Irangate and Secret Arms-for-Hostage Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: MAJOR MEDIA RELEASES STORY ON ORIGINS OF IRANGATE IN SECRET ARMS-FOR-HOSTAGE-DELAY DEAL BETWEEN IRAN AND THE 1980 REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN THE NATION (June 20, 1987 & July 4, 1987); IN THESE TIMES (June 24-July 7, 1987); MIAMI HERALD (April 12, 1987); SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (April 12 & 25 (from LONDON […]

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American Friends: the Anti-CND Groups

[…] Ambassador to Ireland, noting the trend of antipathy to American policies, reported to the White House on ways of strengthening support for Cruise and Pershing, recommending that Reagan appoint an ‘Arms Reduction Ombudsman’ – not to help with arms reduction, but to do public relations work for Reagan’s policies. (Peace News 29/9/83) * * […]

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Terrorism, Anti-Semitism and Dissent

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[…] and associate Michael Ledeen. Active in internal Italian politics during the Red Brigades/strategy of tension years (Lobster 31 et seq) and then an important figure in the Reagan years from the assassination attempt on the Pope in 1981 (see below) through to Iran-Contra, Ledeen is now plying in support of the Israeli cause from […]

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The British American Project for the Successor Generation

[…] Paxman, Isabel Hilton, Trevor Phillips and James Naughtie. BAP’s Origins The first recorded mention of the need for a ‘successor generation’ came in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan spoke to a group, including Rupert Murdoch and Sir James Goldsmith, in the White House. The reason for the 21 March gathering that year was US […]

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Reflections on the ‘cult of the offensive’

[…] early 1980s, the first period of neo-conservative dominance in US politics, analysts of international relations were struck by similarities between the ‘new cold war’ prosecuted by the Reagan administration and the great power stand-off before August 1914.(2) In both cases scholars noted the influence of a ‘cult of the offensive’ on military doctrine, and […]

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Persian Drugs: Oliver North, the DEA and Covert Operations in the Mideast

[…] former White House Chief of Staff Don Regan used to describe the Iranians who negotiated secret arms deals for nearly a year with senior officials of the Reagan Administration, including Oliver North of the National Security Council. Regan’s dismissive characterization hardly did justice to the sales skills of North’s Mideast contacts. ‘It was a […]

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Lying about Iraq

[…] and the agency was unwilling to openly oppose the government. ‘Cooking’ intelligence ‘Cooking’, i.e. falsifying intelligence is not something new. Robert Baer, quoted above, referred to the Reagan administration’s campaign against Libya’s Colonel Gadafy. It goes back further than that. The intelligence on the strength of the Vietcong was faked to make the case […]

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Operation Mind Control

[…] mind controlees during childhood. In one fascinating chapter, he interviews an anonymous woman who claims to have been mind-controlled into becoming the sex slave of Bob Hope! Reagan, Bush and other politicos are mentioned in the same context. I am willing to believe the worst about anybody, especially Bob Hope, but…. why bother? Very […]

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A (very) brief history of Christian politics in the United States

[…] out against separation of church and state, or refused to invite Evangelicals to the White House, that he was not going to go to bat for us.'() Reagan, unlike Carter, hadn’t been born again, and so in evangelical terms wasn’t strictly speaking a Christian. (He was also keen on astrology, which is frowned on […]

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