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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11/19/14: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted November 16
A, eloquent, historically based article by a former State Department official and history professor

By Fredrik Logevall and Gordon M. Goldstein, Politico, posted November 16
Fredrick Logevall teaches history at Cornell University; both authors have written books about the US war in Vietnam.

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted November 16
The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.

By the National Security Archives, posted November 16
Includes links to newly released US documents from November 1989, showing an effort to deflect blame from the Salvadoran military hierarchy.

By Bekah Wolf, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), posted November 14

By David Vine, TomDispatch.com, posted November 13

By Colleen McGuire, Mondoweiss.net, posted November 11

By Jerry Lembcke, CounterPunch.org, posted November 10
The author is a Vietnam veteran who teaches sociology at the College of the Holy Cross.

By Trita Parsi, Foreign Affairs, posted November 5

By Andrew J. Becevich, Los Angeles Times, posted November 1
The author, retired from teaching history at Boston University, is now a fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

This list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien, with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles that are included. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

[haw-info] Thursday November 13 National Call-in Day -HAW Alert

Call Congress Today:
Toll-free number to Capitol Switchboard:  877-429-0678
President Obama announced last week that he was sending another 1500 troops to Iraq and would be calling on Congress to issue a new "authorization for the use of force" (AUMF) against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He is also asking for $5.6 billion to pay for this new war.
It's already clear that this policy isn't working. After months of American bombing in Iraq and Syria ISIS is stronger than ever, controlling roughly the same territory they did when the first strikes occurred. Instead of being degraded ISIS has seen a massive increase in recruitment,
Another American-directed war is not a solution to the challenge of ISIS. There are less violent alternatives available with greater prospects for success.
Recognizing the urgency of this situation, Historians Against the War is joining together with more than twenty national peace and justice organizations to build Congressional opposition to this new war.
You can help. Pick up the phone and call your Representative and two Senators. Use Toll-free Number to Capitol Hill Switchboard: 877-429-0678 *(provided by Friends Committee on Legislation)
Let them know you are opposed to this new war.
Emphasize  that as a constituent you want them to Vote Against Any Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) in Syria and Iraq.
Ask the staff member where the member of Congress stands on the issue. Please report results to:  Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu 

We are now facing an uphill struggle in mobilizing members of Congress. But it is helpful to remember that every member of Congress who votes AGAINST this counter-productive, dangerous and costly  effort is laying the foundation for an ongoing mobilization on behalf of peace.

Please copy and forward widely.
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW-SC

Monday, November 10, 2014

[haw-info] HAW Notes 11/7/14: opposing US bombing campaign; links to recent articles of interest

Note: This message was to be sent last Friday, Nov. 7 but did not go out due to problems with the email server.

The HAW Steering Committee has signed-on to a campaign by more than twenty national peace and justice groups to oppose the current US bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. The joint statement (at http://winwithoutwar.org/alternatives-to-war) poses a range of nonmilitary options for countering the growth of ISIS. It urges people to contact members of Congress, preferably during the period November 11-16 after a lame-duck session of Congress convenes.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, History News Network, posted November 3
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Noam Chomsky, In These Times, posted November 3

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted October 31
A lengthy article rich in historical background

By Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books, posted October 24

By David Bromwich, TomDispatch.com, posted October 23
The author teaches English at Yale University.

By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, posted October 23

By Jerry Lembcke, CounterPunch.org, posted October 22
The author is a Vietnam veteran who teaches sociology at the College of the Holy Cross.

By Nicholas J. S. Davies, AlterNet.org, posted October 20

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler, In These Times, posted October 17

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, CounterPunch.org, posted October 1
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and Jerry Lembcke for suggesting articles that are included.