Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted January 30
"Naive, short-sighted, and self-indulgent, this blueprint turned out to be a joke, one the military played on itself." The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 29
The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
By Nathan Thrall, New York Times, posted January 29
"This isn't a break with the status quo. It's the natural culmination of decades of American policy." The author is the director of the Arab-Israeli Project of the International Crisis Group.
By Jon Schwartz, The Intercept, posted January 28
On the Reagan administration's fierce attacks on New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner when he made known the massacre by a US-trained battallion of over 800 villagers in El Salvador in December 1980.
By Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte, and Jerald Poldair, History News Network, posted January 28
Charles Holden and Jerald Poldair teach history at St. Mary's College of Maryland and Lawrence University, respectively, and Zach Messitte is the president of Ripon College. The three are co-authors of the book Republican Populist: Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump's America.
By Nicolas J. S. Davies, CommonDreams.org, posted January 28
Such a war " would engulf the Middle East and the world in even greater chaos than the one the CIA engineered against Iraq." Nicolas Davies is the author of Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.
Interview of Cornell West by Mordecai Lyon, Boston Review, posted January 26
A freewheeling discussion with Cornell West, with a good friend of historian Howard Zinn, marking the tenth anniversary of Zinn's death in January 2010.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted January 22
Hails the recent call by a longtime pillar of American Middle East policy for the US to withdraw from the region. The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Michelle Alexander, New York Times, posted January 17
"From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial." This lengthy essay is adapted from the 10th anniversary edition of her book The New Jim Crow.
Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.