War Overseas, Social Devastation at Home: An Evening with Iraq Veterans Against the War

As part of their national convention in Chicago, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) presented a public forum titled “21St Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home” at the Chicago Temple on August 2, 2013. Featuring talks by Christian Parenti, Michael Rakowitz, Suraia Suhar, and Nick Turse, and followed by an interesting Q&A session, the approximately 250 people in attendance were treated to a stimulating discussion of war and militarism in the current day US Empire. 

The powerful introduction to the event by Iraq veteran and evening master of ceremonies, Vince Emanuele, tied militarism overseas to social devastation at home, was followed by a talk and video slide presentation by Nick Turse. 

Turse, author of the recently-released book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (see this author’s recent review at www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=4416&section=Article), 

Kim Scipes, Ph.D., is a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, serving from 1969-73, although staying in the States the entire time. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN, while living in Chicago and serving as the Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union (www.nwuchicago.org).                   


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