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Thursday, January 19, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/19/17: HAW contingent in NYC march; Marv Gettleman; links to recent articles of interest

For anyone in the New York City area planning to take part in the Women's March on Saturday, this is a reminder that there will be a HAW contingent in the march. It will meet at the southwest corner of 45th Street and 2nd Avenue at 11:30; look for the big "Historians Against the War" banner.

Two tributes to the late Marv Gettleman by HAW Steering Committee members have been posted on the HAW website, one by Van Gosse and one on behalf of the organization by Rusti Eisenberg.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com, posted January 17

"Israel as theLights Go Out"

By Roger Cohen, New York Times, posted January 17


"A Lesson on How to Survive Trumpism – from the McCarthy Era"

By Ellen Schrecker, The Nation, posted January 9

The author has written, among other books, Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.


"How Henry KissingerConspired against a Sitting President"

By Zach Dorfman, Politico.com, posted January 6

On Kissinger's advice to the dictatorial Pinochet regime in Chile during the Jimmy Carter presidency

"America's MajorChallenges in Middle East Policy, 2017"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 1

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.


"Nixon's VietnamTreachery"

By John A. Farrell, New York Times, posted December 31

New evidence on the sabotaging of Vietnam peace talks in October 1968


"Trump's Madman Gambit: History Shows His Nuclear Threats Will Fail"

By Jeffrey P. Kimball, US News and World Report, posted December 30

The author is a professor of history emeritus at Miami University and co-author of Nixon's Nuclear Specter


"Why Obama – and Every President since Carter – Failed to Transform the Middle East"

Interview with Andrew J. Bacevich by Sean Illing, Vox.com, posted December 29

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

[haw-info] Join the HAW (Historians Against War) contingent at Saturday's March in NYC!

Dear members and friends of HAW,

Donald Trump has called for a new nuclear arms race and America "winning" wars again.  He has appointed a slew of militarists to top offices, and endorsed sweeping attacks on basic civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. He mocks human rights and human decency, and consorts with anti-Semites and white supremacists.  He is a threat to the people of the world, and to every person living in the United States. 

We need a new antiwar movement to confront Trump, and New York City is a good place to start.  Just as we challenged George W. Bush's drive to invade Iraq on February 15, 2003, we call on New Yorkers to turn out on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Specifically, if you are a historian, a scholar or teacher, or just a historically-minded activist, we invite you to join the HAW Contingent of the Women's March in New York.  We will gather at the southwest corner of 45th Street and Second Avenue, at 12:30 pm to march south from Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza.  

We will have two HAW banners, but also bring signs—send a message to Trump and his warmakers that New Yorkers (and historians) are ready to fight for peace and justice!

Van Gosse, for HAW

"Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will."
Antonio Gramsci

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 1/10/17: Marv Gettleman 1933-2017

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We regret to report the passing of historian and longtime antiwar activist Marvin Gettleman on January 7 after a long illness. A celebration of his life will be held  this Thursday the 12th at 4:00 pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York City, with a reception to follow at 771 West End Avenue, Apartment 7D. 

In 2012, the HAW Steering Committee formulated the following appreciation of his role in the organization:

Marv, the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War (HAW) wishes to express its continuing appreciation of the contributions made by you, our former fellow-member.  You not only helped to get HAW started in 2003, but you played a vital role on the Steering Committee for its first half-dozen years.  Besides your eager participation in meetings, conferences, and demonstrations, you followed the path you had carved-out during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and the Central America conflicts of the 1980s - combined your roles of activist and academic historian by publishing collections of important background materials.  HAW's first pamphlet was an extensive annotated bibliography on the Middle East and the Muslim World, edited by you and Stuart Scharf and kept up-to-date by you through two revisions as more material became available.  In your work in HAW you paired the wisdom of a longtime scholar and activist with the enthusiasm of a perpetual optimist.

The email address of Marv's wife, historian Ellen Schrecker, is ellen.schrecker@gmail.com.