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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/14/11, including links to recent articles of interest


1.  There is one more day (today) to sign the on-line petition supporting the resolution against torture that the Chicago City Council will discuss on Thursday, Dec. 15.  Signers of the petition (at http://signon.org/sign/city-of-chicago-resolution) need not be from Chicago.  Last night's message from Margaret Power to the HAW list has already resulted in well over a hundred new signatories.


2.  Through discussions on the H-Net Labor History listserv in late November, a number of historians have started a group called Historians for Occupy, in support of the worldwide movement initiated by Occupy Wall Street.  Sandy Polishuk is the primary coordinator.  The Web site, with sign-up list, is at https://occupyhistoryna.wordpress.com.  


3.  At the annual American Historical Association convention in Chicago, January 5-8, a special session on the jobs crisis in history has been scheduled for 1:00 - 2:30 Friday afternoon, January 6, chaired by the AHA president.  Jesse Lemisch, one of the invited speakers, will present his proposal for a new Federal Writers Project (see article below).


4.  Priscilla Murolo has asked us to pass along her recommendation of the Egyptian activist Web site "No Military Trials for Civilians" (http://en.nomiltrials.com).

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Washington's Actions on Palestine Don't Differ from Gingrich's Words"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 11
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

"David Montgomery Obituary"
By Eric Foner, The Guardian, posted December 11
The author teaches history at Columbia University

"War on Iran Has Already Begun: Act before It Threatens All of Us"
By Seamas Milne, The Guardian, posted December 7

"Playing with Fire: Obama's Risky Oil Threat to China"
By Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, posted December 6

"U.S. Budget Cuts and the Next War of Choice"
By Bennett Ramberg, Japan Times, posted December 5

"Israeli Ads against Marriage with American Jews Are Part of a Population War"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 3

"Occupy the American Historical Association: Demand a WPA Federal Writers' Project"
By Jesse Lemisch, History News Network, posted November 28
The author is a professor emeritus of history at John Jay College, CUNY

Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and Rosalyn Baxandall for suggesting items that are included in the above list.  Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


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