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Stephen Kinzer

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We're edging closer to nuclear war (written by Stephen Kinzer)

March 7, 2019 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Last month two nuclear-armed countries, India and Pakistan, came to the brink of war. Their border skirmish was a scary message from the future. If controls on nuclear weapons continue to weaken, more countries will probably develop those weapons."

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Farewell, Afghanistan (written by Stephen Kinzer)

February 26, 2019 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "To withdraw from Afghanistan would be to acknowledge the limits of American power. Some consider that unthinkable — an intolerable loss of face and a dangerous admission of impotence."

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How the CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy in 4 Days (Stephen Kinzer featured)

February 7, 2019 NPR's Throughline

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer is featured in NPR's new show Throughline, which seeks to explain news through history. "According to Stephen Kinzer, author of the book All the Shah's Men, Roosevelt quickly seized control of the Iranian press by buying them off with bribes and circulating anti-Mossadegh propaganda."

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When scaring the regime runs in the family (written by Stephen Kinzer)

January 14, 2019 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "Pedro Joaquín Chamorro was the most outspoken dissident in Nicaraguan history. He relentlessly attacked the Somoza family regime, which ruled the country for four decades beginning in the 1930s. The regime returned his animosity." 

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Jair Bolsonaro threatens us all (written by Stephen Kinzer)

November 12, 2018 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "In one way, though, Bolsonaro is scarier than any of those other political thugs. He is not only a provocateur who thrives by turning people against each other, but also a product of the darkest period in modern Latin American history."

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Oscar Romero: The saint I knew (written by Stephen Kinzer)

October 22, 2018 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "As a young reporter in El Salvador during the late 1970s, I came to know the country’s highest-ranking cleric, Archbishop Oscar Romero. A few days ago Pope Francis elevated him to sainthood." 

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No peace prizes for politicians (written by Stephen Kinzer)

October 15, 2018 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "The Nobel Peace Prize can give voice to the voiceless while telling the rest of us something we don’t already know. Unfortunately, the Nobel Committee sometimes succumbs to the lure of politics."

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Iran's best diplomat takes on US power (written by Stephen Kinzer)

October 1, 2018 The Boston Globe

Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "American leaders are threatening Iran in terms more vituperative than any the United States has ever used against a sovereign nation. To accompany their threats, they have embarked on the harshest campaign of economic sanctions in modern history." 

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