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Friday, June 16, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 6/16/17: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Iran 1953: State Department Finally Releases Updated Official History of Mossadeq Coup"

Edited by Malcolm Byrne, National Security Archive, posted June 15

 

"The 'Global Order Myth: Teary-Eyed Nostalgia as Cover for U.S. Hegemony"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted June 15.

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"The Irrationality of Iran Vilification"

By Danny Sjursen, LobeLog, posted June 12

The author is a U.S. military strategist who formerly taught history at West Point.

 

"National Illusions and Global Realities"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, Huffington Post, posted June 11

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

 

"Does Oliver Stone Have a Weak Spot for Dictators?"

By Peter Kuznick, History News Network, posted June 11

The author teaches history at American University and collaborated with Oliver Stone on the TV series and book The Untold History of the United States

 

"U.K.'s Corbyn Told Truth about Terrorism"

By Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News, posted June 10

The author teaches history at West Chester University.

 

"The Six-Day War Was a Turning Point in Passionate Attachment to Israel"

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted June 8

The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

 

"America's Real Red Scare: The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire"

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted June 6

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"Will the Neocons' Long War Ever End?"

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, Consortium News, posted June 5

 

"The Israeli-American Hammerlock on Palestine"

By Rashid Khalidi, The Nation, posted June 5

The author teaches history and Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.


Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 5/30/17: New HAW co-chairs; links to recent articles of interest


A note: The newly constituted HAW Steering Committee has enthusiastically chosen Margaret Power and Van Gosse as the new co-chairs of Historians Against the War. (Marc Becker and I, who have been co-chairs for the past nine years, nominated them.) Van (who teaches at Franklin & Marshall College) was a principal founder of HAW in 2003, and he and Margaret (Illinois Institute of Technology) have both played leading roles in HAW for many years. Jim O'Brien


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Don't Fall for the Washington War Hawks' Iranophobia"

By Danny Sjursen, The Nation, posted May 30

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and formerly taught history at West Point.

 

"We Need Memorial Day to Obscure the Unbearable Truth about War"

By Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, posted May 29

 

"JFK's Russian Conspiracy: Kennedy Had His Own Secret Back Channel with Moscow. It May Have Kept the Superpowers from Going to War"

By Tim Naftali, Slate, posted May 27


 "The Beltway Foreign Policy 'Blob' Strikes Back: A Washington Think Tank Calls for More of the Same Failed Intervention"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, May 26

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"We Thought Diplomacy Couldn't End the War in the Pacific. We Dropped the Bomb before We Found Out for Sure"

By Peter Van Buren, History News Network, posted May 21

 

"A Murderous History of Korea"

By Bruce Cumings, London Review of Books, May 18 issue

The author teaches East Asian history at the University of Chicago.

 

"The Hazards of Military Worship: Everyone Loves the Troops and Their Generals, But History Indicates That Military Advice Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be"

By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted May 11, 2017

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and formerly taught history at West Point.

 

"Behold: The Jirad of Freedom"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Commonweal, posted May 10

Review essay on the book America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State by Osama F. Khalil

 

"Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars"

By John W. Dower, TomDispatch.com, posted May 4

The author is a professor emeritus of history at MIT.

 

"How Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border Became a Crime"

By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation, posted April 30

The author teaches history and African American studies at UCLA.


Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader (always the same one - a retired doctor, as it happens) for suggesting articles that are included in the above list.

 

 

Friday, May 05, 2017

[haw-info] Historians Against the War Steering Committee election

Colleagues,

Thanks to everyone who voted in the election for members of the HAW Steering Committee. The following candidates were elected:

Marc Becker
Matt Bokovoy
Sandra McGee Deutsch
Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg
Barbara Epstein
John J. Fitzgerald
Jerise (Jeri) Fogel
Van Gosse
Martin Halpern
Tom Harbison
Jeremy Kuzmarov
Staughton Lynd
Jim O'Brien
Roger Peace
Margaret Power
Ellen Schrecker
Andor Skotnes
James Swarts
Barbara Weibnstein
Max Weiss
Kevin Young


Thanks for your participation!

Historians Against the War
http://www.historiansagainstwar.org

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

[haw-info] Final reminder of HAW Steering Committee election - today is the last day

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

If you haven't yet who haven't yet voted in the election for members of the HAW Steering Committee,
today, May 2, is the last day.

Information on the candidates is at http://historiansagainstwar.org/2017, and the ballot is below. Please mark 
an "x" next to the names of up to 20 persons. Use "Reply" to send your ballot.

Thanks for your participation!

Historians Against the War
http://www.historiansagainstwar.org



Marc Becker _____

Mark E. Blum _____

Matthew F. Bokovoy _____

Sandra McGee Deutsch _____

Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg _____

Barbara Epstein _____

John J. Fitzgerald _____

Jerise (Jeri) Fogel _____

Van Gosse _____

Martin Halpern _____

Tom Harbison _____

Jeremy Kuzmarov _____

Patrick Lagendijk _____

Staughton Lynd _____

Jim O'Brien _____

Roger Peace _____

Margaret Power _____

Ellen Schrecker _____

Andor Skotnes _____

James L. Swarts, _____

Barbara Weinstein _____

Max Weiss _____

Kevin Young _____

Friday, April 28, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 4/28/17: Lynds' new book; Steering Committee election; links to recent articles of interest


 

Note #1: Staughton and Alice Lynd have drawn on decades of experience in a new book entitled Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance: Breaking the Cycle of Violence in the Military and Behind Bars. A flyer describing the book is posted on the HAW website.

 

Note#2: Tuesday, May 2 is the deadline for voting in the election for members of the HAW Steering Committee. Information about the candidates can be found here. Everyone receiving this message will have received an email ballot; if you want to vote and can't find your ballot, write to proxy@historiansagainstwar.org..

 


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Making Sense of the Deportation Debate: How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork forTrump's Immigration Policies"

By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted April 25, 2017

The author teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

 

"Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today's Threats of Nuclear War?"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, LA Progressive, posted April 21

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

 

"How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East.The Short Answer: Fight It"

By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted April 18

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.

 

"There's No Strategy Behind Trump's Wars – Only Brute Force"

By Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted April 18

The author is a Middle East specialist who directs the New Internationalism project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

 

"China and NorthKorea: The Strength of Weakness and the Limits of Power"

By Kenneth Pomeranz, History News Network, posted April 18

The author teaches history at the University of Chicago.

 

"What Does an 'America First' Foreign Policy Actually Mean? Putting the U.S. Military First,Second, and Third"

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted April 13

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"BDS OpponentsThreaten Academic Associations with 'Ultra Vires' Lawsuits, but Fail in FirstBig Attempt"

By David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout.org, posted April 12

The author teaches comparative literature at Stanford University.


"Russia's Not Leaving: Syria Is about Old-Fashioned Sphere of Influence, Not Oil"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted April 11

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"The Long Road toTrump's War"

By Samuel Moyn and Stephen Wertheim, New York Times, posted April 10

Samuel Moyn teaches history and law at Harvard University and Stephen Wertheim is a fellow in history at King's College, Cambridge University.

 

"Trump's Not the New Hitler . . . He's the New Kaiser Bill"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Spectator, posted April 8

The author is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.


Thanks to Margaret Power and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included above. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

[haw-info] REMINDER: HAW-SC elections

If you have not already done so, please vote in the election for members of the HAW Steering Committee. Statements by the candidates are available at http://historiansagainstwar.org/2017/. The ballot is below. Please mark an "x" next to the names of up to 20 candidates and send your ballot by replying to proxy@historiansagainstwar.org by Tuesday, May 2.

The voting is limited to people who are on the HAW email list. Please do not forward this message.

Thanks for your participation!

Historians Against the War
http://www.historiansagainstwar.org


Marc Becker _____

Mark E. Blum _____

Matthew F. Bokovoy _____

Sandra McGee Deutsch _____

Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg _____

Barbara Epstein _____

John J. Fitzgerald _____

Jerise (Jeri) Fogel _____

Van Gosse _____

Martin Halpern _____

Tom Harbison _____

Jeremy Kuzmarov _____

Patrick Lagendijk _____

Staughton Lynd _____

Jim O'Brien _____

Roger Peace _____

Margaret Power _____

Ellen Schrecker _____

Andor Skotnes _____

James L. Swarts, _____

Barbara Weinstein _____

Max Weiss _____

Kevin Young _____

Monday, April 24, 2017

[haw-info] Historians Against the War Steering Committee Elections

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We are conducting an election for members of the HAW Steering Committee. Statements by the candidates are available at http://historiansagainstwar.org/2017/. The ballot is below. Please mark an "x" next to the names of up to 20 candidates and send your ballot by replying to proxy@historiansagainstwar.org by Tuesday, May 2.

The voting is limited to people who are on the HAW email list. Please do not forward this message.

Thanks for your participation!

Historians Against the War
http://www.historiansagainstwar.org


Marc Becker _____

Mark E. Blum _____

Matthew F. Bokovoy _____

Sandra McGee Deutsch _____

Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg _____

Barbara Epstein _____

John J. Fitzgerald _____

Jerise (Jeri) Fogel _____

Van Gosse _____

Martin Halpern _____

Tom Harbison _____

Jeremy Kuzmarov _____

Patrick Lagendijk _____

Staughton Lynd _____

Jim O'Brien _____

Roger Peace _____

Margaret Power _____

Ellen Schrecker _____

Andor Skotnes _____

James L. Swarts, _____

Barbara Weinstein _____

Max Weiss _____

Kevin Young _____

Thursday, April 06, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 4/6/17: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead"

By Phyllis Bennis, CommonDreams.org, posted April 6, 2017

The author directs the New Internationalism Project of the Institute for Policy Studies.


"Trump Is Right,America Isn't 'So Innocent.' Here's How We Can Right That Wrong in Syria"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted April 6

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Should America Have Entered World War I?"

By Michael Kazin, New York Times, posted April 6, 2017

The author teaches history at Georgetown University.

 

"The Fiction of U.S.Isolationism"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted April 7

 

"Three Times When We Blundered into War"

By David R. Contosta, History News Network, posted April 2

On the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq, with implications for policy toward North Korea. The author teaches history at Chestnut Hill College.

 

"100 Years after the US Got Involved in World War 1 It's Time to Acknowledge Why"

By Robert E. Hannigan, History News Network, posted April 2

The author teaches history at Suffolk University and is author of the just-published book The Great War and American Foreign Policy 1914-24 (University of Pennsylvania Press).

 

"The Bloodstained Rise of Global Populism: A Political Movement's Violent Pursuit of 'Enemies'"

By Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted April 2, 2017

The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

"Ready for War with Iran?"

By William J. Astore, Bracing Views blog, posted March 31

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"Trump Said He'd Stop Dragging Us into War. That's Yet Another Fat Lie"

By Medea Benjamin, The Guardian, posted March 30

The author is a cofounder of both Global Exchange and CODEPINK.

 

Thanks to Carolyn Eisenberg, Fran Shor, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Friday, March 31, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 3/31/17: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"The Odds AgainstAntiwar Warriors"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted March 30

Review essay on Michael Kazin's new book War Against War, on the World War I–era peace movement. Andrew Bacevich is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Letter from PhnomPenh"

By Matthew Stevenson, CounterPunch.org, posted March 29, 2017

A long, very readable travelogue with historical reflections on the Indochina wars

 

"Trump in the Middle East:The New Brutality"

By Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books blog, posted March 27

 

"An American Centuryof Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World"

By John W. Dower, TomDispatch.com, posted March 28, 2017

This is an adaptation of the first chapter of the author's forthcoming book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two.

 

"Obama's Worst Foreign Policy Decision, Two Years Later"

By Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations blog, posted March 27

The author is a senior fellow at the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The subject is the bombing campaign in Yemen.

 

"Kony 2012: AnotherHumanitarian Intervention Bust"

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted March 26

The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

 

"This Is What'sReally Behind North Korea's Nuclear Provocations"

By Bruce Cumings, The Nation, posted March 23

The author teaches East Asian history at the University of Chicago.

 

"Labor and theLegacies of World War I"

By Elizabeth McKillen, Labor and Working Class History Association blog, posted March 20

The author teaches history at the University of Maine.

 

"President Blowback:How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home"

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted March 16

 

"Did the Muslim WorldReally Fall for Hitler?"

By John Broich, Slate, posted March 13

The author teaches history at Case Western Reserve University.


Thanks to Mim Jackson and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Monday, March 20, 2017

[haw-info] Message about elections, new members, and the Steering Committee

March 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

Historians against the War (HAW) is soliciting additional members for
its Steering Committee. We believe that the dangerous policies of the
new Trump administration require a strengthening of organizations such
as ours that work for a peaceful world and against repression and
intolerance. We want people who are willing to contribute time and
energy to determining our upcoming plans and are willing to help see
them come to fruition.


If you would like to nominate yourself for the Steering Committee
elections, don't be shy! Please send Margaret Power (power@iit.edu)
and Van Gosse (van.gosse@fandm.edu) your name and affiliation, a few
lines about why you would like to be on the Steering Committee, and
what areas or aspects of the work you are potentially willing to join
or develop. If more than 20 people step forward, as has happened
several times in the past, an election will be held. Everyone has
different strengths and abilities, so consider using yours to help HAW
organize historians.


Margaret Power and Van Gosse

Our February 2017 updated Mission Statement is below.

Historians Against the War was formed in January 2003 to oppose the
Bush Administration's drive for a pre-emptive, illegal invasion of
Iraq. We participated actively in the antiwar movement of the Bush
years, and we have continued to campaign for peace and diplomacy
internationally, while extending our support for Palestinian human
rights. Now, with the ascent of an extreme rightwing administration
contemptuous of constitutional norms, we will add to our mission
fighting for free speech and academic freedom for all members of
campus communities, and for the human rights of our students,
especially the undocumented, Muslims, people of color, women and LGBTQ
people. We will challenge the "fake news" and "alternative facts" that
have driven the right's ascent, and defend the discipline of history
against attempts to reduce it to affirmations of "American greatness,"
documenting how prior eras of reaction were successfully combatted.
Finally, we recognize that the Trump/Pence Administration is a threat
not only to the people of the United States, but to the people of the
world, and we will continue to stand against a new nuclear arms race,
more imperial interventions, and collaboration with authoritarian
regimes.


--
Margaret Power
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Room 218 Siegal Hall
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-6921

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 3/9/17: Proposals deadline; Links to recent articles of interest


Note: March 20 is the deadline for submitting proposals for the conference on "Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today," October 19-22 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Click here for details on the conference and the call for proposals. 


 

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget"

By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted March 9, 2017

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.

 

"How Anti – Vietnam War Activists Stopped Violent Protest from Hijacking Their Movement"

By Robert Levering, NationOfChange.org, posted March 8

The author was a full-time peace activist from 1967 to 1973 with the New Mobilization Committee and other coalitions.

 

"Why Trump Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted March 7, 2017

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"American Carnage: Fighting the Forever War"

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted March 7

The author teaches philosophy at the University of San Francisco and is the author of American Nuremberg, on war crimes during the "war on terror."

 

"Trump and the SixTrillion Dollar Question: Republicans and Democrats Both Refuse to Investigatethe Staggering Resources Wasted in the Middle East"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted March 2

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time: Thrashing About in the Afghan Petri Dish"

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted February 28

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"French Historian Says He Was Threatened with Deportation at Houston Airport"

By Erin McCann, History News Network (from the New York Times), posted February 26

On the scary experience of Holocaust scholar Henry Rousso

 

"America's Mass Deportation System Is Rooted in Racism"

By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation, posted February 26

The author teaches history and African-American Studies at UCLA.

 

Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.comThanks to an anonymous reader (always the same one) for suggesting some of the above articles. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/27/17: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Why Should Trump –Or Anyone – Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted February 26, 2017

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

 

"Militarism Runs Deep in the United States, But Historian Marilyn Young Never Gave Up Believing That It Could Be Overcome"

By Christy Thornton and Stuart Schrader, Jacobin, posted February 24

The authors are, respectively, a history faculty member at Rowan University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University.

 

"How the U.S. Began Its Empire"

By Jackson Lears, New York Review of Books, February 23 issue

The author teaches history at Rutgers University. This is a review essay on Stephen Kinzer's new book The True Flag, on imperialism and anti-imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century.

 

"How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and the Middle East in Chaos"

By Major Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted February 22

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. 

 

"Dorothea Lange's Censored Photographs of the Japanese American Internment"

By Linda Gordon, Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, posted February 18, 2017

The author teaches history at New York University. 

 

"Why Do So ManyAmericans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial about America's Role in the World"

By Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, posted February 18

 

"Quit Calling DonaldTrump and Isolationist. He's Worse than That"

By Stephen Wertheim, Washington Post, posted February 17

The author is a Fellow in History at King's College, University of Cambridge.

 

"Lessons andPropaganda from the Botched Raid on Yemen"

By William J. Astore, AntiWar.com, posted February 13

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"Frederick Douglass, Refugee"

By David Blight, The Atlantic, posted February 7

The author teaches history at Yale University.

 

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting one of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/22/17: Marilyn B. Young, 1937-2017

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We're sorry to share the sad news that Marilyn Young, New York University historian and antiwar activist well known to many members of HAW, passed away Sunday, February 19 after a long illness. Author or editor of many books and articles on U.S. foreign relations, especially the Vietnam War, she was a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1968 and was elected president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2011.

 

Of the Iraq War she wrote in 2003: "If Vietnam was Korea in slow motion, then Operation Iraqi Freedom is Vietnam on crack cocaine. In less than two weeks a 30-year-old vocabulary is back: credibility gap, seek and destroy, hard to tell friend from foe, civilian interference in military affairs, the dominance of domestic politics, winning, or more often, losing hearts and minds."

 

A funeral service will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, February 26, at 2:30 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York city. A page has been set up for condolences at https://remembr.com/forever.young. Cards can also be sent to her daughter, Ms. Lauren Young, at 561 41st St. #3E, Brooklyn, NY 11232, and donations in her honor may be made to the War Resisters League, www.warresisters.org.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/9/17: Reminder of feedback request; links to recent articles of interest

A Reminder: For those who didn't see Margaret Power's February 7 message on behalf of the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War, it is posted on the HAW blog at http://blog.historiansagainstwar.org. It presents a proposed broadening of HAW's mission that is under discussion in the Steering Committee and asks for feedback from members and friends of HAW.

Responses should either be sent to Margaret Power (power@iit.edu) or posted on HAW's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216182861). Thanks for taking the time to read the proposal and contribute your opinion on it.



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted February 9
The author wrote, most recently, the book American Nuremburg: The American Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes (2016).

"What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen in the First Place?"
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Atlantic, posted February 8
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By Guy Laron, Informed Comment blog, posted February 8
The author teaches international relations at the Hebrew University and is the author of the forthcoming Yale University press book The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East.

"Teaching History in the Age of Trump"
By Denver Brunsman and John Donoghue, History News Network, posted February 7
Denver Brunsman and John Donoghue teach U.S. history at George Washington University and Loyola University of Chicago, respectively.

By Ryan Poll, History News Network, posted February 5
"By returning to the late nineteenth century, we can recognize the poem as a form of political art at a time when nationalist xenophobia reigned against a different immigrant group."

"During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security"
By David A. Taylor, Smithsonian.com, posted February 2

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting one of the articles in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.



Tuesday, February 07, 2017

[haw-info] Message to HAW Members and Friends

Dear Members and Friends of HAW,

The HAW Steering Committee is currently discussing a proposal to
broaden our mission statement in response to the multiple threats
posed by the Trump regime and the anticipated activism by students and
professors. The proposal emerged from a meeting in New York on January
16 and was proposed to the Steering Committee by the following: Marc
Becker, Carolyn Eisenberg, Jeri Fogel, Van Gosse, Margaret Power,
Andor Skotnes, and Barbara Weinstein. The Steering Committee wants to
know what the wider HAW constituency thinks of the proposed broadening
of HAW's mission. We urge you to share your thoughts by emailing them
to Margaret Power power@iit.edu and/or posting them on our Historians
Against the War Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216182861/). Margaret will gather
your ideas and share them with the membership.

First, a word about the thinking that formed the basis for this
proposed new mission statement. HAW formed to oppose U.S. militarism
and military engagements abroad. We plan to continue doing so. Those
of us who met in New York City agreed that in the face of the Trump
presidency and the anti-democratic measures he, his appointees, and
his supporters have already promised to enact or enacted, we need to
expand our focus to include domestic issues, such as human rights,
freedom of speech, and religious and immigrant rights, both within and
beyond the university. To that end, we drafted this mission statement.

Our proposed New Mission Statement:
Historians Against the War was formed in January 2003 to oppose the
Bush Administration's drive for a pre-emptive, illegal invasion of
Iraq. We participated actively in the antiwar movement of the Bush
years, and we continued to challenge U.S. foreign policy and extended
support for Palestinian human rights in the Obama era. Now, with the
ascent of an extreme rightwing administration contemptuous of
constitutional norms, we have a new mission: to stand up for peace
and diplomacy internationally, and democracy and human rights at home.
Our work, as historians against war and for peace and democracy, will
have two focuses. First, we see our campuses as key sites for both
repression and resistance. We will fight for the right to education,
free speech and academic freedom for all members of campus
communities, and for the human and civil rights of our students,
especially the undocumented, Muslims, people of color, women and LGBTQ
people. Second, we will join the organized resistance to Donald
Trump's regime by mobilizing historians, teachers, and
historically-minded activists to challenge the permanent campaign of
"fake news" and phony history that has driven the right's ascent. We
will defend the discipline of history against attempts to reduce it to
simple affirmations of "American greatness," and document how prior
eras of reaction and repression were successfully combatted. We
recognize that the Trump/Pence Administration is a threat not only to
the people of the United States, but to the people of the world, and
we will stand against a new nuclear arms race, more imperial
interventions, and collaboration with authoritarian regimes in the
Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Again, we urge you to share your thoughts by email power@iit.edu
and/or on our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216182861/.

We want to mention we also discussed altering our name to reflect our
broadened mission. Some suggestions were "Historians against War and
for (Peace &) Democracy," or variations of this, and "Historians
against War and Repression/Reaction" (with variations suggested also).
But this is a discussion for a later date.

Margaret Power, for HAW Steering Committee

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Margaret Power
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Room 218 Siegal Hall
Chicago, IL 60616
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/19/17: HAW contingent in NYC march; Marv Gettleman; links to recent articles of interest


For anyone in the New York City area planning to take part in the Women's March on Saturday, this is a reminder that there will be a HAW contingent in the march. It will meet at the southwest corner of 45th Street and 2nd Avenue at 11:30; look for the big "Historians Against the War" banner.

Two tributes to the late Marv Gettleman by HAW Steering Committee members have been posted on the HAW website, one by Van Gosse and one on behalf of the organization by Rusti Eisenberg.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, posted January 17

"Israel as theLights Go Out"

By Roger Cohen, New York Times, posted January 17

 

"A Lesson on How to Survive Trumpism – from the McCarthy Era"

By Ellen Schrecker, The Nation, posted January 9

The author has written, among other books, Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.

 

"How Henry KissingerConspired against a Sitting President"

By Zach Dorfman, Politico.com, posted January 6

On Kissinger's advice to the dictatorial Pinochet regime in Chile during the Jimmy Carter presidency


"America's MajorChallenges in Middle East Policy, 2017"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 1

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"Nixon's VietnamTreachery"

By John A. Farrell, New York Times, posted December 31

New evidence on the sabotaging of Vietnam peace talks in October 1968

 

"Trump's Madman Gambit: History Shows His Nuclear Threats Will Fail"

By Jeffrey P. Kimball, US News and World Report, posted December 30

The author is a professor of history emeritus at Miami University and co-author of Nixon's Nuclear Specter

 

"Why Obama – and Every President since Carter – Failed to Transform the Middle East"

Interview with Andrew J. Bacevich by Sean Illing, Vox.com, posted December 29

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

[haw-info] Join the HAW (Historians Against War) contingent at Saturday's March in NYC!

Dear members and friends of HAW,

Donald Trump has called for a new nuclear arms race and America "winning" wars again.  He has appointed a slew of militarists to top offices, and endorsed sweeping attacks on basic civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. He mocks human rights and human decency, and consorts with anti-Semites and white supremacists.  He is a threat to the people of the world, and to every person living in the United States. 

We need a new antiwar movement to confront Trump, and New York City is a good place to start.  Just as we challenged George W. Bush's drive to invade Iraq on February 15, 2003, we call on New Yorkers to turn out on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Specifically, if you are a historian, a scholar or teacher, or just a historically-minded activist, we invite you to join the HAW Contingent of the Women's March in New York.  We will gather at the southwest corner of 45th Street and Second Avenue, at 12:30 pm to march south from Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza.  

We will have two HAW banners, but also bring signs—send a message to Trump and his warmakers that New Yorkers (and historians) are ready to fight for peace and justice!

Van Gosse, for HAW

"Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will."
Antonio Gramsci

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/10/17: Marv Gettleman 1933-2017

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We regret to report the passing of historian and longtime antiwar activist Marvin Gettleman on January 7 after a long illness. A celebration of his life will be held  this Thursday the 12th at 4:00 pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York City, with a reception to follow at 771 West End Avenue, Apartment 7D. 

In 2012, the HAW Steering Committee formulated the following appreciation of his role in the organization:

Marv, the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War (HAW) wishes to express its continuing appreciation of the contributions made by you, our former fellow-member.  You not only helped to get HAW started in 2003, but you played a vital role on the Steering Committee for its first half-dozen years.  Besides your eager participation in meetings, conferences, and demonstrations, you followed the path you had carved-out during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and the Central America conflicts of the 1980s - combined your roles of activist and academic historian by publishing collections of important background materials.  HAW's first pamphlet was an extensive annotated bibliography on the Middle East and the Muslim World, edited by you and Stuart Scharf and kept up-to-date by you through two revisions as more material became available.  In your work in HAW you paired the wisdom of a longtime scholar and activist with the enthusiasm of a perpetual optimist.

The email address of Marv's wife, historian Ellen Schrecker, is ellen.schrecker@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/6/16: Recent articles of interest, including election responses


Some Historians' Post-Election Thoughts

"Why Did 53% of WhiteWomen Voters Go for Donald Trump?"

By Margaret Power, History News Network, posted December 4.

The author teaches history at Illinois Institute of Technology. This article includes insights from her book on right-wing Chilean women and the 1973 overthrow of the Allende government.

 

"I Will Not Shut Up:America Is Still Worth Fighting For"

By Heather Cox Richardson, NationOfChange.com, posted December 1

The author teaches history at Boston College. This essay was written in response to her inclusion in a post-election "watchlist" of 200 radical educators. (She was removed from the list after her response was posted.)

 

"Winning: Trump Lovesto Do It, But American Generals Have Forgotten How"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted November 29

The author is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Good Luck, People of Our 50 States!"

By Vaughn Davis Bornet, History News Network, posted November 27

The author is an emeritus professor of history at Southern Oregon State College. This article blends personal recollections (he is 99) with his research and writing on several US presidents.

 

"The Case ofXenophobic Hysteria Almost Nobody Remembers"

By Matthew Shannon, History News Network, posted November 27

The author teaches history at Emory & Henry College. This article goes back to the time of the Iranian hostage crisis, detailing anti-Iranian hysteria in the US and often-successful efforts to counter it.

 

"It Feels Like theFall of Reconstruction"

By Manisha Sinha, History News Network, posted November 22

The author teaches history at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.



Some Other Recent Articles of Interest


"FOIA@250: World'sFirst Freedom of Information Act Dates to 1766"

By the National Security Archive, posted December 2

 

"America Turned Its Back on Anne Frank, Will Trump Do the Same with Muslim Refugees?"

By Robert Fisk, CounterPunch.org, posted November 28

 

"The Iran-Contra Affair 30 Years Later: A Milestone in Post-Truth Politics"

By the National Security Archive, posted November 25

 

"Remembering the U.S. Soldiers Who Refused Orders to Murder Native Americans at Sand Creek"

By Billy J. Stratton, The conversation, posted November 21

The author teaches in Native American studies at the University of Denver.


Thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested two of the article include in the above lists. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.