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Jiang

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On November 30, 2022
Born in Yangzhou in 1926, Jiang was one of the last Chinese leaders to remember the 1949 Revolution. His father died fighting the Japanese while Jiang himself was attending National Central University in Japanese-occupied Nanjing before transferring to what is today Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in 1947. He did not play any role in the […]

Gorbachev

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On August 30, 2022

Despite what Americans want to believe about the man whom they credit with doing much to end the Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev is probably best described as the greatest failure of a leader in Russian h

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Echeverría

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On July 11, 2022
Luis Echeverría Alvarez has died at the age of 100. You’d think that this former president of Mexico lived a good century. But you’d be wrong. If you want to consider what’s wrong with Mexico today, a lot of it is at least partially the responsibility of Echeverría.  Luis Echeverría was born in 1922 in […]

Hatch

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On April 24, 2022

Orrin Hatch is dead. He may have been known as Borin’ Orrin, but his career and positions represented some of the worst tendencies in American history. Born in Pittsburgh in 1934, Hatch grew up in a

Dole

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On December 6, 2021

Let’s be very clear up front here. Bob Dole was not a nice man. He was never a nice man. Just because he was the last World War II veteran to win the nomination to the presidency at the same time th

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Powell

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On October 18, 2021
Colin Powell has died of COVID-19. One of the most unjustly lauded individuals in early twenty-first century America, an honest portrayal of Powell’s legacy turns out starkly negative. From his significant role in the cover up of the My Lai Massacre to his lies about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, Powell holds a great […]

Saadi Yacef, RIP

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On September 22, 2021

Last week, we had a very unfortunate comment thread when I mentioned that one of the bombers portrayed in The Battle of Algiers still lives. Too many commenters basically preferred colonialism to the

Trumka

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On August 6, 2021

Richard Trumka, long-time president of the AFL-CIO, has died of a heart attack at the age of 72. There is much to admire about Trumka’s career. He will be remembered in part for his failure to t

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Rummy

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On June 30, 2021
Today, we have one known known: Donald Rumsfeld is dead. Rumsfeld’s upbringing isn’t really very interesting; upper-middle class German-American family from Illinois, Boy Scouts, Princeton, ROTC, marriage at 22, kids, bit of time in the Navy. He started in politics in a pretty normal way, as a congressional aide to David Dennison of Ohio and […]

Jack Welch

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On March 9, 2020

The vile former GE CEO Jack Welch died recently. History News Network asked if I was interesting in writing one of my patented obituaries for them about this scumbag. How could I turn down that offer?

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