Castro brothersOn January 1, 2009, Cubans of all political persuasions will mark the 50th anniversary of the collapse of the Fulgencio Batista government, and the establishment of the Castro dictatorship. Few, however, will remember how some elements in the U.S. government and media played a significant role in aiding Castro in his bid for communist domination of the island.

Statues of Marx and EngelsEven in the United States, the Utopian economic and political system known as socialism remains attractive to those who are not familiar with its track record of broken promises.

Washington (Christmas Night)Christmas morning dawned gloomy and cold over the rebel camp. The low, overcast sky promised drizzle, or worse, by afternoon. The temperature, hovering just above freezing the past few days, was now dropping rapidly. The weather conditions did not improve the mood of the soldiers who, having skewered chunks of meat with the ramrods from their flint-lock firearms, were squatting around low campfires preparing the morning's repast.

Harry Dexter White, John Maynard KeynesWhile WWII raged in 1944, 44 delegations met to create a world currency, bank, and trade organization. They fell short of that goal, but what will happen this time?

Franklin D. RooseveltThere are several interpretations of the facts surrounding Pearl Harbor. The first, as expressed by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the film Pearl Harbor, is to simply deny the overwhelming evidence.