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Farewell, Afghanistan

Farewell, Afghanistan

LIKE A DISTANT light at the end of an excruciatingly long tunnel, the prospect of American withdrawal from Afghanistan now seems to glimmer ahead. Several rounds of negotiation in Russia, Qatar, and elsewhere have produced the outlines of an agreement. Details are unknown, but by all accounts, the accord will be based around a simple […]

Yes, conditions in Venezuela are bad. No, we shouldn’t intervene.

Yes, conditions in Venezuela are bad. No, we shouldn’t intervene.

Things are going badly in a Latin American country, but don’t worry — the United States wants to help. That news has been scaring Latin Americans for generations. Now, as the United States escalates its confrontation with Venezuela, it is once again flashing through the hemisphere. Few Americans could find Venezuela on a map. Suddenly […]

How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days

How The CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democracy In 4 Days

Stephen Kinzer was featured in the first episode of a new NPR show called Throughline, which seeks to explain news through history.

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What’s Going On with Trump’s International Policy?

Stephen Kinzer talks in-depth about the latest on the US foreign affairs of the Trump administration, from withdrawing US troops from Syria, to the U.S. recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, to the U.S. announcing plans to withdraw from a corner stone nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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The Shameful History of US Intervention in Latin America

National Security Adviser John Bolton raised a yellow warning flag about American military intervention. Or, anyway, a yellow legal pad, which he carried into a White House press briefing conspicuously displaying a single provocative notation: “5,000 troops to Colombia.” Should the US invade Venezuela, it would be the latest in a long history of meddling in Latin American countries, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Haiti, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Grenada and Uruguay.