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  • Where Al Qaeda Began: 48 Photos From The Soviet-Afghan War

    09/11/2018 2:02:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    All That's Interesting ^ | Apr 2017 | Mark Oliver
    The Soviet-Afghan War changed the world. This nine-year power struggle in a small, landlocked country ultimately led to some of the most profound moments in modern history. This one conflict sparked the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Osama bin Laden, the age of jihadist terrorism, and the birth of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In time, the ripples of the Soviet-Afghan War brought the Twin Towers to the ground, brought American troops to the Middle East, and created a new era of wars and terrorism that plague the world today...
  • The KGB's Middle East Files: Arab Palestinians in the service of Mother Russia

    09/11/2018 12:41:42 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Ynet Israel ^ | Nov 2016 | Ronen Bergman
    Secret KGB documents reveal just how deeply involved the Soviet Union was in the spilling of Israeli blood. The Russian spy agency provided Palestinian terror organizations with funds, training and arms, running agents like 'Krotov' - aka Mahmoud Abbas, 'Aref' - or Yasser Arafat, and 'Nationalist,' who was behind several plane hijackings long before 9/11. The genesis of the KGB’s developing ties with Palestinian terror organizations can be traced back to the end of the 1960s. The two most important KGB recruitments from the PLO during the second half of the 1970s were of people who still play a major...
  • Did Stalin Lure the United States into the Korean War?

    09/01/2018 3:57:25 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Wilson Center ^ | Jul 2011 | Donggil Kim, William Stueck
    The following telegram from Joseph Stalin to Czechoslovak President Klement Gottwald on 27 August 1950 raises new questions about the origins of the Korean War. Did Stalin purposefully seek to entangle the United States in a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula? Did Stalin expect an intervention by the Chinese communists from virtually the beginning of the conflict? First published in the original Russian in Novaya I Noveishaya Istoriia in 2005, two experts, Beijing University Professor Donggil Kim and University of Georgia Professor William Stueck, provide an initial assessment of this potentially significant new finding. Kim argues that the document...
  • The truth is the truth (Vanity)

    08/27/2018 9:01:40 AM PDT · by SouthWall · 2 replies
    08/27/2018 | Doug Wall
    During the Cold War, the USSR and the USA competed in every way. A secret road race was held with the only two entrants; the USSR and the USA. The USA car won handily. The official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Pravda, (which means truth), had the following headline the next morning: "USSR finishes second, USA is next to last."Today, that would be the CNN headline.
  • 50 years ago today, the Soviet invasion of Prague sparked the first dissident protest in Red Square

    08/21/2018 5:23:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 2018 | AFP Moscow
    In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow’s Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.. Most of those eight demonstrators — Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Pavel Litvinov, Viktor Fainberg, Vladimir Dremlyuga, Konstantin Babitsky, Larisa Bogoraz, Vadim Delaunay and Tatiana Bayeva — paid a high price for their protest. Gorbanevskaya, a translator and poet, and art critic Fainberg were incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals — she for two years and he for five — and forcibly treated with antipsychotic drugs. Dremlyuga, an electrician, and Delaunay, a poet, were sentenced to...
  • Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed the 'Prague Spring'

    08/13/2018 9:55:21 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Economic Times ^ | Aug 2018 | AFP
    In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring. Here is a recap of the shock intervention that reined in the Soviet satellite state, its aspirations for democracy warded off for another 20 years. "At 11:00 pm, Soviet, Polish, East German, Bulgarian and Hungarian troops crossed the Czechoslovak border," AFP reported early on August 21, picking up Radio Prague's announcement of the overnight invasion. Tensions had been mounting between then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the reformist government that had taken over in the Central European state. In...
  • Statue must tell true story of Soviet ‘hero’, say Czechs

    08/08/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 5, 2018 | Robert Tait
    Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. Now the dispute is set to come to a head at a historically sensitive moment, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of then-communist Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces to crush the liberal Prague Spring. Critics said the original plaque exaggerated the marshalÂ’s role while...
  • Berlin Airlift 'Candy Bomber' still dropping sweets from the sky after 70 years

    08/01/2018 5:27:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | July 25, 2018 | Janet Weinstein
    A World War II veteran who has been delivering sweet surprises from the sky for 70 years continues to brings smiles to the faces of children as the "Candy Bomber.” "There's something magical about a chocolate bar come floatin' out of the sky," Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen told ABC News. "It's tied on an actual parachute. Hopefully, some kids appreciate it." Halvorsen, 97, started his candy drops when he was a U.S. pilot for the Allied forces during the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, the Russians cut off food and supplies to West Berlin, Germany. The United States and its allies...
  • Watch: Joint Base Pearl Harbor HI - VP Pence at Return of POWs

    08/01/2018 4:55:59 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 23 replies
    So powerful to watch POWs returning home. History...
  • Air Force Vet Who Authored 'None Dare Call It Treason' Dies at 90

    07/18/2018 4:30:57 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 50 replies
    AP via Military.com ^ | 17 Jul 2018 | Hillel Italie
    NEW YORK (AP) — John A. Stormer, a religious leader and right-wing activist whose self-published Cold War tract "None Dare Call It Treason" became a grassroots sensation in 1964 and a rallying point for the emerging conservative movement, has died at 90. Stormer died on July 10 after an unspecified year-long illness, according to an obituary posted on the website of the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, Missouri. A spokeswoman for the funeral home confirmed the details from the website. A native of Pennsylvania who moved to Missouri in his 20s, he was chair of the state's Federation of Young...
  • Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control

    07/11/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump's claim that "Germany is a captive of Russia" by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany. "I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany," she said in an arrival statement at the NATO Summit Wednesday. Merkel, who was born in Hamburg in 1954, has spoken on numerous occasions about her upbringing under...
  • Book: The Redline

    07/05/2018 2:59:38 PM PDT · by jcpryor · 1 replies
    The Chris Pryor Show ^ | 07/03/2018 | Chris Pryor
    Walt Gragg joined The Chris Pryor Show to discuss his best seller about the Russian invasion of Germany. (Click Here.)Walt Gragg lives in the Austin, Texas area with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is a retired attorney and former Texas State Prosecutor. Prior to law school, he spent a number of years in the military. His time with the Army involved many interesting assignments including three years in the middle of the first Cold War serving at United States European Command Headquarters in Germany where the idea for The RED LINE took shape. Walt is the 14th Annual...
  • Not a Cold War, Not World War III: What to look for from Russia

    06/26/2018 1:32:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Apr 2018 | Trudy Rubin
    Is the United States embroiled in a new Cold War with Russia? Are we on the verge of WWIII? After a week in Moscow and conversations with several Russian foreign-policy analysts, I think the answer to both questions is negative. “We are in a hybrid war, a successor to the Cold War,” says Dmitri Trenin “But don’t call it Cold War 2.0; otherwise you will confuse things.” America and Russia are jousting on new battlefields – information space, cyberspace, economic battles. What then is one to make of Vladimir Putin’s military interventions in Ukraine or his venture in Syria? Or...
  • Kennedy Lied, People Died and were Enslaved—and the Media Covered it Up (the Sequel)

    04/28/2018 6:00:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    Well, so much for that “agonizing reappraisal” (allowing truth) by the media/Hollywood complex on the Kennedys. Naturally we were asking too much. Apparently the movie Chappaquiddick, which forthrightly—and thus astoundingly! -- showcases a Kennedy’s perfidy, was a flash in the pan.Recently here at Townhall your humble servant speculated the movie might open a tiny crack for historic truth about Kennedy treachery to seep through. So I quickly slipped in the truth on the Kennedy treachery at the Bay of Pigs.Alas! Now we’re back in traditional media/Hollywood Kennedy hagiography mode. I refer to this week’s Netflix’s release of “Bobby Kennedy for...
  • The Cold War's Arab Spring: How the Soviets Created Today's Middle East

    04/10/2018 9:03:25 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | Claire Berlinsky
    The dominant narrative of modern Middle East history emphasizes European colonization and accepts as a truism that the former colonial powers prioritized the protection of their material interests—in oil, above all—above the dignity and self-determination of the region’s inhabitants. --Thus did botched decolonization result in endless instability...Thus did the region become a breeding ground for radicalism, intensified by Cold War rivalry between the superpowers, who replaced the European colonizers as the region’s meddling overlords...Then came Mikhail Gorbachev—a Westernizing reformer. At last, the Cold War was over. A new world order was at hand. What if this conventional wisdom is nonsense?...
  • The Cold War Roots of Islamist Terrorism

    04/11/2018 8:55:14 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Eugen Tomiuc
    The highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to defect from the Eastern Bloc says the Soviet Union orchestrated an anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda campaign in the Middle East four decades ago -- and the effects of the effort still reverberate. The Middle East was a key battlefield in the Cold War, and Moscow spent considerable resources courting Arab states in the region and vocally backing the Palestinian cause. Humiliated by the defeat of the Soviet-backed Arab states in their 1967 war against Israel, Yuri Andropov devised the operation to discredit the Jewish state and present Zionism as "Nazi-style racism" while at the...
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • John Bolton on Ex-Spy Poisoning by Russia: Putin Is Saying, 'What Are You Gonna Do About It?'

    03/22/2018 5:41:59 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 2018 | America's Newsroom
    Bolton said the "blatant" attack in public reminds him of North Korea, "Moscow's friend," murdering Kim Jong Un's brother in the middle of an airport last year. "It's an act of defiance. It's saying to London and the other western capitals, 'what are you gonna do about it?' Well, I think there should be a very strong answer to that," he said, arguing the time has come for real "deterrence" that Vladimir Putin will understand. John Bolton said Thursday that the chemical poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England fits into the larger pattern of Russia...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's 1946 Iron Curtain speech

    03/05/2018 4:43:53 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 13 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2018 | Harpygoddess
    March 5th is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's epoch-making "iron curtain" speech in 1946, at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri - the most famous acknowledgement of the existence of a "Cold War" between Russia and the West, which put an end to the alliance that defeated the Nazis in World War II. The Cold War, which would often became quite hot in places like Korea and Vietnam - and damn near led to a nuclear exchange during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 - continued for 45 years until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. "From Stettin in...
  • Billy Graham and The Cold War - Clash of Messianic Visions

    02/22/2018 11:54:09 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    Univ of Rochester ^ | 2012 | Jay Douglas Learned
    In July 1945, Evangelicals declared ideological cold war against world communism and began planning a spiritual invasion of Europe to restore Christianity and stop communism there. Billy Graham was among the young ministers sent to Europe, and he built upon his experience there to emerge as a major spokesman of American messianism. The popularity of Graham's anticommunism, a regular feature in his sermons, helped propel him to national fame. By 1950 his message was reaching much of the nation in a weekly radio broadcast, and by 1952 he was serving as a spiritual advisor to presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower. As...