Category: History

Jane LaTour: Trade Union Women

The stories of the fight for equal pay with men and the role of trade unionists and their allies in that struggle have receded in peoples’ consciousness

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Juan Cole: Defending Natalie Portman on Holocaust: Sometimes it can be subverted to fear-mongering

Actress Natalie Portman has kicked off a controversy with remarks about how remember the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, in which the National Socialists murdered 6 million. Her critics have run off on tangents and presented a lot of red herrings. Portman did not question the distinctiveness of the Holocaust, but rather outlined what she Read more…

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Walden Bello: Class and the Politics of Memory in Post-War Asia

Perhaps the main factor explaining the different attitudes toward Japan is the class factor

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Henry A. Giroux: The Plague of American Authoritarianism

Totalitarianism was as much about the production of thoughtlessness as it was about the imposition of brute force, gaping inequality, corporatism, and the spectacle of violence

Robin D.G. Kelley: Watts: Remember what they built, not what they burned

The desire for a functional, free, even beautiful community existed well before the first Molotov cocktail was thrown and continued long after the last arrest

Jonah Birch: The Many Lives of François Mitterrand

Before Alexis Tsipras, Europe battered François Mitterrand’s reformist ambitions into a sweeping neoliberal program

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Marjorie Cohn: From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the US

We must hold our leaders accountable for their crimes in Japan and Vietnam, and ensure that such atrocities never happen again

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Milan Rai: The real meaning of V-J Day: still lying about Hiroshima

Despite Western propaganda, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not a ‘last resort’ to end the Second World War in the Pacific.

Mark Hand: Rednecks Symbolize Solidarity: W.Va. Mine Wars Museum Reclaims Union Identity

Workers in southern West Virginia’s coalfields have not received the recognition they deserve for their sacrifices in creating better working and living conditions for all Americans

Nick MacWilliam: How the US Backed Pinochet’s Henchman Manuel Contreras

Contreras was U.S trained and U.S. approved

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