Harry Belafonte and the CIA

Kickin' Agency Ass

Harry Belafonte at the 2003 Letelier Moffit Human Rights Awards on September 23, 2003. Photo: IPS.

A March 1984 summary noted that Belafonte had recently visited Moscow with members of PAND. Belafonte stressedthe role of artists in the “struggle for peace” and regretted the “absence of cultural agreement between USA and USSR” (CIA’s paraphrase). The CIA was concerned that Belafonte spoke directly to the people, not elites, of the USSR, reminding them that they have common cause with the people of the USA; in this case, literal survival.

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T. J. Coles is director of the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research and the author of several books, including Voices for Peace (with Noam Chomsky and others) and  Fire and Fury: How the US Isolates North Korea, Encircles China and Risks Nuclear War in Asia (both Clairview Books).

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