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  • Movie for a Sunday aftenoon: "Jubal" (1956)

    02/17/2013 12:33:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1956 | Delmer Daves
    Following in the tradition of "McClintock" a couple of weeks ago, today's feature is another Shakespearean Western. Leonard Maltin calls it "Othello On The Range" and it's an apt description. Ernest Borgnine plays the Othello character, Rod Steiger's Iago, Valerie French is Desdemona and Glenn Ford is the Cassio character. Also starring Charles Bronson and Felicia Farr(Mrs. Jack Lemmon). Sidenote: I believe both Ford and Borgnine were Republicans.
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • RIP Milt Campbell

    11/03/2012 8:58:50 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2012 | AP
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Milt Campbell, who became the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play professional football and become a motivational speaker, has died after a battle with prostate cancer, his family said Saturday. He was 78.
  • "Honky Tonk"(1956 - Bill Doggett Combo)..two of the greatest guitar & sax solos ever?

    09/25/2012 8:35:34 AM PDT · by sussex · 14 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 25/19/12 | The Aged P
    I’m in my 70s and remember skating round to this at Brixton Roller Rink (long gone) when I was a teenager, trying to impress the girls – and someone else was also probably checking out the talent at the same time across the ocean… I’m 68 and this is my favorite R’ n R’ instrumental of all time. Reminds me of Bond’s Ice Cream parlor back in 1957 in Cedar Grove, NJ where I spent more time than I did in my own home. Plonking around on an acoustic guitar at home trying to copy the guitar solo (and failing...
  • Obama Gets America's Motto Wrong (When is enough ENOUGH?)

    12/08/2010 7:05:30 AM PST · by yoe · 60 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2010 | With: Bret Baie
    Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine: Video Members of a bipartisan group of lawmakers called the Congressional Prayer Caucus want to make sure President Obama knows the country's national motto. Forty-one Republicans and one of the five Democrats from the caucus sent a letter to the president asking him to correct a mistake he made during a speech last month in Jakarta, Indonesia when he said -- quote -- "In the United States, our motto is E Pluribus Unum -- out of many, one." The lawmakers point out the official national motto -- approved by Congress in 1956...
  • Scully pulls up his own chair (Don Larsen perfect game 1956 World Series)

    01/14/2009 3:39:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 600+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 14, 2009 | Diane Pucin
    Vin Scully recently watched the MLB Network replay of the perfect game pitched by Don Larsen for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. He watched and he listened.
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: 50 years ago (Egypt, Israel, UN, Canada)

    11/26/2006 3:57:25 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies · 508+ views
    12/26/06 | Self
    For Egypt, the Suez War was a military disaster with thousands of dead, wounded or captured. The Israelis captured miltary equipment they would put to use in later wars. The Egyptian Air Force was driven from the skies with much of it destroyed on the ground. But Abdel Gamal Nasser and his Egyptian regieme won a great propaganda victory that was handed to him by the power of the United States in getting Britain, France and Israel out. The United States wanted to win favor with the "Third World." Nasser didn't run away from Soviet support after the war and...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: 50 years ago: Aftermath (Hungary, Soviet Union, United States)

    11/19/2006 4:33:45 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies · 463+ views
    11/19/06 | Self
    The Soviet armies took the city center of Budapest quickly on the morning of November 4, 1956 but fighting continued for some days in other parts of the city. Soviet tanks and aircraft were used to break resistance in the industrial areas of Budapest and in other cities. Guerilla fighting was also going on in the countryside for several weeks. Some 200-thousand refugees fled to Austria and Yugoslavia. Meanhwile, the Yugoslav Embassy conducted negotiations to get Imre Nagy out of its embassy in Budapest and received assurance from the new Hungarian Commnist leader Janos Kadar for safe conduct of Imre...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis (Britain-France Aftermath)

    11/13/2006 7:22:10 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies · 363+ views
    11/13/2006 | Self
    Howard K. Smith described the aftermath of the Suez Crisis for Great Britain as a case of the "emporer without clothes." Indeed, the United Kingdom was now confirmed as a second rate power after being forced by economic pressure from the United States to accept a cease-fire, a UN force and withdrawl from Egypt. The process of withdrawl dragged on for a few months, accompanied by violent protests from Egyptians in Port Said against the British. UN forces began to arrive on November 21st, 1956 and set up shop. Meanwhile, the British hoped to get back in the good graces...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:Today in History (November 6, 1956)(Crisis Climaxes, Ends)

    11/06/2006 4:15:37 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies · 280+ views
    11/6/2006 | Self
    At 6:20 AM on November 6, 1956 amphibious landings began at Port Said with Royal Marines and Centurion tanks coming ashore. Helicopters flew in additional troops and supplies. Egyptian resistance was broken as the newly landed forces linked up with the paratroopers landed the day before. Meanwhile the pressure for Britain and France to agree to the cease-fire called for by the UN General Assembly was building. Late on the evening of November 5th the Soviet Union sent letters to Israel, Britain and France that carried a threatening tone. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion was particularly offended by the questioning of...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:Today in History (November 5, 1956)(Paratroops Land at Canal)

    11/05/2006 4:36:43 AM PST · by Nextrush · 342+ views
    11/05/2006 | Self
    As Prime Minister Anthony Eden appeared to weaken in the face of opposition in the Conservative Party and from the United States, France worked harder than ever to land troops and take the Suez canal as soon as possible. France wanted to control the canal before a UN force would come and take over. Invasion planning moved landings back to November 7th, but considerations for the speed of the Israeli advance and the American presidential election brought the date to November 6th with the invasion ships speeded up. At one point, the French suggested taking the canal with Israeli soliders...
  • Solidarity with Hungary

    11/04/2006 5:20:24 PM PST · by forty_years · 7 replies · 315+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | November 4, 2006 | Andrew Jaffee
    Today, Hungarians commemorated their 1956 revolution against Soviet occupation. 1956 was a real revolution, and 2,800 Hungarians gave their lives in the pursuit of liberty and sovereignty, two words which have lost meaning to some in the free world. It is with a sad heart, but with joyous spirit that I salute Hungary today. Liberty. Sovereignty. Revolution. These words are bandied about often nowadays in the West, but many times with little meaning, especially by the Left. For example, we constantly hear about Palestinian "sovereignty" -- over land which at best they can claim only partial historical ties to --...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:Today in History (November 3-4,1956)

    11/03/2006 6:22:41 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies · 321+ views
    11/3/2006 | Self
    It was becoming increasingly obvious that Soviet forces were closing in on Budapest, but Imre Nagy continued to seek negotiations for a Soviet withdrawl from Hungary. By November 3rd with the city surrounded, the Soviets said they were ready to talk and a delegation that included the Defense Minister, Pal Maleter, (who led freedom fighter resistance when the revolution began) went to dinner with Soviets at 10pm. By midnight, they were all under arrest. During the early morning hours of November 4th the advance of Soviet troops into the city began. After Mr. Nagy and his cabinet met and learned...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:50 years ago today (November 2,1956

    11/02/2006 6:17:39 AM PST · by Nextrush · 257+ views
    11/2/2006 | Self
    By early morning on November 2, 1956, all the Egyptian troops that could get out were withdrawn across the Suez Canal from Sinai. Troops cut off in the Gaza Strip and at Sharm-el-Sheikh would end up surrendering to the Israelis. Anglo-French bombing put the Egyptian Air Force out of action and forced whatever planes were left to fly out of the country. The RAF bombed Radio Cairo and hit its main antenna mast, knocking out its signal. Meanwhile in New York the emergency session of the UN General Assembly broke off at 5 AM so delegates could eat something and...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:50 years ago today (November 1, 1956)

    11/01/2006 7:47:30 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies · 305+ views
    11/1/2006 | Self
    With the Egyptian army pulling out of Sinai and the RAF attacking Egyptian airfields, the Israeli army in Sinai spread out to take control of the entire peninsula outside the Anglo-French exclusion zone. Nasser ordered Egyptian forces not to fight the British or French, but they were allowed to fight Israelis, whom Nasser considered to be the "real" enemy. At 5 PM debate began at the United Nations General Assembly that lasted until 2AM November 2nd when a resolution was passed by a 65 to 5 vote. It called for: 1. An immediate cease-fire and a halt to the movement...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:50 years ago today (October 31,1956)

    10/31/2006 6:33:14 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies · 261+ views
    10/31/2006 | Self
    As Soviet forces moved away from Budapest on October 31st there was great hope for the future. Imre Nagy addressed a crowd from the Parliament Building and said: "we are living in the first days of our independence..." Nagy told some foreign reporters that negotiations with the Soviets would include the idea of Hungary withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact and becoming neutral territory. While Soviet forces pulled out of the city airports around it were under Soviet control. One area the Soviet troops abandoned was western Hungary around the Austrian border. Aid moved in and refugees moved out over this...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:Today in History (Suez Events)

    10/30/2006 5:26:01 AM PST · by Nextrush · 259+ views
    10/30/06 | Self
    As promised by President Eisenhower the United Nations Security Council went into emergency session on October 30, 1956. Both the United States and Soviet Union introduced resolutions calling on Israel to cease its attack and pull back to the 1949 armistice lines. The United States resolution called on other nations to not use force or threaten to use force in the situation (clearly aimed at France and Britain). It also called for sanctions against Israel until she complied with the resolution. Both resolutions were vetoed by France and Britain. Eventually the Yugoslav delegate asked the council to use a procudural...
  • The Suez Hungary Crisis:50 year ago (Israel attacks)

    10/29/2006 3:50:30 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies · 479+ views
    10/29/06 | Self
    It was 50 years ago today that Israel launched military operations in Sinai to coincide with the French and British moves to take control of the Suez Canal. By October 28th Israel publicly admitted the mobilization that began two days earlier. They continued to give the impression that attacks from the Jordanian side of the border (West Bank) were the reason for their mobilization. The then Israeli Chief of Staff, Moshe Dayan, saw the two letters from President Eisenhower to Prime Minister Ben-Gurion calling on Israel not to attack. Commenting on them, Dayan wrote in his diary: "The United States...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:50 years ago (Hungary: October 28-31, 1956)

    10/29/2006 2:36:05 AM PST · by Nextrush · 207+ views
    10/29/06 | Self
    From today's perspective Hungarian leader Imre Nagy looks a lot like a Gorbachev, a loyal Communist who wanted to "reform." Nagy was slow to respond the crowds demands for real change and apparently saw some benefit in Communist ideology, even though he wanted to liberalize its operation. He was given a title by Communist leaders in the face of the revolt, but held by them for several days before he was free to make his own decisions. On Octboer 27th the first new government Nagy proposed included non-communists in limited roles only. But whatever was being talked about, the fight...
  • Hungary's revolution celebrations - protesters spoil the party in Budapest

    10/28/2006 2:11:37 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 247+ views
    ICE ^ | 27.10.2006 | Sandor Laczko
    Hungary's revolution celebrations - protesters spoil the party in Budapest 27.10.2006 - Sandor Laczko On Monday October 23rd, Hungary launched a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of its 1956 uprising and revolution. Scores of foreign leaders and envoys flocked to Budapest for the commemoration and memorial events. But those events were at times almost overshadowed by anti government protests. Emese Danks is a spokeswoman for the Hungarian government: "We put together a very nice and touching programme because we believe that this [the 1956 revolution] is one of the highlights of the 21st century. Historically, the revolution in...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:50 years ago today (October 27-28 War Preparations)

    10/27/2006 6:23:22 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies · 280+ views
    10/27/06 | Self
    On October 27th, 1956 world leaders were aware of the Israeli mobilization but many thought it was for an attack on Jordan, not Egypt. Terror attacks from Jordan against Israel were common in recent months and nations like the United States assumed Israel was planning a full military attack in response. Historical accounts say Israeli intelligence (Mossad) was trying to mislead foreign governments by leaking information about an attack on Jordan that foreign intelligence agencies would pick up. In London Prime Minister Eden brought in a group of ministers to form a "war" cabinet. His supporters in the group fully...
  • The Lessons of 1956

    10/26/2006 2:58:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 351+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Oct. 23, 2006 | Andrei Kolesnikov
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kolesnikov) - Public unrest recently swept through Hungary. Triggering it were revelations by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, which revealed that the Cabinet had been lying to the nation about the economic situation. As often happens with public action, Hungarians chanted diverse, and often mutually exclusive, mottoes. The activists were also a motley crew, including hoodlums. The figure "1956" loomed behind the drama. Hungary possesses a dynamic civil society, which exploded with indignation at the revelation that the government was telling it fairly tales-an instance of politics shrugging off morals. The public thirst for the...
  • Poznan – Budapest 1956

    10/24/2006 10:47:38 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 354+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 23.10.2006 | Michal Kubicki
    Poznan – Budapest 1956 23.10.2006 The inspiration for Hungarian freedom fighters battle with the Soviets in Budapest in 1956 came from Poland. Michal Kubicki reports No other nation but Poles feels more strongly about the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is not surprising in view of the fact that five decades ago Poland was also the scene of demonstrations in support of democratic changes and that the inspiration for Hungarian freedom fighters came from Poland. Polish president Lech Kaczyński and speakers of both houses of Parliament are in Budapest for the official commemorations of the Hungarian uprising against...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History (The Hungarian Revolution October 1956)

    10/24/2006 6:13:00 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies · 317+ views
    10/24/06 | Self
    Hungarian Communist Party bosses holed up in Party headquarters as crowds surged in the streets of Budapest demanding freedom in the early morning hours of October 24, 1956. Soviet troops and tanks rolled into the city and engaged crowds that fought ofter in small groups but sometimes in larger ones like the soliders at the Kilian barracks led by Colonel Pal Maleter. Police stations were seized and sympathetic police gave weapons to civilians who took up the fight. In some cases there were tanks and artillery from the military that had gone over to the freedom fighter side. But most...
  • '56 Hungarian revolt taught West a lesson (CALLING OUT THE LEFT AND THE BUTCHERS OF BUDAPEST)

    10/24/2006 4:36:44 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies · 626+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 24, 2006 | JOHN O SULLIVAN
    'There aren't any good brave causes left," railed Jimmy Porter in John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger" on its first night in August 1956. Both the phrase and the play almost immediately established themselves as revolutionary. Osborne's play changed the theater throughout the English-speaking world and opened the way for new dramas exploring themes of social criticism and the absurd. As for the phrase, it captured the mood of a left dissatisfied with the tepid social justice of the postwar welfare state and nostalgic for such grand revolutionary causes as the Spanish civil war. Two months later such a...
  • Poland's ties to Hungary's 1956 revolution

    10/20/2006 11:36:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 387+ views
    ICE ^ | 20.10.2006 | Michal Kubicki
    Poland's ties to Hungary's 1956 revolution 20.10.2006 - Michal Kubicki Poland has also been marking the 50th anniversary of Hungary's revolution. Not surprising, considering the fact that it began with a rally by Hungarians showing solidarity with Poland, which in 1956 was the scene of a workers' revolt and of violent demonstrations in support of democratic changes. Michal Kubicki reports from Warsaw: The Polish events in commemoration of the Hungarian Revolution have included academic conferences, concerts, and exhibitions. Commemorative plaques have been unveiled in several towns. 'A Hope for Freedom' is the title of a photo exhibition which opened in...
  • Central Europe marks 50th anniversary of Hungarian revolution

    10/20/2006 11:34:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 418+ views
    ICE ^ | 20.10.2006 | Agi Varga, Kerry Skyring
    Central Europe marks 50th anniversary of Hungarian revolution 20.10.2006 - Agi Varga, Kerry Skyring This coming week will see ceremonies in Budapest and other capitals of Central Europe marking the 50th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union. An uprising, which was quickly and brutally crushed but which was one of the defining moments of the Cold War and, of course, recent Hungarian history. Ninety-five year old Bela Kiraly was the commander-in-chief of the National Guard in Budapest in 1956. After the revolution's bloody end, he lived in exile in the United States returning only to his homeland...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History:50 years ago (Poland "revolts")

    10/16/2006 5:20:31 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies · 344+ views
    10/16/06 | Self
    Polish Communist leaders were in desperation following the Poznan Rebellion. Reformers organized in factories wanting to have more freedom to make their own decisions citing Tito's Yugoslavia as an example. Party leaders who came to the factories were challenged by the workers. Calls were made for Wladyslaw Gomulka, an out of favor Communist, to be returned to power. Leaders of the Polish United Workers Party (Communist Party) decided to bring Gomulka back. The Eighth Plenum of the PUWP met on October 19th, 1956 to make Gomulka its leader. But Moscow was not pleased and its leadership, led personally by Nikita...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:This Year in History:50 years ago (Fateful Summits)

    10/13/2006 5:45:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 260+ views
    10/13/06 | Self
    British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd speculated that some of his fellow Conservatives would hand him a bowler hat and maybe an umbrella because of his conciliatory tone towards the Egyptians at the U.N. Security Council. But regardless of the impression of a peaceful resolution of the Suez issue in the offing, the push for a plan of action was underway. France wanted a quick meeting to finalize details and timetables for the military operations involving the Anglo-French forces as well as the Israelis. The French were totally committed to action although it concerned them that British generals held all the...
  • From Budapest to Baghdad - In a Long-Ago Revolution, Echoes for Today

    10/08/2006 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 458+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | October 8, 2006 | ROGER COHEN
    FUNNY with history, how remote it can seem, and how close, even in teeming Times Square, scarcely an oasis of retrospection. Charles Legendy recalled being there the other day when his gaze turned to a black-and-white billboard of a tank emblazoned with the words “1956 Hungary” and, beneath that, “Our Revolution Was Not a Movie.” His wife, Annemarie, also looked up, and the elegant young man on the left of the tank in a European city rising in revolutionary ire against the Soviet empire caught her eye. She knew him, she felt, with a certain intimacy. “Charlie,” she said, grabbing...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:This Year in History:50 years ago(United Nations)

    10/04/2006 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 355+ views
    10/4/06 | Self
    On October 5th, 1956 the top songs in the country included both sides of Elvis Presley's RCA 45rpm record ("Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel") as well as Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera." The Brooklyn Dodgers hosted the New York Yankees for Game 2 of the World Series at Ebbets Field. And a jury in Boston convicted the Brinks robbery suspects. This same day the United Nations Security Council met in New York to consider the Suez Canal matter. The long list of diplomats included Selwyn Lloyd, British Foreign Secretary, the French Foreign Minister Christian Pineau and America's Secretary of...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:This Year in History:50 years ago (Moving Towards War)

    09/30/2006 9:14:54 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies · 428+ views
    9/30/06 | Self
    Israeli Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan arrived in Paris on September 29th, 1956. Four staff officers joined him and would remain in France to plan the pre-emptive attack on Egypt. British Prime Minister Anthony Eden wanted the French to get assurances from Israel that they would not attack Jordan. He was worried that a Nasser-like coup might occur and about pro-Nasser forces winning an upcoming election. Another member of the Israeli delegation, defense official Shimon Peres told the French there would be no attack but strong reprisal raids for the terror attacks coming across the Israeli border from Jordan. A...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History:50 years ago (Diplomatic Dealings-September 1956)

    09/22/2006 6:22:17 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies · 466+ views
    9/2206 | Self
    Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was firmly committed to stopping Britain and France from going to war over the Suez Canal. Dulles himself started the cycle of events by cutting off a loan to Egypt for the Aswan Dam. The cutoff occurred because of increasingly close relationship Egypt had with the Soviets. Dulles knew Egypt would probably take the canal from the Anglo-French Suez Canal Company but figured a possible shutdown of the canal would not stop oil from reaching the United States or Europe because tankers could use alternate routes. United States foreign policy featured a lot of...
  • Lessons of Suez: Fifty years ago, two western powers conspired to invade an Arab country

    09/18/2006 3:29:10 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 499+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 17, 2006 | Geoffrey Wheatcroft
    AN OLD SAW HOLDS that British elections aren't won or lost on foreign affairs, but prime ministerial careers have sometimes been ended by distant adventures. As his own prime ministership peters out lamentably, Tony Blair has quite enough worries. But he might still find time to reflect on the events of 50 years ago, when an attack on an Arab country-involving a conspiracy to misrepresent the real reasons-brought a dismal end to the career of Sir Anthony Eden. In November 1956, British and French troops tried to regain control of the Suez Canal, which had been seized by the Egyptian...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History:50 years ago (Eastern Europe Resists-Summer 1956)

    09/17/2006 6:00:21 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies · 367+ views
    9/17/06 | Self
    Franklin Roosevelt was in poor health when he met Josef Stalin at Yalta early in 1945. But his pro-Soviet advisors were not and regardless of who is to blame, the deal was sealed for Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. As the Soviet armies rolled into the Eastern European nations now in the Soviet "sphere of influence" they were followed by Moscow-trained Communists who led their countries into Communism. When the Soviet armies advanced into eastern Hungary in 1944, they were welcomed as liberators from Nazis and the Admiral Horthy regieme that allied itself with Germany. But the goodwill quickly faded...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History: 50 years ago (July-August 1956)

    08/05/2006 9:50:10 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies · 520+ views
    8/5/06 | Self
    Anthony Eden held an emergency cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street into the early morning hours of July 27th, 1956. Eden told the American diplomatic representative at the meeting that "The Egyptian has his thumb on my windpipe. Tell Mr. Dulles I cannot allow that." Eden had promised that his deals with Nasser would make the Egyptian ruler more friendly. Seizure of the Anglo-French owned canal proved that promise wrong. He spoke that night by phone with the French Foreign Minister Pineau. The French were eager to work with their newfound friends in Israel to launch military action against Nasser...
  • Suez's lesson (David Frum on Middle-East mistakes of 50 years ago)

    07/29/2006 6:50:28 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 27 replies · 1,429+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Saturday, July 29, 2006 | David Frum
    Suez's lesson David Frum National Post Saturday, July 29, 2006 Fifty years ago this past week, on July 26, 1956, the Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. Nasser's act would lead to an international crisis, a regional war and ultimately to the resignation of a British prime minister. "Suez" would become a lesson and a warning against Western meddling in the Middle East. But the lessons and warnings of Suez look very different after 9/11. In 1956, the Suez Canal was owned by the British government and a consortium of British and French private investors. Two-thirds...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History: 50 year ago (Suez Canal Seized)

    07/16/2006 4:38:13 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies · 356+ views
    7/16/06 | Self
    The Suez Canal crisis began with an American-led decision to deal with Soviet influence in Egypt. John Foster Dulles was part of "power family" in 1950's Washington. He was Secretary of State and his brother Allen was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Foster Dulles has been historically reviled for his profession of Christianity and his opposition to Communism. He was also attacked for his "brinksmanship" policy of using diplomatic pressure to deal with America's enemies as part of the official "containment" policy. I can't honestly comment on Dulles's Christianity but his verbal anti-Communism was real enough. However, it always...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This year in History:50 years ago (Britain)

    07/10/2006 7:45:08 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies · 517+ views
    7/10/06 | Self
    "The sun never sets on the British Empire" was a cliche that rang true 100 years ago, but as the 20th Century unfolded Britain's power and influence declined. By 1945 an emotionally and economically drained nation picked up the pieces after World War II by electing the Labor Party to power. This was the first time that the Labor Party exercised real power and ruled on the basis of its socialist ideals. In foreign affairs, the Labor Party led the way in the process of decolonizing and getting Britain out of places where British rule was violently opposed like India...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This year in History: 50 years ago (Israel)

    07/03/2006 7:26:29 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 412+ views
    7/3/06 | Self
    The Arab nations vowed to "drive the Jews into the sea" when the United Nations partition plan for Palestine came into force in May 1948. But the new nation of Israel survived the onslaught with arms smuggled in from all kinds of places including Eastern Europe (Czech arms). Communists apparently saw some hope in Israel's Socialist founders. However, the Soviet's were able to spread Communist influence into Israel's Arab neighbors with ease by the middle of the 1950's with Syria and most notably Egypt. The flow of Soviet arms provided a sobering picture to Israel's leader David Ben Gurion. Israeli...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis:This Year in History:50 years ago (France)

    07/02/2006 4:56:23 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies · 383+ views
    7/2/06 | Self
    For many people including humanists who worhsipped France as a "modern secular state", the sudden fall of that nation to the Nazis came as a shock. When the German blitzkrieg took out France in little more than a month, many asked why. Treason from the Right was a common theme from liberals. France's conservative government was unwilling to fight Nazis as much as Communists and put many of them in jail when the war began in 1939. Historian-Journalist William L. Shirer also took note that the Left was unwilling to fight too because they were sympathetic to the Soviets, then...
  • The Suez-Hungary Crisis: This Year in History: 50 years ago (Prologue)

    06/30/2006 12:24:49 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies · 525+ views
    6/30/06 | Self
    History marks many anniversaries but this year marks the 50th Anniversary of events that showed how impotent the free world at that time was in the face of Communist expansion. It took the West time to regain moral and political strength to take on the relatively easy job of standing ground and seeing the Communist "Evil Empire" led by the Soviet Union collapse in Europe. Fortunately that happened in the 1980's. But in the 1950's the "Cold War" was in full swing. "Cold War" I guess because that the name the liberal elites in media, education, politics etc. have given...
  • Leaders Mark 1956 Anti-Communist Protest

    06/28/2006 1:19:50 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | June 28, 2006
    Leaders Mark 1956 Anti-Communist Protest By Associated Press June 28, 2006, 8:18 AM EDT WARSAW, Poland -- The presidents of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Germany gathered in the city of Poznan on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first anti-communist protest of 1956. President Lech Kaczynski was joined by counterparts Horst Koehler of Germany, Laszlo Solyom of Hungary, and Vaclav Klaus of Czech Republic to remember clashes that broke out between workers and communist militia in June 1956 in the western Polish city. With a military band playing, Kaczynski gave a red-carpet welcome to his fellow presidents...
  • 1956 Hungarian Uprising veterans protest at Napolitano invitation

    05/27/2006 10:47:54 AM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 415+ views
    ICE ^ | 26.05.2006
    1956 Hungarian Uprising veterans protest at Napolitano invitation Veterans of the 1956 anti-Communist uprising in Hungary protested this week after the authorities invited the new Italian President Giorgio Napolitano - an ex-communist - to official celebrations to mark the uprising's 50th anniversary. Three of the best-known veterans complained in an open letter to Hungary's president that Napolitano had supported the Soviet Union's bloody suppression of the uprising. The 50th anniversary commemorations will be held in October.
  • COLD WAR TALE TOLD AT LAST

    04/29/2006 4:33:18 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 8 replies · 1,010+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2006 | RICHARD JOHNSON with PAULA FROELICH and CHRIS WILSON
    DOWNTOWN nightclub Salon was packed Thursday night with a non-left-leaning crowd that had its mind on a fight for freedom that's finally getting overdue attention. Andrew Vajna's "Freedom's Fury," which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, tells the harrowing story of the bloody clash at the 1956 Olympics, when Soviet-Hungarian tensions exploded during a water polo match, shortly after the U.S.S.R. had crushed the Hungarian revolt. Earlier in the week, Rudy Giuliani, at a Manhattan Institute dinner honoring Tom Wolfe, raved about the "riveting" movie, which was co-produced by Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Liu, Megan Raney, Colin Gray and human-rights campaigner...
  • Khrushchev's 1956 speech reverberates

    02/22/2006 7:35:45 AM PST · by libstripper · 85 replies · 3,670+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | February 22, 2006 | Nina L. Khrushcheva
    When Nikita Khrushchev died in 1971, I was still a girl, but I remember him well. We used to visit him on the weekends on his farm at Petrovo Dalnee, about 30 miles outside of Moscow. I would work with him among the tomatoes or beehives. Although to me he was my kindly old great-grandfather, my family assured me that he was a great man, a world leader, a liberator -- someone I should be proud of.
  • Why Arabs Lose Wars

    12/24/2004 2:25:20 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 80 replies · 4,280+ views
    de Atkine ^ | December 1999 | Norvell B. De Atkine, U.S Army (Ret.)
    The author, a retired U.S. Army colonel, draws upon many years of firsthand observation of Arabs in training to reach conclusions about the ways in which they go into combat. His findings derive from personal experience with Arab military establishments in the capacity of U.S. military attache and security assistance officer, observer officer with the British-officered Trucial Oman Scouts (the security force in the emirates prior to the establishment of the UAE), as well as some thirty years of study of the Middle East.~ Ed. ARABIC-SPEAKING ARMIES have been generally ineffective in the modern era. Egyptian regular forces did poorly...
  • 1956: Budapest: one-party system out, rebels control loc govts, Mindszenty freed [today in history]

    10/30/2004 7:29:20 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 9 replies · 277+ views
    Recognizing that the existing situation was untenable, Imre Nagy announced on the radio at 2:30 pm local time, that the one-party system was abolished (or rather, acknowledged that it had ceased to exist.) A coalition ‘government cabinet’ would take over the running of the country, he said. Realizing that only the government had a chance of exercising central control, the head of the HWP (Hungarian Workers' Part, the Communists), János Kádár, also joined the new body. Minister of State Zoltán Tildy of the Smallholders’ Party announced that the compulsory-delivery system for farm produce is abolished and preparations are being made...
  • 1956: Budapest, Hungary, Mass Demonstration Turns into Armed Uprising [today in history]

    10/23/2004 12:23:06 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 2 replies · 562+ views
    From the BBC's account: Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Hungary to demand an end to Soviet rule. There are believed to have been many casualties in a day which started as a peaceful rally, and ended with running battles between police and demonstrators in which shots are said to have been fired. The demonstrators are demanding that the former Prime Minister, Imre Nagy, be returned to power. Mr Nagy was dismissed last year for his liberal policies, but has since been rehabilitated and was re-admitted to the Hungarian Workers' Party this month. Other demands...
  • Palmdale's inadvertent battle (On the Light Side)

    01/18/2004 10:04:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Valley Press ^ | January 18, 2004. | BOB WILSON
    Some old-timers may remember it, and a few local history buffs jokingly refer to it as the Battle of Palmdale. But those who moved to the city as part of the post-1980 population boom may not realize Palmdale is one of few Southern California communities to have suffered through an air-launched rocket attack. Though inadvertent, the attack came in the summer of 1956 when U.S. Air Force fighters were scrambled to shoot down an out-of-control Navy drone that threatened to fall on Los Angeles. Instead of downing the drone, a pair of Air Force fighter-interceptors blasted holes in the desert...