The Cuban Missile Crisis @60: POSTMORTEMS 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — National Security Archive

Left in the dark about missile exchange, Pentagon study drew wrong conclusions

Cuban missile

Khrushchev: “We were truly on the verge of war”

Castro: “A great indignation”

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2022 – In the immediate aftermath of the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met with the Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader, Antonin Novotny, and told him that “this time we really were on the verge of war,” according to minutes of their October 30, 1962, meeting posted today by the National Security Archive. “How should one assess the result of these six days that shook the world?” he pointedly asked, referring to the period between October 22, when President Kennedy announced the discovery of the missiles in Cuba, and October 28, when Khrushchev announced their withdrawal. “Who won?” he wondered.

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EU cracks the whip (gently) on Iran

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — Indian Punchline


EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (L) with Iran’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, Tehran, July 27, 2022. (File photo)

The European Union has returned to the ritual of sanctioning Iran to leverage its foreign and security policies. The highlight of the EU Foreign Affairs Council ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday was the imposition of sanctions against Iran over a range of issues.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, December 2022

Saturday, 10 December 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Six important new books on fungi and racism and building socialism and wheat and more

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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