It’s been a tumultuous month in the world; I’d hate to be in the State Department while Ike makes his goodwill tour across the globe, particularly in the wake of the collapse of the recent four-party Peace Summit in Paris less than two weeks ago.
Courtesy of LIFE Magazine
Unless you live in a cave, you’ve read about the coup in Turkey, replacing the democratically elected government with a military junta led by Colonel Alparslan Türkeş. This comes on the heels of (former) Prime Minister Adnan Menderes’ attempts to secure a line of credit with the Soviet Union, now that the West’s Marshall plan checkbook is running dry. Türkeş is a far right winger, so I’m sure he’s not keen on working with the Communists.
Perhaps our government is secretly delighting in the turn of events. The coup may not be great for democracy or Turkey’s people, but it will likely keep Turkey firmly in the pro-Western NATO camp for some time to come.
Things are still chaotic in South Korea in the wake of mid-April’s revolution that saw the step-down of virtual dictator Syngman Lee and the suicide of his Vice President, Lee Ki-Poong. It’s anyone’s guess if the new, democratic, government will survive long.
Cuba’s Castro has officially given America the raspberry and is publicly looking to grow ties with the Soviet Union. This comes as the Cuban dictator nationalizes American economic interests in the island country. The Monroe Doctrine has been subverted from within, and Communism now has an invitation to America’s doorstep. I imagine Cuba will be a talking point in the run up to this year’s election.
Hamaya Hiroshi, photographer
Meanwhile, anti-American protests continue at a fever pitch in Japan against the inking of a mutual defense treaty. I can only hope they blow over before July, when my family intends to take a trip to that wonderful country to visit friends.
As they say in the business, “All the news that fits, we print.” That’s what I’ve got for today.
Next up, KGJ will be broadcasting a stack of Galactic Journey recordings. Stay tuned!