The Paraguayan War was the Dumbest and Costliest Conflict the Americas Ever Experienced
This story originally appeared on April 19, 2017. The Paraguayan War — sometimes referred to by South Americans as the War of the Triple Alliance or the Great War — pitted the armies of Paraguay against those of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. It was an incredibly lopsided contest. Paraguay... Read more
Women With Guns Helped Win the Nicaraguan Revolution
This story originally appeared on March 26, 2017. The myth of women serving only in auxiliary capacities or holding down the home front during times of conflict has always been highly questionable. History has shown time and again that women have actively participated in combat, to varying degrees in... Read more
Key West Declared a Faux War on the United States in 1982
Originally published on April 3, 2015. The people of Key West, Florida don’t take kindly to bullies, especially federal bullies. When Washington blocked the only road to the mainland, the islanders formed their own nation … then caused a series of international incidents. It all started on April 18, 1982,... Read more
Operation Splinter Factor Combined Espionage and Personal Revenge
This story originally appeared on Feb. 27, 2017. While Joseph McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee and J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI terrorized suspected communists and their alleged sympathizers in the United States during the 1940s and ’50s, the CIA was simultaneously helping to orchestrate a campaign of witch hunts... Read more
The ‘Parsley Massacre’ Is a Chilling Example of How Quickly a Genocide Can Unfold
This story originally appeared on Feb. 21, 2017. In 1937, social and economic tensions within the Dominican Republic were redirected at its neighbor to the west, Haiti. Events quickly escalated into a genocidal rampage. Under the direct order of Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, soldiers and civilian conscripts... Read more
Moscow’s Cuban Propaganda Movie Was a Cinematic Masterpiece — And a Commercial Flop
This story originally appeared on March 4, 2017. In 1992, the Pacific Film Archive’s Edith Kramer was given a difficult task — track down a copy of the obscure Cuban-Soviet propaganda film Soy Cuba that had been produced almost 30 years earlier. Cuban novelist and critic Guillermo Cabrera Infante wanted to... Read more
The CIA’s Operation ‘Midnight Climax’ Was Exactly What It Sounded Like
This story originally appeared on Sept. 17, 2016. On April 13, 1953, CIA director Allen Dulles authorized Project MKULTRA, the controversial series of experiments aimed at developing mind control techniques and discovering a “truth drug.” Agents dosed subjects with LSD and other psychotropic narcotics, hypnotized them, and exposed them to... Read more
America Experimented on Conscientious Objectors During World War II
This story originally appeared on June 24, 2015. The vast majority of Americans supported involvement in World War II, but a small minority refused to serve in combat because of their religious, philosophical, political or moral beliefs. The Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 gave these conscientious objectors... Read more
America Tried to Overthrow the Castro Regime With Rap Music
This story originally appeared on April 24, 2015. For decades, the United States had sought to destabilize and overthrow the Cuban government. But the most recent attempt to antagonize the Castro regime may have been the strangest. The effort involved the United States Agency for International Development and its... Read more
The CIA Battled the Kremlin With Books and Movies
Originally published on May 2, 2015. During the Cold War, Moscow’s Ministry of Culture was a master of censorship. The Kremlin’s cultural bulwark screened non-Russian films, suppressed literature and shaped the lives of Soviet artists. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also dabbled in the dark arts of cultural influence.... Read more
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