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Thursday, March 05, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 3/5/15: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of

Self-Defense"

By Marjorie Cohn, CommonDreams.org, posted March 4

On the 1967 war


By Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, posted March 2

By Greg Grandin, The Nation blog, posted March 2
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest, posted February 27
The author is a 28-year CIA veteran and a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies.

By William R. Polk, CounterPunch.org, posted February 25
The author was a member of the Kennedy administration's Crisis Management Team during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

By Patrick Cockburn, The Unz Review, posted February 24

By Walter G. Moss, History News Network, posted February 24
The author is a professor of history emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.

By Juan Cole, The Nation blog, posted February 24
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By William J. Astore, Contrary Perspective blog, posted February 22
The author is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force who also has a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford.


As usual, thanks for Mim Jackson, Rosalyn Baxandall, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




Thursday, February 26, 2015

[haw-info] Skip the Speech! Stand for Peace! Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121

Skip the Speech! Stand for Peace!
 
House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3. This partisan initiative is an obvious effort to embarrass the President and sabotage the Administration's promising negotiations with Iran about its nuclear energy program.
 
As of now 25 Representative and 4 Senators have stated they will skip the speech, while a larger group have asked the Israeli Prime Minister to stay at home. This could be a turning point in US-Israeli relations opening the prospect of greater independence by members of Congress in addressing Middle East policy.
 
Please pick up the phone and call your member of Congress. Ask the Capitol Switch-board to connect you:
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
 
Ask your Representative to:
* Skip the speech
* Support the Administration's negotiations with Iran about its nuclear-energy program
* Resist Israeli efforts to intervene in American politics
 
Carolyn Eisenberg and Van Gosse for the Historians Against War Steering committee
ps please let us know of any responses

Friday, February 20, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/20/15: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Staughton Lynd, CounterPunch.org, posted February 20
Review essay on American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity by Christian Appy

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted February 19
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Scott McConnell, The American Conservative, posted February 18
Draws lessons from the 1956 Suez crisis

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, posted February 16

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Moyers & Company, posted February 14
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is a fellow at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

By Jim Lobe, LobeLog, posted February 12
Parallel's Netanyahu's arguments about Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion with his statements on Iran today.

By Danny Postel, In These Times, posted February 11
Review essay on Muhammed Idrees Ahmad's new book The Road to Iraq

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted February 11
The author teaches history at Tufts University.

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted February 10
The author's book Mainstreaming Torture was published in 2014.

By Christian Appy, TomDispatch.com, posted February 8
The author teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His just-released American Reckoning is his third book on the Vietnam War.

Thanks to Mim Jackson, Rosalyn Baxandall, Chad Pearson, and an anonymous reader (always the same one) for suggesting articles included in the above list. And special thanks to Steve Gosch for having acted as co-editor of these lists for most of the past year. Suggestions for articles to be included can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.



Wednesday, February 04, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/4/15: Vietnam War notes; Links to recent articles of interest


Vietnam War:  A new book by Christian Appy, author of two previous books on the Vietnam War, is being released by Viking Press tomorrow, February 5, with the title American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. Information is available at http://www.christianappy.com. Also regarding the Vietnam War, the ad hoc project Peace Commemoration is planning a May 2 convention in Washington. D.C. honoring the Vietnam-era peace movement. There is not yet a website, but information can be obtained by writing to peace.commemoration@gmail.com or to David.B.Cortright.1@nd.edu.



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted February 3
Memories of I. F. Stone and reflections on the US in the Vietnam era and the present

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted February 1
The author is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force who also has a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

By David Mizner, Jacobin magazine, posted January 30

By Danny Postel, Portside.org, posted January 30

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted January 29
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is a fellow at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

By Stephen R. Shalom, Mondoweiss, posted January 29

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 25
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

By Andrew Meyer, History News Network, posted January 25
The author teaches history at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, posted January 21

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

Thursday, January 08, 2015

[haw-info] Report on HAW at the AHA

Members and supporters of HAW,

By now, many of you have read about HAW's very active presence at the AHA Annual Meeting in New York over the past weekend.  We have waited until the dust settled before reporting back to you in detail; at the bottom of this email are links to a range of coverage, from accurate reports in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education to less reliable stories from several Israeli newspapers. 

We began with a Roundtable sponsored by MARHO: The Radical Historians Organization (an AHA affiliate) on January 3, discussing "What Is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel-Palestine Conflict." Speakers included Joel Beinin of Stanford, Barbara Weinstein and Linda Gordon of New York University, and Leena Dallasheh of Rice.  The moderator was Steering Committee member Carolyn Eisenberg of Hofstra.  HAW members present agreed it was very successful—from the large, engaged audience, which included former AHA President Natalie Zemon Davis, incoming President Vicki L. Ruiz, and other prominent historians, to the quality of the discourse. Carolyn led off by evoking the debates in AHA over Vietnam forty years ago, when she had just joined, followed by analysis of the "silencing" of Palestinian history (Leena), the many ways in which Palestinian scholarship and intellectual life have been attacked and undermined since the founding of Israel (Joel), how in Europe BDS has led to meaningful economic sanctions whereas here it focuses on cultural boycotts (Linda), and how those of us not teaching the Middle East can incorporate its history into our pedagogy (Barbara).  Even if you have discussed and read about Israel/Palestine for years, there were new and powerful insights, and we urge you to go to this HAW page with links to the various presentations:  http://historiansagainstwar.org/aha15

The Roundtable was also attended by a group calling itself "Historians Against Academic Boycotts" (or, sometimes, the Alliance for Academic Freedom), which put flyers on all the chairs objecting to the resolutions HAW had sent in on December 22, asking for consideration at the Business Meeting. More generally, these historians disagreed with the premise of the Roundtable that, as historians, we have a responsibility to discuss and, when necessary, criticize Israel, including its violations of academic freedom.  It was clear that they would mobilize heavily for the Business Meeting, to oppose a suspension of the rules allowing our resolutions to be debated. As it turned out, they were successful, and by a vote of 144 to 51 (with 3 voting "present"), the meeting on Sunday voted against permitting debate on our resolutions.

At the meeting itself, it was clear as soon as Executive Director James Grossman read the AHA Council's rationale for not adding our resolutions to the agenda (that they had arrived too late to permit full discussion, after people had already decided whether or not to attend) that we would lose.  A two-thirds vote would have been required, in any case, a very high bar.

Some observers have suggested that we made our resolutions in blithe ignorance of AHA rules.  This was hardly the case:  the idea of proposing these two resolutions first came up during a Palestine-Israel Working Group phone meeting in late November. A resolution (not ours) in favor of BDS had been circulating among some historians already, and the Working Group members who had seen it thought it was not likely to pass the AHA. The group all, however, agreed that a positive resolution, explaining the actual difficulties faced by Palestinian scholars and West Bank and Gazan universities because of the Israeli occupation, might be more able to open the discussion, and garner support even of AHA members who were wary of BDS.  We were well aware that the deadline to guarantee consideration (November 1) was past.  Acting on advice from persons familiar with AHA's past practice, that indeed such a suspension of the Business Meeting agenda was allowed in the rules and has happened before, we decided to go ahead.  At the least, we thought, we could guarantee some discussion, and prepare the ground for further action in the future.  And that is what has happened. Instead of waiting a full year, we have gained a great deal of publicity, stimulated ample debate, and (not the least) seen in detail the arguments against our work within the profession to criticize Israel's denial of Palestinian rights. On that front, it is clear that we need to produce detailed, well-sourced reports on how international standards of academic freedom are routinely violated in Israel/Palestine, to answer those colleagues who felt they were being asked to vote on unproven allegations.  So, no matter how much crowing there is about the actual vote, that was a temporary victory for the opponents of free discussion. Crucially, AHA President Vicki Ruiz has announced that she will devote half her presidential sessions at next year's Annual Meeting to historicizing the Israel/Palestine conflict. 

In descending order of importance and factual accuracy, here is the press coverage of what happened last weekend.  You will note in many cases the false assertion that our resolutions on academic freedom were linked to an earlier resolution proposing that AHA endorse BDS.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/scholars-effort-to-condemn-israel-fails/?ref=arts

http://chronicle.com/article/Historians-Decline-to-Take-Up/151035/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/01/05/historians-reject-vote-controversial-anti-israel-resolutions 

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/158070

http://www.timesofisrael.com/american-historical-association-rejects-anti-israel-resolutions-vote/ 

http://forward.com/articles/212086/american-historical-association-rejects-push-for-a/

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/anti-israel-resolution-fails-at-american-historical-association/2015/01/05/ 

http://www.jpost.com/International/American-historians-vote-against-BDS-resolution-on-Israel-386698

http://www.meforum.org/4957/inside-account-how-anti-israel-resolutions-were 

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


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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/6/15: AHA links; links to recent articles of interest

Note: At the recent AHA convention the History News Network (HNN) videotaped presentations at the Jan. 3 roundtable entitled "What Is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?" Links are as follows: Carolyn Eisenberg; Leena Dallasheh; Joel Beinin; Linda Gordon; Barbara Weinstein. At the AHA's annual business meeting the next day, attendees voted not to add two late-submitted resolutions critical of Israeli practices bearing on academic freedom to the meeting's agenda. Links to a number of documents and stories regarding the convention are being posted on the HAW website.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Spectator (UK), posted January 3
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is a fellow at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

By James Fallows, The Atlantic, posted December 31

By John Dickson, History News Network, posted December 22
The author is a former senior Foreign Service officer and a recent public history graduate from the University of Massachusetts.

By John Prados, History News Network, posted December 22
The author is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive at George Washington University and head of its CIA Documentation Project.

By John H. Coatsworth, History News Network, posted December 22
The author teaches history and Latin American Affairs at Columbia University.

By Alfred W. McCoy, History News Network, posted December 21
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has written two books on US torture policy.

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted December 21
The author is a former State Department official and former University of Chicago historian.

By Greg Grandin, TomDispatch.com, posted December 21
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, Huffington Post, posted December 17
The author wrote Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.

By Jon Wiener, The Nation blog, posted December 15
The author teaches history at the University of California, Irvine

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

 



Saturday, January 03, 2015

[haw-info] If you are at the AHA convention ...

The roundtable entitled "What Is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?", sponsored by MARHO: The Radical Historians Organization, will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 today (Saturday) in Concourse G of the New York Hilton. It will be chaired by Carolyn Eisenberg and panelists include Joel Beinin, Leena Dallasheh, Linda Gordon, and Barbara Weinstein.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

[haw-info] HAW at the AHA: January 3-4!

Dear HAW supporters,

We have a very full agenda coming up, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in New York next weekend.  

1.  The MARHO roundtable, "What is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?" will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2:30-4:30 pm, in Concourse G of the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (at 53rd Street, not 52nd, as previously stated).  As you know, it includes Joel Beinin (Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University), Leena Dallasheh (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Rice University), Linda Gordon (Professor of History, New York University), Barbara Weinstein (Professor of History, New York University).  It will be moderated by Carolyn Eisenberg (Professor of History, Hofstra University).  We hope to see many of you there; it will also be recorded for later viewing by the History News Network.

2.  HAW sent two resolutions to the AHA on December 22, regarding academic freedom in Israel/Palestine.  I attach them here, including the impressive list of signers. As you may know, AHA President Jan Goldstein responded in a formal letter, which was posted along with our resolutions on the members-only section of the AHA website;  we are very grateful for the prompt and professional response from Executive Director James Grossman, Parliamentarian Michael Les Benedict, and President Goldstein.  We have met all the criteria for consideration, other than timeliness, since the official deadline was November 1.  The AHA Council will meet on January 2, and will consider whether to put our resolutions on the agenda of the Business Meeting, to be held Sunday, January 4, 4:45-6 pm in the Beekman Parlor of the New York Hilton.  If the Council does not take that action, which is certainly possible, we will move to suspend the rules so that our resolutions can be considered. In either case, it is vital that all HAW supporters who are attending the AHA plan to attend and vote at the business meeting.

A note:  it has come to our attention that some historians believe that one of our two resolutions calls for an academic boycott of Israel, and on that basis are calling on colleagues to attend the Business Meeting to oppose our resolutions, or a suspension of the rules to allow them to be considered.  That is certainly their right, and we welcome an open debate, but it would facilitate such a conversation if the substance of our resolutions were addressed, rather than inaccurate reports.  We also note our presumption that if our resolutions were passed in the Business Meeting, the Council would then send them out to the full membership for an online vote, as happened when HAW previously submitted resolutions to the AHA.  Such an online discussion and vote involving the full membership would be ideal, facilitating the widest possible consideration of our professional roles and responsibilities regarding this aspect of U.S. foreign policy.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/18/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By John Prados, History News Network, posted December 14
The author is a senior fellow of the National Security Archives and director of its CIA Documentation Project.

By Andrew Cockburn, The Independent, posted December 14

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted December 14
The author's book Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States was published this year by Oxford University Press.

By Andrew Sullivan, ReaderSupportedNews.org, posted December 13

By James Carroll, TomDispatch.com, posted December 11

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe, posted Demember 10
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is a fellow of Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

By Kara Breandeisky and Sisi Wei, ProPublica, posted December 9

The above list was compiled by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting one of the articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[haw-info] Location for HAW Roundtable at AHA, January 3: "What is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?"

Dear HAW members,

Our roundtable will meet in Concourse G of the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (at 52nd Street) at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 3.  This event is officially sponsored by MARHO: The Radical Historians Organization, which publishes the Radical History Review, and is an AHA affiliate.

Please note also that we are still collecting signatures from current AHA members to submit our two resolutions on academic freedom in Israel/Palestine.  I attach them here.  

Thank you, and we hope to see many of you on January 3!

Van Gosse

Saturday, December 13, 2014

[haw-info] Resolutions to the AHA on Academic Freedom in Israel-Palestine

Dear HAW members,

The Steering Committee has voted to submit the following two resolutions to the Business Meeting at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2-5, 2015.  Time is very short, and we urgently need fifty signatures from current members of the AHA, to make this possible.  If you are willing to become an official signer of either or both of these resolutions, please write me and Jeri Fogel by Noon on next Saturday, December 20.  We have no assurance that the AHA leadership will place this on the agenda, since we are past the December 1 deadline, but we will make a strong push, with your support.

Thank you,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/10/14, including links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are a couple of notes, followed by our occasional listing of recent articles of interest.

1. The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee is continuing to accumulate signatures on its open letter to the head of the Pentagon's official Vietnam War commission. The letter, along with a form for signing and an alphabetized list of the 1,000-plus signers so far, is available here.

2. The Peace Studies Journal is soliciting papers for an issue on "Confronting the Environmental Impacts of War"; information is available from Joel Helfrich at helf0010@umn.edu.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch.com, posted December 9

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted December 7
The author is a former State Department official who has written widely on the recent history of the Middle East.

By Daniel L. Davis, The American Conservative, posted December 1.
The author is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Stanley Kutler, History News Network, posted November 26
The author is a professor of history emeritus at the University of Wisconsin; the article concerns the Pentagon's depiction of the history of the Vietnam War.

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted November 26
The author teaches history at Tufts University.

By Tom Hayden, The Nation, posted November 26
On the CIA and the National Student Association

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted November 25

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Tom Dispatch.com, posted November 23
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is a fellow at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted November 23
Makes comparison between the Vietnam and Iraq wars

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, AlterNet.org, posted November 20

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall and Mim Jackson for suggesing articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

[haw-info] MARHO Roundtable at AHA, January 3: "What is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?"

Dear HAW supporters,

MARHO has organized the following roundtable, one month from today, at the American Historical Association meeting in New York city.   Please plan to come if you will be at the AHA, and publicize as widely as you can.  We will send out the final meeting room assignment closer to the date.

"What is the Responsibility of Historians Regarding the Israel/Palestine Conflict?"

Saturday, January 3, 2:30-4:30 PM
A Roundtable with Joel Beinin (Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University), Leena Dallasheh (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Rice University), Linda Gordon (Professor of History, New York University), Barbara Weinstein (Professor of History, New York University).
Moderator: Carolyn Eisenberg (Professor of  History, Hofstra University).
Thank you,















Van Gosse
Department of History














Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003
717-615-4708
@vangosse