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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

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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.

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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

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DeFazio
Ellison
Hinojosa
Ruppersberger
Takai
Watson Coleman
Westmoreland
Williams

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

[haw-info] URGENT House vote to Dismantle Refugee Program Thurs, Nov. 19

URGENT House vote to Dismantle Refugee Program Thurs, Nov. 19
 
It is tragic, but no surprise that members of Congress are using the attacks in Paris as an excuse to close our borders to fleeing Syrians. Now is not the time to turn a cold shoulder to people in need.
 
Call your representative today and tell them to vote against efforts to slam the door on Syrian refugees. The number is 844-735-1362.
 
The House leadership is scheduling a quick vote on Thursday November 19 on HR 4038 which is designed to halt the refugee program until massive changes are implemented. This could set the program back years.
 
In the wake of last week's attacks Historians Against the War remains determined to oppose US militarism in all its manifestations, to support inclusive diplomacy and to urge a massive redirection of resources to aid the millions of men, women and children rendered homeless by the proliferating wars.
 
HR 4038 is a harsh, unnecessary step in the wrong direction.
 
Call your representative today and tell them to vote against efforts to slam the door on Syrian refugees. The number is 844-735-1362.

Margaret Power and Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg
on behalf of Historians Against War Steering Comittee
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

[haw-info] statement by the antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice on the attacks in Paris and elsewhere

United for Peace and Justice, the antiwar coalition to which Hiistorians Against the War belongs, issued the following statement yesterday, November 16.


Statement on Recent Attacks and Global Violence

United for Peace and Justice shares with people around the world a deep sorrow over the recent attacks in Paris, along with the civilian deaths on the downed Russian airplane and in Beirut.

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The massive news coverage of Paris brings home to everyone the humanity of these particular victims and the tragedy of innocent lives upended or destroyed. Yet in mourning the deaths in France, we cannot the ignore the reality of fourteen years in which millions of civilians in the Middle East and elsewhere have endured shattering losses, as the harsh and irresponsible American "war on terror" exacts its fearful price.

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We recognize there are no simple, easy solutions to the challenge of ISIS and other terrorist formations. But we have had ample opportunity to observe the personal tragedies which ensue when a horrific international crime is transformed into the occasion for war.  Bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa may be cathartic for some, but there are innocent people living there, whose lives are as precious as those of Paris or New York. We do not believe that accelerated air-strikes, increased weapons deliveries or expanded "boots on the ground" are a practical or moral answer to the danger of international terrorist plots.

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United for Peace and Justice was formed in 2002, in an effort to deter a catastrophic war in Iraq. The emergence of ISIS is dramatic testament to the folly of that governmental decision. The intervening years of suffering and violence have confirmed the necessity for a mobilized, vocal peace movement. We remain determined to oppose US militarism in all its manifestations, to support inclusive diplomacy and to urge a massive redirection of resources to aid the millions of men, women and children rendered homeless by the proliferating wars.

Coordinating Committee of United for Peace and Justice

Please click here to learn how you can participate in our call-to-action for Syria on Human Rights 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11/12/15: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, History News Network, posted November 11
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By Greg Grandin, TomDispatch.com, posted November 8
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Margaret Scott, New York Review of Books, posted November 2

By Todd Gitlin, Tablet, posted October 28

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted October 27
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and formerly taught at the U.S. Military Academy.

Documents posted by the National Security Archive, October 24

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch.com, posted October 22
The author served with the U.S.State Department in post-invasion Iraq.

By Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books, posted October 21
On the George W. Bush administration and its inaction before 9/11

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted October 18
The author is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University.

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

Monday, October 19, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/19/15: contact info regarding Ros Baxandall; links to recent articles of interest

Note: We wrote last Thursday to share with Historians Against the War members and friends the passing of  feminist historian and antiwar activist Rosalyn Baxandall at age 76. For anyone wishing to write to her son, the contact information is as follows: mail, Phineas Baxandall, 595 Franklin St., Cambridge, MA 02139; email, phineas@baxandall.net.

The following list of articles is dedicated to her memory. For years up until her diagnosis this summer with incurable cancer, she was a mainstay of suggesting articles for these lists.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By David Milne, Salon, posted October 18

By William J. Astore, The Contrary Perspective blog, posted October 17
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and formerly taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

By Paul Pillar, LobeLog, posted October 16 (from The National Interest)
The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies; the article draws on the Soviet experience in Afghanistan.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted October 13
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

Interview with David Talbot, Democracy Now!, posted October 13
David Talbot is a former editor in chief of Salon and the author of a new book on Allen Dulles.

By Jon Schwartz, The Intercept, posted October 7

By Walter L. Hixson, History News Network, posted October 7
The author teaches history at the University of Akron.

By David M. Perry, The Guardian, posted October 6
The author teaches medieval history at Dominican University.

By Greg Grandin, The Nation, posted October 5
On the targeting of hospitals during the Vietnam War; the author teaches history at New York University.

By Sami Zubaida, Informed Comment blog, posted October 1

Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg, Cyrus Bina, and an anonymous reader for flagging articles that are included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

[haw-info] Rosalyn Baxandall, 1939 - 2015

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

 

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing on Tuesday, October 13 of Ros Baxandall. As an active member of the HAW steering committee she made numerous important contributions to our work. She was an especially active source of suggestions for the "recent articles of interest" feature of many of our messages to our email list. Until very recently, she had been very active in the work around the HAW resolution "Protecting the Right to Education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" that we will present at the 2016 AHA. However, she is best known for the significant contributions she made to the historical profession, particularly in the areas of women's and gender history, and to social justice causes. For more information on her remarkable career, see the New York Times obituary, "RosalynBaxandall, Feminist Historian and Activist, Dies at 76," and a newly updated Wikipedia page.

 

We mourn her passing and we celebrate her life!

 

Margaret Power and Jim O'Brien for the HAW Steering Committee

 


Friday, October 09, 2015

[haw-info] appeal for support of Maati Monjib, Moroccan historian and human rights activist


The following message is from Richard Greeman, a longtime activist and former teacher of history at the University of Hartford. Questions can be sent to him at rgreeman@gmail.com.


Support Maati Monjib, Moroccan Historian and Human Rights Activist

 

Maati Monjib, the embattled Moroccan historian and human rights activist, has once again begun a hunger strike (as of Oct. 6) to protest being denied the right to leave Morocco to attend an academic conference in Norway (Oct. 8-11), where he is invited to speak on his specialty, African history. Prof. Monjib has been under attack since April, when he became President of "Freedom Now," which defends the rights of Moroccan journalists.

 

Details: On Aug. 31, returning from France, he was stopped at Casablanca Airport and informed he was "wanted for harming state security." On Sept. 14, he was interrogated by the National Police and accused, among other things, of "destabilizing citizens' allegiance to the institutions." On Sept. 16, he was blocked at the Casablanca Airport on grounds of "National Security" and prevented from flying to an academic forum in Barcelona, whereupon he began his first hunger strike. On Sept. 19, the Ministry of Interior published a denial that Monjib was barred from leaving the country, but at the same time accused him of financial irregularities, sparking a campaign of slander in the pro-government press: a blatant attempt to turn a political case into a criminal case!

 

You can help by sending a message to the Moroccan Ambassador: see URLs and sample message below. Also by posting and forwarding this message to your networks.

 

BACKGROUND: Monjib is active internationally as a scholar having taught in the U.S. (Univ. of Florida, Brookings Institution) and participated in conferences throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, where he is known for his articulate defense of the values of democracy, human rights, and internationalism. Monjib directs the Ibn Rochd ["Averoes" in English] Center in Rabat, where he is Professor at the Institute of African Studies.  He holds two doctorates (Univ. Paul Valéry, Montpellier, FR; Univ. of Dakar, SENEGAL) and is the author of four books (in French) and numerous articles in French and Arabic.

 

When Monjib and other journalists founded "Freedom Now" last April, the government quickly deprived their Association of legal status by simply refusing to process their application. For months Monjib has been the object of a systematic campaign of outrageous personal and political slander in the press of political parties close to the Throne.

 

HERE'S HOW TO HELP.

The Monarchy is sensitive to international opinion, and you can put pressure on by writing to the Moroccan Ambassador in London, Washington, or wherever you live. Here's a sample message you can copy/paste right now:

 

Your Highness/Your Excellency:

 

"Scholars and journalists around the world are disturbed by reports of harassment of our respected colleague Maati Monjib. Please reassure us that his honor as a scholar and right to travel, speak and write freely will be protected by the Moroccan Monarchy."

 

Respectfully yours, etc, etc.

 

They'll get the point.

 

H.H. Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui

Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco 
to The Court of Saint James's

www.moroccanembassylondon.org.uk/

 

Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal

http://www.embassyofmorocco.us/embassador.htm

 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

[haw-info] justice for Doctors without Borders

This message from CREDO Action is forwarded on behalf of the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War.



Dear Friend,
 
In the middle of the night on Saturday, a U.S. military plane "repeatedly and very precisely" bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital filled with doctors, nurses and wounded patients in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
 
The airstrike killed twelve Doctors Without Borders staff members and ten patients, including three children, and injured scores more. Some patients literally burned alive in their hospital beds.
 
So far, the Pentagon has only released incomplete and contradictory accounts of what happened and why.
 
On Sunday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stated that: "Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body. Relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient."
 
The world needs to know how and why this grave violation of International Humanitarian Law was committed. Those responsible for what we presume to be an atrocious war crime must then face justice. Please join Doctors Without Borders in calling for an immediate and independent international investigation.
 
 
The Pentagon initially claimed that the hospital was hit by accident after U.S. troops nearby came under fire and called in the airstrike, then later changed its story and said that no U.S. troops were in the area and that Afghan troops called in the strike.
 
But the Pentagon's story simply doesn't add up. According to Doctors Without Borders: "Not a single member of our staff reported any fighting inside the MSF hospital compound prior to the U.S. airstrike on Saturday morning... We reiterate that the main hospital building, where medical personnel were caring for patients, was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched."
 
Further, "The bombing took place despite the fact that MSF had provided the GPS coordinates of the trauma hospital to Coalition and Afghan military and civilian officials as recently as Tuesday, September 29, [five days before the airstrike] to avoid that the hospital be hit."
 
Shockingly, the bombing continued for more than half an hour after Doctors Without Borders staff began making frantic calls to U.S. and Afghan military officials.
 
The Pentagon's claim that the hospital was bombed by accident is also contradicted by statements by Afghan officials, who have tried to justify the attack by claiming that the hospital was used by the Taliban for military purposes. Doctors Without Borders responded to this reprehensible claim with a statement saying: "MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz.
 
These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.
 
This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as 'collateral damage.'
 
There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds. MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation."
 
The human cost of this crime far exceeds the staff and patients killed in the airstrike. The hospital, which in 2014 treated 22,000 and performed more than 5,900 surgical procedures, was the only free trauma care hospital in northern Afghanistan, where the Afghan military and the Taliban are currently engaged in heavy fighting. Doctors Without Borders has now closed the hospital.
 
We cannot allow this horrific act to be swept under the rug, and, as the Pentagon's shifting account of the attack shows, we can't trust the same people who may have participated in a war crime to investigate it. We need an independent investigation.
Thank you for taking action.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Sunday, October 04, 2015

[haw-info] Deadline for AHA members to sign on to HAW resolution in support of the right to education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Dear HAW supporters and members,

On October 19, at the suggestion of the AHA Secretary, we will submit our resolution, to give time to vet the resolution's wording and verify the *current* membership of all signers.  So this is your final opportunity to sign yourself, if you are an AHA member, and approach colleagues to ask them to join you in signing this carefully-worded resolution on academic freedom and the universal right to education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Send them here:


I need to stress that we can only use signatures from current members of AHA.  We ask that, while you solicit support, please make every effort to ensure the person is a member.

Thank you,

In solidarity, for HAW, 

Van Gosse
Associate Professor & Chair
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003




Monday, September 28, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/28/15: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Greg Grandin, TomDispatch.com, posted September 27
The author teaches history at New York University; his book Kissinger's Shadow was published this summer.

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, posted September 25
On proposed rules limiting criticism of Israel at the University of California

By David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy blog, posted September 25
On the glamorization of World War Two

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted September 20
The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.

By Jerry Lembcke, CounterPunch.org, posted September 17

By Alfred W. McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted September 15
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

By Paul Gottinger, Reader Supported News, posted September 11

By Peter Beinart, Reader Supported News (from The Atlantic), posted September 10

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted September 6
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

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