A Look at Allegations Regarding the CIA

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe via email. Thanks for reading!The recent controversy over Attorney Eric Holder’s decision to launch an investigation into 12 cases of the alleged use of torture by CIA agents against those accused of operating as terrorists leads one to the historical [...]

The Health Care Debate: A Look at the Past

The health care debate has brought about understandably a great deal of debate.  Charges and counter-charges have been made.  Fear-mongering has been rampant.
Did any of this take place during the efforts to bring about Medicare in 1965?  Yes.  Conservatives coupled with the AMA warned that Medicare, as “socialized” medicine, would undermine the physician-patient relationship, bring government [...]

Financial Crisis in Illinois: Any Precedents?

Finances in Illinois: a look at the past
The current financial crisis in Illinois is multifaceted and obviously connected to national and international trends.  Nonetheless, the state has faced at least one occasion where it had promised more than it could deliver financially.
The year was 1837.  The nation was involved in a mania of internal improvements [...]

U.S. Overthrow of Mossadeq Government of Iran

In 1953, the U.S. along with the British engineered the overthrow of the democratically-elected Mossadeq government. Almost every Iranian remembers this, but very few Americans do.
In my last post, I described the positive role of Americans in the development of modern Iran. This video picks up the story with a look at international relations under [...]

Arab-Israeli Conflict, part 4

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This is the last of my series on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It covers issues resulting from the Six-Day War in 1967. It’s important to understand these issues because they are the same issues that will have to be resolved to achieve a [...]

Arab-Israeli Conflict, part 3

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The next segment of my four-part series on the Arab-Israeli conflict tells the story from WWII to the eve of the Six Day War in 1967. Part 3 covers:

the chain of events set up by WWII that led Britain to give up the Palestinian mandate [...]