Presidency

Why JFK was hated: his embrace of Third World nationalists

The story about the CIA role in the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962 highlights a bigger and often overlooked feature of President Kennedy’s time in office: his embrace of Third World nationalists.

As recounted by independent scholar Jim DiEugenio in Robert Parry’s Consortium News, JFK supported Third World independence movements that the Pentagon and the CIA usually sought to thwart or destroy.

Two examples stand out in DiEugenio’s detailed article:

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Did JFK try to rein in the CIA after Mandela’s arrest?

Nelson Mandela with members of the Kennedy family at the JFK Library in 1990.

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, the story that the CIA played a role in his arrest in August 1962 has made news from Washington to London to Moscow.

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Oliver Stone wraps up ’50 Reasons for 50 Years’


In the last installment of this epic and enlightening series, host Len Osanic talks to the director of “America’s Untold History” about JFK’s enemies without reference to the assassination. Rather, Stone compares JFK to his predecessor Dwight Eisenhower and successor Lyndon B. Johnson and explores what an unusual president he was in resisting the pressure for militarization and war.

‘A President Betrayed’ explores JFK’s peace policies


Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this new documentary by Cory Taylor goes where the recent mainstream news organization coverage did not dare: to the political context of JFK’s violent removal from power.

The New York Times called it “well-researched” and a “worthy entry” in the JFK documentary film catalog.

RFK Jr. on JFK’s legacy

The son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy writes in the current issue of Rolling Stone:

“And today, JFK’s great concerns seem more relevant than ever: the dangers of nuclear proliferation, the notion that empire is inconsistent with a republic and that corporate domination of our democracy at home is the partner of imperial policies abroad.”

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Long-lost Air Force One tape recalls the day JFK was killed


Historian Douglas Brinkley talks about the significance of the Air Force One tapes from the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Horne details JFK’s ‘war against the national security establishment’

In first of multi-part article, Doug Horne, former staffer of the Assassination Records Review Board, details what he calls “JFK’s War against the National Security Establishment.

The first installment only covers the events of 1961. From the Bay of Pigs fiasco to the firing of Allen Dulles seven months later, Horne captures JFK’s disillusionment with the limited policy choices that the hawks of the Pentagon and the CIA were offering him.

Good stuff.

 

 

 

Was Nixon referring to JFK’s assassination when said this about LBJ?

I don’t think so.

Is Max Holland right about JFK and Cuba?

Max Holland unearths a JFK-related document recently found in Bobby Kennedy’s papers. The story it tells provides a granular look at the workings of President Kennedy’s Cuba policy on the eve of the disaster in Dallas. Read more

When JFK wooed Latinos

AP reported a genuinely new JFK story on Sunday. It turns out that JFK met informally with members of Mexican-American civil rights group in Houston the day before his death. It was the first time an American president had ever recognized Latinos as a voting bloc. First Lady Jackie Kennedy spoke Read more

JFK Library announces program for 2013

Coming events at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston will highlight key moments of the Kennedy presidency.

From the Files: The Church Committee Report

Want to read the original 1975 U.S. Senate report that blew the lid on CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders?

Don’t settle for lame theories. Get the facts. Click here: Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders Read more