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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.

 

 



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