Category: History

Andy Piascik: Looking Back at the Vietnam War

Discussions of Vietnam are hardly academic exercises; the US is currently on a global rampage and falsifying history is part and parcel of the effort to whip up support for the next war

Howard Zinn: Finishing School for Pickets

Excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings

Kim Scipes: Strike Back

A Review of Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today, by Joe Burns

Nikos Raptis: A Kurdish Woman Said…

The most important event of this annual commemoration has been an angry march of tens of thousands of Greeks from the Polytechnic campus to the US embassy in Athens

Noam Chomsky: The Roots of American Racism

We cannot forget that the hideous slave labor camps of the new “empire of liberty” were a primary source for the wealth and privilege of American society

Conn Hallinan: Greece: Memory and Debt

According to the Syriza government, the 115 million marks Germany paid in 1960 were only in compensation for Greek victims of Nazism, not the physical damage to the country, the destruction of the economy, or the forced loans

Yesenia Barragan: The Dangers of Vintage Racism

The SAE anthem is the ugly veneer of the kind of institutional racism that led to the fact that over the past two years, the black residents of Ferguson accounted for 85% of all traffic stops

Paul Street: The IS Shock, the ‘New Cold War,’ and the Unmentionable History of US Empire

The United States’ complicity, along with its satellites and allies, in the rise of ISIS, goes back at least to the late Cold War era

Paul Street: Beyond Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave burst that childish white historical bubble with a relentlessly true-to-life and death portrayal of 1840s and 1850s slave traders, slave-owners, and slave-drivers as ferocious and perverse sociopaths

Chris Kromm: Selma, behind the scenes

Selma isn’t just a memorial site: It’s a struggling, majority-black city that brings into sharp relief the conflicted legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement

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