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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 7/27/16: academic freedom in Turkey; Peace History Society; links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are a couple of notes plus our occasional listing of noteworthy recent history-related articles relevant to US foreign and military policies.

1. The Scholars at Risk network has issued a statement decrying the extraordinary acts of repression against Turkey's higher education sector in the wake of the recent attempted coup. The American Historical Association is among scholarly groups endorsing the statement.

2. The newest issue of the Peace History Society's more or less semiannual newsletter, PHS News, ably edited as usual by Robert Shaffer, is available online.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"A Grand and Disastrous Deceit"
By Philippe Sands, London Review of Books, July 28 issue
A critical exposition of the findings and self-imposed limits of the Chilcot report on Britain's role in the 2003 Iraq invasion

"Driven Mad by the Horror of War"
By Tony Rennell, Daily Mail, posted July 27
Long, illustrated review essay of The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme by Taylor Downing

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

"Cashing in on a Failed Coup"
By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch.org, posted July 21
The author teaches history at Trinity College.

"Me Tarzan, You Adam: How I Met the Ghosts of My Own Work in a Local Multiplex"
By Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch.com, posted July 19, 2016
On the new Tarzan movie; the author wrote King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa.

"We Are the Empire: Of USMilitary Interventions, Alien Disaster Movies, and Star Wars"
By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted July 12
The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, teaches history at Pennsylvania College of Technology. 

"Are We in for Another Increasein Military Spending?"
By Lawrence S. Wittner, LA Progressive, posted July 11
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

"The Risks of Coercive NavalDiplomacy"
By Douglas Peifer, History News Network, posted July 10
The author teaches history at the U.S. Air War College.

"The Real Lesson of Iraq:Nothing Was Learned, No Good Was Done"
By Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted July 7

"The Chilcot Report: HollowVindication for the War's Critics"
By Glenda Gilmore, History News Network, posted July 6
The author teaches history at Yale University.

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

 

 



Wednesday, July 06, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 7/6/: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet.org, posted June 5

By Ellen Schrecker, Chronicle of Higher Education, posted June 30
The author is a professor of history emerita at Yeshiva University.

By David  Bromwich, The National Interest, posted June 29

By Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe, posted June 23

By Steve Coll, New York Review of Books, June 23 issue
On the experience of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Ron Briley, History News Network, posted June 14
Review essay on three books by William J. Rust on US policy in Laos and Cambodia in the 1950s and early '60s

By Greg Grandin, The Nation, posted June 9
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Rich Gibson, CounterPunch.com, posted June 6
The author teaches history at Southwest College in San Diego.

By Oliver Stone and Peter Kushnick, Los Angeles Times, posted May 26
Peter Kushnick teaches history at American University.

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



Thursday, June 16, 2016

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

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Andrew Cockburn, TomDispatch.com, posted June 16

"Top 7 Ways of Telling if Someone Is Lying about being a 'Salafi Jihadi'"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted June 14
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

By Charles W. Freeman, Jr., The National Interest, posted June 14
The author is a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia among many governmental positions; the article draws extensively from the history of recent decades. 

By Jerry Lembcke, Choice, June issue
An extensive bibliographic essay, commissioned from the author by the journal of the American Library Association

By Jonathan Cook, Aljazeera, posted June 10

Part 2 of interview with Andrew J. Bacevich by Patrick Smith, Salon.com, posted May 25
Andrew Bacevich is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


By David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy blog, posted May 23

By George Black, The New Yorker, posted May 20

By John V. Walsh, Consortium News, posted May 9

By Thomas M. Grace, History News Network, posted May 1
Based in part on the author's newly published book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties"

As usual, thanks are due to an anonymous reader who has sent numerous suggestions for these occasional lists, including the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 5/18/16: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 By Alexis Dudden, LobeLog, posted May 17
The author teaches history at the University of Connecticut.

By Stephen Pascoe, The Conversation, posted May 12
The author is a PhD candidate in history at La Trobe University.

"The Costs of Violence: Masters of Mankind (Part 2)"
 
By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted May 10

"American Power under Challenge: Masters of Mankind (Part 1)"
 By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted May 8

 By Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, May issue
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy blog, posted May 4

By Robin Wright, The New Yorker, posted April 30

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted April 28


Suggestions for these occasional lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com. Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some of the articles included in the above list.





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 4/26/16, including links to recent articles of interest

Note: The IndieGoGo fundraising effort for the Vietnam draft resistance documentary-in-progress, The Boys Who Said No, is in its last week, with over $45,000 already raised out of a goal of $50,000. Judith Ehrlich, the director, has twice won film awards from both the American Historican Association and the Organization of American Historians. Info about the film, with a donation link, is here.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted April 24
The author's book American Nuremburg, on US crimes following 9/11 has just been published by Skyhorse Press.

By Charles Glass, The Intercept, posted April 23
A review essay on Andrew Bacevich's new book, America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. The reviewer is a former chief Middle East correspondent for ABC News.

By Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest, posted April 21
On the origins of Hillary Clinton's foreign policy views. The author, a 28=year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Dallas Morning News, posted April 18
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By Robin Lindlay, History News Network, posted April 17

By Nick Turse, The Intercept, posted April 16
One researcher's experience with the Freedom of Information Act

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted April 14
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and formerly taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

By Malik Jalal, The Independent, posted April 12

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post politics blog, posted April 9
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By Eric Orlin, History News Network, posted April 9
The author teaches Classics at the University of Puget Sound.

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

Thursday, April 07, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 4/7/16: Vietnam draft resistance film; links to recent articles of interest

A note: The IndiGoGo fundraising campaign for the film-in-progress The Boys Who Said No: Draft Resistance & the Vietnam War has gotten off to a strong start. Information about the project, with a link for contributing, is here.


LInks to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted April 7
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Joseph Gerson, CommonDreams.org, posted April 6

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted April 5
The author is a professor emeritus of history and International Relations at Boston University.

Two more by Prof. Bacevich:
"Matters of Choice," an interview by Stephen Kinzer, Boston Review, posted April 4


"Islamic Extremism Is a Product of Western Imperialism"
By Gary Leech, CounterPunch.com, posted March 30

By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted March 30

By Jim Lobe, LobeLog, posted March 24

By Douglas Kerr and Ted Steinberg, Cleveland.com, posted March 23
Ted Steinberg teaches history at Case Western Reserve University.

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted March 20
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and formerly taught at the US Air Force Academy.

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






Wednesday, March 16, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 3/16/16: film-in-progress; Saudi Arabia conference; links to recent articles of intest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are a couple of notes, followed by our occasional "articles" list.

1.  A documentary movie-in-progress, The Boys Who Said No!, aims to tell the story of Vietnam-era draft resisters who served time in prison rather than cooperate with the draft. It is being produced by Christopher Colorado Jones, a draft resister himself, and directed by Oscar-nominate Judith Ehrlich. The will start an Indiegogo fundraising campaign on April 2. Information is at www.boyswhosaidno.com

2. Over 250 people attended the "Summit on Saudi Arabia" organized by Code Pink in Washington, D.C., April 5-6. Ben Norton has a lengthy report in Salon, and the Real News Network has posted videos of the panels.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Robert Neer, Aeon, posted March 16
The author teaches history at Columbia University.

By Lloyd C. Gardner, History News Network, posted March 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Defense One, posted March 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted March 14
The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.

By Neil Swidey, Boston Globe Magazine, posted March 10
On Paul Bremer and the Bush administration officials who put him in power in Iraq

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, posted March 8
On the withdrawal and destruction of a McGraw-Hill social science textbook after complaints that a set of historical maps of Palestine was "anti-Israel"

By Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch.com, posted March 3

By Aleksander Hemon, Rolling Stone, posted March 2
A former Yugoslav journalist makes a parallel with Serbian nationalism of the early 1990s.

Edited by John Prados and Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi, National Security Archive, posted February 29

By Emily Flitter, Reuters, posted February 27

As usual, thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


Friday, February 26, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/26/16: Saudi Arabia conference; links to recent articles of interest

Reminder of Next Weekend's Saudi Arabia Conference. This is a reminder, especially for people living in the DC-Baltimore area, of the "2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia," organized by Code Pink and co-sponsored by many other antiwar organizations, including Historians Against the War. It will take place at the University of the District of Columbia law school, Saturday-Sunday March 5-6. Information is at http://www.codepink.org/2016saudisummit.



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted February 26
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Gary Sick, LobeLog, posted February 24
"Black swans" is a metaphor for unexpected developments. The author is Mideast scholar and former staff member of the National Security Council.

By William Lambers, History News Network, posted February 23

By Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted February 21
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin.

By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted February 21
The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted February 19
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Daily News, posted February 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston  University.

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted February 7

By Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, posted February 2

Suggestions for these occasional lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com. As usual, an anonymous reader contributed suggestions for the above list.


Monday, February 22, 2016

[haw-info] March 5-6 Upcoming Antiwar Summit on Saudi-US Relations -Washington DC

From the Steering Committee of Historians Against War
Please be sure to share this message with historians in the Washington DC -Maryland- Virginia area.

Dear Friend,
 
We encourage you to make your way to Washington DC on March 5-6 for the first-ever 2-day Summit on Saudi Arabia and US-Saudi ties, hosted by CODEPINK, Historians Against War , The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many others. The new wave of hostilities unleashed by the the January 2 Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr shows how critical it is for us to understand the dynamics of Saudi politics and its effects throughout the Middle East.  

In an effort to keep this accessible to all, the price for the entire conference is only $20 - $100 sliding scale, including lunch.Tickets are available now!

The conference includes a great line up of over 15 confirmed speakers, including Saudi, Yemeni, and Bahraini nationals, keynotes from Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad, and representatives from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Gulf Institute, and the National Iranian American Council. 

This Summit will address issues such as human rights, Saudi domestic and foreign policy, and the prospects for change inside the Kingdom and in U.S.-Saudi relations.
  
Who Should Attend?
You should attend if you:
  • Want to learn about the roots and spread of Islamic extremism.
  • Seek solutions to violence in the Middle East.
  • Support a US foreign policy that is based on respect for human rights.
  • Oppose global weapons proliferation. 
  • Are working to end our dependence on fossil fuels
At the Summit on Saudi Arabia, you will learn about a country that is such a close ally of the US government and business community but is at the root of many of the problems plaguing the Middle East. By attending keynotes, panel discussions and workshops by people who are from the region or have spent time there, you will gain tools and information to speak about these issues in your community and become an active part of a network of change-makers seeking to influence the nature of US-Saudi ties. 
 
Payment
$20 - $100 sliding scale, including lunch. 
 
Any Questions?
Please email Aida at aida@codepink.org
Don't forget to join our Facebook event, where we will also

Friday, January 29, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/30/16: Saudi Arabia conference; Peace History Society; website on history of US wars; links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,


Here are some notes followed by our occasional listing of some recent articles.


1. Amid increasing scrutiny on Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East and its relationship with the US, a number of antiwar groups are sponsoring a "Summit on Saudi Arabia" Saturday-Sunday March 5-6 in Washington DC. Code Pink has taken the lead, with co-sponsors including The Nation, the Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other groups, including HAW.


2. The latest issue of the Peace History Society's newsletter, edited by

Robert Shaffer is available on-line. Its 50 pages include short articles and reports on a great variety of topics. 


3. This is a reminder of the work-in-progress website on the history of US wars that Roger Peace is developing. He is looking for feedback and suggestions for resources as well as collaboration in developing sections of the site. (A sample module on the War of 1812 is on the site.) His email address is rcpeace3@embarqmail.com.



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Chemical Wonders"

By Joost Hiltermann, London Review of Books, February 4 issue

Review-essay, seeking to draw lessons on how wars are ended, on Pierre Razoux's book The Iran-Iraq War. The author is Middle East and North Africa programme director at the International Crisis Group.

 

"When 'Made in Israel' Is a Human Rights Abuse"

By Ayed Press, New York Times, posted January 26

Warns against a proposal now before Congress that would force a change in US policy toward the Occupied Settlements

 

"Out of Bounds, Off-Limits, or Just Plain Ignored: Six National Security Questions Hillary, Donald, Ted, Marco, et al. Don't Want to Answer and Won't Even Be Asked"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted January 26


"From the First Gulf War to Islamic State: How America Was Seduced by the 'Easy War'"

By Sebastian J. Bae, War on the Rocks, posted January 22

 

"ISIS and the Reversible Stages of Revolt"

By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted January 20

The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.

 

"Trump's 19th Century Foreign Policy"

By Thomas Wright, Politico Magazine, posted January 20

Subtitled: "His views aren't as confused as they seem. In  fact, they're remarkably consistent – and they have a long history."

 

"The Frightening Prospect of a Nuclear War Is About to Become a Lot More Likely"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 17

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUN Y Albany.

 

"Twenty-Five Years Later: Photos from the First Time We Invaded Iraq"

By Mark Murrmann and Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, posted January 16

  

"Why the B-52 Failed"

By David Bacon, LobeLog, posted January 11

A visit to Hanoi and reflections on the Christmas Bombing of 1972

 

"Ted Cruz's Stone-Age Brain and Yours: Why 'Collateral Damage' Elicits So Little Empathy among Americans"

By Rick Shenkman, TomDispatch.com, posted January 10

The author is founder and editor of the History News Network.


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

Friday, January 22, 2016

[haw-info] New history website - contributors welcome

January 22, 2016

To members and friends of Historians Against the War:

I am looking for assistance in developing the content of a website – www.peacehistory-usfp.org – on the history of United States foreign policy. The purpose of the website is to provide user-friendly, progressive critiques of U.S. wars and foreign policies over the course of 240 years. An ambitious project? Yes, but needed.

The website is online now, with the War of 1812 as an exemplary module (www.peacehistory-usfp.org/the-war-of-1812). Take a look. If you teach about the War of 1812, use the website now. The HAW Steering Committee has agreed to sponsor the website and I am exploring grant possibilities.

I am looking for assistance in a few different ways (see list of entries below):

1. Feedback. Give me suggestions and constructive criticism – now and with future entries.

2. Suggest resources (books, articles, websites, films) for particular areas.

3. Contribute as a researcher and writer on a particular section. This may include reading the work of others.

4. Coordinate a whole entry (e.g., the Vietnam War).

5. Assist the project in obtaining grants and outreach.

The intention is to include in each entry a principled analysis of the causes and conduct of war, domestic debates and antiwar movements, and a critique of administration rhetoric, among other things. There are many critical studies of U.S. foreign policy at higher levels of academia, but little of this information seeps into high school and community college textbooks or popular student websites such as history.com. This HAW website, in other words, is designed to make progressive peace-oriented critiques accessible to non-history majors and the general public.

Chronology of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1775-2015

Overview

1775-1825:
• War for Independence, 1775-1783
• U.S. territorial expansion and Native American resistance
• War of 1812

1825-1875:
• U.S. territorial expansion and Native American removal and resistance
• Mexican War, 1846-1848
• Civil War diplomacy

1875-1925:
• From western expansion to overseas expansion
• Spanish American War, 1898, and U.S.-Philippines War, 1899-1902
• The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, 1904, and "Yankee imperialism"
• U.S. participation in World War I, 1917-1918

1925-1975:
• U.S. participation in World War II, 1941-1945
• Truman Doctrine, 1947, and onset of the Cold War
• Korean War, 1950-1953
• U.S. global interventionism, overt and covert
• The nuclear arms race and Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
• Vietnam War, 1964-1973 (including Laos and Cambodia)

1975-present:
• From the Cold War to the "War on Terror"
• Central America wars, 1980s
• Persian Gulf War, 1991
• War in Afghanistan, 2001-present
• War in Iraq, 2003-present
• Genocide prevention, human rights, and international law

Please contact me if interested in contributing to this project.

Roger Peace
PhD American Foreign Relations
(I have taught mostly U.S. history and "U.S. in the World" at the community college level.)
rcpeace3@embarqmail.com

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

[haw-info] Urgent solidarity appeal from Turkish scholars

HAW members and supporters,

Some of us received the appeal below, and the SC believes it is worth circulating to you, if you wish to sign on.

Van Gosse

**********
Dear friends,

"academics for peace" in Turkey has written the below statement on the ever worsening state violence and violations by the Turkish governing power and security forces. you can also access this website for the statement in multiple languages: 
http://www.barisicinakademisyenler.net/node/63

Concerning the signatures: originally, the text is to be signed by academics from Turkey or working on Turkey. but also it can be signed by academics throughout the world whatever their field whose signatures will appear on a separate list as signatures of international support.

To add your signature please send your NAMES and AFFILIATIONS to the address info@barisicinakademisyenler.net

Please also circulate as you see fit.

******************************************************************************************************

We will not be a party to this crime! (in English, French, German, Spanish) 
BAK
07.01.2016

As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks. It has attacked these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime. As a result, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated. 

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey's own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party. These actions are in serious violation of international law. 

We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.

We demand the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political movement. We demand inclusion of independent observers from broad sections of society in these negotiations. We also declare our willingness to volunteer as observers. We oppose suppression of any kind of the opposition.

We, as academics and researchers working on and/or in Turkey, declare that we will not be a party to this massacre by remaining silent and demand an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the state. We will continue advocacy with political parties, the parliament, and international public opinion until our demands are met.

For international support, please send your signature, name of your university and your title to info@barisicinakademisyenler.net.




Monday, January 11, 2016

[haw-info] AHA defeats HAW resolution on right to education

A resolution to protect the right to education in the occupied
Palestinian territories was defeated by a 111 to 51 margin at the 2016
meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA).

Historians Against the War (HAW) brought the resolution to the meeting,
with the signatures of 126 AHA members. A group calling itself the
Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) launched a concerted campaign
against the resolution.

The resolution (available at http://historiansagainstwar.org/aha16/)
would have put the AHA on record as upholding the rights of Palestinian
faculty and students to pursue their education and research freely in
the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Professor Barbara Weinstein of New York University and 2007 AHA
president was one of the historians who supported the resolution.
Weinstein stated, "It is entirely appropriate for our professional
association to consider this issue. We are addressing serious and
ongoing violations of academic freedom by a close U.S. ally."

The debate and voting on the resolution took place at the AHA business
meeting on January 9, 2016, at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Margaret Power, professor of history at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, made an opening statement for HAW in favor of the
resolution. She outlined the limitations of movement that faculty and
students in Palestine face, and argued that it was within the purview of
the AHA to oppose such violations of human rights.

Sharon Musher of Stockton University provided a rebuttal in the name of
the AAF. She argued that it was a divisive act, and pointed to what she
claimed were errors in the resolution. The AAF also contended that the
resolution wrongly singled out Israel while ignoring violations in other
countries, and would burden the AHA with monitoring a situation for
which it lacks the necessary resources.

Andrew Zimmerman from George Wash University responded to Musher that
disagreement is at the heart of the historian's work. He asked for
logical arguments against the resolution; divisiveness is not an argument.

Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg from Hofstra University noted that no one
disputed the charges in resolution. She highlighted the special
relationship between the United States and Israel that allows abuses of
Palestinians to continue. She noted that opposing such violations was a
moral issue.

The AAF failed to engage the proposed resolution on its merits, but
instead used diversionary tactics to challenge its passage. The AAF
labeled itself progressive, by at the same time appealed to such
conservative outfits as Freedom House and attempted to make an argument
in favor of supporting right-wing student protests in Venezuela. A
particularly low point in the debate was when an AAF supporter resorted
to charges of anti-semitism. Nevertheless, as AHA Executive Director
James Grossman noted at the end of the annual meeting, the debate was
carried out with a good deal of civility.

The resolution did not lose on the merits, but with superior resources
and funding the AAF was able to out maneuver HAW in mobilizing AHA
members at the meeting. Even so, the 111 votes against the resolution
was a small fraction of the 3338 people in attendance at the conference,
and fewer than the 126 who signed the resolution.

Bringing the resolution to a vote in itself was a success for HAW. At
the previous year's AHA in New York, AAF used procedural issues to
prevent a similar issue from even coming to a vote. Van Gosse from
Franklin and Marshall College and lead organizer of the initiative left
the meeting with a sense of victory. "We really dominated in the
debate," he noted. "They had no real arguments–just red herrings."

At the AHA, HAW also sponsored a roundtable together with MARHO: The
Radical Historians' Organization on "Violations of Academic Freedom in
the Occupied Palestinian Territories." Salim Tamari of the Institute for
Palestine Studies, Professor Leena Dallasheh of Humboldt State
University, and Tom Ricks, an independent scholar who researches
Palestinian higher education all spoke on the panel.

Ricks drew on his personal experience in Palestine since 1983 to
highlight systematic violations of right to education. He pointed out
that universities routinely faced weeks and months of closures, which
was a particular issue around examination times, and this prevented
students from graduating. Ricks noted that access to education is not
only an issue in Palestine, but throughout the Middle East. He argued
that we should help people gain access.

Salim Tamari argued for the need to disentangle issues of security and
access to education. Every time the issue of freedom of education rises,
Tamari noted, Israel uses the issue of security to deny access. Israel
security forces regularly conduct raids on campuses under the pretext of
hot pursuit, and arrest faculty and students under suspicion of
membership in certain organizations. Educators' right of movement is
restricted at checkpoints. Access of external academics and students are
also denied through visit restrictions.

Leena Dallasheh raised the issue of who has access to craft historical
narratives, including the creation of historical knowledge. Palestinians
face layers of obstacles, including through the active process of
excluding their stories and privileging Israeli narratives. Because of a
lack of statehood, Palestine does not have a formal archive. Records
have been destroyed, stolen, or disappeared. Palestinian scholars also
suffer from restricted access to Israeli archives. Dallasheh notes that
history matters, because it gives us the tools to create active, engaged
citizens. If that is the purpose of education, she asked, then why do we
shy away from trying to change this situation? She contended that the
AHA has a responsibility to make statements such as that contained in
the resolution.

Historians Against the War was founded at the January 2003 AHA meeting
to oppose the pending invasion of Iraq. Since then it has campaigned
against a militaristic foreign policy via publications, public speaking,
teach-ins, and several conferences. HAW has gathered substantial
evidence to support the charges of Israeli government violations of the
right to education in the territories it controls.

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Monday, January 04, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/4/16 - revised message with corrected links

[Apologies to anyone who tried to access the three entries in the "recent articles of interest" list that had faulty links in the message sent out earlier today. The links have been corrected in this revised version of the message. Thanks to Roberta Gold for pointing out the problem. Jim O'Brien, embarrassed sender]


To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are some notes, followed by our occasional set of links to recent articles of interest.

1. A memorial service for the feminist and antiwar historian Ros Baxandall, who died in October, will be held this coming Saturday, January 9, at 2:00 pm at the Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City.

2. For those attending the AHA convention in Atlanta next weekend, here is information on two events involving Historians Against the War:  

(a) "Roundtable on Violations of Academic Freedom in the Occupied Palestinian Territories." 2:30 - 4:30 pm in International Ballroom 4 of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, International Level; 

(b) AHA business meeting (open only to AHA members), 4:45 - 6:00 pm in Grand Ballroom A, Hilton Atlanta, Second Floor. A resolution on Israeli violations of academic freedom, sponsored by HAW, is on the agenda for the business meeting. (The resolution, with supporting documentation, can be found at http://historiansagainstwar.org/aha16.)

3. A point of curiosity: Does anyone remember (or otherwise know about) a 1990-1991 organization called "Historians Against the War in the Persian Gulf"?  It was briefly referred to in a recent American Historical Review, but nobody on the HAW Steering Committee recognizes the name. HAW itself was formed in the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 1993.




Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 1
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

By David N. Gibbs, History News Network, posted December 27
The author teaches history at the University of Arizona.

By Allen Fromherz, The National Interest, posted December 23
The author is director of the Middle East Studies Center at Georgia State University.

Edited and introduced by William Burr, National Security Archive, posted December 22
 
By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted December 18
The author teaches history and religion at Tufts University.

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted December 13
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

"Gangsta Jihad" [review of Jason Burke's The New Threat: The Past, Present, and Future of Islamic Militancy]
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted December 16 
The author is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University.

By Murray Polnar, History News Network, posted November 30

By William R. Polk, Consortium News, posted November 17
The author is a former State Department official and former University of Chicago history professor.

Thanks to James Swarts, Steve Gosch, and an anonymous reader for contributing suggestions for the above list. Suggests can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.








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[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/4/16: Ros Baxandall memorial; AHA; curiosity; links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are some notes, followed by our occasional set of links to recent articles of interest.

1. A memorial service for the feminist and antiwar historian Ros Baxandall, who died in October, will be held this coming Saturday, January 9, at 2:00 pm at the Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City.

2. For those attending the AHA convention in Atlanta next weekend, here is information on two events involving Historians Against the War:  

(a) "Roundtable on Violations of Academic Freedom in the Occupied Palestinian Territories." 2:30 - 4:30 pm in International Ballroom 4 of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, International Level; 

(b) AHA business meeting (open only to AHA members), 4:45 - 6:00 pm in Grand Ballroom A, Hilton Atlanta, Second Floor. A resolution on Israeli violations of academic freedom, sponsored by HAW, is on the agenda for the business meeting. (The resolution, with supporting documentation, can be found at http://historiansagainstwar.org/aha16.)

3. A point of curiosity: Does anyone remember (or otherwise know about) a 1990-1991 organization called "Historians Against the War in the Persian Gulf"?  It was briefly referred to in a recent American Historical Review, but nobody on the HAW Steering Committee recognizes the name. HAW itself was formed in the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 1993.




Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 1
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

By David N. Gibbs, History News Network, posted December 27
The author teaches history at the University of Arizona.

By Allen Fromherz, The National Interest, posted December 23
The author is director of the Middle East Studies Center at Georgia State University.

Edited and introduced by William Burr, National Security Archive, posted December 22
 
By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted December 18
The author teaches history and religion at Tufts University.

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted December 13
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

"Gangsta Jihad" [review of Jason Burke's The New Threat: The Past, Present, and Future of Islamic Militany]
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted December 16 
The author is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University.

By Murray Polnar, History News Network, posted November 30

By William R. Polk, Consortium News, posted November 17
The author is a former State Department official and former University of Chicago history professor.

Thanks to James Swarts, Steve Gosch, and an anonymous reader for contributing suggestions for the above list. Suggests can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.








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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/2/15: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Brian Glyn Williams, History News Network, posted November 30
The author worked in the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center and US military in Afghanistan and now teaches Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

By Ron Briley, History News Network, posted November 30
A capsule history of the curtailment of rights in times of crisis in the US since the Alien and Sedition Acts. The author is a history teacher emeritus at Sandia Preparatory School.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Specator, posted November 28
The author is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University.

By Glenn Greenwald, Los Angeles Times, posted November 27

By Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, posted November 17

By Robert Fisk, CounterPunch.org, posted November 17

By Richard Greeman, Jewish Currents, posted November 17
The author is an American historian living in Montpelier, France.

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News, posted November 17

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, LA Weekly, posted November 12
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By Ibrahim Al-Marashi, History News Network, posted November 10
The author teaches history of the modern MIddle East at California State University San Marcos.

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

[haw-info] Roll-Call Vote on HR 4038 American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 643
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

      H R 4038      RECORDED VOTE      19-Nov-2015      1:55 PM
      QUESTION:  On Passage
      BILL TITLE: American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act

AyesNoesPRESNV
Republican2422 2
Democratic47135 6
Independent    
TOTALS289137 8


---- AYES    289 ---

Abraham
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allen
Amash
Amodei
Ashford
Babin
Barletta
Barr
Barton
Benishek
Bera
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (MI)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blum
Bost
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Buck
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Byrne
Calvert
Carney
Carter (GA)
Carter (TX)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Clawson (FL)
Coffman
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Cook
Cooper
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Cuellar
Culberson
Curbelo (FL)
Davis, Rodney
Delaney
Denham
Dent
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Diaz-Balart
Doggett
Dold
Donovan
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Ellmers (NC)
Emmer (MN)
Farenthold
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gabbard
Garamendi
Garrett
Gibbs
Gibson
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gosar
Gowdy
Graham
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Gene
Griffith
Grothman
Guinta
Guthrie
Hahn
Hanna
Hardy
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Heck (NV)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Hice, Jody B.
Hill
Himes
Holding
Hudson
Huelskamp
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurd (TX)
Hurt (VA)
Israel
Issa
Jenkins (KS)
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jolly
Jordan
Joyce
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
Kind
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Knight
Kuster
Labrador
LaHood
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Latta
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Long
Loudermilk
Love
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Marino
Massie
McCarthy
McCaul
McClintock
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McSally
Meadows
Meehan
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moolenaar
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Mulvaney
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Neugebauer
Newhouse
Noem
Nolan
Norcross
Nugent
Nunes
Olson
Palazzo
Palmer
Paulsen
Pearce
Perry
Peters
Peterson
Pittenger
Pitts
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Polis
Pompeo
Posey
Price, Tom
Ratcliffe
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney (FL)
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Rouzer
Royce
Ruiz
Russell
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Salmon
Sanford
Scalise
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Slaughter
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Stefanik
Stewart
Stivers
Stutzman
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Trott
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Veasey
Vela
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walker
Walorski
Walters, Mimi
Walz
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westerman
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IA)
Young (IN)
Zeldin
Zinke

---- NOES    137 ---

Adams
Bass
Beatty
Becerra
Beyer
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brown (FL)
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Conyers
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
DeGette
DeLauro
DelBene
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Dingell
Doyle, Michael F.
Duckworth
Edwards
Engel
Eshoo
Esty
Farr
Fattah
Foster
Frankel (FL)
Fudge
Gallego
Grayson
Green, Al
Grijalva
Gutiérrez
Hastings
Heck (WA)
Higgins
Honda
Hoyer
Huffman
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Jones
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilmer
King (IA)
Kirkpatrick
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lawrence
Lee
Levin
Lewis
Lieu, Ted
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Maloney, Carolyn
Matsui
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meeks
Meng
Moore
Moulton
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
O'Rourke
Pallone
Pascrell
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Pingree
Pocan
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rangel
Richmond
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Sires
Smith (WA)
Speier
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Titus
Tonko
Torres
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Vargas
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wasserman Schultz
Waters, Maxine
Welch
Wilson (FL)
Yarmuth

---- NOT VOTING    8 ---

DeFazio
Ellison
Hinojosa
Ruppersberger
Takai
Watson Coleman
Westmoreland
Williams