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Thursday, December 03, 2009

[haw-info] HAW Notes (including links to recent articles of interest)

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

 

Here are a few notes, followed by the latest in our series of biweekly mailings of links to article of interest.

 

1.  HAW will have a session (details are still being planned) at the AHA convention in San Diego, Saturday, January 9, at 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  It will be in the secondary convention hotel, which is not being boycotted.  Margaret Power (power@iit.edu) and Andor Skotnes (skotna@sage.edu) are coordinating plans for the session.

 

2.  Michael Zweig of U.S. Labor Against the War, who has been a strong ally of HAW, is also the coordinator of the How Class Works 2010 conference, June 3-5 at Stony Brook University.  The proposals deadline is December 14 and information is at http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/conference/2010/cfp.shtml.

 

3.  Veterans for Peace is looking for an executive director.  Information is at http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Position_available_executive_director.vp.html

 

 

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"Obama's Folly

http://warincontext.org/

By Andrew Bacevich, War in Context website, from the Los Angeles Times, December 3

 

"The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War"

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/2/vietnam_vet_scholar_andrew_bacevichon_obama

Interview with Andrew Bacevich on Democracy Now, posted December 2

 

"Obama's Surge: Has the President Been Misled by the Iraq Analogy?"

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/12/01/afghanistan_surge/index.html

By Juan Cole, Salon.com. posted December 1

A detailed analysis of circumstances that gave the Iraq "surge" the appearance of success, and of how circumstances in Afghanistan are different.

 

"Afghanistan: The Roach Motel of Empires"

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/48120

By Zoltan Grossman, AfterDowningStreet.com, posted December 2

 

"Afghanistan Fact Sheet: The Numbers Behind the Troop Increase"

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/newsletter/2009/12/01/Afghanistan-fact-sheet-numbers-behind-troop-increase

By the National Priorities Project, posted December 1

 

"A Better Way to Kill?  Human Terrain Systems, Anthropologists and the War in Afghanistan"

http://www.counterpunch.org/price12012009.html

By David Price, CounterPunch.org, posted December 1

 

"It's Obama's War Now"

http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp11302009.html

By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted November 30

The author teaches history at Tufts University; despite its title, the article is mainly historical.

 

"The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan Through CIA Eyes: Lessons for the United States Today"

http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/120526.html

By Bennett Ramberg, Huffington Post, posted November 24

 

Bill Moyers' Journal, November 20 – on escalation in Vietnam

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11202009/transcript1.html

Public Broadcasting System, November 20

On Lyndon Johnson's decision making on Vietnam in the mid-1960s, using excerpts from President Johnson's taped phone conversations with top advisors.  The video of this program can be accessed at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11202009/watch.html

 

"Why Liberals Kill"

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-17/why-liberals-kill/

By Thad Russell, The Daily Beast, posted October 17

a broad-brush analysis of the liberal foreign policy tradition

 

Suggestions for inclusion in these lists are welcome:  they can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.  Members of the working group for this project are Matt Bokovoy, Carolyn (Rusti) Eisenberg, Jim O'Brien, Maia Ramnath, and Sarah Shields

 

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