Cold War Radio #156

Posted: February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Show Notes:

Andrew McCarthy

Spanish Radical Left Party Gets Boost With Huge Madrid Rally

Obama Versus Netanyahu, Part Deux

Today in Cold War History
1964 : Following the success of the Barbie doll for girls Hasbro launch G.I. Joe an action figure for boys. G.I. Joe stood for “Government Issue Joe” , There were originally four figures launched one for each branch of the Armed Forces.
1972 – The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday.
1972 : The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed by crowds throwing fire bombs as retaliation over the shooting dead of 13 people in Londonderry.
1980 – Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation. ABSCAM—was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation that took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The two-year investigation was directed from the FBI’s office in Hauppauge, New York, and was under the supervision of Assistant Director Neil J. Welch, who headed the bureau’s New York division, and Thomas P. Puccio, head of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property and corruption of prestigious businessmen, but was later converted to a public corruption investigation. The FBI, aided by the Justice Department and a convicted con-man, videotaped politicians accepting bribes from a fraudulent Arabian company in return for various political favors.
More than thirty political figures were investigated, and among these thirty a total of seven Congressmen — six members of the United States House of Representatives and one United States Senator — were convicted.[3] Not only were there members of Congress, but also one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and an inspector for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
1982 – 1982 Hama massacre: the government of Syria attacks the town of Hama. The Hama massacre occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian Arab Army and the Defense Companies, under the orders of the country’s then-president, Hafez al-Assad, besieged the town of Hama for 27 days in order to quell an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood against al-Assad’s government.[1][2] The massacre, carried out by the Syrian Army under commanding General Rifaat al-Assad, effectively ended the campaign begun in 1976 by Sunni Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, against the government.
1987 – After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines enacts a new constitution.
1987 : Terry Waite is kidnapped by the Islamic militia group Islamic Jihad in Lebanon .
1989 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul.
1990 – Apartheid: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.

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