13 Links For 13 Days

OpenCanada considers the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years on.

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29 October, 2012
By: Claire Schachter
Deputy Editor of OpenCanada.org

This October marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. From October 16th to 28th in 1962, the two superpowers came far closer to nuclear war than the “deterrent” of mutually assured destruction was supposed to permit. For international relations theorists (or at least for those interested in decision-making models) the Cuban Missile Crisis remains the ultimate case study, and worthy of analysis even fifty years later. For historians, it still stands as one of the most dramatic episodes in recent memory. And to the world today, it seems to be one of the few historical examples that may help leaders defuse a nuclear faceoff between the United States and Iran.

Here are 13 links to coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Thirteen links for the 13 days the world hovered at the edge of an existential – not just a fiscal – cliff.

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Journalism in Canada has suffered a devastating decline over the last two decades. Dozens of newspapers and outlets have shuttered. Remaining newsrooms are smaller. Nowhere is this erosion more acute than in the coverage of foreign policy and international news. It’s expensive, and Canadians, oceans away from most international upheavals, pay the outside world comparatively little attention.

At Open Canada, we believe this must change. If anything, the pandemic has taught us we can’t afford to ignore the changing world. What’s more, we believe, most Canadians don’t want to. Many of us, after all, come from somewhere else and have connections that reach around the world.

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