Foreign Policy

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April 2, 1980 – Carter; Sweep – Anderson; Nil – Primary Season In Full Swing.

Since April 2, 1980 was right in the middle of Presidential Primary season, most of the news for this day had to do with the recently completed Wisconsin and Kansas Primaries and the telling results. Carter won handily, putting Ted Kennedy in a distant 2nd place. California Governor Jerry Brown...

Vietnam - The panic was on. 0

April 1, 1975 – ‘The Military Has Lost Control Of The City’ – The Situation In South Vietnam

In what was previously described as a strategic withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from key provinces, became a rout as South Vietnamese soldiers abandoned weapons and equipment and fled in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops, heading to Saigon. As word spread, panic set in as the Saigon government attempted...

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March 31, 1990 – The View From Vilnius – Gorbachev And The Break-Away Republics.

News for this last day of March in 1990 had much to do with the rapidly-becoming-former Soviet Union. March 1990 was Lithuania’s turn – a move was underway to break with the Soviet Union and become an independent nation no longer under the influence of Moscow. Despite repeated warnings from...

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March 30, 1948 – Foreign Aid – Fragile Elections – Italy Goes To The Polls.

A busy and “interesting” news day, this March 30th in 1948. Starting with news on the upcoming elections in Italy, which were awash in violence and fears of a Communist sweep. Riots claimed 6 persons in the last two days and it was enough to call together the parties and...

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March 26, 1961 – Soapy Goes To Africa – Fact-Finding In A Region Roiling In Conflict.

The ongoing turmoil/growing pains/strife that marked the Africa Independence Movement in the 1960s continues, to a degree, to this day. But in 1964 it was all pretty fresh. There was The Congo, formerly Belgian Congo, which was undergoing a dramatic upheaval since achieving independence from Belgium in 1961. The entire...

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March 24, 1994 – In A Heartbeat – Assassination Of A Candidate

News for this day, twenty years ago had much to do with shock and horror surrounding the assassination of Mexican Presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, gunned down while celebrating an election victory in Tijuana the evening before.  The alleged assassin, 23 year old Mario Aburto Martinez; a mechanic and Pacifist, was...

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March 23, 1999 – Frustration From Kosovo – A Firing Squad In Cuba – OPEC Cuts Production

March 23, 1999 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 23, 1999 – News from Kosovo and the word was Frustration. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrook failed in last-ditch diplomacy efforts to stave off NATO’s first-ever airstrikes over Kosovo. Emerging from a two-hour session with Serbian...

Kurdish Rebels - March 1991 - Photo: Richard Wayman 0

March 22, 1991 – Shoot-Downs Over No-Fly Zone – Kurdish Rebels Gain Control In The North – Staving Off Famine In Iraq

March 22, 1991 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 22, 1991 – news for this day had much to do with the situation in Iraq. Starting with a Pentagon report that an F-15 shot down an Iraqi jet venturing into the No-Fly zone in...

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March 19, 1985 – World Full Of Missiles – Pockets Full Of Empty –

March 19th 1985 was about nuclear weapons, MX Missiles, Geneva Arms talks. East-West relations, saber-rattling and words. On this day the first of two Senate votes was scheduled to take place over the budget President Reagan requested in order to build 21 more MX Missiles. The vote was deemed so...