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  • November 14, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Broadened Access to Israel’s Nuclear Reactor'

    Israel would prefer a visit by Scandinavian or Swiss scientists to Dimona.

  • November 15, 1961

    Letter, Howard Furnas, Office of Special Assistant to Secretary of State for Atomic Energy and Outer Space, to Dwight Ink, Atomic Energy Commission

    Furnas writes about Department of State concerns that Israel may pursue a nuclear weapons program once the Dimona reactor is in operation.

  • November 23, 1961

    Note on Cuban Children's Visit to Bulgaria

    Konstantin Tellalov, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy and International Relations Department of the Bulgarian Communist Party's Central Committee, reports on a visit of Cuban children to Bulgaria.

  • November 27, 1961

    Bureau of the Budget Review of CIA Funding Levels for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    An interagency group convened by the Bureau of the Budget concludes that RFE and RL funding should continue at current levels, that continuous evaluation of programs is needed, and that European co-funding should be explored

  • November 27, 1961

    Cable from the Foreign Ministry, 'Notice regarding the Appropriate Response to the Czechoslovak Premier’s Attack on Our Party'

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs weighs how to respond to Czechoslovak criticisms of Mao Zedong's cult of personality following the 20th Congress of the CPSU.

  • November 28, 1961

    Telegram from Chinese Embassy in Morocco to Foreign Ministry, 'Request Foreign Ministry Learn About Braganca Situation Through Embassy in India'

    A member of India's Goan People's Party visted the embassy asking for support from the Chinese.

  • November 29, 1961

    Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian Communist Party

    Summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

  • December 01, 1961

    Telegram from Pyongyang

    According to a report, Kim Il Sung's son mediated tensions between Albanian students and Korean students at the Kim Il Sung University.

  • December, 1961

    Memorandum Regarding the Plan of Insurrection for the First Period of 1962

    Intervention of Fidel Castro concerning the plan of insurrection of the Revolutionary Armed Forces for the first period of 1962.

  • December, 1961

    GDR Department of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Information on the Situation in Brasil

    Louis Carlos Prestes, chairman of the Brazilian Communist Party, briefs the GDR Department of International Relations on events in Brazil following Quadros' resignation and describes the position of the Communist Party of Brazil.

  • December 02, 1961

    Telegram from Behar Shtylla to Ung Van Khiem

    This document is a telegram from Albanian Foreign Affairs Minister Behar Shtylla to the Foreign Affairs Minister of North Vietnam, Ung Van Khiem. Shtylla shares the same indignation as the Vietnamese minister towards the dangerous situation arising in Vietnam. According to Shtylla, Kennedy is trying to transform South Vietnam into a base of operations for aggression directed against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Taking into account other actions towards Laos and Cambodia, he believes Kennedy is attempting to convert Indochina into an American base. Shtylla states that the American policy in Vietnam violates the general international conventions of conduct, as well as the Vietnamese people’s sovereignty. Shtylla expresses full solidarity with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and supports its request that the chairmen of the Geneva Conference take measures against the American inference in South Vietnam.

  • December 02, 1961

    Top Secret Bulgarian Politburo Resolution on Arms Delivery to Cuba

    A proposal from the Minister of Foreign Trade, G. Kambuliev, for the donation to Cuba of 35,000 automatic rifles, recently decommissioned by the Bulgarian military.

  • December 02, 1961

    Top Secret Bulgarian Communist Party Politburo Resolution on Arms Delivery to Cuba

    In a report to First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Todor Zhivkov, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Georgi Kumbiliev, reviews Cuba’s need for weapons and credit. Kumbiliev relays a weapons request for Latin American revolutionary movements and an extension of financial assistance to Cuba. Kumbiliev advises Zhivkov to respond to the Cuban government’s requests and consider providing surplus Bulgarian weapons free of charge and extending a 5-year-term loan to Cuba starting 1 Jan 1963.

  • December 02, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Poland, 'Opinions on the Ninth Congress of the Polish Party'

    The Chinese Embassy in Poland reports that "Gomułka will absolutely continue to follow Khrushchev in opposing China and Albania."

  • December 07, 1961

    Report of Prestes' Stay in Berlin from 27 November to 1 December

    Detailed summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

  • December 11, 1961

    Materials from the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress

    A message on the materials from the Korean Worker's Party's 4th Congress.

  • December 11, 1961

    Comments of N. S. Khrushchev, 11 December 1961

    Krushchev dictates his ideas for a general memorandum that he will give to Kroll. The memorandum will describe the situation in Germany and the possible development of Soviet-West German relations. It should demonstrate to West Germany the economic and political advantages of improving its relationship with the Soviet Union. Khrushchev describes the potential for West Germany's allies to capitalize on Cold War tensions in Germany and concludes that better relations with the Soviet Union will make West Germany a more active force in East-West relations and lead to a more stable balance of power.

  • December 12, 1961

    Telegram from Nagy János, 'Report on the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress'

    A cover sheet accompanying a report on the Korean Worker's Party's 4th Congress.

  • December 13, 1961

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon

    Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon discuss steal production, agricultural production, and electricity production in North Korea as well as Sino-North Korean trade and economic cooperation.

  • December 14, 1961

    Polish Notes from Miami Regarding Situation in Cuba

    Notes on news stories collected from various Spanish-language newspapers in Miami. Topics cover the growing tension between Cuba and the US, efforts to recruit Cubans to US army, skepticism over whether the US could have any influence over Castro's revolution, and worries that US military involvement in Cuba could escalate into another big war.