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Friday, January 29, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/30/16: Saudi Arabia conference; Peace History Society; website on history of US wars; links to recent articles of interest

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are some notes followed by our occasional listing of some recent articles.

1. Amid increasing scrutiny on Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East and its relationship with the US, a number of antiwar groups are sponsoring a "Summit on Saudi Arabia" Saturday-Sunday March 5-6 in Washington DC. Code Pink has taken the lead, with co-sponsors including The Nation, the Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other groups, including HAW.

2. The latest issue of the Peace History Society's newsletter, edited by

Robert Shaffer is available on-line. Its 50 pages include short articles and reports on a great variety of topics. 

3. This is a reminder of the work-in-progress website on the history of US wars that Roger Peace is developing. He is looking for feedback and suggestions for resources as well as collaboration in developing sections of the site. (A sample module on the War of 1812 is on the site.) His email address is rcpeace3@embarqmail.com.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest


"Chemical Wonders"

By Joost Hiltermann, London Review of Books, February 4 issue

Review-essay, seeking to draw lessons on how wars are ended, on Pierre Razoux's book The Iran-Iraq War. The author is Middle East and North Africa programme director at the International Crisis Group.


"When 'Made in Israel' Is a Human Rights Abuse"

By Ayed Press, New York Times, posted January 26

Warns against a proposal now before Congress that would force a change in US policy toward the Occupied Settlements


"Out of Bounds, Off-Limits, or Just Plain Ignored: Six National Security Questions Hillary, Donald, Ted, Marco, et al. Don't Want to Answer and Won't Even Be Asked"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted January 26

"From the First Gulf War to Islamic State: How America Was Seduced by the 'Easy War'"

By Sebastian J. Bae, War on the Rocks, posted January 22


"ISIS and the Reversible Stages of Revolt"

By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted January 20

The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.


"Trump's 19th Century Foreign Policy"

By Thomas Wright, Politico Magazine, posted January 20

Subtitled: "His views aren't as confused as they seem. In  fact, they're remarkably consistent – and they have a long history."


"The Frightening Prospect of a Nuclear War Is About to Become a Lot More Likely"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted January 17

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUN Y Albany.


"Twenty-Five Years Later: Photos from the First Time We Invaded Iraq"

By Mark Murrmann and Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, posted January 16


"Why the B-52 Failed"

By David Bacon, LobeLog, posted January 11

A visit to Hanoi and reflections on the Christmas Bombing of 1972


"Ted Cruz's Stone-Age Brain and Yours: Why 'Collateral Damage' Elicits So Little Empathy among Americans"

By Rick Shenkman, TomDispatch.com, posted January 10

The author is founder and editor of the History News Network.

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting most of the articles in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


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