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Thursday, September 29, 2011

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9-29-11, including links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are some notes, followed by links to recent articles.

1.  "The Vietnam War: Scholarly Views and Classroom Applications" is the topic of a conference for teachers and students of the Vietnam War on Friday, October 14 (8:30am - 4:30pm) at the University of Connecticut Storrs.  Marilyn Young and Jerry Lembcke are among the featured speakers.  Information is at


2.  Speakers and other information for the October 21-22 Washington DC conference entitled "Peace in Asia and the Pacific," co-sponsored by HAW among many other groups, can be found at


3.  The Peace History Society will hold its biennial conference Oct. 20-22 at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida (information at http://www.peacehistorysociety.org/phs2011).  The theme is "The Inter-personal as Political: Individual Witness for Peace and Justice in a Global Perspective."

4.  Tom Hayden is circulating a petition oppositing US escalation in Pakistan, at


Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Palestine Vote Showcases the Decline of American Power"
By Juan Cole, TruthDig.com, posted September 27
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

"10 Reasons Why the UN Occupation of Haiti Must End"
By Greg Grandin and Keane Bhatt, The Nation, posted September 27
Greg Grandin teaches history at New York University

"Abu Mazen's Gamble"
By Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, posted September 24

"It's the Occupation, Stupid: The State to Which the U.N. May Grant Membership Is Disappearing"
By Sandy Tolan, TomDispatch.com, posted September 22

"Obama's Perfect Storm: By Opposing a Palestinian Statehood Vote at the UN, Obama Will Continue to Alienate Arabs and the Wider Muslim World"
By Mark LeVine, Aljazeera.net, posted September 20
The author teaches history at the University of California, Irvine

America's Costly War Machine: Fighting the War on Terror Compromises the Economy Now and Threatens It in the Future"
By Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Los Angeles Times, posted September 17

"The Legacy of 9/11 and the War on Intellectuals"
By Stephen Zunes, NationofChange.org, posted September 11

"'What If It Had Rained on September 11?' and Three Other Questions about 9/11"
Jesse Lemisch, History News Network, posted September 9
The author is an emeritus professor of history at John Jay College, CUNY

"Pearl Harbor and 9/11: A Fleeting Day of Infamy"
By Jon Wiener, Los Angeles Times, posted September 9
The author teaches history at the University of California, Irvine

"Blowback in Somalia"
By Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, posted September 7

Thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall and Rusti Eisenberg for suggestions this the above list.  Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Friday, September 09, 2011

[haw-info] corrected date for "Peace in Asia and the Pacific" conference

In yesterday's "HAW Notes" e-mailing, I mis-typed the date of the DC conference, "Peace in Asia and the Pacific."  It will take place at American University on October 21-22 (not September 21-22). Partly to make amends, I'm attaching to this message a letter from Joe Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee giving more details about the conference and reasons for its importance. 

In the meantime, I received a request to mention another conference taking place on those same dates, October 21-22.  The Peace History Society will hold a conference at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, entitled "The Inter-personal as Political: Individual Witness for Peace and Justice in a Global Perspective."  Information is at www.peacehistorysociety.org.

Jim O'Brien
co-chair, Historians Against the War

Thursday, September 08, 2011

[haw-info] HAW Notes 9-8-11, including links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

1.  The conference "Looking Back, Moving Forward: War Resisters in North America," endorsed by Historians Against the War and other groups, takes place September 23-24 (Friday evening and all day Saturday) at Steelworkers Hall in Toronto.  The Web site is http://warresistersconference.activehistory.ca, and there is a poster for the conference at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/hawconf/warresisters/posterletter.pdf.  Questions can be sent to Luke Stewart at l5stewar@uwaterloo.ca (the first character is the letter "l," not the numeral one.

2.  Also, registration has begun for the Washington DC conference "Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization," of which HAW is a co-sponsor.  It will be held at American University on September 21-22 and will feature knowledgeable speakers on the major countries in the region as well as US policy.  The American Friends Service Committee initiated the conference.  The Web site (still a work in progress) is http://afsc.org/peace-asia-pacific-conference.

3.  In the recent-articles lists that we send out (see below), occasionally a link will not work on some computers.  In these cases, it usually will work to copy the URL and paste it in to the address box of your browser.

4. The Radical History Review has just published a special issue entitled "Historicizing 9/11"; contents are listed at http://rhr.dukejournals.org/content/current.  None of the articles is included in the list below because the RHR is published by Duke University Press, whose journals are "gated":  on-line access is mainly by way of institutional subscriptions.  

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Let's Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State's Blank Check at Sea"
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted September 8

"Operation Torture"
By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch.org, posted September 8
The author teaches history at Trinity College

"Was There an Alternative? Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later"
By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted September 6

"How Not to Commemorate 9/11"
By Stanley Kutler, Truthdig.com, posted September 6
The author is a professor of history emeritus at the University of Wisconsin

"The CIA and the Drones: How the Agency Became 'One Hell of a Killing Machine'"
By Gareth Porter, CounterPunch.org, posted September 6

"Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!"
By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted September 5
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany

"The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years?"
By Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted September 2
This article is a lengthy refutation of inside-job conspiracy theories of the 9/11 attacks

"A Troubling Lesson from Libya: Don't Give Up Nukes"
By Reza Sanati, Christian Science Monitor, posted August 30

"Epitaph forAnother September 11"
By Ariel Dorfman, The Nation, posted August 30

"MLK Would Be Against the Wars Today"
By William Loren Katz, History News Network, posted August 29

Thanks for Rusti Eisenberg, Maia Ramnath, Rosalyn Baxandall, and Larry Wittner for suggestions on the above list.  Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.