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CIA: Conservative, Inept, Air-heads…

In the summer of ‘66, leaving UC Berkeley, Frank J. Rafalko applied to the CIA to become a spy. He spent the next 32 years staying in-the-box with an adagio performance of the requisite noblesse oblige before the altar of gov’t service.

Rafalko is the author of a 4-volume series on the history of counter-intelligence in America. In 2011 he published, MH/CHAOS, The CIA’s Campaign Against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers (Naval Institute Press). Save your money, they aren’t worth the postage. more…

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Christiane Amanpour, the Last Journalist…

My all-too-brief occupation as a working journalist, included covering areas of the Middle East, East Africa, and Central & South America (1969-74).

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I started in Beirut, Lebanon, easily the most beautiful city in the world, at least that I’ve ever visited. Beirut has well-earned the title of Paris of the Middle East with over 5,000 years of Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and French history.

Despite the Lebanese civil war of 1975-90, Syria’s occupation from 1976-2005, and Israel’s occupation from 1978-2000, the city has returned as a cosmopolitan nexus of Arab and Western culture. more…