Covert Network: Progressives, the International Rescue Committee, and the CIA

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M.E. Sharpe, 1995 - Political Science - 265 pages
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This book tells the story of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the largest nonsectarian refugee relief agency in the world. Founded in the 1930s by socialist militants, the IRC attracted the support of renowned progressives such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Thomas, and Reinhold Niebuhr. But by the 1950s it had been absorbed into the American foreign policy establishment. Throughout the Cold War, the IRC was deeply involved in the volatile confrontations between the two superpowers and participated in an array of sensitive clandestine operations. The IRC thus evolved from a small organization of committed activists to a global operation functioning as one link in the CIA's covert network.
 

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Contents

The Formative Years
6
COVERT NETWORK
21
Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberation
31
Soviet Exiles
37
The Ford Foundation
43
THE COMMITTEE AND THE COLD
55
The Munich Institute
74
The Fighting Group and Its Allies
84
Confrontation in Eastern Europe
119
THE COMMITTEE AS A GLOBAL OPERATION
143
Selling the War
160
From Cuba to the Present
184
Conclusions
206
Biographical Glossary
241
Index
259
Copyright

Crisis and Cooptation
97

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Eric Thomas Chester was assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and, later, lecturer at San Francisco State University. In the 1960s, Chester was active in the civil rights movement and Students for a Democratic Society. He has worked as a cab driver, union organizer, and substitute teacher. He remains an activist in the trade union solidarity movement and the Socialist Party, and was the Socialist Party's vice-presidential candidate in 1996. He is the author of "Socialists and the Ballot Box." His essays have appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Critique, Z, Insurgent Sociologist, Resist, Public Finance, Changes, and Against the Current.

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