Category: History

Bill Bigelow: Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn

At a moment of increasing social activism and global tension, now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn’s wisdom

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Paul Street: Beyond “Selma”

The really untold or at least badly under-told story about Martin Luther King, Jr. is that he was a democratic socialist who was remarkably unimpressed by the legislation his movement passed in 1964 and 1965

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Milan Rai: Taking Gandhi with a Pinch of Salt

It is no service to the man, and damaging to us today as we struggle with similar problems of liberation, if we turn Gandhi into a saint and an icon, removing him from history and sandpapering off his strange edges

Johann Hari: The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How Lady Day found herself in the middle of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics’ early fight for survival

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Paul Street: A Narrow Historical Row Over “Selma”

In the wake of the recent release of the powerful movie “Selma,” an intra-Democratic debate of sorts has emerged

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Ramzy Baroud: Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush’s Plunders

As Bush’s notorious legacy has proven, while war-induced fear and vain patriotism may keep a leader in office long enough, the terrible consequences of unchecked violence shall be felt for many years to come

Peter Maass: How Clint Eastwood Ignores History in ‘American Sniper’

Just a few pages into “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle used an epithet to describe the Arabs on the wrong side of his gun scope. “A lot of people, myself included, called the enemy ‘savages,’” he wrote. “I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a Read more…

John Weeks: Austerity and Democracy in the EU

Specter of Democracy in Greece On December 29, 2014, the Greek parliament refused to endorse the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling coalition. Needing 180 votes, Stavros Dimas managed only 168. As a result, the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, must call and has called a general election for January 25. This election in one of Read more…

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Tariq Ali: World Wars & Historic Memory, Part 1 & 2

A lecture about the truth of World War One, the “bad war” the “wrong war”. He discusses the rise of the working class and Socialism, and the militarisation of Germany in an attempt to compete with the colonial empires

Jamala Rogers: Selma Is Now

It was important for the black female director to shine a light on the contributions of women “who are too often marginalized”

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