Friday, September 27, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
[haw-info] HAW Notes 9/13/13: Zinn Read-In; World War I conference; links to recent articles of interest
Here are a couple of notes, followed by links to some recent articles of interest.
"Top Ten Things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They're Going to Threaten to Bomb It"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted September 12
Syrian demography and history, by way of background
"How the People Pushed Back on Syria--and Won (for Now)"
By Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine, posted September 12
"Why Saying No to Syria Matters (and It's Not about Syria)"
By Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch.com, posted September 12
By Matthew Rothchild, The Progressive, posted September 11
By Stephen Kinzer, ZNet, posted September 11
By David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org, posted September 10
"The US Has No Credibility Dealing with Chemical Weapons"
By Stephen Zunes, TruthOut.org, posted September 9
Thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Tam Beeler, Jeff Kimball, Steve Shapiro, and John Walsh for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[haw-info] Update: U.S. Policy on Syria
Update: US Policy on Syria
The President's decision to back away from the use of military force and to seek a diplomatic solution to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons is an obviously a positive development. Especially significant, given the now 12 year-old "war on terror," was the highly visible public opposition to military intervention. Less visible perhaps but extremely effective, was the mobilization of national and local grassroots peace organizations across the country. Members of Congress were besieged with calls, emails and petitions. In Washington DC and around the country, concerned constituents sent delegations and organized vigils at Congressional offices. Over the course of a week, scores of Senators and Representatives were changing their minds.
It would be comforting to think this was a watershed moment, when the American people and their government turned away from war and threats of war as the centerpiece of American foreign policy, but the impediments to that change are substantial. On the immediate question of how the US government will respond if it cannot obtain a favorable deal on Syria's chemical weapons, there are clearly grounds for concern. It is by no means certain that the Obama Administration has abandoned any intention of launching a military attack.
We want to thank the many of you who signed on to our Historians Emergency list-serve and who participated in some form of action. For the present, we want to keep this list-serve alive given the uncertainties of the moment. If you would like to be included and have not already done so, you can do this by sending an email to: Syriaemail@example.com?subject=subscribe or to Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu
Steering Committee of Historians Against War
Thursday, September 05, 2013
[haw-info] some reading (plus a Jon Stewart tape) on Syria
Critiques of the White House rationale regarding poison gas:
"To Some, US Case for Syria Gas Attack, Strike Has Too Many Holes"
By Hannah Allam and Mark Seibel, McClatchy.com, posted September 2
"How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria"
By Gareth Porter, TruthOut.org, posted September 3
"Eight Arguments Against Going to War with Syria"
By Stephen Zunes, TruthOut.org, posted September 4
"Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a 'Widespread Regional War'?"
Interview with Fawaz Gerges, Democracy Now transcript, posted September 3
"Caveman Credibility and Its Costs"
By David Swanson, War Is a Crime.org, posted September 2
"In Syria, It's a Case of All or Nothing"
By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, posted September 1
"Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria--Remembering the Marine Barracks Destruction in Beirut, 1983"
By Ann Wright, War Is a Crime.org, posted August 31
"Christians in Middle East: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be Detrimental"
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service, posted September 4
"On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six-Shooter Away"
By Juan Cole, Nation of Change, posted September 5
Aftermath of intervention in Libya:
"Lawlessnes and Ruin in Libya"
By Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch.org, posted September 5
On the Serbia bombings of 1999 and present-day Syria
"Samantha Power: Liberal War Hawk and Second Rate Scholar"
[haw-info] HAW--Emergency Response to Prospect of Military Intervention in Syria
Thanks to the many of you, who have responded so quickly to our Historians Emergency Network to stop US military action in Syria. If you have not already done so, please consider subscribing. You can do this by sending an email to Syriafirstname.lastname@example.org?subject=subscribe or to Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu *Please include your name, state, member of Congress and name of school or institution (if applicable).
Historians Against War is coordinating with dozens of national organizations that have coalesced this week in order to prevent US military intervention and promote a diplomatic solution in Syria. As you have probably read, there is a tremendous grass-roots mobilization going on across the country
The Obama Administration is urging Congress to act quickly. As of now the Senate is scheduled for a vote early next week and the House of Representative a day or two later.
In case you have not seen it, here is the link to the Resolution passed yesterday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 10-7 vote.
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