Influence peddlers of the West and the East continue intrigue
nSecond of two-part story
Gregg Reese | 10/26/2017, midnight
The end of World War II and the finish of fascism meant the start of antagonism between capitalism and communist dominion over the earth, a rivalry (as we have seen in part one of this article) in place early in the 20th century, but accelerated with the redirection of assets and resources from the war effort. The windfall of resources brought with it advances in technology, however, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which put a damper on the urge to engage in conflict on both sides of the global phenomenon that came to be known as the Cold War.
The breakdown of colonialism yielded fertile, impressionable countries open for exploitation by opposing sides of the political spectrum. It is no coincidence that the Soviet Union and the United
States established organizations to curry favor within the developing world. The Peace Corps, initiated in 1961, continues to provide financial and technical assistance across the globe while enduring (unsubstantiated) claims that it is a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) front.
It's polar opposite, the University of the Friendship of Peoples began outside of Moscow in 1960, was open to foreign exchange students of various ethnicities. Better known as Patrice Lumumba University (honoring the Prime Minister of the Congo, assassinated, it is said, with the help of the CIA), it has graduated tens of thousands of alumni who serve in leadership positions all over the world. Along the way, it has suffered under accusations it is a “finishing school” of terrorists of various ideologies (alumni include Venezuelan born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, an assassin and terrorist who reached celebrity status as a pop culture icon in the
1970s, and Russian native Anna Vasil'yevna Chapman, noted for her beauty and her 2012 arrest and expulsion on espionage charges in Manhattan).
The influx of multi-national students who flocked into the country to study there have often been received with hostility (and physical violence), underscoring the very real intolerance of the Russian people, which has morphed into factions of the skinhead subculture, an international movement of alienated working-class White youth with racist overtones.
America's Civil Rights Movement gained momentum, in the 1950s and the Soviet Bloc made inroads to harvest this social progression for its own ends. Initially, attention was drawn to a charismatic Baptist minister at the forefront of the push for equality. These efforts to bring Martin Luther King under the sway of socialism were covered in past issues of Our Weekly (see http://ourweekly.com/news/2014/jan/09/race-war/).
Unsuccessful attempts to enlist him were followed by endeavors to brand him an “Uncle Tom,” and replace him with another, more militant figurehead (Trinidadian expatriate Stokely Carmichael), and after his 1968 murder in Memphis, Tenn., turn him into a martyr, a victim of the oppressive imperialist regime of America.
Politics of convenience
“If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.” -a metaphor attributed to Richard M. Nixon
Richard Nixon is largely demonized for the Watergate break in scandal that toppled his presidency, obscuring the fact that he was a politician and statesman of uncommon skill. In a 1959 letter (recently unearthed at a Maryland auction house) to a North Carolina constituent he explained his rationale for championing the then volatile issue of “race mixing” in the wake of the Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954) ruling, the then Vice President explained his opinion thusly: