Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Remembering the Presidency of Ronald Reagan

I keep seeing reports that Ronald Reagan is considered by many Americans to be one of the greatest American presidents. I know memory is a tricky process so I just wanted to help those that have forgot what went on during Reagan's presidency and add to the historical knowledge of those who are too young to remember what it was like.

Democracy Now

* Ghost Wars: How Reagan Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan *

During Reagan's 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of
dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported
jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America's role in
Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda with
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The
Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet
Invasion to September 10, 2001.

Listen/Watch/Read Ghost War

* Remembering Reagan's Invasion of Grenada *

We take a look at the 1983 U.S.-invasion of Grenada that led to the
installation of a pro-American government to replace the former rule of
the leftist President Maurice Bishop. We speak with Bishop's former Press
Secretary Don Rojas, who was deported from Grenada by the U.S.

Listen/Watch/Read Invasion of Grenada

* Ignoring AIDS: The Reagan Years *

We take a look at the Reagan administration blatant refusal to deal
with the issue of AIDS while thousands of Americans were dying from the
disease. We speak with Andy Humm of Gay USA who confronted Reagan in 1987
when he first addressed the issue near the end of his second term.

Listen/Watch/Read Ignoring AIDs

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