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Friday, July 25, 2014

[haw-info] HAW statement on Gaza

The Steering Committee of Historians Against the War deplores the
ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in Israel. We also
recognize the disproportionate harm being inflicted on the population of
Gaza by the Israeli military, which the United States has armed and
supported for decades.

We are especially disturbed that so many Palestinian children are being
killed or wounded in the attack. And we regard as unacceptable the
failure of American elected officials to hold Israel accountable for
such acts.

As we watch the death toll mount and observe the terror of the trapped
inhabitants in Gaza, we call upon our fellow historians to speak out now
for a cease-fire, for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from
Gaza, and for the suspension of all US military aid to Israel until the
aid is no longer used for the commission of war crimes.

Please write letters to your local or national newspapers or magazines
and contact your elected officials to express your opposition to U.S.
funding of the Israeli military and its attack on people in Gaza.

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[haw-info] HAW Notes 7-25-14: Links to recent articles of interest

Note: The HAW Steering Committee is considering a statement regarding the Gaza War and US policy toward it, which will be sent out later this afternoon if approved by then.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By John B. Judis, New Republic, posted July 25
Carefully detailed historical background. The author is a senior editor of The New Republic and author of a 2014 book on the Truman administration and the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

By Mark B. Trauger, History News Network, posted July 24
The author teaches history at West Virginia University.

By Tom Hayden, The Nation, posted July 21

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted July 19
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University

By Uri Avnery, CounterPunch.org, posted July 18

By Mouin Rabbani, London Review of Books, posted July 18

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, posted July 17
The author is a professor of history emeritus at New York University.

By Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch.com, posted July 17

By Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted July 15

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted July 9
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

[haw-info] Call for Congress to Block Military Intervention in Iraq

Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 105 to prevent US Military Intervention in Iraq
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Historians Against the War came into existence, as the United States was edging towards an unnecessary, illegal war against Iraq. The subsequent invasion and occupation produced even more disastrous consequences than many of us had anticipated. With that country now fragmenting and its brutal government paralyzed, there are renewed calls for American military intervention.
While we strongly support diplomatic initiatives to resolve this crisis, we believe that American military action will only compound the suffering on the ground and add to the instability of Iraq.
Yesterday 103 members of Congress, led by Representatives Barbara Lee and Scott Rigell signed a letter to the President discouraging military intervention and insisting that Congressional authorization was required before any use of force in Iraq. Thanks to those on this list, who contributed to this effort.
This has created momentum for an important new legislative initiative. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA). Walter Jones (R-NC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have just introduced House Concurrent Resolution # 105, a privileged resolution under the War Powers Resolution that will force a debate and vote on U.S. military intervention in Iraq. It will come up for a debate and vote within fifteen days of the date in which it was filed

To be effective, many co-sponsors are needed. Although you may have done this more times than you can count, please get on the phone and ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 105
Congressional Switchboard: 202 0224- 3121.

For complete text of the resolution: https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/105/text
Any feedback you receive please send to
Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu
Please forward this message widely
Carolyn Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW-Steering Committee


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[haw-info] Call for Congress to Block US Military Intervention in Iraq

Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 105 to prevent US Military Intervention in Iraq
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Historians Against the War came into existence, as the United States was edging towards an unnecessary, illegal war against Iraq. The subsequent invasion and occupation produced even more disastrous consequences than many of us had anticipated. With that country now fragmenting and its brutal government paralyzed, there are renewed calls for American military intervention.
While we strongly support diplomatic initiatives to resolve this crisis, we believe that American military action will only compound the suffering on the ground and add to the instability of Iraq.
Yesterday 103 members of Congress, led by Representatives Barbara Lee and Scott Rigell signed a letter to the President discouraging military intervention and insisting that Congressional authorization was required before any use of force in Iraq. Thanks to those on this list, who contributed to this effort.
This has created momentum for an important new legislative initiative. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA). Walter Jones (R-NC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have just introduced House Concurrent Resolution # 105, a privileged resolution under the War Powers Resolution that will force a debate and vote on U.S. military intervention in Iraq. It will come up for a debate and vote within fifteen days of the date in which it was filed

To be effective, many co-sponsors are needed. Although you may have done this more times than you can count, please get on the phone and ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 105
Congressional Switchboard: 202 0224- 3121.

For complete text of the resolution: https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/105/text
Any feedback you receive please send to
Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu
Please forward this message widely
Carolyn Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW-Steering Committee


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Monday, July 14, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 7/14/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted July 13
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan. The article is an exposition on the well-known series of maps showing Palenstinian lands shrinking over time.

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted July 13
The author teaches history at Tufts University. The occupations referred to in the title are those of Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Ira Chernus, History News Network, posted July 10
Argues that myths have distorted American views of Israel/Palestine through the years

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted July 10
On the lack of accountability for Bush-era torture policies, and their continuation

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted July 9
The author is a former member of the US Policy Planning Council for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia and a former professor of history at the University of Chicago.

By Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, posted July 8
Subtitled "Global Conflicts Are Increasingly Fueled by the Desire for Oil and Natural Gas - and the Funds They Generate"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted July 6
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNT Albany.

By Conn Hallinan, Huffington Post, posted July 2
Historical background going back to the days of the British Mandate and before

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted July 1
Based on an analysis of specific US policies in recent decades

By Harry Targ, Rag Blog Digest, posted June 29


This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, Paul Atwood, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles for inclusion. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

[haw-info] Letter in solidarity with Professor Rabab Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University

Dear HAW members,

I am sending you the attached "International Academic and Public Intellectuals Letter," inviting your signature.  It expresses solidarity with the Palestinian-American scholar Rabab Abdulhadi, Director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) at SFSU. She has been the target of a vicious attack from the rightwing pro-Israel group AMCHA.   I helped author the letter, which is being circulated globally.

(you will have to cut-and-paste this link into your search engine, I'm afraid)


If you need more information, here are some links:
4.       Statement from African American community https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHpudF9LVHFBSjdGVW41WWhHbjJHZFE6MA
5.       Statement from members of delegations I led to Palestine http://palestinelegalsupport.org/download/Public%20Statement%20-%20Abdulhadi%20-%20June%202014.pdf
6.       Statement from the Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies http://ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/ethnicst/content/application-statement-current-or-going-circumstances

Very best,

Van Gosse
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003
717-615-4708
@vangosse


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Monday, June 30, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 6-30-14: Links to recent articles of interest

Note: We would like to make note of the coming retirement of Andrew Bacevich, whose writings have often been featured in these "articles of interest" lists. He will leave his job teaching history and international relations at Boston University at the end of August. Here is a story on him (with an interview) in the online BU Today, and here is a video (with a link to the transcript) of his recent televised conversation with Bill Moyers on neocons and the origins of chaos in Iraq.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted June 30
The author is a former member of the US Policy Planning Council and a former professor of history at the University of Chicago.

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 30
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

From the website of Senator Bernie Sanders
Quotes from Dick Cheney, William Kristol, and Paul Wolfowitz from 2003-2006, with links to sources

By Tom Hayden, Portside.org, posted June 24

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted June 22
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted June 19

By Timothy R. Furnish, History News Network, posted June 17
Written by a hawkish consultant to the US military, but with some useful historical background and maps

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 17
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

An interview with Olivier Roy, The New Republic, posted June 16

By Frank Rich, New York Magazine, posted June 4

This list was compiled by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien. Thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, James Swarts, Mim Jackson, Jesse Lemisch, and an anonymous reader for suggestions of articles to include. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Monday, June 23, 2014

[haw-info] Under Iraq Shadow-House Passes Large Pentagon Budget

With the Obama Administration debating the extent of US military intervention in Iraq, Congressional voices are especially important.
Under the shadow of Iraq, the House of Representatives voted on the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill last week. The bill totaled $571 billion, including $79.4 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. The exact purpose of $ 79.4 billion is left ambiguous-- but these funds could readily be used to extend US military operations in Afghanistan beyond December 2014, or to fund new operations in Iraq.
We are including Roll-Calls on key amendments and the final bill. It would be helpful to consider what role historians can play as this legislation goes to the Senate. This is an important  opportunity for letters to the editor, op.ed. pieces, calls to Congressional offices and other initiatives. Hanging in the balance is the military re-involvement of the United States in Iraq, as well longstanding issues of war and peace.
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW-SC
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 Last week the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to the HR 4870 Defense Appropriation bill. Among the key amendments were those introduced by Barbara Lee--to prevent US military intervention in Iraq and to bring to an end to all combat operations in Afghanistan. All were defeated by varying margins. (Use links below to see the Roll-Calls)
*** Even though these particular amendments were defeated, It is very significant and distressing that by a margin of 342-73 the House passed a $571 billion Defense Appropriations bill. This is not just the House Republicans. A significant majority of Democrats supported it as well--far more than were willing to support the Pentagon budget last year.
For Roll-call on the bill as a whole
For votes on Representative Lee's amendments on Iraq and Afghanistan, use links below.
Rejected 165-250 Lee (D-CA) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used for the purposes of conducting combat operations in Iraq.
Rejected 182-231 Lee (D-CA) amendment to prohibit use of funds to be obligated or expended pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
Rejected 157-260 Lee (D-CA) amendment to prohibit use of funds to be obligated or expended pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military of Force after December 31, 2014.
Rejected 153-260 Lee (D-CA), to prohibit use of funds for the purpose of conducting combat operations in Afghanistanafter December 31, 2014.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 6/18/14: Links to some articles related to the Iraq crisis

This "recent articles" list aims to shed light on the current crisis in Iraq and US policy.  It was compiled by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien and benefited from suggestions by Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, James Swarts, and Jesse Lemisch. (Suggestions for these occasional lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.)
 

Links to Some Articles Related to the Iraq Crisis

By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, posted June 17
The author teaches history at Trinity College.

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Asia-Pacific Journal, posted June 16
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted June 15
The author is a former member of the US Policy Planning Council and former professor of history at the University of Chicago.

By Ira Chernus, History News Network, posted June 15
The author teaches at the University of Colorado and writes regularly for the History News Network.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted June 15
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University.

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 13
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Leslie H. Gelb, The Daily Beast, posted June 12
The author is a former New York Times writer and Vietnam-era Defense Department official who directed the study that produced the Pentagon Papers.



[haw-info] Oppose US Military Intervention in Iraq

Send A Message Today!
Call the White House:
Tell Members of Congress to:
 
Oppose US Military Intervention in Iraq and Syria
Oppose the $ 571 Billion Defense Appropriations Bill

 
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
 
As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the "never learn" caucus is demanding US military intervention in the form of ground troops, air strikes, Special Operations and weapons deliveries. In the last two days, President Obama has begun sending small numbers of troops into the area. More are expected.

The unfolding tragedy in Iraq is a direct consequence of the illegal American invasion and occupation of that country. The least helpful idea is for the United States to involve itself militarily in Iraq or Syria. US military intervention, whether directly or by providing arms, will increase the suffering of people in those countries and enhance the risk of a wider regional conflict.
 
This week the House of Representatives is set to pass a $571 billion Defense Appropriations bill. Our oversized military drains resources from urgent domestic needs. The United States spends more money on warfare than the next eight countries combined and military action continues to be the default response to international crisis. Too many members of Congress claim to oppose war and then quietly pass outlandish military budgets. The proposed FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill far exceeds what is needed militarily to protect our country. http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=381446
 
Please Call your Reps today and tell them:
No to $571 Billion FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill !
No to Military Intervention in Iraq or Syria !

And

 Call the White House!
 White House Switchboard : 202-456-1111

 

Let the President Obama know you oppose military intervention of any kind and urge him to seek a diplomatic solution. White House
 
Carolyn Eisenberg and Margaret Power for Historians Against the War Steering Committee
 
Some useful articles:
http://davidcortright.net/2014/06/12/diplomacy-not-more-arms-needed-in-iraq-and-syria/

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/15/iraq-sunnis-can-be-equal-citizens-that-is-the-battle

http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/promises-modern-history.html



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Monday, June 16, 2014

[haw-info] Action Alert: Oppose US Military Intervention in Iraq!

Send A Message Today!
Tell Your Member of Congress to:
Oppose US Military Intervention in Iraq and Syria
Oppose the $ 571 Billion Defense Appropriations Bill
 
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the “Never Learn” caucus is demanding US military intervention in the form of ground troops, air strikes, Special Operations and weapons deliveries. The unfolding tragedy in Iraq is a direct consequence of the illegal American invasion and occupation of that country. The least helpful idea is for the United States to involve itself militarily in Iraq or Syria.US military intervention, whether directly or by providing arms, will increase the suffering of people in those countries and enhance the risk of a wider regional conflict.
This coming week the House of Representatives is set to pass a $571 billion Defense Appropriations bill. Our oversized military drains resources from urgent domestic needs. The United States spends more money on warfare than the next eight countries combined and military action continues to be the default response to international crisis. Too many members of Congress claim to oppose war and then quietly pass outlandish military budgets. The proposed FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill far exceeds what is needed militarily to protect our country. http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=381446
Please Call your Reps today and tell them:
 
No to $571 Billion FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill !
 
No to Military Intervention in Iraq or Syria !
There is immense pressure on the President for military intervention in Iraq and Syria. Let the President Obama know you oppose military intervention of any kind and urge him to seek a diplomatic solution. White House Switchboard : 202-456-1111
 
Carolyn Eisenberg and Margaret Power for Historians Against the War Steering Committee
Some useful articles:

Friday, June 13, 2014

[haw-info] Tell President Obama "Don't Try to Put Out the Fire in Iraq With Gasoline!"

The rapid disintegration of the Iraqi Army has created enormous pressure on the White House to take military action. While the President has ruled out the use of American troops, other military interventions-including air strikes- are being actively considered. National Peace Action has put out an action alert directed to the White House. We are pasting it in here for your consideration. We encourage you to forward it to friends.

Steering Committee of Historians Against the War

Believe it or not, some are responding to the escalating violence in Iraq with calls for U.S. military intervention. Have they learned nothing?

Please take action: Tell President Obama not to try putting out the fire with gasoline – no U.S. military intervention in Iraq, invest in diplomacy and international cooperation instead.

The advance of the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is no doubt alarming, but not a complete surprise in the context of deep social, ethnic, religious and political divisions in Iraq and the wider region. Our former Executive Director, David Cortright, has a sensible, concise post on this issue you might find illuminating.

Please contact the president and send this alert to friends, family and colleagues you believe would want to take this action. The people of Iraq and the region need peace, reconciliation and development, not more war and definitely not U.S. bombs or troops.

Humbly for Peace,

Kevin Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action

P.S. Please take action to let the president know more war is not the answer. To learn more about the situation in Iraq, here are a few recent articles you might find illuminating.

New York Times article on the current situation and consideration of U.S. military intervention

The Guardian on the collapse of the U.S.-trained Iraqi Army as ISIS advanced on Mosul

The Guardian again on the spread of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

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Tell President Obama: No U.S. military intervention in Iraq.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 6/10/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted June 10
The whimsical title is a little misleading; the article draws five important lessons from the history of recent decades of U.S. warfare.

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 6
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Paul Atwood, CounterPunch.org, posted June 6
The author is a Vietnam-era veteran and a just-retired faculty member in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

By Winston Warfield, CounterPunch.org, posted June 6
The author is a Vietnam veteran and an active member of Veterans for Peace..

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe, posted June 6
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University.

By Dilip Hiro, TomDispatch.com, posted June 5
The author's 34 books include After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World.

By Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies blog, posted June 5
Partly a critique of President Obama's West Point speech, partly a survey of recent events in the Middle East 

By Joseph Gerson, Portside.com, posted June 4
The author is director of the AFSC's Peace and Economic Security Program.

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 2
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Neve Gordon, Chronicle of Higher Education, posted June 2
The author is a former chair of the Politics and Government department at Ben Gurion University.

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Everett, The National Interest, posted May 30

This list was edited by Jim O'Brien and Steve Gosch, with thanks to Mim Jackson, Rosalyn Baxandall, and an anonymous reader for suggesting article that are included above. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com..

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 6/3/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted June 1
The author is a former member of the U.S. Policy Planning Council and history professor at the University of Chicago. This important article lays out pas experiences with U.S. training programs.

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted May 30
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted May 28
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

By Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted May 28
A short and thoughtful analysis

By Andrew Hartman, Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog, posted May 27
This piece is an appreciation of Gabriel Kolko (who died May 19 at age 82), with emphasis on his foreign policy writings. The author teaches history at Illinois State University. 

By Juliane Fuerst, History News Network, posted May 25
The author teaches history at the University of Bristol.

By Joanne Landy, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, posted May 20

By Tarik Cyril Amar and Per Anders Rudling, History News Network, posted May 19
The authors teach history at Columbia University and the University of Lund, respectively.

By Leon Hadar, The American Conservative, posted May 14

Thanks to Steve Gosch (who has become a de facto co-editor of these lists) and Rosalyn Baxandall for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

[haw-info] text of alert

Subject Line: Time Sensitive: House to Vote on $600 billion for Pentagon
 

Please Forward Widely:

 

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Most progressive amendments have been ruled out of order or voted down.

 

The bill authorizes authorizes $521 for national defense and $79.9 billion as a placeholder for Overseas Contingency Operations( mostly for Afghanistan, once there is an agreement with the Afghanistan government)

 

The 2015 NDAA is a policy bill, which specifies how the money will be used. There are billions allocated for unnecessary weapons systems, for modernization of the nuclear arsenal, for missile defense in Poland and for other dubious projects. There are fresh limitations on cooperation with Russia, and new conditions for a nuclear agreement with Iran.

 

It is important that members of Congress, hear from their constituents There are still many undecided and staff is counting phone calls. We encourage you to pick up the phone now and call your member of Congress and ask that they VOTE NO on the 2015 National Defense Authorization

US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

 

Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for HAW-SC

 

Friday, May 16, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 5/16/14: Legislative alert on huge Pentagon spending bill; Links to recent articles of interest

Note:  Please see the legislative update and alert from Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg that follows the "recent articles" list in this message. The House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill that would authorize an astonishing $600 billion+ in military spending as well as imposing new conditions on talks with Iran. At the same time, the House will vote on Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment to repeal the post-9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which she was the only Congress member to vote against in 2001.  


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com, posted May 15

A survey of the Pentagon's African presence with lessons from the recent past


"How NATO Jabs Russia on Ukraine"

By Ray McGovern, Consortium News, posted May 15

Chiefly on the history of NATO expansion in the 1990s, by a former analyst in the Soviet Foreign Policy branch


"The Snowden Saga Begins: 'I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light"

By Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch.com, posted May 13, 2014

This is a condensed version of Chapter 1 of the author's just-released book on Edward Snowden.


"Whose Advice Should You Trust on Ukraine?"

http://hnn.us/article/155595

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted May 11

The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.


"What You Need to Tell People When They Say We Should Use the Military"

http://hnn.us/article/155550

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted May 11

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


"Ukraine – The Way Out"

By Anatol Lieven, New York Review of Books, posted May 8


"Former Israeli Nuclear Head: No Iran Bomb for Ten Years – If They Even Want It"

By Trita Parsi, The National Interest, posted May 8


"Washington's Pivot to Ignorance: Will the State Department Torpedo Its Last Great Program?"

By Ann Jones, TomDispatch.com, posted May 8

On the attempted gutting of the Fulbright exchange scholars program


"Four Decades after Vietnam"

By Bruno Janti, Portside.org, posted May 5 (originally in Le Monde Diplomatique)

A short article emphasizing noncombatant deaths


"Peace Between Unequal Parties"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe, posted May 5

The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University. The article concerns US policy toward Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.


Thanks to Steve Gosch, Rosalyn Baxandall, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles include above. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




Another $600.7 Billion for the Pentagon! But Who Is Counting?

 

Another year gone by when schools, hospitals, day care centers, food stamps and other valuable services have been cut for lack of federal money. And despite the chatter about a lean military budget, the House of Representatives will be voting next week on the 2015 National Defense Authorization act (NDAA), which authorizes $521 for national defense and $79.9 billion as a placeholder for Overseas Contingency Operations. That's $79.9 billion theoretically available for a US military presence in Afghanistan, once there is an agreement with the Afghan government.

 

The NDAA is a policy bill, which specifies how the money will be used. There are billions allocated for unnecessary weapons systems, for modernization of the nuclear arsenal, for missile defense in Poland. There are fresh limitations on cooperation with Russia, and new conditions for a nuclear agreement with Iran. A host of miserable policies rolled into one piece of legislation. For a more specific summary of the contents see Council for a Livable Worldhttp://blog.livableworld.org/story/2014/5/9/12541/69564.

 

One bright spot is that Congresswoman Barbara Lee, will be introducing an amendment that would rescind the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which (as she so wisely predicted 13 years ago) has been the basis for endless wars, drones, Special Ops, warrantless surveillance and wiretapping.

 

You can help by calling your Congressional Representative and letting him or her know its time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, rescind the Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and to vote NO on another $600 billion of wasteful Pentagon spending

 

US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

 

If you get information about how your representative is planning to vote, please send to Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu

 

Please forward widely.