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Cold War and That Damned Berlin Wall

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On a cold, January day in 1961, in a world chilled by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, I sat near a radio with my family and listened intently to the words of a man that my very young mind idolized. Even as [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The 2nd Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Last week, we began the sordid tale of the First Opium War, in which England pushed opium produced in India onto China to balance its trade deficit with that country. Today, we continue with the rest of the [...]

British Drug Pushers in China — The 1st Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes China became involved in direct trade with Europe when the Portuguese established a trade center in Macau, China in 1557. Then, in 1565, Spain established a permanent colonial presence in the Philippine Islands [...]

A Flimsy Excuse for WWI

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes An intelligence agency ignored its own government and ordered an assassination. No, not in Pakistan…. On July 23, 1914, Austrian diplomat Baron Giesl von Gieslingen delivered an ultimatum to the government [...]

Taking Down the Cosa Nostra

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On July 19, 1992, Italian Anti-Mafia Task Force leader Judge Paolo Borsellino–one of the most important men in the history of Italy–and five police body guards*, were murdered by a car bomb in Palermo, [...]

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was [...]

Why We Never Forget

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard   Earlier this year, I was talking with a friend in the UK when Islamic terrorists attacked at their Parliament building. She said the UK had been dealing with terrorists time out of mind, and that while [...]

Anzac Day–Memorial Day New Zealand Style

Memorial Day–New Zealand Style By Matthew Wright Guest Post at Bayard & Holmes     In one of the quirks of history, both New Zealand and Australia remember their war dead on 25 April – which isn’t when any war ended. It’s [...]

The Man Who Stole Tea from China

By K.B. Owen   With stories in the news about Chinese hackers breaking into U.S. corporate computers and stealing proprietary software and information (for example, this 60 Minutes’ feature: The Great Brain Robbery), here’s [...]

ANTHROPOID — Espionage Legend on the Big Screen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes ANTHROPOID brings one of history’s legendary espionage events to the big screen – the WWII assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich by two Czech paratroopers and a few Czech [...]