Inching eastwards: The re-alignment of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain

Inching eastwards: The re-alignment of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain

“In fact, it started with Mikhail Gorbachev in the spring of 1990. To give some context, this was a time when Germany was in the process of reunifying. Gorbachev agreed to have a reunited Germany be a part of NATO. He was promised that there would not be any enlargement, “not one inch eastward” as U.S. Secretary of State James Baker told him in February of 1990. Now this was in the context of German reunification. Those remarks later became rather controversial, because the Russians said: ‘Well, you promised that there would be no enlargement and yet you then started pushing it’.

President Bill Clinton plays the saxophone presented to him by Russian President Boris Yeltsin at a private dinner hosted by President Yeltsin at Novoya Ogarova Dacha, Russia, 1994, photo: Bob McNeely/U.S. federal government, public domain

[2016] Clinton’s Campaign & The Anti-Russian Roots of the ‘Cultural Left’

Clinton’s Campaign & The Anti-Russian Roots of the ‘Cultural Left’

To understand the unique rhetorical style that Clinton has embraced, one must understand what happened at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel back in 1949. Despite the United States being in an anti-communist frenzy, with the House Un-American Activities committee in full swing, and many Communist Party members being sent to federal or state prisons, the Moscow-aligned Communist Party scored a key public relations victory.

On March 25th, 1949 the “Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace” opened in New York City, and gave voice to a loud, solid critique of US foreign policy. Albert Einstein, Will Geer, Arthur Miller, Aaron Copeland, Lillian Hellman, Frank Oppenheimer, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Dubois, and many of the most well respected cultural and intellectual figures of the time took the stage at the conference. The speeches not only denounced the military build-up against the Soviet Union, but also defended Soviet military interventions, and presented the USSR as a friendly, socialist society, not the “Iron Curtain” or “Evil Empire” portrayed in US media. The US Central Intelligence Agency watched with anger as images of the Waldorf Peace Conference were distributed by media outlets across the planet, discrediting the United States and raising the prestige of the Soviet Union.

In response, the following year the CIA launched a project called the “Congress for Cultural Freedom.” Still today, the project is considered to be one of the agency’s greatest achievements of the Cold War era. The CIA brags about the project on its website saying it involved: “a cadre of energetic and well-connected staffers willing to experiment with unorthodox ideas and controversial individuals if that was what it took to challenge the Communists at their own game.”

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Origins of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1949-50

“THE GUY IS WITH THE DEVIL”: THE ROSEMARY’S BABY THEORY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR

“THE GUY IS WITH THE DEVIL”: THE ROSEMARY’S BABY THEORY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR

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Bill Barr: The “Cover-Up General”

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CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair

As monuments are being toppled & WWII facts erased, Vladimir Putin gives a stark warning about playing games with history

As monuments are being toppled & WWII facts erased, Vladimir Putin gives a stark warning about playing games with history

Time and again, Putin notes that modern Russia is embracing its history – all of it, whether good or bad – while Western archives remain secret and revisionism runs rampant. If it can be distilled to any single point, it would be a none-too-subtle warning that those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. 

The dishonest nihilism of anti-communist propaganda

Necrofuturism is a convenient philosophy for the capitalist ruling class, because it abdicates them of moral responsibility for the ecological catastrophes, wars, and explosions of poverty that the system is taking the world towards. The rising sea levels, the droughts, the refugee crises, the conflicts, the economic unravelings-none of these things make it worthwhile to create a better system. Capitalism can be utilized to positively respond to these crises, the system’s defenders figure. Besides, the alternative is communism, which is unquestionably worse than what capitalism has to offer.

The dishonest nihilism of anti-communist propaganda