President John F. Kennedy wanted to have friendly relations with emerging African nations. This was a period of anti-colonial independence movements and Cold War tensions were increasing to new heights. Kennedy’s African foreign policy may not have been completely altruistic. The Soviet Union was becoming a popular sponsor and ally to newly independent nations in […]Read more "President John F. Kennedy’s Remarks of Welcome to President Nkrumah of Ghana (1961)"
There was a period in which the US favored Iraq as a partner. The Iran-Iraq War began in 1980 and the United States began to tilt toward the government of Saddam Hussein. He was provided computer mainframes, arms, and even chemical weapons with the hope that Iraq could be victorious in the conflict. The Ronald […]Read more "Donald Rumsfeld Meets Saddam Hussein (1983)"
China and North Korea have been linked together politically since the 1940s. Around this time China had abandoned Maoism and was moving toward a liberalized economy. Under Deng Xiaoping this occurred and it seems that the relationship with North Korea would be complicated. Mao’s leadership contributed to North Korea’s survival in the 1950 to 1953 […]Read more "Kim Il Sung Visits Deng Xiaoping (1991)"
Benazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was also the first female Prime Minister of a majority Muslim nation. She became active in politics when her father Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was deposed and executed by the military regime of Muhammad Zia Haq. Benazir Bhutto then organized under house arrest […]Read more "Benazir Bhutto Interview (1995)"
Lee Kuan Yew answers questions from a panel for a Meet the Press Interview. This aired in 1967.He was the first prime minister of Singapore. Here he explains that he wishes the US should use restraint in the Vietnam War. As he states “it is not black and white.” Prime Minister Yew explains that Asia […]Read more "Lee kuan Yew Meet the Press Interview"
This is a video from 1991 featuring Barack Obama. At this time he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review . He would later go on to be the first African American President of the United States of America. The “Black History Minute” was a TBS public service announcement series educating the public about […]Read more "Barack Obama on TBS”Black History Minute”"
This is an audio recording of a speech W.E.B Dubois gave in Madison, Wisconsin in 1960.Here the fame academic and activist explains the benefits of socialism and how it can tackle the problem of social inequality. W.E.B Dubois was one of many victims of the Red Scare of the 1950s. The McCarthy era demonized socialism […]Read more "W.E.B. DuBois : Socialism and the American Negro(1960)"