H-PAD Notes 2/23/18: Links to recent articles of interest; H-PAD broadsides

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At the end of this message, following the links to recent articles, is a repeat of an announcement of H-PAD’s series of “Broadsides for the Trump Era.”

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

“The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right? Teaching in a Time of Wars”

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted February 22

On the author’s experiences over the years teaching about the 9/11 attacks


“U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years”

By Nicolas J. S. Davies, Consortium News, posted February 20

Applies a 2003 analysis of the US “new imperialism” to the intervening years


“McMaster of War”

By Dave Lindorff, London Review of Books blog, posted February 19

On the background of President Trump’s national security adviser, who insists that a military strike against North Korea be considered as a “serious option


“Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It Too”

By Scott Shane, New York Times, posted February 17

Contains many specifics of the past several decades


“President’s New Budget. Stark Vision of GOP Reality. Attention Must Be Paid”

Articles by Robert Greenstein, Ryan Koronowski, Brett Samuels, and Fred Kaplan, Portside.org, posted February 15


“If America ‘Won the Cold War,’ Why Is There Now a ‘Second Cold War with Russia’?: The Ongoing Role of False Narratives and Historical Fallacies”

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, posted February 14

The author is a professor emeritus of Russian history and politics at Princeton University and New York University.


“North Korea Is More Rational Than You Think: An Interview with Bruce Cumings”

Canadian Dimension, posted February 7

Bruce Cumings teaches history at the University of Chicago.


“Lie after Lie: What Colin Powell Knew about Iraq 15 Years Ago and What He Told the UN”

By Jon Schwartz, The Intercept, posted February 6


“Memory and Meaning in the Representations of the American War in Vietnam”

By Fran Shor, Critical Education, posted February 13

The author is a professor emeritus of history at Wayne State University.


“The War That Will Not End”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times, posted January 31

A review essay on Steve Coll’s new book Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan


Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestings can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.




Broadsides for the Trump Era


Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is pleased to announce the publication of five broadsides, collectively called Broadsides for the Trump Era. You can access them on the H-PAD website, here https://www.historiansforpeace.org/broadsides-for-the-trump-era/ This is a new series of brief, printable handouts that summarize important historical events, movements, crises, and more that form the backdrop for our current political situation. And please check back at this site for additions in the near future!


The five broadsides, their authors, and a short summary of each is below.


Geoff Eley is a professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His broadside, Is Trump a Fascist?” addresses this question and draws on historical comparisons to determine what fascism is, and whether or not the current administration is, indeed, fascist.


Linda Gordon is a professor of history and a University Professor of Humanities at New York University. Her broadside explores The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s” and examines what the Klan was, its ideology, constituency, use of violence, and accomplishments, and women and the Klan. 


Jeremy Kuzmarov, is the Jay P. Walker assistant professor of history at the University of Tulsa.  His broadside explores the political myths, interests, and impact of the “The U.S. War on Drugs” from its origins in the 1910s to today.


Robert Oppenheim is an associate professor in the Center for East Asian Center Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His broadside “North Korea and Nuclear Weapons” discusses why North Korea developed nuclear weapons, the potential for eliminating or slowing its production of them, and whether or not North Korean has cheated on nuclear agreements.


Ellen Schrecker is a retired professor of American history at Yeshiva University. Her broadside, McCarthyism, 1947-1960,” answers key questions about McCarthyism, such as what was it, who sponsored it, how did it end, and what were the long-lasting results.


Margaret Power, co-chair, marmacpower1@gmail.com