Fidel Castro shares at least one belief with the majority of Americans: He is convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, but rather the culmination of a broad conspiracy.
It may seem like a stretch, but the Cold War crises that President John F. Kennedy faced hold important lessons for the nuclear impasse with Iran. Newly released historical files on the confrontations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the early 1960s can help us better understand what to expect if the current negotiations with Tehran fail and we are soon confronted with a nuclear-armed Iran.
In Russia, a poet is more than a poet. The strong feelings revealed in a recent national argument over two bards -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, long emigrated to the U.S., and Joseph Brodsky, who died in 1996 -- might even help explain how the regime of President Vladimir Putin is able to maintain its grip on power.
Don Kendall made a name for himself by giving Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev his first taste of Pepsi. The 89-year-old former PepsiCo Inc. chief executive officer can also take some credit for the company’s latest move in Russia -- the takeover of Wimm-Bill-Dann Dairy & Juice Co.
“A modest man,” Winston Churchill supposedly quipped about Clement Attlee, his successor as prime minister, “but then he has so much to be modest about.” We should say the same about economists, particularly their ability to forecast anything in a useful and timely manner.