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Monday, November 28, 2011

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

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

are a couple of notes, followed by our intended-to-be biweekly set of links to recent articles of interest.

1.  The informative and daily-updated Web site antiwar.com, sponsored by the libertarian Randolph Bourne Institute, is trying to meet a just-announced $30,000 challenge grant, with a December 2 deadline; details are on the site's home page, http://www.antiwar.com.

2.  The Agent Orange Action Group has called for protests at Montanto Chemical's January 24 annual meeting in suburban St. Louis.  For details contact Len Aldis at lenaoag@gmail.com.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Is a Nuclear War with China Possible?"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted November 28
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany

"The Militarization of American Police Has Long Historical Roots"
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, History News Network, posted November 28
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa

"Wes Clark and the Neocon Dream"
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, posted November 26

"NYPD Raid on Occupy's Zuccotti Park Destroyed Thousands of Books"
By Gianna Palmer, McClatchy Newspapers, posted November 23

"Violence Goes to College"
By Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch.org, posted November 22
The author teaches history at Trinity College

"Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of the Iraq War Is Now Being Reused over Iran's Nuke Program"
Interview with Seymour Hersh on Democracy Now, posted on Alternet.org November 22

"Occupy Wall Street"
By Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie, Strategic Culture Foundation, posted November 17
The author teaches history at Howard University

"Who Said Gaddafi Had to Go?"
By Hugh Roberts, London Review of Books, November 17 issue

"Big Change Whether We Like It or Not: Only Washington Is Clueless"
By Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted November 13
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University

"Protest Planet: How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism"
By Juan Cole, TomDispatch.com, posted November 10
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

"Why the US Recognized Israel" (full version of article previously cited)
By Irene Gendzier, Israeli Occupation Archive, posted November 9
The author teaches history at Boston University

"China and the US: The Roadmaps"
By Pepe Escobar, Aljazeera, posted October 31

Thanks for Rusti Eisenberg, Maia Ramnath, Rosalyn Baxandall, Larry Wittner, Irene Gendzier, and Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie for suggesting articles that are included in the above list.  Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.  This list went beyond the usual ceiling of ten articles due to the longer than usual interval since the last mailing.

Monday, November 21, 2011

[haw-info] Not Thankful for the 2012 Defense Budget! Call Your Senators Today !

Please forward widely !
While the "Super" Committee works on the federal budget for FY 2013 and beyond, under the radar the Congress is moving forward with another huge Defense budget for FY 2012. When it returns from Thanksgiving break, the Senate will be voting on a $682.5 billion Defense Authorization bill.
This continues the war in Afghanistan and wastes unconscionable amounts of money at a time when there are massive cutbacks in domestic programs at the federal, state and local levels.
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) has just introduced Amendment No. 1174, requiring the President to present a plan "for an expedited withdrawal from Afghanistan prior to 2014." Co-sponsors are Senators Brown, Durbin, Gillibrand, Harkin, Lee, and Udall. For complete text
If your Senators are not on this list, please call them today and ask them to co-sponsor Amendment No. 1174 to the 2012 Defense Authorization bill. Remind them squandering billions of dollars on a failed war is against the best interest of American and Afghan people. Use the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) toll free number 1-877-429-0678 to call the congressional switchboard and ask to be connected to your Senators
While on the phone, it would be great if you could also urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee's excellent bill: HR 780 Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, which specifies that funding for US armed forces in Afghanistan shall be limited to the "safe and orderly withdrawal" of all US troops and Defense Department contractors. List of co-sponsors (65):
Please send any helpful feedback to hiscze@aol.com.
Carolyn Eisenberg on behalf of Historians Against War Steering Committee

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

[haw-info] Trying to crush hope

Dear fellow HAW members,

I was going to write a brief, upbeat report on the small contingent we took down to OWS on Saturday (8 in all, lots of trains and subways not running that day kept others away), and how inspiring it was to see the new well-organized library tent, and to talk to the People's Librarian, who welcomed our donations of Radical History Review and other books.

My plan was to announce a book drive, since the OWS People's Library distributes books to other Occupations around the country.

But all that is no longer viable, since Mayor Bloomberg shut down OWS at 1 AM, with the 5,000 volume People's Library reportedly thrown out by the NYPD along with everything else--that's what Time Inc.'s Newsfeed says.

I think we all knew that OWS was fragile in the material sense, and now New York's power elite, to use an old-fashioned term, has finessed it--for the moment! But over these past two months, it sparked something genuinely new and full of light and hope, and we can build on that.

La lutta continua, so let's continue on, no mourning, just organizing,

Van Gosse

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Monday, November 07, 2011

[haw-info] To HAW members in the NYC area--let's visit OWS next Saturday!

Dear fellow HAW members,

I am organizing a solidarity contingent for next Saturday, November 12, to show support for Occupy Wall Street.  If you are able to join us, please RSVP to me, at van.gosse@fandm.edu. We'll have banners, and you are urged to bring along a book to donate to their library.  The meet-up time is 10-10:30 AM, at 392 Broadway (below Canal), Apt. 4F.  It's a short walk from there down to Zuccotti Park. I'll have some coffee and breakfast treats for whomever shows up, but please do let me know you're coming.  

This seems like an especially important time to bring solidarity and bodies down to OWS, as the weather gets colder, and Mayor Bloomberg makes noises about evicting the occupiers. Hope to see many of you this Saturday.

In solidarity,

Van Gosse
Department of History
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604-3003

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11-2-11: Links to recent articles of interest

Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.  Thanks to Jerise Fogel, Mim Jackson, Rusti Eisenberg, and Rosalyn Baxandall for suggesting articles included in the following list.
If any of the following URLs doesn't work directly as a link, it should work if it is marked for copying and pasted it into the address box of the browser.

"A Saturday at 'Occupy Wall Street'"
By William Loren Katz, on his blog, posted October 31

"'Occupy' Protests: Not Tahir Yet"
By Mark LeVine, Alhjazeera, posted October 27
The author teaches history at the University of California Irvine

"The New-York Historical Society Sinks to New Low with a Black-Tie Gala for Henry Kissinger"
By Jesse Lemisch, History News Network, posted October 24
The author is an emeritus history professor at John Jay College, CUNY

"Imperialism and Democracy: White House or Liberty Square"
By James Petras, DissidentVoice.org, posted October 24
a historical discussion

"The Victory of Popular Resistance in Occupied Iraq"
By Nicolas J. Davies, War Is a Crime.org, posted October 22

"The Son of Africa Claims a Continent's Crown Jewels"
By John Pilger, JohnPilger.com, posted October 20

"America: With God on Our Side"
By Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times, posted October 16
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University

"SOS" (Remarks at Occupy Youngstown, October 15)
By Staughton Lynd, FirstoftheMonth.org
The link is to a symposium in which Lynd's speech is the third document

"The Populist Movement Reborn, at Last, in Occupy"
By Rosalyn Baxandall, On the Issues, posted October 14
The author is an emeritus professor of American Studies at SUNY Old Westbury

"The Price of the Libya Intervention: Surface to Air Missiles for All"
By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted October 14