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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11/19/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted November 16
A, eloquent, historically based article by a former State Department official and history professor

By Fredrik Logevall and Gordon M. Goldstein, Politico, posted November 16
Fredrick Logevall teaches history at Cornell University; both authors have written books about the US war in Vietnam.

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted November 16
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

By the National Security Archives, posted November 16
Includes links to newly released US documents from November 1989, showing an effort to deflect blame from the Salvadoran military hierarchy.

By Bekah Wolf, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), posted November 14

By David Vine, TomDispatch.com, posted November 13

By Colleen McGuire, Mondoweiss.net, posted November 11

By Jerry Lembcke, CounterPunch.org, posted November 10
The author is a Vietnam veteran who teaches sociology at the College of the Holy Cross.

By Trita Parsi, Foreign Affairs, posted November 5

By Andrew J. Becevich, Los Angeles Times, posted November 1
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is now a fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

[haw-info] Thursday November 13 National Call-in Day -HAW Alert

Call Congress Today:
Toll-free number to Capitol Switchboard:  877-429-0678
 
President Obama announced last week that he was sending another 1500 troops to Iraq and would be calling on Congress to issue a new "authorization for the use of force" (AUMF) against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He is also asking for $5.6 billion to pay for this new war.
 
It's already clear that this policy isn't working. After months of American bombing in Iraq and Syria ISIS is stronger than ever, controlling roughly the same territory they did when the first strikes occurred. Instead of being degraded ISIS has seen a massive increase in recruitment,
 
Another American-directed war is not a solution to the challenge of ISIS. There are less violent alternatives available with greater prospects for success.
 
Recognizing the urgency of this situation, Historians Against the War is joining together with more than twenty national peace and justice organizations to build Congressional opposition to this new war.
 
You can help. Pick up the phone and call your Representative and two Senators. Use Toll-free Number to Capitol Hill Switchboard: 877-429-0678 *(provided by Friends Committee on Legislation)
 
Let them know you are opposed to this new war.
Emphasize  that as a constituent you want them to Vote Against Any Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) in Syria and Iraq.
 
Ask the staff member where the member of Congress stands on the issue. Please report results to:  Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu 

We are now facing an uphill struggle in mobilizing members of Congress. But it is helpful to remember that every member of Congress who votes AGAINST this counter-productive, dangerous and costly  effort is laying the foundation for an ongoing mobilization on behalf of peace.

Please copy and forward widely.
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW-SC
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11/7/14: opposing US bombing campaign; links to recent articles of interest

Note: This message was to be sent last Friday, Nov. 7 but did not go out due to problems with the email server.

The HAW Steering Committee has signed-on to a campaign by more than twenty national peace and justice groups to oppose the current US bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. The joint statement (at http://winwithoutwar.org/alternatives-to-war) poses a range of nonmilitary options for countering the growth of ISIS. It urges people to contact members of Congress, preferably during the period November 11-16 after a lame-duck session of Congress convenes.


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, History News Network, posted November 3
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Noam Chomsky, In These Times, posted November 3

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted October 31
A lengthy article rich in historical background

By Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books, posted October 24

By David Bromwich, TomDispatch.com, posted October 23
The author teaches English at Yale University.

By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, posted October 23

By Jerry Lembcke, CounterPunch.org, posted October 22
The author is a Vietnam veteran who teaches sociology at the College of the Holy Cross.

By Nicholas J. S. Davies, AlterNet.org, posted October 20

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler, In These Times, posted October 17

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, CounterPunch.org, posted October 1
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and Jerry Lembcke for suggesting articles that are included.

Monday, October 27, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/27/14: 38 Organizations Support Diplomacy with Iran

Historians Against the War was among 38 organizations signing-on to the following letter to Congress on October 23, opposing efforts by some members of Congress to effectively sabotage peaceful negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

 

Dear United States Senators and Members of the House of Representatives: 

 

We are organizations representing millions of Americans advocating in support of diplomacy to secure an agreement which ensures that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon. We write to express deep concern with inaccurate and counterproductive rhetoric from a handful of Members of Congress regarding possible outcomes of the current negotiations.

 

Particularly irresponsible are threats to oppose any comprehensive agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program that initially suspends US sanctions on Iran through lawful executive action. Congress' authorization of the President's power to suspend and re-impose US sanctions on Iran is clear and unmistakable in each piece of legislation it has passed on the subject. Use of these provisions by the President to implement the initial phase of an agreement that ensures Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon would reflect an affirmation, not a subversion, of Congress' will.

 

Suspending select sanctions on Iran – in the manner authorized by Congress – in the early stages of implementing such an agreement would allow the administration to immediately snap these measures back into place in the event of non-compliance by Iran. We agree with the administration's view that, beyond the essential consultation role played by Congress throughout the present negotiations, it will ultimately fall to Congress to authorize any permanent sanctions relief under an agreement. This is the best arrangement for the United States to uphold its terms under an agreement while ensuring that permanent sanctions relief is conditioned on Iran's compliance with its own obligations.

 

Separately, we are disappointed to hear some Members of Congress also threaten to oppose any agreement that does not completely "eliminate" or "dismantle" Iran's uranium enrichment infrastructure. It is troubling that these members would fail to support a workable agreement which verifiably ensures that Iran would not be able to quickly amass material for nuclear weapons and would ensure that any such effort would be promptly detected and disrupted by the United States and the international community. A naïve insistence on complete Iranian capitulation on enrichment will likely lead to the fracturing of the international sanctions regime, an unrestricted and unmonitored Iranian nuclear program, and yet another war in the Middle East.

 

We look forward to remaining in touch on this important issue.


Sincerely,

Americans for Peace Now

Arms Control Association

Brave New Films

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Center for International Policy

Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness

CODEPINK

Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Council for a Livable World

CREDO

Daily Kos

Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Global Exchange

Historians Against the War

Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

International Civil Society Action Network

J Street

Just Foreign Policy

MoveOn.org

National Council of Churches

National Iranian American Council

National Security Network

Peace Action

Peace Action West

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Progressive Democrats of America

Roots Action

Tikkun Magazine's Interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United for Peace and Justice

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

USAction

U.S. Labor Against the War

Vet Voice Foundation

VoteVets

Win Without War

Women's Action for New Directions

Monday, October 20, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/20/14, including links to recent articles of interest

Note: In addition to the article links below, here are two links recommended by individuals active in HAW:  (1) a petition for Columbus Day to be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day; announcement of a "One Book, Many Communities" initiative of Librarians and Archivists for Palestine, starting with discussions of Susan Abulhawa's novel Mornings in Jenin in January..

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted October 17
A detailed article comparing Congressional resolutions and letters on the Gaza war with evidence provided by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other sources.

By James W. Loewen, History News Network, posted October 17
James Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America, among other books.

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch.com, posted October 16
The author served with the State Department in Iraq and has written extensively about the experience

Interview with Andrew J. Bacevich, Aljazeera America, posted October 15
Andrew Bacevich is a professor of history emeritus at Boston University.

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted October 14
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

By Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog, posted October 14
The author is a visiting professor in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

By Juan Cole, History News Network, posted October 12
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan; the article contains much historical background on events in Yemen.

By William Loren Katz, CommonDreams.org, posted October 11
The author has written numerous popular books on U.S. history.

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, History News Network, posted October 10
The author's An Indigenous People's History of the United States was published by Beacon Press this month.

By Conn Hallinan, Portside.org, posted October 9
Traces the emergence of rival centers of power in global affairs

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, benefiting from suggestions by Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and an anonymous reader.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/9/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William Pfaff, TruthDig.org, posted October 7

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted October 7

By Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest blog, posted October 6
The author spent 28 years with the CIA and now teaches at Georgetown University in security studies.

Interview with Daniel Ellsberg by Barbara Koeppel, CommonDreams.org, posted October 6

By Philip J. Cunningham, Informed Comment blog, posted October 6

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post, posted October 3
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston Univesity, is now a fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

By Scott McConnell, The American Conservative, posted October 1
Subtitle is "Netanyahu tries a terrorist bait and switch, like the one that worked against Saddam."

By the National Security Archive, posted October 1
Includes links to the relevant documents

By Robert F. Worth, New York Review of Books, posted September 16
Review essay on books by Juan Cole and Shadi Hamid

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Frank Brodhead, Mim Jackson, Rosalyn Baxandall, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included above.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

[haw-info] Vietnam Commemoration---Important Sign-on Letter

From: Historians Against the War Steering Committee

Next year, the United States Government will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War The following letter has originated with John McAuliff, Tom Hayden and David Cortwright. They are especially interested in receiving support from historians. Text is pasted in below. If you would like to sign it, you can use this link.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/vpcc

Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee

2000 M Street NW, Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036


Lt. Gen. Claude M. "Mick" Kicklighter
Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program
1101 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 810
Arlington, Va. 22209

Dear Gen. Kicklighter,

We write on behalf of many veterans of the American peace movement during the Vietnam era with a deep concern that taxpayer funds and government resources are being expended on a one-sided, three-year, $30 million educational program on the "lessons of Vietnam" to be implemented in our nation's schools, universities and public settings.

We believe this official program should include viewpoints, speakers and educational materials that represent a full and fair reflection of the issues which divided our country during the war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

We support the announced purpose of honoring our veterans for their idealism, valor and sacrifices, assuming that the full diversity of veterans' views is included. As you know, anti-war sentiment was widely prevalent among our armed forces both during and after service, and was certainly a factor in bringing the war to a close.

Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, was an important example of GI anti-war commitment. He served with distinction, was wounded in battle, eloquently testified in Congress and joined with Vietnam Veterans Against the War to return ribbons and medals in protest at the Capitol.

No commemoration of the war in Vietnam can exclude the many thousands of veterans who opposed it, as well as the draft refusals of many thousands of young Americans, some at the cost of imprisonment or of exile until amnesty was granted. Nor can we forget the millions who exercised their rights as American citizens by marching, praying, organizing moratoriums, writing letters to Congress, as well as those who were tried by our government for civil disobedience or who died in protests. And very importantly, we cannot forget the millions of victims of the war, both military and civilian, who died in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, nor those who perished or were hurt in its aftermath by land mines, unexploded ordnance, Agent Orange and refugee flight.

These are serious official historical omissions which cause a flawed understanding of lessons we need to absorb as a country

Your official commemoration should be an opportunity to hear, recognize and perhaps reconcile or heal the lasting wounds of that era. If the US government cannot provide a bridge for crossing that Vietnam divide, how can we urge reconciliation in other parts of the world where sectarian tensions are on the rise? We believe, as did such a huge proportion of the US population decades ago, that the Vietnam war was a mistake. No commemoration of the war can ignore that view. How else can we as a nation hope to learn the lessons of Vietnam, to avoid repeating that mistake over and over again?

The commemoration can also provide a model for international reconciliation by respecting the growing ties between the US and Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Whether current reality is seen as a hopeful illustration of moving beyond old conflicts or as evidence the war was unnecessary, the commemoration should not reopen wounds with new friends in Indochina by conveying a one-sided view of our shared history.

Please consider that our government is restricted by laws and precedents from subsidizing "viewpoint discrimination", in the phrase of respected constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine law school. Dean Chemerinsky cites the US Supreme Court decision, Rosenberger v. The University of Virginia [1995] where the Court found that students at a state-supported institution could not be denied the same benefits that other student groups received simply because of the nature of their views. Other laws and regulations going back to the 1950s forbid the government from using appropriated funds for self-aggrandizing propaganda or "puffery." In 1987, the US Government Accounting Office [GAO] investigated and chastised the State Department for funding propaganda pieces on Central America to influence public opinion in the United States.

As we observe the fiftieth anniversary of the war and the concurrent anti-war movement, we would like you to consider the following:

[1] an immediate meeting to explore the differences and similarities of our perspectives;
[2] a voice for peace advocates in reviewing and preparing educational materials;
[3] a mechanism for attempting to resolve factual disputes as to the war's history;
[4] invitations to peace advocates, as appropriate, to public conferences and dialogues sponsored by your agency;
[5] an exploration of your possible presence at the fiftieth anniversaries of the teach-ins and first march against the Vietnam War next spring.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Thursday, October 02, 2014

[haw-info] Possible HAW New York City group/Protest at NY Senators' offices on Monday, October 6

I am interested in forming a HAW chapter in the greater NYC metropolitan area.  If you are a HAW supporter in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey who  would like to be on a contact list for possible actions, information sharing, alerts, etc., please write me back.  Our first chance for a joint activity is to form a contingent at the Jewish Voices for Peace protest outside the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand this Monday, October 6, see below.  I will be there with our banner--let's stand up for Palestine, and stand up as historians!

Looking forward to hearing from many of you, and please feel free to forward to any other historians you know, let's make this contingent as big as possible,

Van Gosse

780 Third Ave (between 48th and 49th Sts)
Monday, October 6
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (for as long as you can)

Let's tell our Senators and the broader community:
Israel's ongoing human rights violations are absolutely unacceptable!
US financial support for Israeli human rights violations is entirely unacceptable!

Among Israel's more recent human rights violations and war crimes are:

  • Arbitrary raids
  • Arrests and detentions of Palestinians— sometimes for months or years— without trial
  • Mass confiscations of Palestinian lands and home demolitions
  • Bombings and assassinations of civilians in Gaza, in homes, mosques, beaches, hospitals and UN schools

We demand that our Senators hold hearings to apply to Israel the provisions of US law (Foreign Assistance Act, Leahy Law) that require Congress to cut off US aid to a country's armed forces that have committed a "gross violation of human rights."

Our actions will include:

  • Holding signs with our messages on a picket line
  • Simulating a mock check-point
  • Reading the names of the Palestinians killed by the IDF in Gaza
  • Music from the great Dave Lippman and the irresistible Rude Mechanical Orchestra (invited);
  • Street theatre of all types
  • A rally at the end of the day
  • Handing out our leaflets and talking to passersby—and more!

CO-SPONSORED by Jewish Voice for Peace/NY and Jews Say No! ENDORSED BY Adalah NY; CODEPINK NYC; Defense for Children International Palestine; Direct Action Front for Palestine (DAFP);Granny Peace Brigade; JVP-Westchester; Middle East Crisis Response; Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action; Palestine sub-committee, National Lawyers Guild; Northern Manhattan Neighbors for Peace and Justice; SJP SUNY New Paltz; WESPAC Foundation; WE WILL NOT BE SILENT (list in formation]




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


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/30/14: US war resisters in Canada; links to recent articles of interest

Note: Luke Stewart, a member of the HAW Steering Committee who is active in support of US military war resisters seeking refuge in Canada, submits the following appeal:  "In the past month, an alarming number of U.S. war resisters who are seeking sanctuary in Canada have received deportation notices as Canada joins the new war in Iraq. If sent back to the U.S., they will be court-martialed and, like others before them, possibly receive between 8 and 24 months in prison, a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge. For more information on the war resisters and how you can help, please visit: www.resisters.ca."



Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted September 29
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, AlterNet, posted September 28

By Bernard Chazelle, LobeLog, posted September 27

By Paul R. Pillar, CommonDreams.org, posted September 25
The author spent 28 years with the CIA and now teaches at Georgetown University in security studies.

By Jeremy Gantz, In These Times, posted September 23
Review essay on Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's An Indigenous People's History of the United States

By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatchg.com, posted September 23
The author served with the State Department in Iraq.

By Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post, posted September 22
Based on the experience of previous wars, as reflected in public opinion surveys

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted September 4
The author is a former member of the U.S. Policy Planning Council for North Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia and a former professor of history at the University of Chicago.
The above article is one of a series by William R. Polk providing historical background to the Gaza crisis. The earlier pieces can be found on-line as follows: pre-1930s, 1930s, World War II, 1947, and 1948.


This 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 in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

















 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/16/14: Links to recent articles of interest


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? US Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes"

Interview with Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now, posted September 15

 

"Top 5 Contradictions in Obama's Emerging ISIL Strategy"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted September 15

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"ISIS and Washington's Ignorance about the Sunni-Shia Divide"

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

The author teaches history at Tufts University.


"Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the Rise of Isis"

By Andrew Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

Based in part on an interview with ex-Senator Bob Graham, a former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee


"Nationalist Illusions: Selling Another Middle East War"

By Lawrence Wittner, CounterPunch.org, posted September 15

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


"Bingo! Here's Another Force of Evil to be 'Vanquished'"

By Robert Fisk, The Independent, posted September 11

On the ironies of president Obama's language in light of recent Middle Eastern history


"Obama Is Picking His Targets in Iraq and Syria While Missing the Point"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Reuters blog, posted September 10

The author recently retired as a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease: What's Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza?"

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted September 9

 

"In Northeast Syria, Islamic State Builds a Government"

By Mariam Karouny, Reuters, posted September 4

A chilling picture of ISIS' staying power and an implied warning of the extreme difficulty of dislodging it

 

"Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin"

By John Mearsheimer, Portside.org, posted September 2 (from the September-October issue of Foreign Affairs


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

 

[haw-info] More War? National Call-in Day Tuesday Sept 16

National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!
President Obama may prefer to call it "counter-terrorism, but his recent speech made it clear that he is taking the United States into another war. In the past six weeks, the US has deployed more than 1500 troops and launched more than 150 air-strikes in Iraq. And this is merely the beginning. As early as today (Tuesday, September 16) Congress is going to vote on a controversial plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
More than 20 national organizations (including Historians Against the War, Friends Committee on National Legislation. United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against War, MoveOn, Peace Action American Friends Service Committee and others ) have designatedTuesday September 16 as a coordinated National Call-In Day.
Call Your Representative and Senators today!!
Using this Toll Free # for the Congressional Switchboard: 1-855-686-6927
Use of this number provided by Friends Committee on National Legislation will facilitate counting of calls
Let them know:
* You are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels.
* You are opposed to US military intervention in Iraq and Syria
* You favor diplomacy and humanitarian aid as the only realistic approach to the threat of ISIS.
Ask for an explanation of where your member of Congress stands on the President's plan "to destroy ISIS" through military means.
And please let us know what kind of response you receive.
Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Powers for HAW-SC

Monday, September 15, 2014

[haw-info] National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!

 National Day of Action on ISIS: Call Congress today!
President Obama may prefer to call it "counter-terrorism, but his recent speech made it clear that he is taking the United States into another war. In the past six weeks, the US has deployed more than 1500 troops and launched more than 150 air-strikes in Iraq. And this is merely the beginning. As early as today (Tuesday, September 16) Congress is going to vote on a controversial plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
More than 20 national organizations (including Historians Against the War, Friends Committee on National Legislation. United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against War, MoveOn, Peace Action American Friends Service Committee and others ) have designated Tuesday September 16 as a coordinated National Call-In Day.
 
Call Your Representative and Senators today!!
Using this Toll Free # for the Congressional Switchboard: 1-855-686-6927
Use of this number provided by Friends Committee on National Legislation will facilitate counting of calls
Let them know:
* You are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels.
* You are opposed to US military intervention in Iraq and Syria
* You favor diplomacy and humanitarian aid as the only realistic approach to the threat of ISIS.
Ask for an explanation of where your member of Congress stands on the President's plan "to destroy ISIS" through military means.
And please let us know what kind of response you receive.
Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Powers for HAW-SC 
 

Monday, September 08, 2014

[haw-info] NB!: New Resources Series from HAW on Palestine-Israel


Historians Against the War is pleased to announce a new series of publications in the works, "Conflicts in Context."

 

This series of pamphlets, which are to be available to teachers, activists, and others for free download and printing (under a Creative Commons copyright agreement), aims to offer historical context for contemporary conflicts, in order to deepen the understanding of participants from every side of the conflict, and so ultimately help lead to a satisfactory resolution.Our goal is to cover each topic in a scholarly fashion, with an eye to fairness, and to fidelity and attention to historical sources (which are cited). The first pamphlet in the series is now available to read and download: Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, International Human Rights Law: Violations by Israel and the Problem of EnforcementYou can read and download the 32-page pamphlet at http://historiansagainstwar.org/resources/InternationalHumanRights.pdf

 

Historians Against the War believes the study of the past is essential to the resolution of our differences in the present. 

 

If you are a historian interested in contributing to the series, which is being organized and edited by HAW's Palestine-Israel Working Group, please contact Van Gosse (vgosse@fandm.edu) or Jeri Fogel (fogelj@mail.montclair.edu) to discuss further.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/26/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, September 1 issue
A detailed article on the history and current status of AIPAC

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted August 25
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany; his original title for the essay was "Global Problems Call for Global Solutions."

By Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted August 24
The author teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch.com, posted August 21

By Jeff Halper, CounterPunch.org, posted August 18
The author is director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

By Elliott Colla, History News Network, posted August 17
The author teaches in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.

By Tom Hayden, The Nation, posted August 13
Subtitled "To reject the 'Long War' doctrine, the American left first has to understand it"

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, posted August 12
The author teaches history at New York University.

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, posted August 4
Based in part on documents released by Edward Snpowden

By Lewis Siegelbaum, The Nation, posted August 1
The author teaches history at Michigan State University.

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, Lewis Siegelbaum, Larry Wittner, and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 8/20/14: petitions and statements; Vietnam commemoration

Some notes:

1. Thanks in large part to members of this email list who have helped to spread the word of the Historians Letter on the Gaza crisis, the number of signatures is now close to 1,500. The text of the letter and the list of signatories to date are here on the HAW website, along with the form for signing on.

2. In response to the withdrawal of a promised appointment of Steven Salaita to a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, several academic petititons are circulating in which the signers pledge to boycott UIUC until the offer to Prof. Salaita is renewed. Corey Robin of Brooklyn College has been posting updates on the petitions on his blog. An article in Inside Higher Education gives background (and leads to other articles), and the AAUP has a statement on its website criticizing the university's action.

3. A statement has circulated among scholars and librarians in Middle East Studies calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in response to the Gaza crisis. A partial list of the signatories, with their affiliations, is on the Jadilayya website.

4. On a different topic, the Veterans for Peace project entitled "Full Disclosure: Toward and Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam" has updated its website, including a highly detailed timeline through 1965. Organizers point out that next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of major landmarks in the war's escalation as well as resistance, such as the teach-in movement. They hope to stimulate local observances around the country.