Fall of the Berlin Wall: Looking Back and Forward

by Robert E. Hunter Twenty-five years ago, on “9/11”—November 9th in European date-notation—the Berlin Wall opened and, it seemed, everything changed. Freedom was no longer just an aspiration across much of Europe but a rising reality. The transformation was so… Continue Reading  

Finding Time — and Courage — for Crisis Management

by Henry Precht They used to say during the Cold War that the Pentagon was prepared to fight two and a half wars at the same time. Actually, I can’t think of such a fraught moment in post-World War II… Continue Reading  

Ukraine vs. 1941 Yugoslavia: Choices & Consequences

by Wayne White Most historic parallels are far from perfect. Yet regarding what transpired in Ukraine leading up to the current crisis, an episode from World War II does seem instructive about the risks associated with shifting from accommodation to… Continue Reading  

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and “Bomb Iran”

by Marsha B. Cohen Last week marked the 68th anniversary of the WWII destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9) — the first and only deployment of nuclear weapons in human history. Within moments… Continue Reading  

Iraq Invades the United States

And Other Headlines from an Upside Down History of the U.S. Military and the World  by Eduardo Galeano via Top Dispatch The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s new book, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Nation Books).]  The… Continue Reading