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Never any shortage of scandal where Capitol Hill is concerned, and this April 30th in 1979 was no different. The Senate Ethics Committee was getting ready to hold hearings on violations by Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge and abuses of power, campaign funds and a file cabinet full of other embarrassments. Even before the hearings were underway, there were some in the Senate pondering censure of Talmadge, the first such move since 1967. Still, witnesses were lined up, including one very vengeful ex-wife who promised she was going to ruin his career. Who needs soap operas?
Meanwhile, the White House was readying for a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Ohira and the inevitable hot-button topic of Trade. Some on Capitol Hill threatened a Trade Barrier War if Japan didn’t lighten up on their policy of prohibiting competitive trade with American goods.
President Carter was scheduled to give a News Conference later on in the day.
The long awaited arrival of Soviet Jews in Israel finally became a reality as 7 former dissidents got off the plane in Tel-Aviv.
The first Israeli-flagged ship sailed into the Suez Canal; the first time an event like this took place. Further evidence relations were warming between Cairo and Tel-Aviv. But Iran took a different tack and severed diplomatic relations with Egypt in retaliation. Seems you just can’t please everybody.
Back home – a Teamster Vote to settle the long Steel Haulers Strike was getting ready to take place.
In Ecuador, elections were held and it seems the Military-backed Junta were on their way out.
And the Red River was flooding its banks in Winnipeg, sending flood waters and threats of destruction each hour.
All that, and a whole lot more via this edition of The CBS World News Roundup for April 30, 1979.
Nobody ever said history was dull – not by a long shot.
Egypt in 1957. Cultivating a new phrase: Arab Nationalism.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: CBS Radio – Update- Nasser’s Egypt – Jan. 1957
1956 and 1957 were pivotal years for the emergence of Egypt as a power to be reckoned with in the Middle East. Since the rise of Gamal Abdul Nassar in 1952, Egypt came to symbolize that new phrase in our World Lexicon; Arab Nationalism.With the Suez Crisis still fresh in everyone’s minds, and a decided break in pro-Western sympathies, the changing face of the Middle East was more than just another bargaining chip in the Cold War. It signified a desire for a complete break in former colonial rulers. To the west of Egypt were nations still under colonial influence, most notably Algeria. And that struggle for independence from France would be long and costly.
This broadcast, part of the CBS Radio series; Update, sought to bring some clarification on the changing mood in Egypt – how America was being viewed by the average citizen of Cairo, and how much influence the New Nassar was having on the rest of the Arab world. And what this meant for the future of an already shaky region.
Further evidence things just don’t happen overnight – they happen over decades and centuries, and they evolve in ways we find baffling on the surface. Yet closer inspection, and a little history check now and then, brings it all into perspective.
Here is that broadcast, originally aired over the CBS Radio Network on January 23, 1957.
Kuwait: August 1990 – murky images – murkier motives.
Click on the link here for audio player: News for August 10, 1990
The sound of sabers rattling and reports of atrocities, chaos and quickly organized summits dominated the news for this August 10th in 1990.
With the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait only a few days old, Egypt opened an emergency Arab Summit in Cairo as a last ditch effort to prevent an escalated war in the Persian Gulf against Iraq. But at the time of this broadcast, very little was accomplished, except when to break for lunch. Iraq sealed its borders to all but diplomats, and reports came flooding in of foreign nationals escaping in the droves, while some were being held in Bagdhad, perhaps as hostages. The ones who escaped gave harrowing accounts of what was going on in Kuwait and it fueled the already growing outrage against Iraq.
Meanwhile, NATO leaders were stopping short of taking collective military action, but they did endorse the growing multi-national Naval presence shaping up in the Persian Gulf. And the U.S. began a rapid deployment of U.S. combat troops to the region, denying reports it would eventually deploy as many as 250,000 personnel to Saudi Arabia.
Back in the States – wild fires were continuing to cause major destruction in Oregon and Northern California, charring some 100,000 acres as of this morning. Yosemite National Park was closed and all roads leading into the site were blocked, leaving many campers stranded. As of this August 10th, there were some 1,000 fires burning out of control in the region.
And that’s some of what went on, this chaotic August 10th in 1990, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.