However, I'm really interested in other opinions. The movie was a little slow moving, but gripping and attention-holding to the very end. My concern is its accuracy. It says in the disclaimer right up front that it is "inspired by true events". Yet, the tale is spun as if it is all Gospel. Somehow, I doubt some of it, so I'm rushing to Google this AM to find out what is true...
  • Here's one surprising reason Russia might not want to pick a fight with US planes over Syria

    10/17/2015 1:39:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Business Insider Via Yahoo Fiance ^ | October 17, 2015 | Armin Rosen
    Frame grab shows Russian fighter-bomber dropping bomb over Syria. The skies over Syria are dangerously crowded these days with the US, Russia, and the Assad regime all bombing various actors on vaguely opposite sides of the country's multidimensional conflict. In both Iraq and Syria, the reality of overlapping aerial operations among countries with little geopolitical fondness toward one another has already led to claims that British aircraft have been authorized to engage Russian aircraft over Iraq if threatened. The British government denied these reports, but they still underscore the possibility of confrontation between allied and Russian military aircraft. Several presidential...
  • Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

    10/05/2015 10:45:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Axe
    President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change — and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region. Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil. As the North Pole becomes more accessible, and so more valuable, Arctic countries — each with its own and in some cases overlapping territorial claims — are getting ready for some serious competition. The United States and Russia are geopolitical rivals and uneasy Arctic neighbors. More and more Russian and U.S. military forces are...
  • Russia Accused Of Bombing U.S. Armed Rebels

    10/01/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by Strategy · 79 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 1, 2015
    MOSCOW -- Russian jets carried out a second day of strikes in Syria Thursday, as a senior U.S. politician and activists claimed the targets included rebels backed by the United States. "I can absolutely confirm to you that they were strikes against our Free Syrian Army recruits that have been armed and trained by the CIA, because we have communications with people there," Republican Sen. John McCain, who is head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview with CNN, according to the Reuters news agency.
  • Tired of capitalism? There could be a better way.

    10/01/2015 2:51:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-30-15 | Matt Bruenig
    "Matt Bruenig is researcher of poverty and welfare systems at the think tank Demos." By now, it is well established that capitalism is fundamentally built upon threats of force. As libertarian philosophers Robert Nozick and Matt Zwolinski have explained, the only way to turn unowned natural resources (such as land, minerals and other goods) into privately owned property is by violently preventing all others from using them. This one-sided exclusion destroys freedom of movement and cuts many people off from the things that they need to survive.
  • Vasili Arkhipov – World Hero

    09/26/2015 5:58:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | Sep 26, 2015 | Erico Matias Tavares
    You may have never heard of Vasili Arkhipov. And yet life as we know it on this planet could have ended if it were not for his crucial intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1926, Arkhipov saw action as a minesweeper during the Soviet-Japanese war in August 1945. Two years later he graduated from the Caspian Higher Naval School, serving in the Black Sea and Baltic submarine fleets – just in time for the start of the Cold War, which would stay with him for the rest of his service. During the 1950s the Soviets became very...
  • The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)

    09/09/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1961 | Val Guest; British Lion-Pax
    Atomic weapon tests by the US and USSR cause the tilt of the Earth to shift by 11 degrees dooming all life. Excellent low budget British Sci Fi.
  • U.S. Came Within Seconds Of Launching Nuclear Strike On Russia

    08/14/2015 12:31:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 92 replies
    Valuwalk ^ | August 14, 2015 | Polina Tikho
    The U.S. came within seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia ,unleashing WW3 during the coldest period of the Cold War, according to secret documents revealed by a historian. Washington and Russia came extremely close to a massive nuclear war because of a faulty 46-cent component that caused a computer glitch, according to the documents. The secret documents were revealed and detailed in a book by American author Eric Schlosser titled Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. The documents include over 1,000 accidents with nuclear weapons that occurred due to the negligence...
  • The Truth Will Out

    07/20/2015 6:44:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    "The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light...." --Sophocles Call it a footnote to history. It's 46 pages long, but till now it's been kept under wraps: the testimony of David Greenglass before a grand jury some six decades ago on August 7, 1950. It doesn't contain any surprises. It's been known for some time that his testimony against his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, was false. A frame-up. He admitted it in a newspaper interview before he died, and explained why he'd ratted on her: to save his own skin. She...
  • Grand Jury Testimony In Cold War-Era Rosenberg Case Released (Brother's Testimony)

    07/15/2015 6:15:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/15
    Here's what we know: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953 for selling U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union after one of the most sensational Cold War-era espionage trials. They were convicted in 1951 owing, largely, to the testimony of David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother. Here's what we don't know: How credible Greenglass' testimony was in court. Greenglass himself spent nearly a decade in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The Army sergeant stole nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M., and said he passed it on to the Rosenbergs. At the trial, he said Ethel Rosenberg typed...
  • Poland says Europe's peaceful period 'now over'

    06/19/2015 1:34:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | AFP
    ... "After tens of years of peace, that peaceful period after the Cold War is now over," Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters in Zagan. "Because there are more and more crises erupting around Europe... It's not only the Ukrainian and Russian crisis but also ISIS and a number of different crises in northern Africa," he said, using an acronym to refer to the jihadist Islamic State group.
  • We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel

    12/02/2014 7:57:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sarah Zhang
    Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration. When it comes to space travel, plutonium-238 is the perfect fuel: long-lasting and, as I'll explain later, relatively safe. Without it, we have no hope of going much further than...
  • JW Gets FBI Report of USSR’s Favorite Members of Congress During Cold War

    06/11/2015 12:14:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 11, 2015
    Ten U.S. Senators and three representatives were the Soviet Union’s favorite members of Congress when the Communist nation was our worst enemy, according to a previously classified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report obtained by Judicial Watch. The federal lawmakers had repeated contact with Communist diplomats who “cultivated” relationships with them during the Cold War, the records show. JW obtained the information by using the Mandatory Declassification Review process and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The records are from an FBI operation that monitored Soviet officials and establishments in Washington, D.C. and determine that there is a “continuing interest...
  • Trailer for Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks collaboration 'Bridge of Spies' released

    06/06/2015 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Marcus · 25 replies
    Houston Movie Examiner ^ | June 6, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Deadline Hollywood announced that the trailer for the latest collaboration between Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors of our time, and Tom Hanks, one of the world’s most popular actors, has been released. The collaboration is a film called “Bridge of Spies,” which relates the career of James Donovan, a lawyer who risked his career to defend Rudolf Able, a captured Soviet spy, in 1957, the height of the Cold War. Later, Donovan would negotiate for the release of captured U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, in exchange for Able. Spielberg has, for the most part, shone when...
  • China's MIRVs: Sign of a Cold War to Come?

    05/18/2015 6:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/18/2015 | Robert Farley
    Big news hit the front page of the New York Times on Saturday, in the form of a long article on China’s efforts to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal. The article, using the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities as its primary source, noted that the decision to tackle the technical problems associated with miniaturization suggest (but only suggest) a larger shift in nuclear weapons doctrine. As the Times article notes, China has long had the latent capacity to MIRV its nuclear missiles, a step that the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and the United Kingdom took long ago....
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:36:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:30:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Wargames : Operation Sagebrush - United States Army : The Big Picture

    05/04/2015 10:28:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1955 | US Army BigPicture
    In 1955 the United States military conducted a large training exercise that covered a substantial portion of Louisiana. Named Operation Sagebrush, the focus of the exercise was to evaluate the effectiveness of military operations in a nuclear environment. The exercise lasted for 15 days with 85,000 troops
  • Remembering the Last Marine to Die in Vietnam, 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

    05/01/2015 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | APRIL 30, 2015 | By Kristin Toussaint
    When Corporal Charles McMahon was killed in a rocket attack by North Vietnamese troops, his home town of Woburn, Massachusetts felt the aftershocks. He was 21-years-old, had been deployed for less than two weeks, and was killed just one day before the Fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam war. Massachusetts had already lost 1,330 service members to the war, including the first killed-in-action casualty, Air Force TSgt. Richard Fitzgibbon Jr. of Stoneham. His son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard Fitzgibbon III, was killed in action nine years later, making them the sole father and son service member casualties in Vietnam....
  • The B-52 bomber turns 60

    04/26/2015 1:13:04 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 64 replies
    CNET ^ | April 25 , 2015 | CNET
    It was at the vanguard of aviation technology in the 1950s, and it's still going strong today: meet the B-52 Stratofortress.The B-52 heavy bomber continues to show that old doesn't have to mean outdated, even in an era of rapid technological change. Just the opposite: through good maintenance and occasional updates, vintage tech can hold its own against flashier but more expensive, and more finicky, next-generation (and next-next-next-generation, even) designs. The very first flight of a Boeing B-52 took place 60 years ago this weekend.
  • “Mt Father the Spy.” Vietnam, the real story

    04/25/2015 10:04:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The jungles of Viet Nam were the reality for over 54,000 deaths of America’s soldiers, but the Nam war also may be the epitome of stupidity for politicians who turned a US victory into an agonizing defeat! An important book appearing on bookshelves of an American legion post details just what went wrong and it was written by the son of John H. Richardson, Sr., the senior CIA station chief in Saigon. Much maligned after news stories popped up in homeland newspapers, written by real fly-by reporters, the Saigon headquarters of the CIA chief became the boiling point for palace...
  • Chris Matthews: 'I Hate' the Castro Regime

    04/13/2015 6:04:11 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We conservatives have countless beefs with Chris Matthews. But in contrast with the younger generation of liberals inhabiting MSNBC, the American left at large—and the Oval Office—Matthews is more of an old-school Cold Warrior, and, dare I say it, a patriot. And so it was that on this evening's Hardball, Matthews flatly declared "I hate" the Castro regime. How many other denizens of the left—from Rachel Maddow to Barack Obama—can you imagine saying the same? Matthews thus aligns himself more closely with Ronald "Evil Empire" Reagan than with Barack Obama, who just today was hailed by Tom Friedman for being...
  • Failure to Protect U.S. Against Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Could Make 9/11 Look Trivial Someday

    04/07/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 31, 2014 | Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    Exploding A Nuclear Bomb In The Sky Creates An Interesting Phenomenon In 1962, during the depths of the Cold War, the U.S. military exploded a nuclear weapon high above an atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed Operation Starfish, this exercise was part of a larger project to evaluate the impacts of nuclear explosions in space. The missile, launched from Johnson Island, 900 miles from Hawaii, was armed with a 1.4 megaton warhead, programmed to explode at 240 miles above the earth. It detonated as expected. What was not entirely expected was the magnitude of the resulting electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The...
  • The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke

    04/02/2015 5:50:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 1, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War. Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima weapon. Over the years, historians identified many names for the test bomb.
  • 30 Years after Cold War killing, US officer is remembered

    03/24/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 8 replies
    ap/stars&stripes ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Rising
    BERLIN — U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie had just arrived home in West Berlin on a cool March day in 1985 when he got the call from his headquarters: the Soviets were demanding to see him immediately in East Germany. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. But he'd never gotten a call to respond personally to an incident. He remembered worrying that his men may have run over an East German civilian. What he actually faced had even deeper political ramifications: A Soviet sentry had...
  • "Rockin' the Wall"/LS to be at Notre Dame

    03/17/2015 7:47:44 AM PDT · by LS · 9 replies
    self ^ | 3/17/2015 | LS
    I will be in South Bend at Notre Dame University to screen "Rockin' the Wall", our documentary about rock music's part in the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. at the DeBartolo Auditorium. Admission is free. I will be around to sign books afterward as well. See you there!
  • Russia’s anti-American fever goes beyond the Soviet era’s

    03/09/2015 8:18:32 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9 Mar 15 | Michael Birnbaum
    MOSCOW — Thought the Soviet Union was anti-American? Try today’s Russia. After a year in which furious rhetoric has been pumped across Russian airwaves, anger toward the United States is at its worst since opinion polls began tracking it. From ordinary street vendors all the way up to the Kremlin, a wave of anti-U.S. bile has swept the country, surpassing any time since the Stalin era, observers say. The indignation peaked after the assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, as conspiracy theories started to swirl — just a few hours after he was killed — that his death was a...
  • Even More Evidence We’re in a New Cold War

    02/23/2015 5:19:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    War as a game? Check.Foreign leaders as caricatures? Check.Sightings of Russian invaders? Check that too.Yup, welcome to the new Cold War.The relationship between Russia and the West, fraught by any measure, this week devolved into something looking more like a ridiculous Cold War parody film from the 1960s than any sort of modern diplomatic arrangement.Related: Why Putin May Be the Lesser of All Russian EvilsOn one hand, there was Russian President Vladimir Putin, practically smirking at the news that his proxy fighters in Ukraine had driven government troops out of the contested city of Debaltseve.To the soldiers who were injured...
  • U.S.-Russia Clash in Ukraine?

    02/03/2015 6:15:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Among Cold War presidents, from Truman to Bush I, there was an unwritten rule: Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence. In crises over Berlin in 1948 and 1961, the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague in 1968, U.S. forces in Europe stayed in their barracks. We saw the Elbe as Moscow's red line, and they saw it as ours. While Reagan sent weapons to anti-Communist rebels in Angola, Nicaragua and Afghanistan, to the heroic Poles of Gdansk he sent only mimeograph machines. That Cold War caution and prudence...
  • Plan C: America's Nuclear Doomsday Plan to Declare Martial Law

    01/31/2015 3:03:22 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Paleofuture ^ | January 30, 2015 | Matt Novak
    Newly released documents show that the U.S. government drew up a plan in April of 1956 for how to deal with an impending nuclear war. What was its strategy? Declaration of martial law, evacuation of top American personnel to secret offices, and the immediate detention of over 12,000 people with ties to "subversive organizations." It was called Plan C. Muckrock has obtained these new Cold War-era documents detailing the doomsday scenario through Freedom of Information Act requests sent to the FBI. Plan C evolved and changed as different people in the chain of command got involved. At one point, Plan...
  • Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, was a devout Christian, says his close friend

    01/20/2015 2:58:06 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 78 replies
    beliefnet - inspire your everyday ^ | April 2011 | beliefnet.com
    The first man in outer space 50 years ago believed fervently in the Almighty — even though the atheistic Soviet government put famous words in his mouth that he had looked around at the cosmos and did not see God. Mankind’s first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961. It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.” However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend. And it seems that the Soviet Union lied...
  • Top Gear Russia Magazine Accidentally Published An Image Of A Classified Submarine

    01/12/2015 4:07:21 PM PST · by LonePalm · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/12/2015 | Elena Holodny
    Top Gear Russia magazine accidentally published an image of a secret Russian submarine. The Russian edition of the automobile magazine published a photo of the classified "AC-12 Project," a nuclear deep-water submarine, nicknamed "Losharik" after a children's movie. This was first reported by the unofficial blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies and picked up by Slon Media, which reached out to an expert for commentary.
  • Flexibility: New Russian Military Doctrine Names NATO Key Risk

    01/12/2015 3:44:22 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 12, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    New Cold War: A revised Russian military doctrine identifies NATO as Moscow's No. 1 threat, as the Obama administration announced it was returning control of 15 bases in Europe back to the host governments. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Obama a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking in the form of a revised strategic doctrine. It re-emphasizes that NATO, notwithstanding President Obama's "flexibility" and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "reset" button, is the No. 1 strategic threat facing Russia. We are reminded of Obama's rebuke of Mitt Romney in the third presidential debate, when the GOP nominee...
  • Remember When Communism Was All the Rage?

    12/31/2014 10:41:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Happy Birthday to the Soviet Union! In 1922, in post-revolutionary Russia, a bunch of commies got together and officially established the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation called a meeting, and created the world’s first union based on Marxist Socialism… It shaped up to be such a rousing success, Joseph Stalin celebrated by killing 50 million fellow countrymen. During the Russian Revolution of 1917 the Bolsheviks managed to win over the hearts and minds of their fellow commie forces using their message of Hope and Change; which lead to a pretty clear direction for...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...
  • Communism Left So Many Scarred Lives Behind

    12/27/2014 12:46:18 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/27/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The scars left on the soul and minds of so many surviving victims of communism are hard to heal On Christmas 1989, twenty-five years ago, the brutal communist dictatorship of Romania ended with the execution of the tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena in front of a firing squad at Tirgoviste, following a brief trial. His reign of terror lasted 24 years (1965-1989). The first communist despot, Gheorghe Georghiu-Dej (1945-1964) was so ruthless, the citizens felt like “hunted” animals during his regime. Almost forty-four years of brutal communism left a deep and festering wound that would be hard to...
  • The Cold War Cuban Detritus

    12/21/2014 1:21:44 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/21/14 | Alan Caruba
    Ten percent of the population, have fled Cuba, many of whom found a new home in America. When that many people wanted to leave, it tells you something is terribly wrong with life in Cuba When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 the Cold War that had existed between it and the U.S. since the end of World War Two came to an end, but there was ditritus, loose ends like Cuba and it has taken until now for an end to the diplomatic obstacles whose roots reach back to the Eisenhower administration. In 1960 it had approved a CIA...
  • "Meet the Cuban Five- at the center of blockbuster announcement on Cuba"

    12/17/2014 2:35:55 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/17/2014 | Adam Taylor
    "On Wednesday, Obama administration officials confirmed to The Post that Cuba has freed American citizen Alan Gross. Gross, who was detained in December 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, had been accused of espionage and sentenced to 15 years in prison by Cuba. His imprisonment was a major problem in relations between Washington and Havana. Gross was not freed by accident. According to ABC News, his release is the culmination of more than a year of "secret back-channel talks at the highest levels of both governments." And, importantly, his release comes at the...
  • Ted Cruz: Normalization Of U.S./Cuban Relations ‘A Tragic Mistake’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2014 2:02:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Al Weaver | Al Weaver
    Following the return of Alan Gross to the U.S., Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the “Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy,” saying the Castro brothers are “state sponsors of terrorism” and that President Barack Obama “does not understand the difference between our friends and our enemies.”Cruz, one of three Cuban American members of the upper chamber in Congress, also called the normalization of relations between the two nations “a tragic mistake” made the comments to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon. TED CRUZ: “This is yet another manifestation of the failures of the Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy. For six years we followed...
  • House Chooses New Cold War With Russia (Lunatic Column)

    12/09/2014 3:43:42 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine. For example, one of the reasons to condemn Russia in the resolution is the claim that Russia is imposing economic sanctions on Ukraine. But how many rounds of sanctions has US government imposed on Russia for much of the past year? I guess sanctions are only bad...
  • Global Strategist: Judgment Day Is Coming: “This Will Be The Most Important Event Of Our Lives”

    11/17/2014 10:44:21 AM PST · by blam · 71 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-17-2014 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo November 16th, 2014 There are few events that could lead to a truly cataclysmic upheaval of the global order. Right now, half a world away and out of the view of most Americans, exactly such developments have been set into motion. These events are so significant that they promise to shape the geopolitical landscape for decades to come. And, should the trend continue unabated it is only a matter of time before the American way of life as we have come to know it is no more. So says Casey Research Chief Global Strategist Marin Katusa in his...
  • Prince David Chavchavadze - obituary

    11/10/2014 9:21:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 9, 2014
    Prince David Chavchavadze was a CIA agent during the cold war who was descended from Tsar Nicholas I of Imperial Russia and became friendly with Stalin's daughter Prince David Chavchavadze, who has died aged 90, was descended from the royal families of both Russia and Georgia, and served as a cold war case officer with the CIA for 25 years; he later made his mark as a writer and historian... Prince David Chavchavadze, born May 20 1924, died October 5 2014
  • Military 'near misses' rise dramatically between Russia and NATO: report

    11/10/2014 8:01:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 9 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 10, 2014 | Arthur Bright
    A new report out of Europe says that Russian military confrontations and "near misses" with NATO nations have seen a dramatic uptick in 2014. It warns that Russia must reevaluate its military policy and that NATO and Russia must improve communications to avoid potentially catastrophic confrontations. The report, released today by the European Leadership Network (ELN), a British think tank focused on regional security, chronicles some 40 incidents over eight months in which Russian military forces committed "violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, and other dangerous actions" across Europe and near North...
  • Winston Churchill's 'bid to nuke Russia' to win Cold War - uncovered in secret FBI files

    11/09/2014 10:16:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 74 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 November 2014 | DANIEL BATES
    Winston Churchill urged the United States to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union to win the Cold War, a newly released document reveals. The previously unseen memorandum from the FBI archives details how Britain’s wartime leader made his views known to a visiting American politician in 1947. Churchill believed a pre-emptive strike on Stalin’s Russia might be the only way to stop Communism conquering the West. The note, written by an FBI agent, reports that Churchill urged Right-wing Republican Senator Styles Bridges to persuade President Harry Truman to launch a nuclear attack which would ‘wipe out’ the Kremlin...
  • Gorbachev warns world ‘on brink of new Cold War’

    11/08/2014 7:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 8:33 AM EST | Frank Jordans
    Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine. “The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s...
  • In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

    10/30/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Oct 2014 | Eric Lichtblau
    In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show. At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed...
  • Post-Cold War Recession Myths Debunked

    10/30/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 29, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The oft-perpetuated myth, that rapid economic reforms post-Cold War drove the Eastern bloc into early recession, has been debunked by an economics professor at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute’s conference on the Cold War. In his research, economics professor Oleh Havrylyshyn, who works at the University of Toronto and George Washington University, found that “countries that moved early, moved fastest, and went furthest in market liberal and market reforms are the very same countries that have had very sharp increases in GDP per capita.” He compared Ukraine to Poland and concluded, “Poland and Ukraine had about the same standard...
  • Expelled Nazis collected millions in Social Security

    10/21/2014 7:13:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/21/14 | Rising, Hershaft, Lardner
    This undated handout provided by the Justice Department shows Arthur Rudolph, one of hundreds of scientists brought to the US after World War II despite their Nazi past. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. An Associated Press investigation found that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments, through a loophole in U.S. law, after being forced out of the United States. Brief profiles of a few...