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Mexico's 1968 Massacre: What Really Happened?

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Documents suggest that snipers planted by the Mexican military may have triggered the massacre.

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The Tlatelolco massacre was the killing of an unspecified number of students and civilians by the army and police on 2 October 1968, in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas , Mexico City. The events, which occurred 10 days before the opening of the Olympic Games in the city, are considered part of the Mexican 'dirty War', when the government used its forces to suppress political opposition. 

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Are you going to happily sit down to watch the Sochi Olympics? 1 Gold=1 dead LGBT 1Silver= 10 beaten LGBT 1 Bronze= 10 LGBT imprisoned

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How should history remember Fidel Castro?

How should history remember Fidel Castro? | IB: The Americas | Scoop.it
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'To many, he was a heroic champion of the disenfranchised; to others, a cruel tyrant. Following Fidel Castro’s death in November 2016, five historians offered their verdicts on the Cuban leader’s life and legacy.'

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'To many, he was a heroic champion of the disenfranchised; to others, a cruel tyrant. Following Fidel Castro’s death in November 2016, five historians offered their verdicts on the Cuban leader’s life and legacy.'

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1972 sports and Cold War - YouTube

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1972 sporting rivalry: basketball, USA vs USSR, and ice hockey, Canada vs USSR. 

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US Marines vs Vietcong in Vietnam "Contact (Ambush)" 1966 USMC 13min - YouTube

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13 minute US marine film on Vietnam War - useful for explaining outcome.

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The Quiet Mutiny (1970) vietnam interviews part 1 - YouTube

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The Quiet Mutiny (1970). John Pilger's return to Vietnam. Useful for understanding the US defeat. 

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Country Joe McDonald - I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag - YouTube

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Country Joe McDonald, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (1965)

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Richard Nixon's Opening to China and Closing the Gold Window | History Today

Richard Nixon's Opening to China and Closing the Gold Window | History Today | IB: The Americas | Scoop.it
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'On 15 July 1971, onetime arch-Cold Warrior Richard Nixon went on television to make the stunning announcement that he would visit the People’s Republic of China, at the time the United States’ bitterest enemy, in early 1972.'

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau To Men: You Need To Be Feminists | NBC News - YouTube

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Justin Trudeau on why men should be feminists. 

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The Times They Were A Changin’ | History Today

The Times They Were A Changin’ | History Today | IB: The Americas | Scoop.it
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"‘Has this country gone mad?’, declaimed the Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Saturday Evening Post during May 1968. To find the answer, all he needed to do was turn on the television, tune into the news and drop into a frenzy of political assassinations (including Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King), violent and nonviolent protests, an overseas war that was turning sour and a generation of young Americans seemingly hell-bent on summoning the four horsemen of the Apocalypse."

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Documenting U.S. Role in Democracy’s Fall and Dictator’s Rise in Chile

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 'Visitors at a new exhibition at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights here in Santiago who pick up the receiver hear two men complain bitterly about the liberal news media “bleating” over the military coup that had toppled Salvador Allende, the Socialist president of Chile, five days earlier.'

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What really happened after these photos were taken

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Eddie Adams captured one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War but he was haunted by it.
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'Photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War - the very instant of an execution during the chaos of the Tet Offensive. It would bring him a lifetime of glory, but as James Jeffrey writes, also of sorrow. 

 
 Warning: This story includes Adams' photo of the moment of the shooting, and graphic descriptions of it.'
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What Was It Like Returning Home From the Vietnam War? - Oral Histories from NJ Vietnam Veterans

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans discuss their experiences returning home after military service.
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Vietnam veterans recall their experiences on returning home.
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McCarthyism: The Documentary Better Dead than Red Part1

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A 6 minute documentary on McCarthyism and the Red Scare.
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Rocky IV: Final Speech - YouTube

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How Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War. The final speech from Rocky IV, made in 1985.

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Argentina abortion defeat shows enduring power of Catholic church | World news | The Guardian

Argentina abortion defeat shows enduring power of Catholic church | World news | The Guardian | IB: The Americas | Scoop.it
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'Currently abortion is allowed in Argentina – an overwhelmingly Catholic country – only in cases of rape, or if the mother’s health is in danger. Activists estimate that 3,000 women in Argentina have died of illegal abortions since 1983, and 45,000 to 60,000 women are hospitalised each year due to complications from such procedures.'

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The Quiet Mutiny (1970) vietnam interviews part 2 - YouTube

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The Quiet Mutiny (1970). John Pilger's return to Vietnam. Useful for understanding the US defeat. 

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The Best Books on American Imperialism

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'When George W Bush declared that America "has never been an empire,” he elided a half century of colonial rule over its overseas dependencies. But American expansionism has manifested in other forms too, says A G Hopkins, imperial historian and author of a panoramic new work of American history.'

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Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin' 1964 - YouTube



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Bob Dylan, The Times They are A Changin' (1964)

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Reproductive rights — yesterday, today and tomorrow | Canada is ... - YouTube

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Contraception and abortion rights in Canada. 

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The Zapatista Uprising (20 Years Later) - YouTube

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Useful film looking back at the Zapatista uprising of 1994. 

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The Cuban Missile Crisis at 55 | National Security Archive

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The United States planned for the military occupation of Cuba in 1962 with a temporary American military governor in charge, according to newly declassified documents.

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'55 years-ago today, at 11:50 a.m., October 16, 1962, the National Security Council's Executive Committee (ExCom) began deliberating over responses to the Soviet missile deployments.'

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'55 years-ago today, at 11:50 a.m., October 16, 1962, the National Security Council's Executive Committee (ExCom) began deliberating over responses to the Soviet missile deployments.'

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George Galloway on Fidel Castro and Cuba - YouTube

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George Galloway talking about Fidel Castro on Channel 4 News. Feisty stuff! 

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The Dirty Thirties - YouTube

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 'Images of the Great Depression in Canada include breadlines, relief camps, protest marches and dust storms sweeping over the western plains. The underlying reality is as stark as the images. During the downswing that begins shortly before the stock-market crash in 1929 and ends in the spring of 1933, national income falls by almost half. The recovery is uneven and ends in a renewed slump in 1937. Only the war that begins in September 1939 brings full recovery.'

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Opinion | Why Vietnam Was Unwinnable

Opinion | Why Vietnam Was Unwinnable | IB: The Americas | Scoop.it

 

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Kevin Boylan: 'Taking their cue from the Vietnam revisionists, Iraq war optimists argued that just as Americans thought we were losing in Vietnam when in fact we were winning, so too were we winning in Iraq despite apparent evidence to the contrary. The problem, the optimists argued, was that — just as during the Vietnam War — naysaying pundits and politicians were not merely undermining popular support for the war, but giving our enemies hope that they could win by waiting for the American people to lose their will to continue the fight. This kind of talk alarmed me because it discouraged a frank reassessment of our failing strategy in Iraq, which was producing that weekly procession of maimed veterans. And I also knew that the historical premises on which it was based were deeply flawed. America did not experience a “lost victory” in Vietnam; in fact, victory was likely out of reach from the beginning.'
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Duck and Cover - Full Version - 1951 - YouTube

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Getting ready for the atomic bomb: a civil defence film from 1951.
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