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Bay of Pigs
When John F. Kennedy became President of the United States on January 20, 1961, he inherited every policy decision that Eisenhower had yet to carry out. (1) One of these was the planned invasion of Cuba to depose Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement. The Central Intelligence Agency had recruited and trained Cuban exiles to conduct the invasion. The operation became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion after the point that the Cuban exiles made their landing. The planning of the invasion began with the 1959 defeat of Fulgencio Batista, the former president of Cuba. The CIA believed that the use of Cuban exiles would work because of their perceived success in the 1954 coup against President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala. In the 1954 coup against Arbenz, the CIA had used disgruntled Guatemalan military officers and Agency provided air support to aid in the coup. In the Bay of Pigs, there would be no such saving graces. The air and artillery support the US promised was either canceled or so delayed that Castro's forces easily repelled the invading forces. Additionally, the CIA had no understanding of the environment in which they were operating. In Guatemala, there had been differing factions to exploit within Arbenz's government. In 1961 Cuba there were no such factions left on the island. This was due to any that had opposed the 26th of July Movement fleeing the island in the wake of losing their benefactor. This meant that the invaders had no support to meet them once they arrived. This led to the spectacular failure that is now associated with the Bay of Pigs. By 1961, the CIA had grown confident enough in its abilities to conduct such an operation. However, they operated with undeserved confidence, as they had not learned how to conduct such operations in hostile nations. It is by looking at the CIA's overconfidence in their ability to pull off the Bay of Pigs Invasion that we see how Fidel Castro and the Cuban government were able to assert their sovereignty, and become a regional power despite the lopsided odds stacked against them.
'You know my methods, Watson'
I've recently re-read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and was going to write a review, but tuning into the news at any given time has given me a different idea. Think of this as an advice column for the media. A response from a hypothetical 'Dear Sir Arthur,' if you will.
Muckrakers the super heroes of journalism
Muckrakers were investigative reporters and writers during what is known as the Progressive Era which lasted from 1890–1920. These individuals wrote about injustice and corruption in order to bring much needed changes in society. You could call them whistleblowers who published articles in magazines like Cosmopolitan and McClure's and also in books. The January 1903 issue of McClure's is considered to be the official debut for muckraking journalism.
Book Review: "The Red Prince" by Helen Carr
I have read many books on history in my life and honestly, some of them are far better than others. I find that there is a technique to writing a book of historical nonfiction that is set on exploring person and personality simultaneously with politics and contextual items. Be that as it may, many books often fail to provide the former for the hope that the over-explanatory of the latter may compensate as a ‘I bet you did not know this [insert ideology here]…’. But, it can make the book dry and insensitive and often, we as readers have a hard time enough imagining that these people who lived in the distant past were real at all so that just adds to it. The reader would be far more interested if the book was more personal, had more character and made us really think that we knew this person from the distant past properly as we do our own friends. Context, character and plot must go hand-in-hand to make a great nonfiction history book and in the book “The Red Prince” by Helen Carr, I can say that they definitely do. They fuse together perfectly to not only give us a personal portrait of John of Gaunt, but also plays on various things that the reader may have already seen such as the portrayal of John of Gaunt in Richard II and his own child and grandchild getting their own plays with “Henry IV” and “Henry V”.
Racism, Homophobia, Violence and Literature
Édouard Louis, the 28-year-old French writer, is considered the new "enfant terrible" of French literature. One Saturday last August, we were talking animatedly in a busy restaurant on the island of Aegina. He had chosen this Greek island near the capital Athens to spend his summer vacation. Even at our first meeting there, I recognized a kind of contradiction when I unconsciously compared his gentle and calm current aura with his fierce and angry literary writing.
5 News Stories from March 2021 — A Quick Look
While many of these stories made headlines across America in March, some might have missed updates on these stories. Photo by Guilherme Rossi from Pexels
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I never thought my nosing around would get me anywhere. I had been searching for answers about my birth since the beginning. As soon as I was old enough, I began asking my mother questions. My name is Nicholas Pennington and the year was 1876. By that time, I had waited almost twenty years for the answers about my birth.
President Johnathan Macmillan is a tall man that immediately says "powerful leader" as soon as you take one look at him. He is walking quickly down the White House hallway towards the Oval Office when one of the staff members caught up with him. He looked at her and said in a driving voice, "Tell me what you know, and quickly. I'm headed to address the press in five minutes."
The right to bear one less arm.
Sam Gregor was loved by everyone and known by no one. The year started on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It was 1989. Two years before the fall of the Berlin wall and two years after The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed for the first time above 2,000, gaining 8.30 to close at 2,002.25. It had been a long year in a busier decade. It was the year U.S. President George H. W. Bush banned the importation of certain guns in the United States. The guns banned were classified as assault weapons. Semi-automatic rifles. George H W Bush had given the people the right to bear one less arm.
Systemic Racism is Real
There is an article going around from the New York Times about Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Classics professor at Princeton (specifically history of Rome).
Everybody Can't Stop Laughing at the CBN's 2 Grammatical Blunders in New Letter.
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