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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

--
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, 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.


Monday, November 14, 2016

[haw-info] Last opportunity to sign HAW petitions to the Council of the AHA

Friends,

In two weeks we will send these petitions in, to get them on the agenda of the AHA Council for their early January meeting.  We have about 120 signers on one or both, and very much hope to expand that number.  So, if you are a member of AHA, please sign, and circulate to others who are members!

In solidarity at this hard time,

Van Gosse, for HAW

Begin forwarded message:

From: Van Gosse <van.gosse@fandm.edu>
Subject: Two petitions to the Council of the AHA: please sign and circulate!
Date: October 2, 2016 at 10:42:50 AM EDT

Dear members and friends of Historians Against the War,

After considerable consultation, HAW has decided to send the two attached petitions to the Council of the American Historical Association.  The first asks the Council to investigate the charges that academic freedom is widely violated in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  The second urges a condemnation of academic blacklists for those who raise issues regarding Israel and the OPT.  

If you are a member of the AHA, we ask for your signature on either or both; please go to this Google Doc to sign:



Further, we urge you to bring these petitions to the notice of colleagues who might sign either of them.  We plan to send them to the Council in mid-December, for consideration at their January meeting.

In solidarity, 

Van Gosse, for the Steering Committee of HAW

[Petition #1]

Dear members of the Council,

We write as members of the Association.  Over the past several years, it has become evident some part of the membership believes there are credible charges of violations of academic freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, while other members dispute these allegations.  In view of the close ties between the United States and Israel, including academic ties, we call on the Council to investigate these claims by whatever means are most effective, whether constituting a fact-finding committee, authorizing a delegation, or issuing an investigative report.  We note that other scholarly groups have taken similar steps; for instance, in August 2014, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association authorized a year-long Task Force on Engagement with Israel/Palestine, which issued a comprehensive report to their membership in October 2015.  We believe that rather than fostering division, AHA members would benefit from an equally thoughtful engagement by our own association.

[Petition #2]

Dear members of the Council, 

We write as members of the association. We urge the Executive Council to make a statement along the lines of the following: "The AHA upholds the right of students and faculty to engage in nonviolent political action expressing diverse points of view on Israel/Palestine issues. We condemn all efforts at intimidation of those expressing such views. Specifically, we condemn the maintenance of blacklists, such as those on the anonymous "Canary Mission" website publicizing names, photographs, and contact information for hundreds of supporters of Palestinian rights, predominantly Arab American students."


Thank you, 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/18/16: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Throwing in theTowel: What the Bankruptcy of White House Policy Means for the Israelis and Palestinians"

By Sandy Tolan, TomDispatch.com, posted October 18


"7 Things to Know about Mosul"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog; posted October 18

Historical background; the author teaches history at the University of Michigan.


"New Evidence that US Allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar Are Funding ISIS"

By Andrew Cockburn, The Independent, posted October 16

Based on Wikileaks revelations

 

"Blowback forAmerican Sins in the Philippines"

By Steven Kinzer, Boston Globe, posted October 16


"Will the Gulf of Tonkin Fit into the Red Sea?"

By David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy blog, posted October 16

 

"An UrgentlyNecessary Briefing on Syria"

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch, posted October 14

The author teaches history at Tufts University.

 

"Duterte's DeathSquads, and Ours"

By Charles Pierson, CounterPunch.org, posted October 5

 

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted October 4, 2016

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

 

"The USA in Iraq:Putting Out the Fire with Gasoline"

By William J. Astore, AntiWar.com, posted September 29

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

 

"Win, Lose, or Draw:U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record"

By Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com, posted September 27


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

 

 

Sunday, October 02, 2016

[haw-info] Two petitions to the Council of the AHA: please sign and circulate!

Dear members and friends of Historians Against the War,

 

After considerable consultation, HAW has decided to send the two attached petitions to the Council of the American Historical Association.  The first urges a condemnation of academic blacklists for those who raise issues regarding Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  The second asks the Council to investigate the charges that academic freedom is widely violated in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  

 

If you are a member of the AHA, we ask for your signature on either or both; please go to this Google Doc to sign:

 

https://goo.gl/forms/k7vrDCuZGl5a3DlD2


Further, we urge you to bring these petitions to the notice of colleagues who might sign either of them.  We plan to send them to the Council in mid-December, for consideration at their January meeting.

 

In solidarity, 

 

Van Gosse, for the Steering Committee of HAW

 

[Petition #1]

Dear members of the Council, 

 

We write as members of the association. We urge the Executive Council to make a statement along the lines of the following: "The AHA upholds the right of students and faculty to engage in nonviolent political action expressing diverse points of view on Israel/Palestine issues. We condemn all efforts at intimidation of those expressing such views. Specifically, we condemn the maintenance of blacklists, such as those on the anonymous "Canary Mission" website publicizing names, photographs, and contact information for hundreds of supporters of Palestinian rights, predominantly Arab American students."

 

[Petition #2]

Dear members of the Council,

We write as members of the Association.  Over the past several years, it has become evident some part of the membership believes there are credible charges of violations of academic freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, while other members dispute these allegations.  In view of the close ties between the United States and Israel, including academic ties, we call on the Council to investigate these claims by whatever means are most effective, whether constituting a fact-finding committee, authorizing a delegation, or issuing an investigative report.  We note that other scholarly groups have taken similar steps; for instance, in August 2014, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association authorized a year-long Task Force on Engagement with Israel/Palestine, which issued a comprehensive report to their membership in October 2015.  We believe that rather than fostering division, AHA members would benefit from an equally thoughtful engagement by our own association.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/15/16: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"America in Vietnam:The Enduring Myth of the Noble Cause"

By Dan Novalik, CounterPunch.org, posted September 14, 2016

Review essay on John Marciano's new book The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?

 

"Is Trump an Aberration? The Dark History of the 'Nation of Immigrants'"

By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted September 13

The author teaches history at Salem State University.

 

"There Is No Military Path to Victory in Afghanistan"

By Rajan Menon, The National Interest, posted September 12

A historical reckoning

 

"Isn't It Time to Ban the Bomb?"

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

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

 

"Obama & Palestine: The Last Chance"

By Nathan Thrall, New York Review of Books, posted September 10

The author is a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group. The article contains much historical background.

 

"A 9/11 Retrospecftive: Washington's 15-Year Air War"

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, posted September 8

 

"Kissinger's Corpses: A Look at Pinochet's FBI File"

By Ken Klippenstein, Reader Supported News, posted September 8

 

"Bob Kerrey, Fulbright University, and the Neoliberal Erasure of History"

By Paul Street, CounterPunch.org, posted September 1


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

 


Thursday, August 25, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/25/16: anti-blacklist petition; US interventions; links to recent articles of interest

Miscellaneous Notes

1. Several hundred faculty members have signed a petition condemning the anonymous website Canary Mission, which maintains and publicizes a blacklist of students who have acted in any way to support Palestinian rights. You can click here for more information and a form for signing the petition, 

2. Zoltan Grossman of Evergreen State College has an extensive annotated listing of US military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

3. The link for the new issue of the Peace History Society's semi-annual on-line Newsletter was omitted by mistake in the last HAW e-mailing. It's at this address.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"No Need to Build the Donald's Wall, It's Built"

By Todd Miller, TomDispatch.com, posted August 23

 

"Does Henry KissingerHave a Conscience?"

By Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, posted August 20

On the files released by the National Security Archive (see below) on Argentina's "dirty war"

 

"US War Crimes or 'Normalized Deviance'"

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, Consortium News, posted August 15

On the evolution of US war tactics in recent decades

 

"Monsters to Destroy:Top 7 Reasons the US Could Not Have Forestalled Syrian Civil War"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted August 12

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"'DeclassifiedDiplomacy': Argentina"

By the National Security Archive, posted August 11

1,078 pages of Carter administration files on human rights abuses in Argentina, including the efforts of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to defend the military junta

 

"The Decay ofAmerican Politics: An Ode to Ike and Adlai"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted August 4, 2016

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

 

"The Myth of Trump'sAlternative Worldview"

http://fpif.org/myth-trumps-alternative-worldview

By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted August 3

 

"On Trade, OurChoices Aren't Only Between Xenophobic Nationalism or Neoliberal GlobalGlobalization"

By Leon Fink, In These Times, posted August 2

The author teaches history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

"The Costs and Consequences of Managing RogueStates"

By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted July 28

 

"There's NothingUn-American about Donald Trump"

By Greg Grandin, The Nation, July 22

The author teaches history at New York University.


Suggestions for this occasional set of article links can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

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.