How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #diem-ngo-dinh, #ellsberg-daniel, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #mcnamara-robert-s, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #nixon-richard-milhous, #vietnam-war, #westmoreland-william-c

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Was the Space Program Worth the Cost?

Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #glenn-john-herschel-jr, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #mercury-rising-john-glenn-john-kennedy-and-the-new-battleground-of-the-cold-war-book, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #shesol-jeff, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states

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Biden Aims to Bolster U.S. Alliances in Europe, but Challenges Loom

The good will President Biden brings on his first trip abroad papers over lingering doubts about U.S. reliability and the cost that Europe will be expected to pay.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Ethel Rosenberg Offered Her Own Life as a Sacrifice

Anne Sebba’s new biography tells the story of a fanatical Communist and loving mother who went to her death proclaiming her innocence.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethel-rosenberg-an-american-tragedy-book, #greenglass-david, #manhattan-project, #rosenberg-ethel, #rosenberg-julius, #sebba-anne

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Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

#china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #nuclear-weapons, #pentagon-papers, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Do Whistle-Blowers Damage National Security?

Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.

#a-drop-of-treason-philip-agee-and-his-exposure-of-the-cia-book, #agee-philip, #books-and-literature, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #stevenson-jonathan, #whistle-blowers

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When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story

The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.

#china, #china-daily, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-federation-of-journalists, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #radio-liberty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america, #xi-jinping

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Village Caught in Czech-Russia Spy Case Just Wants Things to Stop Blowing Up

Was a huge blast at a Czech weapons depot sabotage by Russian spies? The villagers where it happened aren’t sure, but they do know they only want to watch James Bond films, not live inside one.

#babis-andrej, #bombs-and-explosives, #cold-war-era, #czech-republic, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gru-russia, #politics-and-government, #russia, #zeman-milos

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Book Review: ‘The Free World,’ by Louis Menand

Menand’s “The Free World” is a sweeping survey of the revolutions that changed American life in the 1950s and ’60s.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #france, #menand-louis, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #cold-war-era, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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He Led Hitler’s Secret Police in Austria. Then He Spied for the West.

Franz Josef Huber, responsible for deporting tens of thousands of Jews, escaped punishment with U.S. backing and went on to work for West German intelligence, newly disclosed records reveal.

#austria, #central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #huber-franz-josef, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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7 Podcasts to Binge in a Day

Whether you’re craving a thriller, a spy documentary or an exploration of an American musical icon, each of these limited series can be enjoyed in one big gulp.

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How Will We Win the Second Cold War?

Biden has a chance to turn China’s strengths into weaknesses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.

As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.

#china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

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Biden Clashes With China and Russia in First 60 Days

It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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George Shultz: Last of the Postwar Statesmen

The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.

#cold-war-era, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shevardnadze-eduard-a-1928-2014, #shultz-george-p, #state-department, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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George P. Shultz, Influential Cabinet Official Under Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 100

He carried one of Washington’s weightiest résumés — labor secretary, treasury secretary and budget director for Nixon and secretary of state under Reagan as the Cold War waned.

#bechtel-group, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #hoover-institution, #iran-contra-affair, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shultz-george-p, #theranos-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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No More Lies. My Grandfather Was a Nazi.

In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.

#cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #eastern-europe, #grandparents, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kgb, #lithuania, #noreika-jonas, #putin-vladimir-v, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101

His movies included “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues” and, perhaps most notably, “The Front,” based on his own experience of being blacklisted.

#bernstein-walter, #blacklisting, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #the-front-movie, #writing-and-writers

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Says Russia Wants to Force It Out

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been threatened with fines and criminal charges for its journalists, forcing a tough decision on the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #sputnik-russian-news-agency, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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It Spied on Soviet Atomic Bombs. Now It’s Solving Ecological Mysteries.

Imagery from the Cold War’s Corona satellites is helping scientists fill in how we have changed our planet in the past half century.

#africa, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #environment, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kazakhstan, #photography, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #your-feed-science

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Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth

Linda Zall is disclosing how she toiled anonymously within the intelligence agency to help scientists intensify their studies of a changing planet.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #earth, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #global-warming, #gore-al, #oceans-and-seas, #russia, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science, #zall-linda

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George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98

He was caught spilling secrets to the Soviets in 1961 and imprisoned. Five years later, he escaped and fled to Moscow, where he was hailed a hero.

#cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #george-blake, #kgb

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Remembering John le Carré: Writer, Spy, Friend

The great thriller writer was the best raconteur I have ever known.

#cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #le-carre-john, #sands-philippe-1960, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy, Completes Parole and May Move to Israel

The former Navy intelligence analyst served 30 years in prison for stealing American secrets during the Cold War. Some of them ultimately ended up with the Soviet government.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #pollard-jonathan-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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East Germany’s Love Affair With Angela Davis

An exhibition looks back at a point in the 1970s when the philosopher and activist was a state-promoted hero behind the Iron Curtain.

#art, #black-people, #cold-war-era, #davis-angela-y, #dresden-germany, #hamdan-lawrence-abu, #honecker-erich, #jafa-arthur-1960, #propaganda

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New Airport, Beleaguered Symbol of ‘Irreverent’ Berlin, Is Opening at Long Last

Nine years late and $4 billion over budget, the airport is already outdated. Repeated blunders dented the image of German efficiency, but the “poor but sexy” capital has long been a bit different.

#airports, #berlin-germany, #berlin-brandenburg-international-airport, #cold-war-era, #engineering-and-engineers, #germany, #kornblum-john-c, #politics-and-government

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Trump’s Virus Treatment Revives Questions About Unchecked Nuclear Authority

Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

#cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #dexamethasone-drug, #nuclear-weapons, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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30 Years After Reunification, Old German-German Border Is a Green Oasis

Crossing the militarized border that split Germany into east and west once meant risking death. Now? It’s a literal walk in the park.

#berlin-wall, #cold-war-era, #east-germany, #germany

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The Housewife Who Was a Spy

Ben Macintyre’s “Agent Sonya” recounts the story of a woman who passed along atomic secrets when she wasn’t raising her family in the Cotswolds.

#agent-sonya-moscows-most-dangerous-wartime-spy-book, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fuchs-klaus, #macintyre-ben

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Groomed to Be President

Fredrik Logevall’s “JFK” brings the young Jack Kennedy to life with telling detail and knowing insights.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #jfk-coming-of-age-in-the-american-century-1917-1956-book, #kennedy-family, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #kennedy-joseph-p, #logevall-fredrik, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Terrible Cost of Presidential Racism

Recently declassified White House tapes reveal how President Nixon’s racism and misogyny led him to ignore the genocidal violence of the Pakistani military in what is today Bangladesh.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #discrimination, #gandhi-indira, #india, #kissinger-henry-a, #nixon-richard-milhous, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls

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When America’s Cold War Strategy Turned Corrupt

Scott Anderson’s “The Quiet Americans” describes how good intentions in foreign policy could lead to dire results.

#anderson-scott-journalist, #books-and-literature, #burke-edmund-michael-1916-87, #central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #lansdale-edward-g, #sichel-peter, #the-quiet-americans-four-cia-spies-at-the-dawn-of-the-cold-war-a-tragedy-in-three-acts-book, #wisner-frank-george

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Britain and the U.S.: A Forced and Unequal Marriage

“The Churchill Complex,” by Ian Buruma, examines the invented kinship of Anglo-American relations since World War II.

#books-and-literature, #buruma-ian, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #cold-war-era, #great-britain, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #the-churchill-complex-the-curse-of-being-special-from-winston-and-fdr-to-trump-and-brexit-book, #united-states, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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New Video Shows Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Exploded

A Russian nuclear energy agency released formerly classified footage of the Soviet Union’s 1961 Tsar Bomba test.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #hydrogen, #nuclear-weapons, #rosatom, #russia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #your-feed-science

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Rebel Poet’s Death Leaves 40 Years of Epic Afghan Work Unfinished

He was a Marxist revolutionary and minister in Afghanistan’s short-lived communist government. But Sulaiman Layeq spent the last decades of his life writing an epic poem about an Islamist insurgent.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cold-war-era, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #kabul-afghanistan, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #sulaiman-layeq

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Brent Scowcroft Didn’t Always Follow ‘the Scowcroft Model’

As national security adviser, he voiced strong opinions and acted on them, especially when it came to Beijing and Moscow.

#bush-george, #cold-war-era, #kissinger-henry-a, #nixon-richard-milhous, #persian-gulf-war, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #scowcroft-brent, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In a Nuclear Arms Race, the World Can Be Destroyed in a Flash

It seems that the United States is plunging into a new arms race without learning the lessons of the last.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #cold-war-era, #hiroshima-japan, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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U.S. to Cut 12,000 Forces in Germany

Defense Department officials say the redeployments will enhance American security and its ability to respond to threats. Allies and some in Congress see it as punishment to Germany.

#cold-war-era, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #landstuhl-regional-medical-center, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Twilight of the Liberal Right

Conservatism always contained the seeds of authoritarianism.

#applebaum-anne, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #conservatism-us-politics, #ingraham-laura-a, #liberalism-us-politics, #poland, #politics-and-government, #twilight-of-democracy-the-seductive-lure-of-the-authoritarian-state-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Did America Use Bioweapons in Korea? Nicholson Baker Tried to Find Out

“Baseless,” the novelist’s new work of nonfiction, is the record of a frustrated investigation and an indictment of government secrecy.

#baker-nicholson, #baseless-my-search-for-secrets-in-the-ruins-of-the-freedom-of-information-act-book, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #freedom-of-information-act, #north-korea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s New Russia Problem: Unread Intelligence and Missing Strategy

High-level clearance is not required to see that the list of Russian aggressions in recent weeks rivals some of the worst days of the Cold War.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #group-of-eight, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #pompeo-mike, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Generations of Russians Have Tried to Influence American Elections

David Shimer’s “Rigged” provides the history and context behind Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #rigged-america-russia-and-one-hundred-years-of-covert-electoral-interference-book, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #shimer-david

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Looking Back on 16 Days That Shaped History

An exhibition at the palace that hosted the Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II examines the event’s far-reaching impact.

#cecilienhof-palace, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #cold-war-era, #potsdam-conference-1945-shaping-the-world-exhibit, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #stalin-joseph, #truman-harry-s, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Who Can We Trust With the Nuclear Button? No One.

The Cold War is over and all presidents make mistakes. Yet they still have sole control over whether to start a nuclear war.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #hiroshima-japan, #house-of-representatives, #kim-jong-un, #nagasaki-japan, #nixon-richard-milhous, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #russia, #senate, #truman-harry-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Trump and the Confederate Base Names

A reader criticizes the president’s rejection of calls to rename the bases. Also: Hillary Clinton and the pandemic; the Cold War, in context; candor about mental illness.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davidson-pete-1993, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-bases-and-installations, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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The Damage Trump Has Done This Week Extends Far Beyond America’s Borders

Sixty-three years ago, American troops were deployed to quell racial unrest. It made this country a better place.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #cold-war-era, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #little-rock-ark, #minneapolis-minn, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood

As the United States reckons with its decline, it should understand where its power came from in the first place.

#central-america, #central-intelligence-agency, #chile, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-indonesia-pki, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #state-department, #suharto, #sukarno-1901-70, #united-states-international-relations, #vietnam

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How Do You Explain Henry Kissinger?

In “The Inevitability of Tragedy,” Barry Gewen traces the roots of political realism to the generation of Jewish intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany.

#arendt-hannah, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #gewen-barry, #kissinger-henry-a, #morgenthau-hans-j, #philosophy, #strauss-leo, #the-inevitability-of-tragedy-henry-kissinger-and-his-world-book, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Poland, Milk Bars Serve Up Nostalgia Along With Affordable Food

The simple cafes known as milk bars have regained popularity in recent years. Under lockdown, they’re providing affordable food and the comfort of nostalgia.

#cold-war-era, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #poland, #restaurants

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