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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[haw-info] HAW Notes 10/16/12: April 5-7 conference; U.S. Afghanistan deaths; recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are some notes, followed by our every-two-or-three-weeks set of links to recent articles of interest.

1.  The deadline for proposals for the April 5-7 HAW conference in Baltimore, "The New Faces of War," has been re-set at December 15.  (
However, those who send proposals before the original October 30 deadline will still get Yes or No answers in early November. )  The Call for Proposals is at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/conf2013.   Proposals and questions should be sent to conf@historiansagaintwar.org.

2.  Plenary sessions in the April 5-7 conference will include talks by Alfred McCoy of the University of Wisconsin and Marilyn Young of New York University, along with others yet to be arranged.

3.  A recent Afghanistan milestone - the 2,000th U.S. military death, brings to mind the study by Stony Brook University's Center for Study of Working Class Life, American Military Deaths in Afghanistan, and the Communities from Which Those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Came, by Michael Zweig, Michael Porter, and Yuxiang Huang.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"The Missile Crisis That Never Went Away"
By Stephen Starr, David Krieger, and Daniel Ellsberg, TruthDig.com, posted October 16

"The Week the World Stood Still: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World"
By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.com, posted October 15

"The Vietnam War as You've Never Seen It
from Hanoi"
By David Austin Walsh, History News Network, posted October 15
Interview with Lien-Hang Ngyuen, author of
Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

"What the Cuban Missile Crisis Should Teach Us"
Fred Kaplan, Slate, posted October 10

"Romney's Five Wars"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted October 9
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

"Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq ... (Doh) ... I Mean Iran"
Nicholas J. S. Davies, Huffington Post blog, posted October 8

"American Exceptionalism: Exposed"
By Walter A. McDougall, Eurasia Review, posted October 5
The author teaches history and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania

"As U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Passes 2,000 Mark, Phyllis Bennis on America's Longest War"
From Democracy Now, with transcript, posted October 2

"Ten Lessons the U.S. Should Learn from Afghanistan's History"
By William Byrd, ForeignPolicy.com, posted October 1

"Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?"
By William Astore, Huffington Post, posted September 27
The author is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology

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


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