Cold War

Hagel's Resignation Shows Failed Foreign Policy Knows No Party

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

Whether he fell on his sword or was pushed, Chuck Hagel's departure is the latest in a series of foreign policy missteps. It leaves the administration bereft of a Veteran Secretary of Defense at the most dangerous time in recent memory.

Russia Appears To Have A Space Weapon In Orbit Around Earth

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Tech

Concerns have been raised that a mysterious object that Russia put into orbit could in fact be some form of top secret space weapon. Known as Objec...

Gorbachev, the Pious Fool

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

By the end of the Cold War, the West has gotten to know a voice of sanity from Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, or "Gorby" as West Germans tenderly called. He was a smart politician, a politician indeed rather than a supreme ruler of the second most powerful superpower equipped with the deadliest weapons of mass destruction.

The Fall of the Wall, Russell Brand and the 89ers

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Twenty-five years ago, on 9 November 1989, I was on shift at The World Tonight as a newly-arrived presenter. It was the night the Berlin Wall was breached and history was made. I don't need to try to remember what I felt that night because I kept a recording of the programme. So here's what I said at 10pm on the night the Cold War finally ended.

Recruit Psychopaths To 'Keep Order' After A Nuclear Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

The British government looked at a proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order in the event of a devastating nuclear attack, recently released ...

Cold War Realignment As Poland Moves Troops To Eastern Border

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK

Poland will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders in a historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War, the country's...

Is Trident Detracting From Our National Security Strategy?

Carine Bambara | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Carine Bambara

The reality is that the UK cannot rely on weapons that were designed for a different world and political context to fight these modern day security threats.

13 Haunting Pictures Of Former Cold War Majesty

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

You have to suffer for your art, or so the saying goes. This would appear especially true for Rebecca Litchfield, who risked radiation exposure, ex...

British Forces Are Incapable of Acting as Extensions of Foreign Policy

Gareth Milner | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

Geopolitical fall out emanating from the crash of flight MH17 is yet to be fully realised. A definitive truth of the circumstances surrounding what transpired has not been fully consolidated. In such situations the dark arts of assessment and guesswork are at the forefront of all deliberations surrounding the deaths of nearly 300 people.

Russia's Unfinished Business

Paul Newman | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Newman

"From time immemorial, Russia has been a colourfully exotic, and to some extent unknown, country to the world at large. This unknown quantity - repres...

11 Incredible Pictures Of America's Ageing Minuteman 3 Nuclear Missile Silos

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

The Cold War has long-since passed, but many of the weapons and infrastructure that defined the near-50 year bi-polar conflict still remain. In North ...

Harry Truman and the RAF Save East Berlin: Remembering the Airlift that Defied Communism

Philip White | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Philip White

The fight for freedom in Europe did not end with the defeat of Adolf Hitler's Germany at the end of World War 2. As Winston Churchill correctly stated...

Nasa Finds Cold War Bomber 'Frozen In Time' In The Arctic

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Tech

Nasa has discovered a crashed Cold War bomber 'frozen in time' since 1947. The B-29 Superfortress plane ('Kee Bird') was lost on a top secret missi...

Is This 'Number Station' YouTube Account A Message Board For Spies?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech

An account on YouTube - which has posted 77,000 apparently meaningless videos of rectangles and noises - is the subject of some interesting conspiracy...

Americans Polled Over Whether US Should Intervene If NATO Were Attacked By Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

During the Cold War, Britain could always rely on America should the Queen spot a regiment of Soviet tanks rolling up The Mall. Well… that was the t...

Football, Fear and Torture in Transnistria: Undercover in a Country That Doesn't Officially Exist

Jim Wickens | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It sounds like a distant planet in a dystopian sci fi movie, and the place itself doesn't disappoint. Welcome to Transnistria, a tiny strip of land measuring less than 15 miles wide. Long linked to organised crime, the government here doesn't take too kindly to journalists, so for a special report with Channel 4 News, we went in undercover.

Looking for the New Iron Curtain in the Second Cold War

Justin Huggler | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

True, Putin is no Hitler. But it is a warning from history to those who believe his ambitions will end at Sevastopol. Crimea is a special case, we are told, because of its ethnic Russian population and importance in Russian history. The same arguments were made about the Sudetenland, and its German population, in 1938.

The Putin Stare That Says 'We Don't Care What You Think'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

To the booming chords of the Russian national anthem, president Vladimir Putin stood with his features set in grim determination, as the plan he had s...

This 'Yes, Prime Minister' Clip From 1986 Could Easily Be Applied To Russia Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, as the Germans say. Just check out this clip from the very first episode of 'Yes, Prime Minister' - whi...

Would You Know If Your Neighbours Were Russian Spies?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Just imagine a world where the distrust of the Russians and how far they might reach casts a shadow over every Westerner's daily life?? Nope, we're...

7 Quotes From Russian And US Politicians That'll Make You Think The Cold War Never Ended

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Hello there Russian and US senators, 1983 called. It wants its rhetoric back. Things have got incredibly tense between two of the worlds sparring s...

The Ukrainian Crisis and the Echoes of the Cold War

Joe Pennell | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Pennell

Beneath the pallid smog of billowing smoke that hangs above Independence Square in Kiev, the belligerents of the civil war pause for breath in a conflict that few can be sure will not resume. If it does, the rebels that hide behind their barricades, and the state forces that try to haul them down, may discover that - beneath the burnt-out tyres, barrels, and rubble - the unexpected weight of history lies very much alive and unwell.

The Ralph Miliband Saga Raises an Important Question: Was the Cold War Really a Battle Between "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys"

Daniel Wickham | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

Putting the Miliband saga aside, Brogan's comments on the Cold War deserve close attention. Was the Cold War really a "struggle between freedom and communism?", or is the history of the conflict more complicated?

Lessons from the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Gary Kent | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Ireland gained its independence and was partitioned, with Northern Ireland remaining within the United Kingdom, at about the same time as the Kurds were incorporated into modern Iraq nearly a century ago.

How is Spying and Surveillance Evolving?

Endeavour Press | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the many remarkable things revealed by the NSA spying revelations is how remote from the subject of their surveillance spies have become. Programmes with enigmatic names like XKeyscore or PRISM scan mainframe computers in far away bunkers, collecting and sifting through reams of emails and searches, which disconcertingly reveal to faceless bureaucrats our most intimate thoughts and intended actions.