H-PAD Notes 4/26/18: “Two Minutes to Midnight” conference; Cost of War website; links to recent articles of interest

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Links to Recent Articles of Interest 

“Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War: Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Tehran Face Off in a Future Cataclysm?”
By Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch.com, posted May 13

“Oliver North Worked with Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He’ll Be President of the NRA”
By Jon Schwartz, The Intercept, posted May 12

A reminder of the 1986-87 Iran-Contra scandal, with detailed  information not widely known at the time. 

“America Goes Rogue”
By Andrew Bacevich, Spectator USA, posted May 9
About the implications of the Iran treaty withdrawal. The author is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.

“Follow the Money: Three Billionaires Paved the Way for Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal”
By Eli Clifton, LobeLog, posted May 8
On the influence of Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus, and Paul Singer. 

“Secret Teams in Another Deadly Imperial War”
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, LA Progressive, posted May 7
The title refers to the US in Yemen. The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa. 

“Lost in the Debate on Iran: Israel’s Nukes and the Vanunu Case”
By John Buell, Informed Comment blog, posted May 7
Mordecau Vanunu, whom Daniel Ellsberg called “the preeminent hero of the nuclear era,” spent 14 years in an Israeli prison for documenting the nation’s nuclear weapons program and since his release in 2004 has had his movements and speech strictly curtailed.  

“Millions Are Still Suffering from the Vietnam War”
By William Schroder, History News Network, posted May 6
The author is a Vietnam veteran and co-author of Soldier’s Heart: Close-Up Today with PTSD in Vietnam Veterans.

“What Charles Koch and Other Donors to George Mason University Got for Their Money”
By Erica L. Green and Stephanie Saul, New York Times, posted May 5
This article is largely about the success of student activists at George Mason in exposing the influence of wealthy conservative donors on academic decisions. Elizabeth Matthews, a George Mason student who is on the H-PAD Steering Committee, is quoted in the last two paragraphs.

“Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars? Americans Need to Rethink War and Think Honestly about Ourselves and Our Friends”
By Arnold R. Isaacs, TomDispatch.com, posted May 1, 2018
The author is a veteran reporter who wrote two books on the Vietnam War 

“End of the American Dream? The Dark History of ‘America First’”
By Sarah Churchwell, The Guardian, posted April 21
Sarah Churchwell is the author of Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream.

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting some (actually, most) of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.