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Monday, October 24, 2011

[haw-info] protest against the New-York Historical Society's honoring of Henry Kissinger

Several historians from New York City have written to HAW urging us to circulate the following appeal from Tom Keough of Brooklyn for Peace.  It asks historians to sign a letter (attached) protesting the New-York Historical Society's November 7 gala honoring Henry Kissinger.  Those wishing to add their names to the letter should write or call John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (contact information is in the next-to-last paragraph of the message below). 

To Historians,

On November 7, the New York Historical Society is holding a fund raiser honoring Henry Kissinger at the Waldorf Astoria. Tickets start at $1000 and go up to $100,000. The $100,000 tickets allow you to also see Gorbachev and Charlie Rose.

Several groups, including the War Resisters League, Code Pink, War Criminals Watch, the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network, World Can't Wait are planning to protest outside the event 5:30 - 7:45 in front of the Waldorf, 301 Park Ave. between 49 & 50 St.. We need to remind people about Henry Kissinger's sordid and criminal history concerning East Timor,Iraq, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola, El Salvador, West Papua, and elsewhere. Kissinger is responsible for millions of deaths, millions maimed, millions homeless etc in these war torn places. Some websites state that he is an advisor to the Dept of Defense "anti insurgent" efforts in Iraq. Other websites report that Hillary Clinton hired him last October to give advice to the State Dept.

I am a member of the Anti Militarism Committee of Brooklyn For Peace and I am working on this protest . I am writing to you and other historian because I feel that historians should be shocked that the NY Historical Society is honoring one of the worst war criminals in the history of the last 50 years.

Some organizations such as Brooklyn For Peace have written to the NY Historical Society to voice opposition to this event. I am asking historians , organizations of historians or groups of historians to write to the NY Historical Society to protest this event. We are contacting Historians Against War, and other groups. If you can suggest others to contact or pass this along that would be appreciated.

Attached is a letter that we are trying to get historians to sign and then we will send it to the trustees and chairman of the board of the New York Historical Society. John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network  is gathering the signatures. He can be reached at 718-596-7668; 917-690-4391 (mobile); fbp@igc.org

We would love to have you add your signature to this letter.

Tom Keough
Brooklyn For Peace  Anti Militarism Committee


Monday, October 17, 2011

[haw-info] Support for the Occupy Movement

Dear Friends:

The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping the United States and other cities and countries
around the world. Several members of the HAW-Steering Committing have already signed this petition.Please
consider adding your name and forwarding the link to friends and colleagues at your school in support of this
positive and exciting movement.


More importantly, we hope folks on our list are connecting to Occupy protests that may be happening in your
city, town or community. (See link to events around the country).http://www.occupytogether.org/ In many
places, there are vibrant General Assembly meetings, which offer a valuable opportunity to link the damage of
the wars and militarism to the economic agenda being advanced by the Occupy movement.

Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology and Carolyn (Rusti) Eisenberg, Hostfra University

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/13/11: Links to recent articles of interest

In addition to the following articles, mention should be made of a report issued on October 7 by the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at Stony Brook University: "American Military Deaths in Afghanistan, and the Communities from Which These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Came."  It was written by Michael Zweig, Michael Porter and Yuxiang Huang and is available at

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Wagging the Dog with Iran's Maxwell Smart"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted October 13
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

"The All-American Occupation: A Century of Our Streets" vs. Wall Street"

By Steve Fraser, TomDispatch.com, posted October 13

"Ten Years and One Month Later"
By Hannah Gurman, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted October 11

"The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party"
By Robert Reich, CommonDreams.org, posted October 8
a historical discussion

"New Yorkers Find Their Voice"
By Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, CommonDreams.org, posted October 8
The author teaches history at Hofstra University

"What Can Afghanistan and Bosnia Teach Us about Libya?"
By Rory Stewart, The Guardian, posted October 7

"Wall Street and the Making of a Global Counterculture"
By Mark Naison, The Rag Blog, posted October 6
The author teaches history at Fordham University

"Going Postal History"
By Jim Loewen, History News Network, posted October 4

"Why the US Recognized Israel"
By Irene Gendzier, ZNet, posted October 1
The author teaches history at Boston University

"Review of Mohammed ElBaradei's 'The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times"
By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted September 23
The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany

Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.  Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg for suggesting several of the items in the above list.

Friday, October 07, 2011

[haw-info] October 21-22 "Peace in Asia and the Pacific" conference in Washington, D.C.

The following message is from Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which initiated the October 21-22 conference described below.  Historians Against the War is one of the sponsoring organizations of this conference, which begins Friday evening the 21st and runs all day Saturday the 22nd.

Join us in Washington, D.C. October 21 & 22 for the Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization conference.

"Asia will return to its historic status, with more than half of the world's population and half of the world's economic output.  America must be present there.  Markets and economic power rest on political frameworks, and American military power provides that framework."
-- Joseph Nye, Harvard University

"China isn't making new claims, but it is now enforcing claims from 1919.  It's a tectonic shift."
-- Frank Jannuzi, Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff

We're humbled by the leading peace activists and scholars from eight Asian and Pacific nations who will be joining us at American University.  They come from China, Guam, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and of course the U.S. of A.  (See list below.)

It will be an important conference helping to bring the U.S. peace movement into the Asia-Pacific century.  You can find additional information and register at

Why Asia and the Pacific?

-- We have to ensure that, unlike the 20th century, the competition between a rising power (China) and a declining power (the U.S.) doesn't lead to catastrophic war.  Each nation's military planning (and Japan's) now centers on a possible war with the other.

-- The Northeast and Southeast Asian arms races -- led by the U.S. -- are intensifying.  They are dangerous and costly.

-- The U.S. and South Korea recently conducted a provocative military exercise that included capturing North Korea's leader.

-- The U.S., China, Vietnam, and the Philippines are engaging in equally provocative military exercises in the mineral-rich and strategically important South China Sea.

-- Midst the U.S. economic and budget crisis, the Pentagon plans to build still more military bases in Australia, Guam, Korea, Japan, and Okinawa, with expanded military access agreements in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Speakers include:  Jean Athey, Jackie Cabasso, Chen Duming, Wooksik Cheong, Shan Cretin, Herbert Docena, Ding Yifan, John Feffer, Bruce Gagnon, Joseph Gerson, Ikaika M. Hussey, Aura Kanagis, Junko Kayashige, Peter Kuznick, Judith LeBlanc, Hyun Lee, Ngo Vinh Long, Zia Mian, Youn-Ae Pak, Gareth Porter, Shen Dingli, David Steinberg, Hiroshi Taka, Jason Tower, Wang Hanling.  The full conference agenda is at http://afsc.org/document/peace-asia-and-pacific-agenda-0.

Join us if you can!

For the conference organizers

Joseph Gerson
American Friends Service Committee