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  • The 27th Day - Cold War science fiction film

    05/02/2010 1:35:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies · 818+ views
    The 27th Day is a 1957 Cold War science fiction B-movie. However, don’t let the B-movie label turn you off. I think it’s quite good. It features an intelligent script and good acting. It's difficult to find it on Region 1 DVD. However, it has recently been uploaded to YouTube. I don’t know how long it will be there before it gets yanked, so you may wish to download it. The screenplay is by John Mantley, who adapted it from his novel. It stars Gene Barry. The actor with the great voice who plays the alien is Arnold Moss. He...
  • Son of US spy marks 50 years since Soviet capture

    05/02/2010 8:26:10 AM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies · 793+ views
    Yahoo - AFP ^ | 4/30/10 | Alexander Osipovich
    MOSCOW (AFP) – Fifty years after his father was shot down by the Soviets in an incident that marked a turning point in the Cold War, Francis Gary Powers Jr on Friday visited the wreckage of his dad's U-2 spy plane. "It's a wonderful display," Powers Jr said while standing in the hall of the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow which holds the wrecked plane and other material commemorating the so-called "U-2 incident" of May 1, 1960. On that day, Francis Gary Powers, a US pilot carrying out a secret mission for the CIA to photograph Soviet nuclear sites,...
  • Downed U-2 pilot's son on own mission in Russia

    05/01/2010 3:45:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    MOSCOW — Fifty years ago Saturday, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, a dramatic episode of the Cold War that pushed the rival superpowers closer to confrontation. Now his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own: By telling his late father's story, he hopes to help preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations of Russians and Americans from ever again facing the threat of nuclear war. On May 1, 1960, Powers was in the cockpit of the world's highest-flying plane, concentrated on keeping...
  • Polyus-Russian ASAT Weapon

    05/01/2010 12:13:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Astronautix ^ | unknown | Ed Grondine
    The Polyus military testbed was put together on a crash basis as an answer to America's Star Wars program. It was built around a surplus TKS manned spacecraft and was meant to test prototype ASAT and Star Wars defense systems. It failed to reach orbit, but it had succeeded, it would have been the core module of a new Mir-2 space station. Its mere presence could have decisively changed the shape of the Cold War in its final months. In 1985, it became clear that the Energia launch vehicle would be ready for launch before the Buran space shuttle that...
  • Fall of Saigon revisited: The costs of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam linger 35 years later

    04/29/2010 7:00:08 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 21 replies · 772+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2010 | Editorial
    Ultimately, South Vietnam became a casualty of American domestic politics: Watergate, the oil crisis and a general crisis of national confidence. The 1973 Paris Peace Agreement was a flawed deal forced on Saigon with promises of future support that were soon broken. President Nixon was hounded from office. The emboldened Democratic Congress cut aid to South Vietnam and left the Paris Peace Agreement unenforceable. President Ford was too weak politically to force the issue, even if he had wanted to. Hanoi seized the opportunity in the spring of 1975 and invaded the South. The South Vietnamese mounted a spirited defense...
  • The "Collapse" of Communism

    04/29/2010 6:02:56 AM PDT · by newheart · 9 replies · 469+ views ^ | 4/29/10 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Robert Buchar, an associate professor and author of the Cinematography Program at Columbia College in Chicago. A political refugee from former Czechoslovakia, he is the producer of the documentary, Velvet Hangover, which is about Czech New Wave filmmakers, how they survived the period of “normalization” and their reflections on the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989. He is the author of the new book, And Reality be Damned… Undoing America: What The Media Didn’t Tell You About the End of the Cold War and Fall of Communism in Europe. The book is based on a documentary...
  • Cold-War Laws Limit U.S. Business

    04/26/2010 8:11:32 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Parade ^ | April 25, 2010 | Katherine Lewis
    During the Cold War, the U.S. crafted special export laws to protect against Soviet theft of missile technology. Now, some policy experts say, those laws are outdated, threatening U.S. dominance in technology and hurting American businesses. Products that include “dual-use technologies”—from computer chips and satellites to car-safety features—often need government licenses to be sold overseas. Obtaining such licenses is complicated, expensive, and can take a long time—during which customers may take their business elsewhere. For example, U.S. satellite makers have seen their market share dwindle from 60% to about 25% because of the cumbersome process, according to former National Security...
  • VIDEO--Famed Polish Leader Implies Russia Behind the Airline Disaster

    04/11/2010 1:18:44 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 49 replies · 1,255+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/11/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    Fact--Poland was the first country in the former Communist 'Soviet Block' in Eastern Europe to openly defy and stage an act of civil disobedience against the Marxists who controlled the government and corporations. Fact--Polish freedom fighter Lech Walesa led worker/citizen strikes and protests against the Communist regime during the late 1970s and 80s. Fact--Once the Soviet Union was dismantled, largely due to the policies of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Poland was freed from its years of bondage to Soviet Marxist domination. Fact--Eventually Lech Walesa became the President of Poland. Fact--For 20 years Poland has been one the strongest allies of...
  • Putin Marks Soviet Massacre of Polish Officers (Putin at Katyn)

    04/07/2010 2:08:33 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 25 replies · 835+ views
    MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday became the first Russian or Soviet leader to join Polish officials in commemorating the anniversary of the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II. Mr. Putin cast the executions as one tragedy out of many wrought by what he called the Soviet Union’s “totalitarian regime.” “We bow our heads to those who bravely met death here,” Mr. Putin said at a site in the Katyn forest close to the Russian city of Smolensk, where 70 years ago members of the Soviet...
  • U-2 Spy Jet Close to Retirement but Still Useful

    04/04/2010 2:14:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 618+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 3/25/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    The Pentagon was on the verge of retiring the U-2 spy plane four years ago, but Congress blocked the mothballing, saying the plane still had plenty of life and utility. The plane, which was designed to detect nuclear missiles during the Cold War, is now playing a greater role in spotting roadside bombs in the war in Afghanistan, according to an article in The New York Times. The plane can fly at twice the height of commercial jets to evade anti-aircraft missiles, but its sensors can detect spots where dirt has been disturbed to plant roadside bombs. This capability, which...
  • Area 51 vets break silence: Sorry, but no space aliens or UFOs

    03/28/2010 8:18:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 58 replies · 2,821+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/27/2010 | Erik Lacitis
    After nearly five decades, guys like James Noce finally get to tell their stories about Area 51. Yes, that Area 51. The one that gets brought up when people talk about secret Air Force projects, crashed UFOs, alien bodies and, of course, conspiracies. The secrets, some of them, have been declassified. Noce, 72, and his fellow Area 51 veterans around the country now are free to talk about doing contract work for the CIA in the 1960s and '70s at the arid, isolated Southern Nevada government testing site. Their stories shed some light on a site shrouded in mystery; classified...
  • Cold War defence alliance to wind down

    03/24/2010 9:18:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 305+ views
    AFP via Yahoo Canada News ^ | 3/24/2040 | AFP via Yahoo Canada News
    The Cold War-era Western European Union defence alliance, set up in the wake of World War II, is to cease functioning, its assembly's head Robert Walter said on Wednesday. "The WEU as an organisation will be wound down within a year or so," said British parliamentarian Walter, who presides over the Paris-based assembly of the international grouping. The body was initiated by Belgium, Britain, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1948 and later expanded to include Germany, Italy, Spain and others. Its founding principles were "to afford assistance to each other in resisting any policy of aggression," and "to promote...
  • U-2 Spy Plane Evades the Day of Retirement

    03/23/2010 6:02:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies · 1,549+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2010 | Cristopher Drew
    The U-2 spy plane, the high-flying aircraft that was often at the heart of cold war suspense, is enjoying an encore. Four years ago, the Pentagon was ready to start retiring the plane, which took its first test flight in 1955. But Congress blocked that, saying the plane was still useful. And so it is. Because of updates in the use of its powerful sensors, it has become the most sought-after spy craft in a very different war in Afghanistan. As it shifts from hunting for nuclear missiles to detecting roadside bombs, it is outshining even the unmanned drones in...
  • Global Warming and Cold War Thinking

    03/13/2010 11:18:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 385+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 14, 2010 | William R. Hawkins
    China sees climate change as another opportunity to help topple the United States from global preeminence, which remains its primary strategic goal in world politics. On March 7, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held a press conference at the 3rd Session of 11th National People's Congress meeting in Beijing. He presented a masterful example of the diplomatic art of using the language of international peace and cooperation while at the same time promising that "[w]e will continue to firmly uphold China's sovereignty, security, and development interests and conduct all-round diplomacy." In the process, Mr. Yang demonstrated why, as important as...
  • My Son's Textbook "Screws" Ronald Reagan and John Paul II

    03/11/2010 11:00:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 67 replies · 2,021+ views
    The Lid ^ | 3/11/2010 | The Lid
    I have spent much time during the past few evenings helping my son study for his History test later in the week. As I worked with him through his studies, I found that his class is presenting a new version of History, a version that never occurred. And while you can make a case for different interpretations of events that happened centuries ago, his text book and curriculum distorts events that I saw with my own eyes. The Book in question is published by McDougal Littell and is called World History Patterns of Interaction. The test covers much of the...
  • Liberal Idiots Slander McCarthy Again

    03/10/2010 11:25:15 AM PST · by jazminerose · 9 replies · 306+ views ^ | 3/10/10 | Joy Tiz
    Conason continues mining this vein of chimera: “Eventually America learned that the Wisconsin Republican’s famous list was a fabrication, that he was a liar and a demagogue as well as an alcoholic—and that his authoritarian appeals to fear were worse than useless in defending our security. But by then, McCarthyism’s self-serving and fundamentally unpatriotic promoters had inflicted grave damage on the body politic and international prestige of the United States.” Liberals have been embarrassing themselves for decades with this McCarthy business. Point out an unsavory association, and they squeal like stuck pigs about the scourge of McCarthyism. In the mind...
  • NATO to debate nuclear policy next month: Rasmussen

    03/03/2010 8:14:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 03/03/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday that the western military alliance will debate the bloc's nuclear policy in Estonia next month. He said a "discussion" is planned after the foreign ministers of Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway requested "a major debate" on NATO's nuclear policy at their next gathering in Tallinn on April 22 and 23. However, Rasmussen stressed that the talks, which come as President Barack Obama mulls a drastic cut in the US nuclear arsenal, will have to balance calls to remove outdated weapons with a need for a strategic nuclear "deterrent." The...
  • Al Haig's Never-Reported Comments to Fox News' James Rosen

    03/01/2010 5:45:42 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies · 1,596+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 28, 2010
    The late Alexander Haig blamed George H.W. Bush for the world's dim view of the United States' after the collapse of the Soviet Union, saying the former president misread events and in the world, refused to get rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and squandered America's dominance. The late Alexander Haig blamed George H.W. Bush for the world's dim view of the United States' after the collapse of the Soviet Union, saying the former president misread world events, refused to get rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and squandered America's dominance. In never-before-published excerpts from a July 2000 interview with Fox News'...
  • An interview with Alexander Haig, a true Cold Warrior

    02/28/2010 4:08:37 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 25 replies · 776+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 28, 2010 | James Rosen
    After eight years of refusing my requests for an interview about the Nixon presidency, retired Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr., accosted in the Fox News green room, finally relented. Our tape-recorded session -- held in Haig's downtown office on July 27, 2000 -- lasted nearly three hours. I published some portions in a book I wrote on Watergate but decided to keep the vast majority private until Haig's death. Haig, who served as secretary of state under Reagan and chief of staff in Nixon's White House, died Feb. 20 at age 85. In the interview, he was in rare form:...
  • Kola Peninsula: Abandoned Russian City (Or America After Obama is Finished)

    02/25/2010 7:43:40 PM PST · by FredJake · 37 replies · 1,482+ views
    Moscow Top News ^ | 2/25/10 | ????
    The Kola peninsula is a cape in northwest Russia. This region borders Norway and Finland and has direct access to the ocean. Because of its strategic position the Russian army had hundreds of bases were there. During the terrible 1990s, the Russian army's budget was cut so costs had to be also. One way to save was to give up some bases and concentrate bases down to one. So many of the army bases and supporting housing were abandoned. The other way to reduce costs was to pay less to the personnel, so during 1990s many  Russian soldiers and...
  • Japan to Come Clean About Secret Military Pacts with U.S

    02/24/2010 8:20:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 520+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2/24/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The Japanese government will officially admit that it signed two secret pacts with the U.S. in 1960 and 1972, allowing the U.S. Forces Japan to intervene in a war on the Korean Peninsula without consulting Tokyo and allowing the U.S. to deploy nuclear weapons in Okinawa in a regional emergency. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Wednesday that an expert committee at the Japanese Foreign Ministry recently investigated the question and recommended admitting the existence of the two secret pacts. They will be made public in March. The first pact was agreed when the two countries revised the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty....
  • Remembering the "Miracle" game, 30 years later

    02/22/2010 7:29:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies · 570+ views ^ | 2/22/10 | Becky Nahm
    February 22, 2010 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice,' the day Minnesota's Herb Brooks led the United States hockey team to defeat the supposedly unbeatable Soviet Union team in a medal-round game at the Olympics in Lake Placid. Retired photographer Denny DeGriselles shot the game for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. He shared his memories of the game with Steve Shaw.
  • Cold War Bargains Still To Be Had

    02/22/2010 7:24:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 417+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/22/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After five years of waiting, the United States has finally delivered to Pakistan 115 used M-109A5 self-propelled 155mm howitzers. The last 48 vehicles just arrived. Each of the M109A5 vehicles cost Pakistan about $487,000. This is less than a third of what a late model vehicle like the M109A5 would cost brand new. The vehicles had been put into storage by the United States after the Cold War ended (and many divisions, each with 56 M-109s, were disbanded). The stored vehicles were checked several times a year and received maintenance or repairs as needed. This is not the latest version...
  • Allied bid for Obama to remove US European nuclear stockpile

    02/21/2010 11:18:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 667+ views
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 02/19/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    European NATO allies are to urge President Barack Obama to remove all remaining US nuclear weapons from European soil, as domestic pressure grows to rid its soil of outdated Cold War-era aerial bombs. Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway will call "in the coming weeks" for more than 200 American warheads, mostly stocked in Italy and Turkey, to be taken back, a spokesman for Prime Minister Yves Leterme told AFP. A joint proposal by the five NATO members will demand "that nuclear arms on European soil belonging to other NATO member states are removed," Dominique Dehaene said. Only the...
  • Deep secrets: Former cold war agent gagged by the CIA

    02/21/2010 10:57:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2/21/2010 | Tony Allen-Mills
    HE remembers the women sunbathing naked on the deck of a passing yacht. He remembers, too, the lurking menace of a Russian intelligence-gathering trawler, watching from afar as one of the most audacious American coups of the cold war unfolded on the ocean floor, 16,500ft beneath the Pacific surface. David Sharp recalls every detail of the 1974 mission known as Project Azorian, one of the most ambitious, expensive and politically volatile clandestine operations launched by the CIA. As one of the CIA’s agents in charge of recovering a sunken Soviet submarine and its cargo of nuclear-tipped missiles, Sharp spent 63...
  • The Clinton Surplus Myth

    02/17/2010 3:02:48 PM PST · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 727+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-17-10 | Derek Clark
    I'm here to blow a hole in the myth that Clinton created an amazing budget surplus that Bush squandered and turned into a huge deficit. The above chart shows the deficit/surplus since 1980, pay no attention to Obama's first year. I've talked enough about his budget deficit recently. The following is a chart of the Nasdaq from 1990 until now: Read more at
  • CIA opens files on project to raise sunken Soviet submarine

    02/13/2010 12:59:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 1,816+ views
    Zee News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Zee News
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the first time has revealed details about an ultra-secret Cold War-era project to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the depths of the Pacific Ocean in 1974. The high-risk salvage operation, code-named ‘Project Azorian’, had been shrouded in secrecy for decades but the spy agency broke its silence in newly-declassified documents published yesterday by an independent watchdog, the National Security Archive. The documents, drawn from a 50-page article written for an in-house CIA journal, recount the daring bid approved by then-president Richard Nixon to raise the submarine using a specially-designed ship, the Glomar Explorer....
  • Charlie Wilson's War Over, Congressman Dead at 76

    02/10/2010 1:20:55 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 6 replies · 590+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-10-10 | Bob McCarty
    I admit it. It was a cliche´ of a headline, but I opted to use it anyway to announce news that Democrat Charlie Wilson, a long-time Congressman from Texas' 2nd District, has died at 76 in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas.
  • Chinas hawks demand cold war on the US

    02/07/2010 8:05:51 PM PST · by FromLori · 56 replies · 1,500+ views
    Times On Line ^ | 2/7/10 | Michael Sheridan
    Now almost 55% of those questioned for Global Times, a state-run newspaper, agree that “a cold war will break out between the US and China”. An independent survey of Chinese-language media for The Sunday Times has found army and navy officers predicting a military showdown and political leaders calling for China to sell more arms to America’s foes. The trigger for their fury was Obama’s decision to sell $6.4 billion (£4 billion) worth of weapons to Taiwan, the thriving democratic island that has ruled itself since 1949. “We should retaliate with an eye for an eye and sell arms to...
  • Lech Walesa Delivers Severe Commentary on the U.S. While Major Media is MIA

    02/02/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 554+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | February 2, 2010 | Tom Roeser
    The last real survivor of the generational of leaders who won the Cold War spoke here last week and the so-called alert media here stretched its arms upward sleepily and emitted a huge yawn. A key member of a quartet that smote Communism…Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher…Walesa is the last healthy survivor of those hardy leaders (Thatcher is seriously enfeebled). But the media, evidently populated by callow 24-year-old assignment editors unacquainted with world history (Lech who?) declined to cover him notably in favor of the really vital stories. Such as: how many graves were overturned in Burr...
  • "Tear Down This Wall" - A Book for Leaders

    01/28/2010 5:24:09 PM PST · by This Just In · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Albert Mohler blog ^ | January 28, 2010 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    “Tear Down This Wall” — A Book for Leaders Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:18 am ET Communication is one of the central tasks of leadership. No one seemed to know this like Ronald Reagan. Much like Winston Churchill, President Reagan understood the power of words and the opportunity of a great speech. On June 12, 1987, President Reagan delivered the 1,279th speech of his presidency. He stood at the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall and called for the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to take down the wall. Well into his speech, the President said:...

    01/27/2010 12:00:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 433+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 01/01/2010 | Peter Grier
    In the mid-1960s, senior Pentagon officials became concerned about the state of the US nuclear deterrent force. The Soviet Union for years had been churning out more and more heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles—long-range, fast-flying, silo-based nuclear weapons. At the same time, the Soviet Union had begun building anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense systems around important homeland targets. The two developments, either singly or in combination, had the potential to alter the strategic superpower balance. The problems were fundamental ones. First, increasingly numerous ICBMs posed a threat to America’s own weapons. How could the US maximize the portion of the nuclear arsenal...
  • RMA, Cold War End for Army

    01/11/2010 1:34:39 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 374+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 1/07/2010 | Greg Grant
    “Ideas matter.” So says the first sentence in the Army’s newly published Capstone Concept, titled Operational Adaptability: Operating Under Conditions of Uncertainty and Complexity in an Era of Persistent Conflict. It bears the imprimatur of its primary author, Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a revolutionary thinker. Not surprisingly then, its the most revolutionary document the Army has produced in a long time because it discards two very big ideas – actually it discards one and demolishes the other — that have driven Army doctrine and weapons buying over the past three decades. The first idea retired by the new capstone concept...
  • 1-9 Editorial: other view(Obama to Release Cold War Docs)

    01/08/2010 6:38:29 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Edmond Sun ^ | 01/09/09
    Last week, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that will clear the way for the documents’ release, and he set up guidelines that will allow for fewer obstacles when groups or individuals try to get access to historical government documents. The Cold War information will be a treasure trove for historians and researchers, providing more details on the 1985 spy ring headed by John Walker, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of the Berlin wall. #SNIP# Obama also ordered all agencies to update their guidelines for releasing documents to make it easier for the public to get...
  • Venona Intercepts: Still Scary After All These Years

    01/05/2010 11:53:47 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 1,390+ views
    Southwest News-Herald ^ | January 5, 2010 | SALLY WRIGHT
    The Bard tells us, rightly, that the past is prologue. But until America's greatest military intelligence success -- and failure -- becomes common knowledge Americans will remain intellectual sitting ducks, herded hither and yon, hoping to build a sheltering future on shaky misinformation. I'm talking about the Venona Code intercepts: The 3000 encrypted communications between Soviet spies operating in this country and their masters in Moscow, which American and British code breakers began deciphering in 1946. These KGB messages revealed that the Soviets had agents at the highest levels of the executive and legislative branches of our government -- and...
  • Cold War? I'll say it was! British spook tells how KGB heavies 'debagged' him at minus 27...

    01/02/2010 3:27:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 1,534+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2nd January 2010 | Jonathan Petre and Alun Rees
    A British spy endured the frostiest treatment the Soviet Union could deliver at the height of the Cold War. The naval attaché was pounced on and debagged at minus 27 degrees by KGB agents who spotted him spying in Leningrad. The incident in February 1979 was deemed so sensitive that confidential reports, including references to the removal of the attaché's trousers, were sent to the then Prime Minister, Jim Callaghan. Cabinet papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule this weekend show how the episode involving Lieutenant-Commander Aubone Pyke was hushed up before a visit to Moscow by...
  • The devil in a red tie

    12/27/2009 5:39:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,494+ views ^ | December 27, 2009 | Paul Jacob
    On Christmas day 20 years ago, Nicolae Ceausescu – long time dictator of Romania – was, along with his wife Elena, executed by firing squad just days after fleeing Bucharest, while his tyrannical regime unraveled before the eyes of a watching world.  His demise and the surrounding events are etched in the memory of those of us who watched it all unfold via various news reports. The look on the once strong-man’s face as a massive crowd began to boo during a speech on December 21st, was one of the defining moments of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. ...
  • The War on Christmas: It’s a Commie Thing

    12/21/2009 8:23:31 PM PST · by jimluke01 · 20 replies · 758+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12-21-09 | Matt Barber
    Are you as annoyed as I am by that nauseatingly amorphous phrase “Happy Holidays?” You may be interested to know that the mindset behind the term precedes America’s postmodern love affair with political correctness, tracing back to good ole’ fashioned Cold War Communism (PC’s uglier big sister). Indeed, today’s secularist war on Christmas (yes, the one that, like God, many liberals deny exists) was waged, in large part, when Communists began attempting to supplant the deity of Christ (and His associated Judeo-Christian principles) with the false deity of the State. Ronald Reagan once spoke to this noteworthy historical factoid during...
  • Obama Plan Could Limit Records Hidden From Public

    12/21/2009 3:30:35 PM PST · by blueyon · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/20/09
    President Barack Obama plans to deal with a Dec. 31 deadline that automatically would declassify secrets in more than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents by ordering government-wide changes that could sharply curb the number of new and old government records hidden from the public. In an executive order the president is likely to sign before year's end, Obama will create a National Declassification Center to clear up the backlog of Cold War documents. But the order also will give everyone more time to process the 400 million pages rather than flinging them open at year's end without a...
  • At Cold War's End--CIA (12/25/91 fall of USSR. 12/25/09, awakens in U.S. Senate)

    12/19/2009 11:25:32 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 1 replies · 390+ views ^ | CIA
    25 December [1991] Gorbachev resigns; Russian flag replaces Soviet over Kremlin.
  • Secret Space Shuttles

    12/12/2009 11:28:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 58 replies · 3,346+ views
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 8/01/2009 | By Michael Cassutt
    The giant gold and silver satellite glittered against the black sky as space shuttle Atlantis closed in on it from below. Commander Hoot Gibson and pilot Guy Gardner flew the approach, while mission specialist Mike Mullane, at the other end of the flight deck, readied the shuttle’s robot arm for a capture. Downstairs in the airlock, mission specialists Jerry Ross and Bill Shepherd waited in their spacesuits for Gibson’s order to go outside and attempt a rescue. The mission of STS-27 had been to deploy the first in a series of new spy satellites that used radar to observe ground...
  • Out With The Old, But Slowly

    12/12/2009 1:24:54 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 522+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/11/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Russia plans to replace most of its older (Cold War era) ICBMs in the next five years. But all of these older missiles will not be retired until 2020. Currently, Russia has 538 ICBMs in service, 71 percent of them the most modern Topols (SS-25 and SS-27). Only 56 are the most modern, Topol-M design. About a dozen of these are the road-mobile versions, that avoid destruction in a first strike, by constantly moving around on the roads 200-300 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The 54 foot long transporter for these 46 ton missiles is a 16 wheel vehicle, using a...
  • Soviet Star Wars

    12/10/2009 12:37:18 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 730+ views
    Air and Space Smithsonian ^ | 1/01/2010 | Dwayne A. Day And Robert G. Kennedy III
    It sounds like something from a James Bond movie: a massive satellite, the largest ever launched, equipped with a powerful laser to take out the American anti-missile shield in advance of a Soviet first strike. It was real, though—or at least the plan was. In fact, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev walked out of the October 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, because President Ronald Reagan wouldn't abandon his Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, the Soviets were closer to fielding a space-based weapon than the United States was. Less than a year later, as the world continued to criticize Reagan for...
  • Soviet Star Wars

    12/09/2009 1:42:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies · 927+ views
    Air and Space Smithsonian ^ | January 2010 | Dwayne A. Day And Robert G. Kennedy III
    It sounds like something from a James Bond movie: a massive satellite, the largest ever launched, equipped with a powerful laser to take out the American anti-missile shield in advance of a Soviet first strike. It was real, though—or at least the plan was. In fact, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev walked out of the October 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, because President Ronald Reagan wouldn't abandon his Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, the Soviets were closer to fielding a space-based weapon than the United States was. Less than a year later, as the world continued to criticize Reagan for...
  • Cold War Apologetics

    12/03/2009 7:38:49 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 3, 2009 | Malcolm A. Klin
    Cold War Apologetics Malcolm A. Kline, December 3, 2009 A new book on Education And The Cold War: The Battle For The American School attempts to downplay the dominance of the Left in schools. “In other words, schools were not simply the expression of ruling class domination, but, rather, they functioned as the sites and the means of realization of that domination,” the author, Andrew Harman, writes. “Educational ideology was not necessarily the sole product of bourgeois class-consciousness, but rather the product of bourgeois domination of the educational process.” “Educational struggles were dialectical: education was not the pure instrument of...
  • Russia, U.S. to sign arms pact

    11/27/2009 12:43:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 629+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/09 | Denis Dyomkin and Conor Sweeney
    MINSK (Reuters) – The United States and Russia will sign a deal this year to cut vast Cold War arsenals of nuclear weapons but may miss an early December deadline, a Kremlin source told Reuters on Friday. Diplomats from the two biggest nuclear powers are trying to prepare a new agreement on cutting atomic weapons before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires on December 5. The new accord will be signed "in a European country" in December, the Kremlin source told Reuters in Minsk, where President Dmitry Medvedev was meeting regional leaders. "We may not be able to do...
  • Blast From The Past

    11/24/2009 1:18:23 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 423+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/21/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The government has decided to undertake a major replacement of aging military equipment. In many cases, this is essential, because buying new gear basically halted (with a few exceptions, like ballistic missiles) during the 1990s. So most of the armed forces are using Cold War era gear manufactured in the 1970s and 80s. Fortunately, even older equipment was junked as the armed forces shrank 80 percent in the 1990s. According to the new government plan, in the next decade, at least a third of current gear will be replaced, and in some categories (usually high tech), over 80 percent. President...
  • There Was No Sex in USSR indeed

    11/15/2009 4:01:15 PM PST · by libh8er · 23 replies · 2,144+ views
    Pravda ^ | 11.5.09
    The first years of Perestroika were marked with the growing epidemic of AIDS in the West and the rising popularity of TV call-in shows featuring Soviet and American citizens in Russia. I watched all these shows but one. I know about the one I missed from my grandmother who gave me an enthusiastic recap: “Some American woman asked a question about sex, and a Russian woman got up and said “There is no sex in the USSR!”” Later, this phrase became proverbial. The poor woman became a laughing stock. However, there was some truth to her words as there was...
  • Soviet H-bomb scientist Ginzburg dies

    11/11/2009 9:40:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/09 | Dmitry Solovyov and Michael Stott
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vitaly Ginzburg, a Russian physicist who survived Stalin's purges by working on the Soviet atomic bomb project and later won the Nobel Prize for physics, died in Moscow late on Sunday after a long illness. He was 93. Ginzburg won the 2003 Nobel physics prize for developing the theory behind superconductors, materials which allow electricity to pass without resistance at very low temperatures. He shared the prize with British-American Anthony Leggett and Russian-born U.S. scientist Alexei Abrikosov. But Ginzburg's career as a Soviet scientist almost ended when he took as his second wife a woman arrested in...
  • Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History [This Is Shameful-Beyond The Pale]

    11/10/2009 9:17:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies · 2,456+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 10th, 2009
    Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History Nile Gardiner November 10th, 2009 It’s bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall’s demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness. The Secretary of State’s remarks yesterday in Berlin completely erased from history the huge contribution played not only by President...