Gamal Abdul Nassar (during the 1956 Suez crisis) - The Glue that held the Arab World together.

October 5, 1970 – The World Reacts: Nixon And Tito – Mourning Nassar

Gamal Abdul Nassar (during the 1956 Suez crisis) – The Glue that held the Arab World together.

October 5, 1970 – World Press Review – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

October 5, 1970 – A busy day for the world in general. This roundtable discussion by representatives of several news outlets around the world got together nightly for a wrapup of the days news, as seen on the big scale; how if affected the world and not necessarily the U.S. – well . . .not right away, anyway.

Two key events were taking place which grabbed attention on this day: President Nixon on a European tour, pays a visit to Yugoslavia’s Tito raised speculation that Nixon and the Yugoslav strongman were warming relations, much to the consternation of Moscow. Despite polar-opposite differences, particularly on the war in Vietnam, the Nixon-Tito visit was viewed as a success, as was the view from most of the European press on the European tour in general; barring several demonstrations in Italy against Nixon’s visit, primarily over Vietnam. Moscow wasn’t happy with Nixon’s warm embrace of Tito as, to them, it signified a revisit to the colder aspects of the Cold War – so not everyone was pleased with this European tour.

The other key event was the death and mourning of Gamal Abdul Nassar, the leader of Egypt whom many felt was the glue that held the Arab world together, established a renewed sense of high esteem within the Arab world. A leader of Egypt for 18 years. He was an ally of The Soviet Union and his death made considerable coverage in the Soviet Press, including messages from Brezhnev., Podgorny and Kosygin to the Egyptian leadership, in which they not only emphasized the close cooperation between Nassar and Moscow, but also pledged to continue their aid to Egypt in its “just struggle against Imperialism”. Photos depicted the Soviet leadership, in black armbands paying respects to Egyptian Embassy officials.

And that’s a very small sample of what went on, this October 5, 1970 throughout the rest of the world, as viewed by World Press Review.

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